Welcome to the inaugural issue of Windsor Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering’s annual magazine published for its alumni, faculty, staff and friends. In each issue, you’ll read about just a few of the faculty’s students, researchers and alumni who are making an impact on campus, in the community and around the world.
Our first issue starts with a look back at the first graduating class of engineering and the bedrock established by Dr. Frank A DeMarco, a visionary leader and first dean of engineering. