Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University.
It's a great time for students to pursue an engineering education at Memorial University. Based on a past national survey of university graduates, engineering degrees represent five of the top 10 most valuable degrees to earn in Canada. A labour market study by Engineers Canada projected over 12,000 new job openings annually due to growth in traditional and emerging industries that employ engineers and replacement of retiring engineers.
Our faculty has a long, proud history of excellence in engineering education and research, beginning in 1930, and with its first accreditation by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) in 1975. We offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs in civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, ocean and naval architectural (unique in Canada) and process engineering. Further course-based graduate programs are offered in oil and gas, environmental systems, computer engineering and energy systems. In total, these programs are offered to over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Our undergraduate co-operative education programs were among the first in Canada. These provide all students with exceptional work-study experiences with leading employers across Canada and beyond. A total of up to six work terms allow students to apply concepts and theories from courses to practical engineering projects in industry. Our students have received many awards. For example, Katy Warren, an electrical engineering student, won CBC Television's national title of Canada's Smartest Person.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is a hub of innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential learning opportunities. In addition to co-op work terms in industry, students can also avail of international placements, research semesters, entrepreneurship ventures, and service learning in non-profit community organizations. A massive new infrastructure project on campus - the Core Science Facility (CSF) (425,000 sq ft) - is enabling an engineering expansion with modern, world-class laboratory and student learning facilities. CSF will dramatically improve the functionality of Memorial's campus for decades to come and foster multi-disciplinary collaboration between science and engineering.
Many of our faculty members are internationally renowned and award-winning professors in their respective fields of research. Our Faculty's research intensiveness, for example in terms of the graduate student-to-faculty ratio, is among the highest of engineering schools in Canada. Numerous faculty members hold prestigious Industrial Research Chairs. These include the Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environment Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering, Equinor Chair in Reservoir Analysis and NSERC/Husky Energy Industrial Research Chair in Safety at Sea, among others.
Students have a unique opportunity to study and learn from professors using world-class facilities and laboratories. Some examples include the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Laboratory, Computer Engineering Research Laboratories, a 50-metre Wave/Towing Tank, Environmental Systems Laboratory, Structures Laboratory, Advanced Drilling Laboratory and the Thermo-Fluids Laboratory. We also hold close affiliations and have access to on-site, world-renowned institutes, namely NRC's Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (OCRE) Centre, with its large ice tank, wace tank and sea-keeping basin and C-CORE, which houses one of the world's largest geotechnical centrifuges.
Our faculty provides the highest quality of education through teaching and research excellence, a vibrant educational environment and innovative programs. These provide our graduates with the skills needed by employers to succeed and become leaders of tomorrow. Our research programs are finding new solutions to global problems and educating future leaders, who will turn great ideas into new products and substantive changes to make the world a better place. Our faculty is advancing the frontiers that will transform industry and the society of the future.
I invite you to visit our website, which gives detailed information about our programs and research, and our most recent news and activities. I also personally welcome you to our campus to visit our laboratories and capabilities, and to meet our professors, staff and students.
Dr. Greg F. Naterer
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science