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The Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) at McMaster University was founded in late 2014 to represent the opinions and interests of all Engineering Graduate Students at McMaster University. The EGS works closely with McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Student Association (GSA),  and CUPE 3906.

In 2013, three Engineering Graduate Students started developing an idea for the establishment of a new organization that could represent and work for graduate students. Adhi, Carla and Ivana (the first two GSA FRC’s, the latter GSA VP Internal at that time), decided on forming a broad scoped graduate student group for engineering students.  They started planning brainstorming sessions in October 2013. Other volunteers across the 9 departments of the Faculty of Engineering were invited to join these sessions.  Within 12 months, a Founding Committee with full Faculty representation was working to get the Society recognized. Adhi and Carla became the first Chief Executive Office (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the newly established Society, respectively.

Founding Committee (From November 2013 to September 2014):

The founding committed was a dynamic body composed by volunteers from all the departments in Engineering, that focused on brainstorming the topics that a future Society should focus on from November 2013 to May 2014, along with settle and discuss the structure and governing documents for the Society, between May 2014 and September 2014.

Most part of the Founding Committee became the First EGS Council 2014-2015 in October 2014. From there, the new EGS Council has worked very hard to get the Society recognized, having succeeded in establishing a recognized Society in the Engineering Faculty, Graduate Student Association, School of Graduate Studies, and the University Administration.

The Founding committee members were:

01-CarlaCarla Abarca – FRC 2013-14 & Chemical Engineering
CFO EGS Council 2015-2016
Period in Committee/EGS: Oct 2013 until  2016
abarcacp@mcmaster.ca

 

01-AdhiAdhithya Ravichandran – FRC 2013-14 & Electrical and Computing Engineering
CEO EGS Council 2014-2015
Period in Committee/EGS: Oct 2013 until Dec 2015
ravicha@mcmaster.ca

 

ivana_posticIvana Postic – GSA VP Internal 2014 & Chemical Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Oct 2013 – Feb 2014
postici@mcmaster.ca

 

01-DonalDonal Anthony Finnerty – Mechanical Engineering
CRO EGS Council 2014-2015
CEO EGS Council 2015-2016
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until 2016
finnerda@mcmaster.ca

 

Naby-03Naby Nikookaran – Electrical and Computer Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until 2016
nikookn@mcmaster.ca

 

01-DarkoDarko Ljubic – Chemical Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until 2016
ljubicd@mcmaster.ca

 

01-AlaAla Shaabana – Computing and Software Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until 2016
shaabaa@mcmaster.ca

 

01-AndrewAndrew Scullion – Materials Science and Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until Jun 2015
scullia@mcmaster.ca

 

01-GraemeGraeme Prosperi-Porta – Biomedical Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until Sep 2014
prospeg@McMaster.Ca

 

lis_melo2Lis Melo – Materials Science and Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until May 2014
scullia@mcmaster.ca

 

Niel3Niel Van Engelen – Civil Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: Nov 2013 until May 2014
vanengn@mcmaster.ca

 

Starting March 2014, more members were included in the Founding committee, and they still are or were very important for the Society matters and activities:

01-sarahSarah Nangle Smith – Mechanical Engineering
COO EGS Council 2015-2016
Period in Committee/EGS: Sep 2014 until 2016
nangless@tcd.ie

 

01-TimTim Van Boxtel – Engineering Physics
COO EGS Council 2014-2015
Period in Committee/EGS: Jul 2014 until Sep 2015
vanboxtj@mcmaster.ca

 

01-SamanSaman Rastgoo Moghadam – Civil Engineering
Period in Committee/EGS: May 2014 until to Oct 2015
rastgos@mcmaster.ca

 

dougDouglas Pearson – Engineering Practice
Period in Committee/EGS: May 2014 until Aug 2014
pearsodc@mcmaster.ca

 

eunice_cheouXiaomin (Eunice) Cheou – Engineering Practice
Period in Committee/EGS: Mar 2014 until Aug 2014
cheouxm@mcmaster.ca

 

zhaoZhao Wang – Engineering Physics
Period in Committee/EGS: Jan 2014 until Feb 2014
wang552@mcmaster.ca