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Research that Makes a Difference

Engineers possess the vision and the knowledge needed to improve the world around them. At the school we will promote research that has a real, measurable and lasting impact on the lives of people living down the street or around the world. Through broad partnerships with our community, our researchers will work together to find meaningful solutions to local and global challenges. As world-leading researchers, they will also expand the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, they will effectively communicate their findings and they will demonstrate the best of what engineers can be.


Lighting up rural communities

Researchers Ed Nowicki and David Wood developed a micro-hydroelectric system to provide power to rural Nepal. Their efforts to bring power to remote communities is changing lives.


Research that makes a difference



Our Goals

Leading research

We will be amongst the research leaders in Canada’s engineering schools. We will increase our focus on the impact of our discoveries, on measuring our research successes and on increasing our international leadership.

Working in teams

We will distinguish ourselves by creating collaborative and productive teams composed of faculty, staff, students and industry who will work on large projects to meet the grand challenges of our time.

Improving lives

We will transform the ideas generated by engineering research into practical and powerful improvements in people’s lives. We will share our discoveries and insights through technology transfer, patent development and application, and involvement in local and global engineering practice. We will expand knowledge and understanding, propelling the profession forward.

Research that makes a difference