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 Fraser Forbes

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.



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. Co-op programs are usually in higher demand by students than the 4 year "Traditional" programs, and thus the entrance GPA tends to be higher.[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.


All five Faculty of Engineering departments offer MSc, MEng, and PhD programs.[5]

Key Research Facilities[edit]

  • The nanoFAB - An open access micro and nano fabrication research facility with approximately $110 M worth of state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.[6]
  • The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) – A joint venture with the National Research Council Canada (NRC) that hosts world-leading facilities and research programs involving more than 300 researchers.[7]
  • The Alberta Centre for Surface Engineering and Science (ACSES) – A $20M multi-disciplinary integrated surface characterization and modification facility.
  • The Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility – A facility designed to support substantial fundamental tailings research at a pilot scale (600 and 2000 kg solids per hour) and accommodate multiple, concurrent interdisciplinary research projects.[8]
  • The Peter S. Allen Magnetic Resonance Research Centre - A 100 per cent research dedicated, state-of-the-art facility located inside the University Hospital that houses 1.5 T, 3 T and 4.7 T full-body MRI systems.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] Other facilities include the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical/Materials Engineering buildings, both of which are connected to ETLC by pedway.

A new structure, the Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (D-ICE) was erected between the Chemical and Materials Engineering Building and the Windsor Car Park.[13] The new building will provide approximately 28,400 square metres of space to support expanded educational and research activities in the Faculty of Engineering. The building houses faculty members, staff, and students from every engineering discipline.


  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. ^ "Degrees and Programs - Faculty of Engineering - University of Alberta". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  6. ^ "nanoFAB - Fabrication and Characterization Facility". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  7. ^ "NINT". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  8. ^ "Creating tomorrow's technologies | OSTRF". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre, University of Alberta - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada". Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  10. ^ "ETLC/ECERF Opening". University of Alberta. 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  11. ^ "NREF Opening". University of Alberta. 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  12. ^ "NINT Opening". University of Alberta. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Innovation Centre for Engineering". University of Alberta. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 

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