Faculty of Engineering

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Fueling Innovation:

Together, we can provide our students with the programs, the facilities and the equipment that will allow them to succeed.

We offer our students a first-rate education in engineering and computer science, preparing them to practise their profession with skill and integrity, and to adapt to the needs of a constantly changing society.

We have over 3,400 students in our eight undergraduate programs, and over 1,600 graduate students in our 19 master’s and doctoral programs.

Here are some of the initiatives that can directly benefit from your donation to the Faculty of Engineering.

State-of-the-art Facilities to Support 'Learning by Doing'

Laboratory education is a key component of our programs in engineering and computer science. Examples of specific equipment and software needs include turbomachinery for mechanical engineering, environmental designs for civil engineering and costing software to replace parts for electrical machines and power systems for electrical engineering and computer science.

Up-to-date software suites, operating systems and specialized equipment are essential to appropriately introduce students to the leading-edge technology that they will be using after graduation. These resources can also foster new teaching and research opportunities that meet or exceed industry standards and expectations.

Inspiring the Technology Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowment Fund (EIEF) nurtures our students’ entrepreneurial spirit by:

  • holding competitions where students develop and defend business plans based on innovative products, technologies or services, and
  • helping them to connect with experience technological entrepreneurs as well as students from the Telfer School of Management and other faculties.

Each year, the best student businesses share in prizes totalling $60,000. Many winners of these competitions have successfully launched businesses.

Expanding Instruction and Experimentation Spaces

With an increasing number of engineering and computer science students choosing the University of Ottawa, the need for space is more acute than ever. The addition of two floors to the existing Block E of Colonel By Hall will go a long way to address the Faculty's space challenges.

One floor would be used to provide much needed workstations for our graduate students as well as common areas to encourage meetings and discussions. The faculty's Brunsfield Engineering Student Projects and Entrepreneurship Centre, currently located at 200 Lees would be relocated to the other additional floor. Moving the Centre to the main Faculty of Engineering building will make access easier and provide a larger space for students to work on their projects and succeed at competitions and entrepreneurial ventures.

Putting Learning into Action

We want all our students to have the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom -- to bring their designs to life and to compete in national and international competitions. We are very proud of the team of six Faculty of Engineering students who finished in second place, out of 900 participants, in the recent Valeo Innovation Challenge in Paris. They designed a hybrid electric vehicle drive system that could revolutionize cars by 2030. We are also proud of our new uOttawa Makerspace, a collaborative space where people can come together to invent, design and build using the latest design tools and technology. Your gift will enable more of our students to create and test their own prototypes and compete against the best in the world. 

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