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  1. 1. Schulich Schoolof EngineeringUniversity of Calgary
  2. 2. BeyondEngineeringEngineering is a cornerstone of modern life. From the water we drink and the buildings we occupy, to the roadswe drive on and cities we live in, to the full spectrum of computers and machines in our homes, hospitalsand industries—engineering is involved in almost every tool, technique and system that supports daily life andcreates prosperity. Engineering is also vital to the location and recovery of the many natural resources requiredfor maintaining our modern way of life. Along the way, engineering is tackling the challenges of our crowdedplanet to make the world a better place. Careers in this profession are plentiful, as the world’s future dependson ambitious, caring and creative engineers.On the cover: The University of Calgary solar car team gets the Schulich Axiom back on track after a quick stop inthe pit lane—known as a hot pit—to change drivers during the 2010 Formula Sun Grand Prix in Texas.Cover photo by Merlin Nagel
  3. 3. university of calgary • Schulich School of EngineeringTop 10 reasons to study at theSchulich School of Engineering: • It is located in the engineering capital of Canada. There are more engineers per capita in Calgary than in any other major Canadian city, and only Toronto has more corporate head offices. • It has the largest internship program of its kind in Canada. Up to 80 percent of students take a 12- to 16-month paid internship after third year. They make contacts, get experience and offset the costs of education. International placements expand horizons even further. DEGREE PROGRAMS • It is the only engineering school in Canada with a $685,000 one-stop- shop to support extra-curricular student activities. Every year, these ALL DEGREE PROGRAMS SHARE funds go directly to students to offset the costs of studying abroad, or these common FEATURES: for travelling and competing with clubs and teams. Up to 75 percent of event costs can be covered. • A common core of first-year courses is taken by all students. At the end of the first year, students • It has been ranked twice in a row as the number one engineering apply to begin one of eight programs in second school in Canada for integrating environmental and social year. Entrance into each program is competitive sustainability into engineering education. (corporateknights.com) and based on marks in first year • Hands-on learning methods encourage students to apply their • small laboratory classes, home rooms and knowledge and creativity throughout the undergraduate program. student projects facilitate student-faculty interaction • It offers the largest engineering entrance scholarships in Canada providing $34,200 to $56,800 to exceptional students in two • internship is taken after third year by categories: academic achievement and community service/ most students entrepreneurial talent. • all fourth-year students undertake a year-long • Professors receive awards for teaching and research excellence. design project • The Schulich School is home to one of the strongest biomedical • opportunities for interdisciplinary specializations engineering programs in Canada, joining the prestigious University of and complementary studies are encouraged Calgary medical school with the Schulich School of Engineering, and supported and the Olympic legacy of the Faculty of Kinesiology. • Research opportunities are supported at the undergraduate level. Programs • It ranks well above the national average for female engineering Chemical Engineering students and faculty members and is a leader in women in Oil and Gas Engineering engineering initiatives. Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Software Engineering Geomatics Engineering Did You Know? The Schulich Student Activities Mechanical Engineering Fund grants nearly $600,000 to students annually for extra- curricular experiences—from worldwide study abroad trips specializations to clubs and teams like the solar car. Biomedical Energy and Environment
  4. 4. Chemical EngineeringChemical engineering is the most broadly based of engineering in producing clothing fibres and dyes, leather, pharmaceuticals,disciplines and involves the design and operation of a variety of refined petroleum products, plastics and even the semiconductorplants and processes. Chemical engineers are involved with the chips in computers. Especially important are emerging markets fortransformation of raw materials, whether by chemical reactions or environmentally friendly products and processes.physical separations, into products with added value. For example,chemical engineers design and oversee the processes involvedWhat is the program of study like? ALUMNIThe chemical engineering program acquaints students with theprocessing steps used to convert materials to more usable forms. Jason MotkoskiThere is also a strong emphasis on computer skills and many Chemical Engineering with Biomedical specialization, Class of 2010courses involve the application of computer modelling softwarecommonly used in industry. Teams of students use their detailed “I came to the Schulich School of Engineering from Edmontonknowledge to design a complete industrial process for because Calgary is known as the engineering capital of Canada,”a specific product such as polyethylene. These projects are usually says Jason, an inaugural Schulich Scholar who studied chemicalindustry oriented and prepare students for real-life industrial engineering with a biomedical specialization. The Schulichexperience. School is among the first engineering schools in Canada to offer a biomedical specialization. Motkoski, now in medical school, attests to the team spirit in engineering. “By fourth year, we wereMinors and Specializations sharing experiences and solving problems, especially enriched byMinor in Petroleum Engineering students who had done a year of internship. We had learned fromMinor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development some of the best minds and companies around the world.”Minor in Management and SocietyEnergy and Environment SpecializationBiomedical Specialization
  5. 5. Oil and Gas EngineeringOil and gas engineering involves the training in technologies and modelling techniques, oversee drilling operations, designspecific to exploration, development and production of oil and gas integrated strategies for primary and improved recovery schemes,in an economical and environmentally sustainable manner. Oil and design hydrocarbon production and treatment facilities.and gas engineers evaluate reservoirs using reservoir descriptionWhat is the program of study like? Minors and SpecializationsEngineers in this field gain a sound understanding of geological Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Developmentprinciples and learn to integrate them with the principles of Minor in Management and Societyenergy and mass conservation and thermodynamics. Courses inreservoir, petroleum production, drilling, well logging and formationevaluation, well testing, oil field safety and environmentalimpacts, improved recovery techniques, and oil and gas treatingprocesses, provide the basic technologies associated with oiland gas engineering. Computers play a major role in oil and gasengineering, to understand the past performance and to predictthe future performance of a given reservoir. Did You Know? Engineering and fine arts are not the polar opposites you might expect. In fact, the Schulich School has an artist in residence to help students develop their artistic ability and creative skills as an important tool to help solve problems. Students with musical talents can join the Schulich Soundstage—a group that plays instruments together, explores different genres of music, and puts on public performances.
