Message from the Associate Dean, Research

Dr. Helen Zhang

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) is committed to research excellence. With our first-class faculty, state-of-the-art research facilities and partnerships with industry, we excel in various areas of civil, electrical and computer, mechanical, ocean and naval architectural, and process engineering.

We have a mix of faculty members who are scholars recognized for their expertise and contributions to theoretical and/or applied research, leading dynamic research programs. Within an environment fostering collaboration, faculty hold industry-sponsored research chair appointments, e.g., Equinor, NSERC/Husky and Wood Group, as well as renowned Canada Research Chair positions.

Vibrant research is taking place in a number of prominent research labs in autonomous vehicles, digital systems, energy systems, environmental engineering, fluids and hydraulics, oil recovery, mechatronics, structural engineering, process engineering, remote sensing, as well as wireless, optical and underwater communications and networking. FEAS is also the host of multidisciplinary research centres in ocean engineering and risk, integrity and safety engineering, respectively. Research activities are sponsored by numerous government agencies and laboratories, such as ACOA, CFI, CRC, Innovate NL, NSERC, PRNL, and MITACS, as well as industry.

The excellence in research is demonstrated through the quality of publications, training of highly qualified personnel, and entrepreneurial activities. Verafin and Virtual Marine Technology are only two examples among the numerous successful companies incubated at FEAS.

With an outstanding faculty, modern research infrastructure, and exceptional grant development team, we are well positioned to further increase our partnerships and reputation, while contributing to technology advancements which positively impact our society.

Taking on this role during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several issues to be resolved regarding continuity of our research. The office will continue to support the faculty and members of their research teams during these challenging times.


Dr. Octavia A. Dobre



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