Dean’s Message

Winter 2014

Nicell small pic lrThis is my first opportunity to speak to all graduates through the medium of the Dean’s Report, so I would like to share some thoughts about how I perceive my role—and more important, your role—during the next five years.

I believe effective leadership is based on four key elements: developing an efficient team; listening to multiple points of view; evaluating possibilities and building consensus.

The McGill Faculty of Engineering doesn’t need someone to determine where we should be heading; it needs someone to help our professors, students and staff get to where they know they have to go. And that is where you, our alumni, come in.

Whether young, old, near or far, you are uniquely placed to identify new trends and new opportunities to help us better serve the professions we support.

My colleagues and I are counting on you

You know what the world wants from today’s graduates and, having studied here, you have a keener sense than most about how McGill Engineering can adapt to meet those needs. You can help us avoid pitfalls and suggest pathways to better guarantee success.

Alumni support comes in many forms. Certainly annual gifts are vital in enabling our students and professors in Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning to reach their goals, but the insights and expertise that flow from your experience in the workplace are also enormously valuable to us.

My colleagues and I are counting on you to continue to do your part to help the rest of our Engineering Faculty team succeed.

Thank you for your continuing loyalty and support.

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Jim A. Nicell

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