  6. 6. Civil EngineeringThe discipline of civil engineering involves the conception, design, buildings and structures. More recently, civil engineers haveconstruction and maintenance of the civil infrastructure, such as become involved in biomedical projects as well as a variety ofhighways, railways, airports, transit systems, bridges, tunnels, environmental challenges that affect existing infrastructure andparking structures, dams, docks, canals, irrigation schemes, industries.What is the program of study like?After the common core program, students begin to select courses Learn from an Expertspecific to civil engineering such as material properties, project Dr. Lynne Cowe Fallsmanagement and environmental engineering. In the final year, Civil Engineeringstudents take a full-year design project plus their choice of 18available option courses. Students can choose to spend one or Dr. Lynne, as she is commonly known, is the director of studentstwo semesters abroad studying at one of the department’s partner at the Schulich School of Engineering. Even if you are feelinginstitutions in Europe, Hong Kong or Australia. swamped with coursework, ALWAYS read her emails. Her tips will help you not only survive, but thrive. When she’s not with students on a study-abroad trip to Greece, or organizing a leadershipMinors and Specializations workshop for you, she is working to improve our roadways. ImagineMinor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development a paved road with no potholes in the spring! Cowe Falls is a leadingMinor in Management and Society pavement expert, helping our roads stand up to Canadian winters.Minor in Environmental Engineering She is also passionate about your success, not to mention aMinor in Transportation Engineering creative teacher and great listener. Now that’s paving the road toMinor in Structural Engineering success.Biomedical SpecializationEnergy and Environment Specialization
  7. 7. Electrical EngineeringElectrical engineering concepts are used extensively intelecommunication, technology, information, imaging and electricalpower systems. Electrical engineers have designed life supportsystems used in hospitals, personal communication devices, videoand audio systems, micro sensors, airbags and solar panels usedin space.What is the program of study like? FUTURE LEADERAt the outset of the electrical engineering program, students areintroduced to the basic concepts of electric machines, electronic Muhammad Zareef Zahratdevices, circuits and networks, radio communication, computers, Everyone calls him by his middle name, Zareef. He came toand control systems. In the final year, students learn more about Calgary from Bangladesh, where he was a star student, to studymicroelectronics, digital system design, control, power systems, engineering. “The Schulich School of Engineering provided meand advanced topics such as digital communication, microwaves the largest engineering entrance scholarship in Canada. Thisand fibreoptics. has allowed me to focus on studies and be involved in activities outside of class without worrying about working to finance myMinors and Specializations university life,” says Zareef. “Also, the Schulich School hasMinor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development extensive links with industry, which I believe will help me get aMinor in Management and Society good internship and employment opportunities.” In his spareBiomedical Specialization time, Zareef volunteers with organizations to help the homeless.Energy and Environment Specialization He is also leading a project to develop a robotic vehicle that can navigate through obstacles and rough terrain on its own. This intelligent machine will be entered into competitions against other self-navigating vehicles from the United States and around the world. Zareef plans to pursue graduate studies and eventually work in the robotics field.
  8. 8. Software EngineeringThe increasing dependence of modern civilization on computing maintain computer programs and software systems. Typically, theydevices and systems requires software engineers to put both the will use their computer language and programming skills to analyzeintelligence and reliability into these systems, used in everything and design programs to increase system performance, reliabilityfrom computer games to banking systems. Software engineers and software reuse.use their specialized knowledge to develop, install, validate andWhat is the program of study like? Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Minor in Management and SocietyIn second year, after the common core program, students begin Biomedical Specializationto concentrate on applied math, circuits, programming andcomputer architecture. In the final year, students can customizetheir program by selecting from a wide range of technical electivessuch as graphics, computer and digital systems, computercommunication, networks, information and business systems.Minors and Specializations Did You Know? The Devon Academic Resource Centre provides one-on-one academic assistance to engineering students. The centre is staffed by faculty and graduate students who tutor or respond to undergraduate engineering student questions. The centre also runs tutorials for some of the larger and more challenging first- year courses.
