Schulich strong during COVID-19

Engineering our future in uncertain times

Message on impact of COVID-19 from Dean Bill Rosehart

The world we live in now is dramatically different than it was just a few weeks ago. Like many of you, we have had to make fundamental changes to our operations to ensure they continue through the evolving COVID-19 situation.

We’ve transitioned swiftly and effectively to online learning for thousands of students. We have adapted our administrative supports to be offered remotely, answering hundreds of calls and emails to help our students keep their studies on track. We’ve re-positioned some of our researchers to COVID-19 projects to help address the current public-health crisis we all face.

While the pace of change is unprecedented, our focus remains on sparking innovation in our increasingly connected world; critical breakthroughs are beginning to emerge.

Innovation in action

Dr. Amir Sanati-Nezhad, an assistant professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, is creating a COVID-19 test that can be completed in the comfort of your own home, with results sent wirelessly from a hand-held biosensor to health officials. The device would help reduce in-person contact for people suspected of being infected.

Some of our biomedical engineering researchers are working to design a modern-day iron lung, developing a negative-pressure ventilator from basic equipment and materials. This machine could be of particular use to developing countries where access to ventilators is sparse. We also have some graduate students using our school 3D printers to create medical PPE for front-line health-care workers.

Answering the call to serve

Engineers are problem-solvers. Right now, we need to think globally, act boldly and embrace our entrepreneurial spirit as we develop vital solutions the world desperately needs.

We need your help. Given the urgency and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure our students, faculty and staff are safe and healthy, and to rally support for our researchers dedicated to the fight against the coronavirus. That’s why this year’s UCalgary Giving Day is focused on helping our  community through these tough times.

The University of Calgary has created two new COVID-19 response funds – a COVID-19 Student Relief Fund and a COVID-19 Research Fund. In addition to these funds, the Schulich School of Engineering will be directing proceeds from our Dean’s Impact Fund towards specific SSE-led, COVID-19 response projects and initiatives. If you have capacity, and want to help support our students and our researchers, please consider participating in UCalgary Giving Day. Until May 22, any gifts will be matched up to $2,500. To give, follow this link and scroll to the Schulich School of Engineering impact fund.

Giving Day is just one of many ways we hope you will continue to engage with us. If you are part of our outstanding engineering alumni, and are giving back to the community, please tell us your story by emailing engineering.alumni@ucalgary.ca. Share your expertise with us by volunteering on an industry advisory council or partner with us on research.

The world is changing rapidly. As engineers, lets lead that change together.

Bill Rosehart, P.Eng., PhD

Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering


Schulich Connects: Engineering Solutions to COVID-19

Schulich Connects

We're taking Schulich Connects virtual...

Dean Bill Rosehart will host an online panel discussion with Schulich School of Engineering researchers who have developed new technologies and transformed their research to address this pandemic. 

Find out how our researchers are working to protect your health.

June 18, 2020
9 to 10 a.m.
Online


Researchers making a difference

Schulich engineering research during COVID-19

Emergency ventilator for Coronavirus victims

UCalgary biomedical engineers and scientists are part of an international research collaboration to develop a modern-day iron lung. A negative pressure ventilation device, the machine could help COVID-19 victims breathe if the current global pandemic leaves patients with no other options. 

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COVID-19 self-testing device

COVID-19 self-testing device

A novel diagnostic tool for rapid detection of early-stage COVID-19 is being developed by UCalgary biomedical engineers. The device will reduce in-person contact during the pandemic and allow people to test for the virus by extracting and detecting RNA in the virus.

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Schulich spinoff manufactures hand sanitizer during COVID-19

Schulich spinoff manufactures hand sanitizer during COVID-19

EnviCore, a Schulich research spinoff that developed a sustainable wastewater treatment solution, is switching gears. The team is producing up to 500 litres of hand sanitizer to help with the current demand, and shortage, during COVID-19.

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UCalgary researchers produce 12,000 COVID-19 face shields

UCalgary researchers produce 12,000 COVID-19 face shields

A cross-disciplinary group, led by UCalgary researchers, is producing Alberta Health Services-approved visors for distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brought together through Facebook, the "Sheild Makers YYC" team consulted AHS Infection Prevention and Control to get the mask just right.

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Read more about UCalgary staff, researcher and student responses to COVID-19


Alumni lending a hand

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

Engineering entrepreneurs help Calgary cope with pandemic

Read more about how engineering alumni Aviv Fried, BSc (Eng)'08, owner of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and Alex Leakos and Spencer Kerber, BSc (Eng)'15, co-founders of Bessie Box, are helping out during COVID-19. These small food enterprises are pivoting during challenging times to package family dinners-to-go, setting up no contact delivery, donating food and hiring laid-off service-industry workers to keep up with demand. 

Custom COVID-19 mask made by UCalgary alumni

Custom COVID-19 mask made by engineering alumnus

A UCalgary engineering grad and a communications grad are using their experience in custom footwear to help fight the global pandemic. They came together 10 years after graduation to make reusable, custom face masks to protect front-line workers.

Capstone engineering student project leads to germ-fighting duffel bag

The same pandemic that prevented Schulich School of Engineering students from showing off their final design projects in 2020 may help to shine the spotlight on a germ-killing capstone solution from the past


Students stepping up to help

Neuro Nexus logo

Innovative projects to support mental health

Neuro Nexus is empowering its mental health community with a special online multidisciplinary collaborative initiative to address the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCalgary COVID-19 diaries: At home with four students feeling the impact of the pandemic

'I never thought I’d miss seeing lineups — like at Tim’s and Bake Chef — or that I’d miss seeing people studying at TFDL or just going about their day'


Engineering Career Centre supporting employers and interns

Employer resources for a remote work environment

Employer resources for a remote work environment

Providing employers with the support they need to have the best engineering internship experience possible. Everything from remote leadership and project management to the virtual hiring process and more.

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Student resources for learning and working remotely

Student resources for learning and working remotely

As organizations move to remote work environments during COVID-19, the Engineering Career Centre is dedicated to providing engineering interns with the support they need to have the best experience possible.

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Engineering Student Centre supporting new and current students

You at UCalgary

Joining "You at UCalgary" virtually

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Schulich Launchpad

Schulich Launchpad cleared for liftoff during pandemic

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