Notable Alumni

The McGill Faculty of Engineering, along with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, have a long legacy of fostering talent and shaping many notable engineers and architects. See below to discover some of our many noteworthy alumni.


Richard Birdsall Rogers (BEng’1878)

Creator of the Peterborough Lift Lock

George Hodgson (BEng' 1916)

Canadian Olympic swimmer and first Canadian to win two Olympic gold medals

Val Fitch (BEng'48, DSc'87)

American nuclear physicist and co-recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics

Livio De Simone (BEng’57)

Chairman and CEO of 3M Corporation

Henry Mintzberg (BEng'61)

Acclaimed management thinker, author and iconoclast

Les Vadasz (BEng'61)

Founding member of Intel Corporation

Jake Eberts (BEng'62)

Award-winning movie producer and film financier

Dr. Andy Benedek (BEng’66)

Founder and CEO of ZENON Environmental Inc.

Dr. Taro Alepian (BEng’67)

Executive Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin Group

Dr. Michael Avedesian (BEng’69)

CEO of MAGNOLA Corporation

Lorne Trottier (BEng'70, MEng'73)

Leading philanthropist and co-founder of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.

Dr. Axel Meisen (PhD’70)

President, Memorial University of Newfoundland

John Wills (BEng’75)

President, Plumbing Products Division of Masco Corporation, makers of Delta faucets

Dr. Peter Tsantrizos (MEng’81)

Founder of Pyrogenesis Inc.

Dr. Noubar Afeyan (BEng’83)

Founder and CEO of Applied Biosystems Inc.

Julie Payette (BEng'86, DSc’03)

Former Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency and current Governor General of Canada.

Greg Vance (BEng’87)

Vice-President and partner at Procaps Ltd.

Laurent Levi (BEng’91)

Successful owner of AIREX Manufacturing Corp.

Motaz Kabbani (BEng’93)

Dancer and choreographer

Matthew Collyer (MEng '96)

Skat musician of Planet Smashers and founder of Stomp Records

Dr. Jeffrey Karp (BEng'99)

Inventor of gecko-tape

Hicham Ratnani (BEng’08)

Co-founder and chief operating officer of Frank & Oak



Arthur Erickson (BArch’50)

Renowned Canadian Architect and Urban Planner

Moshe Safdie (MArch’61)

Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author.

Raymond Moriyama (MArch’57)

Notable Canadian architect of Japanese descent

Witold Rybczynski (MArch’72)

Canadian American architect, professor and writer

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