Feature Stories Archive 2015

Fourteen Not Forgotten
On Dec. 6, 1989 14 women—12 engineering students, one nursing student and one employee at École Polytechnique de Montreal—were singled out because of their gender and slain by a gunman. Filled with grief and outrage, Canadians held memorial services across the country and worked together to bring about change, establishing Dec. 6 as National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The fur will fly at Engineering Head Shave
Engineering student at the University of Alberta have a long history of raising funds to help in the fight against cancer, and to assist those struggling with the disease.

The annual Engineering Head Shave, which raises funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, takes place Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ETLC Solarium.

The Founder of the Faculty: our first professor died in the service of others
The University of Alberta is a world leader in engineering, public health and water research, and prides itself on selfless service to the community. That expertise and commitment to community can be traced to the university’s earliest days.

In 1910, William Muir Edwards, one of the university’s first four professors, ended an outbreak of typhoid that was claiming lives—even our own students—by investigating and repairing a faulty water treatment plant. He died in the service of others, tending to victims of the global Spanish flu epidemic at Pembina Hall. On Nov. 14, we commemorate the 95th anniversary of his death.

The Canadian Forrest Gump
Tom Morimoto grew up with legends of the North—and his engineering degree took him everywhere else.

How grad school led alumnus to a multi-billion-dollar industry
Bruce McGee says advanced education was the best use of his time during economic downturns.

Come back to the place where it all started: register now for Alumni Weekend 2015
The lessons you learned and the friends you made during your university years changed your life forever. As fellow students you supported one another through a challenging and exciting time. Friendships formed and endured.

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
Whether you’re new to the Faculty of Engineering or a returning student, we welcome you to this exciting new chapter in your academic careers!

Your plan to success in engineering
The University of Alberta is your best choice for an engineering education. Your success during your university experience is important to us. We offer the academic, social, and financial support you need to succeed as an engineering student. Even the structure of program is designed to help you.

Engineering's moving forward with Fraser Forbes
Ask Fraser Forbes about the future of the Faculty of Engineering and you’ll get some straightforward answers on where the faculty is going and what we can do to take it there.

Still looking forward, after 20 years as Dean
June 30 marks the last day of David Lynch’s 21-year tenure as Dean of Engineering at the University of Alberta but he seems busier than ever. There is no slowing down or looking back for Lynch. The Faculty of Engineering, he observes, is a forward-looking place.

Making room for innovation
Touring the Fred Pheasey Engineering Commons during construction, mechanical engineering alumnus Fred Pheasey says the space already is imbued with potential and creates a space where engineering professors, researchers and students can spark creative collaborations.

Donadeo family honours the past, builds the future
A special gift from the Donadeo family to the Faculty of Engineering will have a greater impact in educating future generations of engineers—and honouring the family’s past.

We're moving - find out how you're affected
The Office of the Dean will be moving into the ninth floor of the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering.

Building your First-Year Timetable
New students can get the basics on courses they need to register in by visiting our Building Your First Year Timetable site.

Invest in yourself today for a more rewarding career
Opportunities for engineers with advanced degrees are growing. Engineers Canada reports that 95,000 Canadian engineers will retire by 2020. Our most seasoned experts are about to leave the workforce, taking with them decades of experience, knowledge, and leadership. 

Alumnus helping to improve cancer diagnostics
Govind Kaigala (Electrical ’05, PhD ’09) is part of a new generation of engineers applying nanotechnology to complex medical challenges.

There will be cake!
What could we possibly do to make the day before the last day of classes any better for our students? Cake, dear friends, cake.

How to perform at your best during final exams
The fall semester is almost over—here are five tips to help you perform at your best during the upcoming exam period. Preparation makes all the difference!

Celebrate all things engineering during National Engineering and Geosciences Month
March is National Engineering and Geosciences Month and engineering students have a calendar filled with events to explore engineering and creativity. 

Professor pictures it: art in the sky
Warren Finlay, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Alberta, is indulging in his hobby—astrophotography—pursuing the perfect shot that will capture the magnificence of the Milky Way.

King of the Roads: pavement pioneer earns top honours
Now’s the time to start thinking about summer employment and future career prospects and there are two events coming up in early January to help engineering students find jobs!

Power conversion research could have huge social and environmental impacts
Now’s the time to start thinking about summer employment and future career prospects and there are two events coming up in early January to help engineering students find jobs!

Make your best impression at the ESS Engineering Career Fair
Now’s the time to start thinking about summer employment and future career prospects and there are two events coming up in early January to help engineering students find jobs!