  9. 9. Geomatics EngineeringGeomatics engineers are the GPS people. This is becoming a Geomatics engineers monitor environmental problems by remotemuch-sought area of expertise. Geomatics engineers acquire, sensing, align high-precision industrial machinery, and managemodel, analyze and manage spatially referenced data and apply computer-based information systems for land inventory andthe knowledge generated to a wide variety of applications. management.What is the program of study like?The geomatics engineering department is one of only two major LEARN FROM AN EXPERTdepartments in Canada and holds a reputation in the areas Dr. Susan Skoneof positioning, location, and navigation that is internationally Geomatics Engineeringrecognized. After common core, students begin to select coursesin estimation, geodesy, geospatial information systems, land It’s pretty easy to name the single hottest new technologytenure, photogrammetry, hydrography, surveying, remote sensing exploding in the online world—GPS. It’s turning up in everyand positioning. A two-week field camp is held to familiarize imaginable mobile device and application and promises tostudents with equipment and geomatic techniques. be the next big thing on the web. So it’s got to be accurate. Meet Susan Skone, who studies the impact of solar storms, orMinors and Specializations northern lights, on the Global Positioning System (GPS). She develops methods to reduce their impact on navigation systemsMinor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development that can’t afford to go wrong—for example, on airplanes. She’sMinor in Management and Society also involved on a whole host of other GPS refinements andBiomedical Specialization uses in areas of climate research and weather prediction. TheEnergy and Environment Specialization hub of GPS expertise in Canada is right here at the Schulich School of Engineering.
  10. 10. Mechanical EngineeringThe products of the imagination and creativity of mechanical have all been designed, tested, manufactured and maintainedengineers surround us in our everyday lives. The high level of by people versed in mechanical engineering. Even variouscomfort in our places of work is ensured by heating, ventilating physiological functions of the human body and improvement ofand air conditioning experts schooled in mechanical engineering athletic performance are of interest to those who specialize infundamentals. Cars, trucks, buses, railways, ships, and airplanes biomechanics.What is the program of study like?After common core, the mechanical engineering program followsa prescribed program of courses in thermodynamics, fluidmechanics, solid mechanics, materials science, and design.Students in their final year may also choose a mechatronics minor,which is the combination of mechanical engineering, computer andcontrol systems technology or the petroleum engineering minor,which deals with fuel sciences, drilling and offshore applications ofmechanical engineering.Minors and SpecializationsMinor in ManufacturingMinor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise DevelopmentMinor in Management and SocietyMinor in Mechatronics EngineeringMinor in Petroleum EngineeringBiomedical SpecializationEnergy and Environment Specialization FUTURE LEADER Holliston Logan Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical specialization Holliston, in her first year of studies, comes from a large family with a strong science and engineering interest—her three older sisters are graduates of the Schulich School of Engineering. Though her sisters must have passed on good reports about the program, Holliston was also influenced by eight years in Cybermentor, an online mentorship program for young girls in Alberta. “I had the opportunity to be mentored by a variety of very talented women working in science and engineering.” One of her earliest mentors was Schulich School of Engineering alumna Laura Lucier, who now works at mission control in NASA. Holliston plans to earn a degree in mechanical engineering with a biomedical specialization.
  11. 11. Interdisciplinary SpecializationsWhen you apply to a specific program at the end of the first year (such as civil or electrical engineering), you may also apply fora spot in one of two specializations. Space is limited in these specialized programs so students compete for a spot based onacademic performance in first year.Biomedical help people recover after an injury, grow cells and tissues for transplantation, design new materials for medical devices, designThe University of Calgary is a national hub of excellence software and computers for medical applications, and design andin biomedical engineering, one of the fastest growing engineering manufacture devices such as pacemakers, artificial joints andfields. contact lenses.In biomedical engineering, engineers apply traditional principlesand analysis to human health and medicine. Biomedical engineersdesign machines and instruments to see inside the body,ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTThe energy and environment specialization is the onlyundergraduate environmental specialization of its kind in Canadathat deals directly with energy sources.This specialization provides education and training necessary forthe understanding, avoiding, minimizing (effectively and efficiently),and solving of industrial challenges in the impact of energy use onthe environment. It prepares high-quality undergraduate studentsfor careers in engineering that link energy and the environmentthrough a holistic approach.Learn from an ExpertDr. Arin SenBiomedical EngineeringYes, he keeps winning teaching awards. Yes, he still teaches first-year classes. But he is also a pioneer in stem cell bioengineering.Stem cell research has been surrounded by controversy becausethe “raw material” cells could only be extracted from embryos.That is changing. Sen is building what is called a bioreactor sothat stem cells can come from adult tissue. The ultimate goal is tobe able to produce enough adult stem cells and their derivativesto treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis andheart disorders. Now there’s someone you can learn from.
