Message from the Associate Dean, Research (Acting)

Dr. Helen Zhang

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is active in a wide range of fundamental and applied research, which is a hybrid leading to new knowledge generation and subsequent exploitation.

Research excellence in the faculty is built upon the strong programs in four strategic areas including ocean technology, environmental and sustainable infrastructure, information and communications technology and energy.

Historically, ocean engineering research has been our strength. However, 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. Those research programs are supported by the faculty’s great infrastructure such as the $16.9 million Harsh Environment Research Facility (HERF) and by over 700 graduate students across all disciplines.

Research programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science also reflect the needs of our unique location where offshore oil and gas and ocean industries are rapidly growing.

Our researchers are participating in exciting industrial-oriented projects such as the $14 billion Hebron offshore oil development of Exxon Mobil, Suncor, Chevron and other partners in the Jeanne d’Arc basin. The faculty has an active entrepreneurial spirit that has led several students and graduates to start spinoff companies, such as Virtual Marine Technology, Extreme Ocean Innovation, Verafin, among numerous others.

The faculty holds external research funding from a number of government agencies, industry partners and other organizations, such as NSERC, CFI, CRC,  ACOA, Innovate NL, PRNL, and MITACS. Numerous faculty members hold prestigious Canada Research Chair and industry-sponsored research chair appointments, i.e., Equinor, Wood Group, NSERC/Husky and CARD, among others in progress. The faculty always fosters a culture of collaborative research, both within the university and in the broader academic community.

The faculty’s research programs are finding new solutions to global problems and educating future leaders, who will turn great ideas into new products to help make the world a better place. The research outputs are advancing the frontiers that will transform industry and society of the future – and we are excited to be a part of that.

Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang
Associate Dean, Research (Acting)



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