Message from the Associate Dean
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is undergoing exciting growth. Our researchers are participating in exciting industrial oriented projects which are transforming the provincial economy. Such as the $14 billion Hebron offshore oil development of Exxon Mobil, Suncor, Chevron and other partners in the Jeanne d’Arc basin. For example, offshore developments often involve complex structures that have not been designed or built in such challenging environments anywhere else in the world at such a large scale previously. Engineering challenges of the harsh operating environment in the North Atlantic are threefold: very deep water, icebergs and high ocean waves, often exceeding 20-25 meters in height. Operations at depths of over 1,000 meters and harsh environments have motivated the development of transformative new subsea technologies. New technologies are opening new research opportunities to harness the vast potential of cold ocean resources in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Our faculty is active in a wide range of fundamental and applied research. Our research programs reflect the needs of our unique location where industries such as oil and gas, oceans, and information technology are rapidly growing. Engineering research funding totalled about $18 million in 2014, increasing six fold since 2002. There is strong support for this research from industry and from various funding agencies, i.e. NSERC, ACOA/AIF, CRC and CFI. There are currently six externally funded research chairs in the Faculty and several more are under development. There are many opportunities for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to become involved in innovative research in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Research activities are also supported by post-doctoral fellows, research engineers and co-op work-term students.
Ocean engineering research has historically been an area of strength in the Faculty, and more recently we have strengthened our research in oil and gas engineering, environmental engineering, digital systems research, energy systems research, autonomous vehicles, instrumentation and control, thermo-fluids, structural engineering and process engineering. Research is currently supported by over 500 graduate students across all disciplines.
While our Faculty is very active in journal publications, patents, and international conference publications, recently we have provided particular support to our graduate students who have launched start-up companies in order to commercialize the results of their research activities. Notable start-ups include Virtual Marine Technology, Extreme Ocean Innovation and Verafin. Additionally, our research and development expertise and unique research facilities are available to the external community through our Industrial Outreach Group (IOG).
Dr. Claude Daley
Associate Dean, Research