  12. 12. Engineering InternshipThis optional program is taken by almost 80 percent of students. Students are encouraged to gain first-hand knowledge ofIt offers paid engineering-related work experience of 12 to 16 industry through the internship program. The program offersmonths, between the third and fourth years of study. There is exceptional work opportunities and the chance to explore potentialno limit to the number of students accepted into the internship employment after graduation.program and students get credit on their degree for programcompletion.One year of the internship experience can be used towards thefour required years of engineering experience for the ProfessionalEngineer (PEng) designation.While most placements are in Alberta, many students are placedin other provinces and internationally. At the conclusion oftheir internship, students submit written reports based on theirexperience. In addition to technical competence, graduates gain Did You Know? The Engineering Students’ Societya broad array of personal and interpersonal skills and a strong organizes more than 200 events including Frosh Week, Pibusiness orientation. Throw, Loonie Walk, Engineering Week, foosball tournaments and industry activities to help students relieve stress, make friends, raise money for charity and get connected.
  13. 13. Go How to apply to the U of C’s Schulich School of EngineeringOf over 2,000 applicants each year, just over 700 areaccepted into first-year engineering. Applicants areassessed based on the average marks of five requiredmatriculation (Grade 12) subjects or their equivalents:English Language ArtsMathCalculusPhysicsChemistryAre you a high school student? What marks do I need?Students currently in their senior year of high school or those who You’ll have to meet the competitive average for your desiredhave recently graduated will be considered for admission based program. Admission averages vary from year to year. Checkon their High School courses. Senior level English (English 30-1 out the admission averages for the previous two years at:or equivalent) plus four other senior level subjects are required for ucalgary.ca/admissionsadmission. For a detailed view of what courses are required foryour specific program and region please visit Awards and Financial Aiducalgary.ca/admissions/high_school Each year, our undergraduates are awarded over $12 million by the University of Calgary in scholarships, awards and bursaries rangingAre you a transfer student? from $500 to $80,000. Some awards require an application whileStudents who are completing (or have completed) courses others are automatic based on your final transcript. For moreat another post-secondary institution may be considered for information, please visit ucalgary.ca/awardsadmission based on both your Transfer Admission Grade PointAverage and your High School average. You must present therequired high school courses for admission into your desiredprogram. In addition, some faculties require you to completespecific post-secondary courses before you can be admitted.For more information on the transfer student requirements pleasevisit ucalgary.ca/admissions/transfer_student Apply online now! As the first point of contact for prospective students, student advisors guide your progression from admission to registration. Make an appointment to see them: email future.students@ucalgary.ca phone 1.403.210.ROCK(7625) ucalgary.ca/admissions
  14. 14. ScholarshipsThe Schulich School of Engineering offers the largest engineering entrance scholarships in Canada.The Schulich School of Engineering offers approximately Awards offered include:$1.3 million in scholarships and bursaries to high school students Seymour Schulich academicentering their first year. The Dean’s Entrance Award, excellence scholarshipsfor example, provides $5,500 to 30 entering students. • For students outside the Calgary area: up to five scholarshipsStudents switching from other universities may apply for transfer of $56,800 ($22,800 in the first year, renewable in yearsawards based on academic standing, and in some cases, two and three for $17,000)financial need. • For students from the Calgary area: up to 8 scholarshipsNote: The number and value of awards is subject to change of $34,200 ($11,400 per year, renewable in years twoeach academic year. For the Seymour Schulich awards, the and three)Calgary area is defined as any location within a 100 kilometreradius of the city of Calgary. Seymour Schulich community service and entrepreneurial awards • For students outside the Calgary area: up to five scholarships of $56,800 ($22,800 in the first year, and renewable in years two and three for $17,000) • For students from the Calgary area: up to 8 scholarships of $34,200 ($11,400 per year, renewable in years two and three) For more information: schulich.ucalgary.ca/engineering_scholarships
  15. 15. Schulich School of Engineering students, supported by the $685,000 Schulich Student Activities Fund, travelled to Crete, Greece for one monthwhere they studied mathematics along with the history of the Minoan civilization. The Minoans are of special interest to engineering students asthey were among the first people to excel in architecture, water technologies, building materials and construction, ship building and mercantilism.
  16. 16. Contact UsSchulich School of Engineeringschulich.ucalgary.caUndergraduate Studies Office1.403.220.5732engginfo@ucalgary.caAdmissions1.403.210.ROCK(7625)future.students@ucalgary.caucalgary.ca/admissions