On June 7, 2012, nearly 800 students from the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering will be awarded with engineering degrees, well prepared for exciting careers that lie ahead.
In all, 782 Faculty of Engineering undergraduate students are receiving their engineering degrees. Additionally, 171 graduate students are being presented with their Master’s degrees June 12, and 28 are accepting their PhD degrees June 13.
These graduates join a proud family of Faculty of Engineering alumni the world over, many of whom are having a tremendous impact on society through advancements in technology. One illustrious engineering alumnus is Gary Lindberg, who is receiving an honorary degree from the U of A. Lindberg earned his degree in engineering physics at the U of A in 1960 and was the project leader for the team that designed and built Canadarm—the robotic “arm” on NASA’s space shuttles.
Lindberg is delivering a convocation address to the graduating engineers June 7.
A tradition of excellence
Our new graduates continue a long and proud tradition of engineering excellence at the U of A that began more than 100 years ago.
William Muir Edwards, a civil engineer who was one of the original U of A professors when the university opened its doors in 1908, began teaching engineering in 1909; however, students had to travel elsewhere to complete their engineering degrees.
In 1913, the U of A’s first degrees in applied science (later engineering) were bestowed upon five students: Milton H. Brown, Joseph W. Doze, Walter Harold Draper and Cyrus Percival Hotchkiss.
Congratulations to our new graduates—we wish you happiness and success!