Marjan Eggermont

Teaching Professor

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Academic Director

Sustainable Engineering

PhD - Computational Media Design

University of Calgary, 2018

MFA - Printmaking

University of Calgary, 1998

BFA - Printmaking

University of Calgary, 1996

BA - Military History

University of Calgary, 1991

Contact information


Information and Communications Technology : ICT241

Office hours

By appointment


Advanced Topics in Visualization with a focus on Biomimetic Visualization (CPSC 701.07

Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology (ENME 619.06)

Biomimetics for Engineers (ENME 619.56/ENEL 619.06/BMEN 619.09)

Bio-inspired Engineering (ENGG 523)

Art and Engineering (ENGG 521)

Technology and Society (ENGG 481)

Engineering Design and Communication (ENGG 200

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Engineering for the environment - Biosystems and biomedical engineering
  • Engineering for the environment - Bio-inspired design
  • Engineering for the environment - Biomimicry
  • Engineering for the environment - Bio-inspired information visualization
  • Information visualization
  • Personal visualization
  • Data physicalization
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Graphics
  • 3D modelling

Teaching activities

Arts/engineering collaborative projects, technology and society, bio-inspired design, design and drawing.


Marjan Eggermont is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. She served as the school’s Associate Dean (Student Affairs) from 2012 to 2017.

Eggermont earned a BA in Military History, a BFA and MFA in print media, and recently finished her PhD in Computational Media Design specializing in Information Visualization.

In her time at The Schulich School of Engineering, she has taught all incoming engineering students, which at last count was just over 10,000 students (2002-2018). She teaches in the areas of visualization, engineering sketching, communication, design history, bio-inspired design, and technology and society. Her commitment to teaching excellence is evidenced by awards received both internally (Schulich School of Engineering Common Core Teaching Award, University of Calgary Teaching Scholar) and externally (ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, STLHE Alan Blizzard Award). 

Eggermont is also an artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. 

She is a Biomimicry Institute Fellow and was a member of their Biomimicry Educational Advisory Board. She is the co-founder of Biomimicry Alberta. In 2013, she won “Best of Biomimicry: Excellence in Biomimicry Education within a College or University” at the Biomimicry Education Summit and Global Conference in Boston.

With co-editors Tom McKeag (San Francisco) and Norbert Hoeller (Toronto) she edits, designs and publishes bio-inspired design journal Zygote Quarterly ZQ was a finalist in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for a Digital Magazine Award in the Science and Nature Magazine of the Year category.


Selected Awards:

Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards Arts and Culture Award 2018, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC).

2017 Peak Scholar nominee for Zygote Quarterly, Celebrating Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Knowledge Engagement.

Gold: Best Investigative Article or Series - Business category: ZQ (Zygote Quarterly) (Marjan Eggermont, Creative Director, Publisher, Editor; Norbert Hoeller, Editor; Colin McDonald, Webmaster; Tom McKeag, Editor; Adelheid Fischer, Columnist), Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2017.

Finalist BEST DIGITAL PUBLICATION: ZQ (Marjan Eggermont, Designer, Publisher, Editor; Norbert Hoeller, Editor, Writer, Webmaster; Colin McDonald, Designer, Webmaster, Web Designer; Tom McKeag, Editor, Writer; Raul de Villafranca, Manuel Quiros, Tanya lynne Sakamoto, Contributing Editors), Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2015.

Finalist Science and Nature Magazine of the Year for ZQ (Zygote Quarterly) DMA (Digital Magazine Awards) 2015.

2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge First Place Student Winners, Mentor for Windchill Team: Jorge Zapote, Mitchell Weber, Xi Cheng, Michelle Zhou.

2013 – Best of Biomimicry Award, Biomimicry 3.8

2012 – Teaching Award for Common Core, Schulich School of Engineering

2011 – Distinguished Graduate of 2011 Engineering Convocation, University of Calgary

2009 – Nominated for Best of Design in Engineering Education, ASEE Conference

2007 – Best Presentation in Session, Capstone Design Conference (Boulder, CO)

2006 – Nominated for Best Division V Paper Award, ASEE Conference

2005 – ASME Curriculum Innovation Award

2004 – Best Division V Paper Award, ASEE Conference

2004 – STLHE Alan Blizzard Award (Award for Collaborative Projects that Improve Student Learning)