Dean's message

Our strategic plan in action

In the fall of 2015, we launched our five-year strategic plan Energizing Engineering Leadership. This united vision sparked bold actions in supporting student success, fostering diversity and doing research that makes a difference.

With the digital revolution underway, our world is changing at an unprecedented rate.  As engineers, our role is to lead that change. That’s why we’ve updated our strategic vision. We know action is needed now.

At the Schulich School of Engineering, strive to be a Catalyst for a Connected World.

As a proud faculty within a research-intensive university, we are committed to enhancing our global research impact, to expanding access to engineering and to enriching the student experience.

We will accelerate digital innovation and the growth of our e-economy through Zetta, our vehicle for digital transformation. We will amplify the positive effects of our research by more effectively sharing our discoveries with the world. We will grow our number of faculty who are recognized global leaders by championing the many positive impacts of their research, teaching, mentoring and leadership.

We will continue to embrace interdisciplinary research through new collaborations to find the solutions society needs most. By partnering with the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, we will take discoveries from our laboratories to the communities around us. As an entire school, we will translate our global research impact into action.

To expand access to engineering, we will create new pathways into our programs by collaborating with other post-secondary institutions and establishing new streams into our profession. Through partnerships across campus, and with groups such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and Engineers Canada, we will continue our work to ensure engineering is a welcoming profession.

As part of enriching the student experience, our school is establishing Catalyst, a new initiative to support student leadership and professional development, entrepreneurial thinking and meaningful mentorships with professional partners. We are cultivating new Work Integrated Learning opportunities for all of our students with a goal of 100 per cent of our students having a meaningful work experience before graduation. Our new initiatives and spaces will allow our researchers and students to boldly embrace Calgary’s entrepreneurial, leadership spirit.

With today’s evolving technologies, economy and environment – it’s time to become a catalyst for change.


Dr. Bill Rosehart, P.Eng., PhD

Dean and Professor, Schulich School of Engineering