University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering

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University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering
The Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC)
Established 1908 (1908)
Type Faculty
Academic affiliation University of Alberta
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dean David Lynch

The University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in Canada in terms of size, international impact, and reputation.[1] The faculty is home to 1 Canada Excellence Research Chair, 16 Canada Research Chairs, 13 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council chairs, and 5 Foundation Supported Chairs.[2]


Engineering classes have been taught at the University of Alberta since it opened in 1908.


Undergraduate degree[edit]

The undergraduate bachelor's degree program for engineering is based on a 4-5 year program. The traditional program involves taking two terms (fall and winter) for four years to complete a degree. The co-op program involves intermittent work placement terms, within a 5 year period. As practical experience is considered important by many employers, the co-op program typically requires a slightly higher GPA for admission to ensure better quality students are admitted into the program.[3]

New students to engineering must first take two terms of general engineering courses before specializing into various departments. These courses include introductory chemistry, waves and light, statics, dynamics, calculus, linear algebra, computer programming and one complementary studies elective. This is structured to give students a feel of their areas of interest and strength, before fully entering into a specialized program. It also allows for ranking each student on a level playing field to decide program admission in second year. A sixth course in each term (General Engineering 100 and 101) must also be taken as an introduction to both the engineering profession, and as a means for each department to recruit students.[4]


The departments in engineering at the University of Alberta are as follows:

Each department also has a biomedical option, a program that applies engineering principles to medical practice.


The Mechanical Engineering Building
The Natural Resource Engineering Facility
The Chemical/Materials Engineering Building

Faculty of Engineering facilities are located mainly in the north-west corner of the University of Alberta campus and have experienced much growth since 2001. The joint Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) and Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility (ECERF) was completed in February 2002. ETLC contains the main Faculty of Engineering offices, several lecture halls, and many electrical and computer engineering laboratories. ECERF houses department and faculty offices as well as for lab space for graduate and postdoctoral work.[5] The Allan P. Markin/Canadian Natural Resources Limited Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NREF) was added on October 1, 2004, and houses most civil and environmental engineering programs.[6] Most recently, the National Institute for Nanotechnology was opened in June 2006. As a joint venture between the federal and provincial governments of Canada and Alberta and the University of Alberta, the institute houses some of the world's best nanotechnology facilities. It is Canada's quietest research space, filtering out all electromagnetic, acoustical and vibrational noise.[7] Other facilities include the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical/Materials Engineering buildings, both of which are connected to ETLC by pedway.

A new structure, the Innovation Centre for Engineering (ICE) has broken ground and will be erected between the Chemical and Materials Engineering Building and the Windsor Car Park.[8]


  1. ^ "University of Alberta". AUCC. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Background". Faculty of Engineering. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Admission GPAs for Second Year Programs". University of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  4. ^ "University of Alberta Year 1 Registration Information". University of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  5. ^ "ETLC/ECERF Opening". University of Alberta. 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  6. ^ "NREF Opening". University of Alberta. 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  7. ^ "NINT Opening". University of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Innovation Centre for Engineering". University of Alberta. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 

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