Industry & Community Partnerships
Partnerships between the Faculty of Engineering, industry, and engineering professionals enrich the learning and research programs within the Faculty. They also have far-reaching impacts. By supporting a research chair in the Faculty, for example, new knowledge is passed on to industry to improve standards and practices; other activities such as mentorships enhance student experiences, and ultimately strengthen the engineering profession.
Engineering firms and industrial partners are involved in the Faculty through:
- Hiring Co-op students
- Presenting design challenges to students and adjudicating student capstone projects
- Providing financial and in-kind support for collaborative research activities
- Recruiting engineering students at career fairs
- Mentoring activities such as skills seminars and first-year night events
Our industry partners play a vital role in advancing research and education in the Faculty of Engineering. Gifts from industry can help establish scholarships or research chairs in association with national and international peer-reviewed funding agencies. These partnerships support 16 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs and 11 endowed chairs and professorships, greatly increasing the Faculty's teaching and research capacity.
Examples of these successful partnerships abound. Operating under a partnership between the U of A Faculty of Engineering, Imperial Oil, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions, the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation (COSI) conducts high-level research aimed at revolutionizing oilsands technology.
Other partnerships between industry and the Faculty focus on areas as diverse as electrical power grid systems, masonry, and welding and joining.
Impact on Campus and Beyond
Support from industry and the engineering profession in capstone design courses, and financial support for engineering design projects give our students more opportunities to apply their knowledge through hands-on projects; and support from both industry and individual donors helps provide Engineering students with student study space, labs, and common areas.
Support for the Faculty of Engineering can also have an impact on the greater community. Donations from our industry partners to DiscoverE, a student-delivered initiative of the Faculty of Engineering with a focus on fun, accessibility and mentorship, means disadvantaged children who might not otherwise participate in DiscoverE programs are able to experience the excitement of engineering, science and technology.