President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science gets top marks

“Our graduates, students, faculty and staff should be very proud of this achievement." - Dr. Ray Gosine, dean of engineering

All five programs in the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial University were granted a full six-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation period possible for engineering degree programs in Canada, after a review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) this past year.

All engineering degree programs in Canada undergo rigorous assessments by the CEAB, which acts on behalf of the engineering profession in Canada to ensure that Canadian engineering graduates are among the best in the world. Accredited engineering programs must contain not only adequate mathematics, science and engineering, but they must also develop communication skills and an understanding of the environmental, cultural, economic and social impacts of engineering on society and of the concept of sustainable development. Accreditation also ensures and reinforces a commitment to educating engineers who are adaptive, creative, resourceful and responsive while fostering innovation in undergraduate students. The decision is a very strong endorsement of the quality of the engineering degree programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. It places our programs among the very best in Canada and it reflects an outstanding commitment to engineering education at Memorial. Full accreditation for all of the faculty's engineering programs is a rare and outstanding accomplishment.

Meanwhile, it was announced in the summer that the Bachelor of Engineering program at Memorial was getting a redesign the first changes to take place in the program in 30 years. The program has been revamped to emphasize areas that have particular relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador such as oil and gas, offshore, process industries, energy sector, advanced technology sector, with more team project work, and increased flexibility to take courses across engineering disciplines and from outside the Faculty of Engineering. Scheduled for students entering in 2008, the most obvious change is that the program will now run five years instead of six (or eight academic semesters from the current 10). Other significant changes include students being admitted directly from high school and, although the program will still have a mandatory co-op component, students will only have to complete four work terms as opposed to the six they now have to complete. The new program will also include Engineering One, a common first year with more project-based, interdisciplinary courses after which there will be competitive entry into each of the five engineering disciplines: civil, electrical, computer, mechanical, and ocean and naval.