Feature Stories Archive 2016

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.

Giving Day: help support student wellness!
Nearly all students report feeling overwhelmed at some point by the pressures of university life. During final exams, that pressure is even more intense. A simple gift like a care package can add a little levity to a stressful time.

The Founder of the Faculty: our first professor died in the service of others
“Saving lives” isn’t the first thing to spring to mind when you think of university professors or engineers. But that’s precisely what the University of Alberta’s first engineering professor did, through his technical skills and his deep concern for the welfare of others.

The U of A had been opened for just two years when civil engineering professor William Muir Edwards, one of the university’s first four professors, ended an outbreak of typhoid. The water-borne disease was claiming lives—even our own students. His investigation and repairs to a faulty water treatment plant stopped the outbreak.

Muir himself died in the service of others, tending to victims of the global Spanish flu epidemic at Pembina Hall. On Nov. 14, we commemorate the 98th anniversary of his death.

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 2016

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.

Register for DiscoverE summer camps!
A student-delivered initiative of the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering, DiscoverE focuses on fun, accessibility, and mentorship. Our five-day camps operate in Edmonton, across Alberta and the Northwest Territories from July 4 to Aug. 26. Register now! Visit the DiscoverE summer camps website for more information.

Fraser Forbes appointed as new Dean of Engineering
The University of Alberta Board of Governors has appointed Fraser Forbes to a five-year term as dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

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.

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!

There will be π!
The Engineering Students Society is serving up its most delicious annual fun fundraiser, Pi Week. Part of the ESS’s National Engineering and Geosciences Month festivities, Pie Day is officially March 14 (3/14) but sometimes it seems like Pi just goes on forever, with people getting pasted with pastries all over the place.

This March love (and celebrate) an engineer: National Engineering and Geosciences Month celebrations kick off March 14.
Engineers of all breeds, mark your calendars: National Engineering and Geosciences Month opens on March 14! This year celebrations, featuring a series of fun and creative events ranging from assembling Lego pieces to competing in a dodgeball-on-trampoline tournament, will run through March 30, in conjunction with the annual Engineering Art Show, dubbed SPARK this year. 

Choose your engineering path at first-year nights 
If you are a first-year engineering student, you’re invited to attend all of the first-year night orientation sessions to learn more about the different engineering disciplines you can specialize in and find out what it’s like to study in different engineering departments.

Engineering alumni build a 50 fast growth company
ONEC Engineering’s emphasis on integrating teams is paying off.