Brenda McCabe elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada

Brenda McCabe
This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News by Marit Mitchell.

Brenda McCabe

Professor Brenda McCabe (CivE) is among 20 new inductees into the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Professor Brenda McCabe (CivE) has been elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Each year a select number of engineers nationwide are chosen by EIC for this honour in recognition of exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.

Professor McCabe has a distinguished record of achievement and service as an educator and an administrative leader. In 2006, she was appointed vice-dean, graduate studies — the Faculty’s first woman vice-dean. In that role, she championed a new series of ELITE (Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation, and Technology in Engineering) courses that are now integral to the MEng curriculum. In 2008, McCabe was appointed chair of the Department of Civil Engineering — U of T Engineering’s first woman department chair. During her term, she worked to further increase the department’s profile, improve the student experience, integrate sustainability into the curriculum, revitalize the Gull Lake Survey Camp, and promote a sense of community amongst students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Beyond the University, McCabe is a role model and mentor to young women in her field of construction engineering and a leader in her professional community. She has held several leadership roles within the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), serving as vice-president, technical divisions and committees and chair of the construction division. McCabe is a Fellow of CSCE and received their Award of Excellence in 2005. She has also garnered several awards for her contributions to engineering education, including the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Recognition Award and the University of Toronto Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award.

“Professor Brenda McCabe has made exceptional contributions to the Faculty and to her professional community as an engineer, educator and academic leader,”said Cristina Amon, Dean of U of T Engineering. “On behalf of our Faculty, heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”

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ORGANIZATIONAL

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about organizational structure.
I feel that the organizational structure in the Civil Engineering Department is well defined and adequately meets the needs of the Department.
I feel that the administrative leadership in the Civil Engineering Department proactively partners with other departments and administrative units within the Faculty and across the University to ensure that best practices are incorporated and utilized to our best advantage.
The programs and services provided to faculty and students in the Civil Engineering department are of good quality and adequately meets the needs of our constituents
Is there any further comment you would like to make about organizational structure? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what additional committees, administrative appointments, departmental cooperation or additional services do you think would help to better further the mission of the department, etc.)

ADMINISTRATIVE/TECHNICAL UNIT

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about administrative/technical units.
I feel that the expectations for the duties ASSIGNED TO ME are clearly defined and appropriately monitored.
I feel that the staffing complement (i.e. number of positions, distribution of duties), WITHIN my administrative/technical unit adequately meets the demand for the services we provide.
I feel that ALL the administrative/technical units in the department are well organized, portfolios are appropriately aligned and work collaboratively together.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about administrative/technical units? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., where you see gaps, duplication, misaligned duties, opportunities to increase efficiency, etc.)

WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about workplace experience.
I feel that my workload is manageable and that I have a good work/life balance.
The working environment in my research group is helpful and supportive.
The faculty in the Civil Engineering department are supportive and respectful of administrative/technical staff.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about workplace experience? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what accommodations or changes could be made to improve your workplace experience, etc.)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about professional development.
I am regularly encouraged to pursue networking and professional development opportunities.
I am well supported by my supervisor/senior management.
I am kept well informed of new developments that are taking place both within the Department and the Faculty.
I feel that there are ample opportunities for advancement available within the Department.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about professional development? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what opportunities, encouragement or support are missing, etc.)

FACILITIES

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about facilities.
The computing equipment and software programs available to me are adequate to perform the duties assigned to me.
The non-computing equipment and tools available to me are adequate to properly perform the duties assigned to me.
The physical workspace assigned to me is adequate to effectively perform the duties assigned to me.
The support and maintenance (technical and non-technical) of the above facilities are adequate to properly perform my duties.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about facilities? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what additional equipment, tools, software and support could be provided or changed, etc.)
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Research-Based Administrative/Technical Staff

ORGANIZATIONAL

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about organizational structure.
I feel that the organizational structure in the Civil Engineering Department is well defined and adequately meets the needs of the Department.
I feel that the Principle Investigators in the Civil Engineering Department are proactive in pursuing collaborations with other research units within and beyond the UofT community.
The services provided to Principal Investigators and research staff in the Civil Engineering department are of good quality and adequately meets the needs of our research programs.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about organizational structure? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what additional committees, administrative appointments, research collaboration or additional services do you think would help to better further the reach of the department’s research community, etc.)

WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about workplace experience.
I feel that my workload is manageable and that I have a good work/life balance.
I feel that the expectations for the duties assigned to me are clearly defined and appropriately monitored.
The working environment in my research group is helpful and supportive.
The administrative staff in the Civil Engineering department are supportive and helpful.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about workplace experience? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what accommodations or changes could be made to improve your workplace experience, etc.)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about professional development.
I am regularly encouraged to pursue networking and professional development opportunities.
I am well supported by my supervisor.
I am kept well informed of new developments that are taking place both within the Department and the Faculty.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about professional development? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what opportunities, information or support are missing, etc.)

FACILITIES

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about facilities.
The laboratory facilities available to my research group adequately meets the requirements for conducting our research.
The physical workspace assigned to me is adequate to effectively perform the duties assigned to me.
The shop services available to my research group adequately meets the requirements to support our research.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about facilities? If you disagree with any of the above, please elaborate on the reasons you disagree (i.e., what additional equipment, tools, software and support could be provided or changed, etc.)
Do you have any additional or final thoughts you would like to share?

Doctoral/Research Stream (PhD, MASc) Students

ABOUT YOU

Current Year of Study:
(For PhD only) Did you enter the program directly or bypass from MASc?
Are you a(n):
What is your general area of research?
How would you rank your overall academic experience as a graduate student in Civil Engineering at UofT?
How would you rank your overall non-academic (extra-curricular) experience as a graduate student in Civil Engineering at UofT?(1)

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, how would you rate the overall quality of teaching in your Civil Engineering graduate courses?
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On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, how would you rate the quality of academic guidance provided to you in your Civil Engineering graduate program by your research supervisor(s)?
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In your experience, what types of academic activity have provided the best format for learning in your Civil Engineering courses? Please rank in order of 1-3, with 1 being the best format.
Total: 0/6
Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about courses.
The range of courses available through the Civil Engineering graduate program are of excellent quality.
The range of courses available through the Civil Engineering graduate program adequately meets my learning objectives.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about courses?

FACILITIES

Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about laboratoryfacilities.
The laboratory facilities available to Civil Engineering graduate students adequately meets my expectations.
The laboratory facilities available to Civil Engineering graduate students adequately meets the demand for access.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about laboratory facilities?
Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about technical (shop)facilities.
The technical support available to students via the Civil + Mineral Engineering shops is of excellent quality
The range of technical services available to students via the Civil + Mineral Engineering shops adequately meets the needs of my research.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about technical (shop) facilities?
Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about common room/student clubfacilities.
The common meeting spaces available to Civil Engineering graduate students is of excellent quality.
The common meeting spaces available to Civil Engineering graduate students adequately meets the needs of the current student population.
The study space available to me within my research group adequately meets my needs.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about common room/student club facilities?

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

How would you rate the support provided to you by the Civil & Mineral Engineering Student Services Office (GB105)?
How would you rate the job/career support (i.e., the CivMin Career Fair, Engineering CONNECT, etc.) that you receive from the department?
Please state how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about the student experience.
I feel that I am well supported by the Civil Engineering department in all aspects of my graduate program.
I feel that I am kept well informed of scholarships, awards, events and opportunities available to me by the Civil Engineering department.
I feel that the opportunities to become involved in extra curricular activities and student life available to me through the Civil Engineering department adequately meets my needs.
Students in the Civil Engineering doctoral/research stream programs are ______ integrated into the departmental community compared with other students in the Department.
Is there any further comment you would like to make about the student experience?

PROGRAM QUALITY

To the best of your knowledge, how does your Civil Engineering doctoral/research-stream program compare with other research-based graduate engineering programs at U of T?
To the best of your knowledge, how does the U of T Civil Engineering doctoral/research-stream program compare with Civil Engineering graduate programs at other universities?
Do you have any additional or final thoughts you would like to share?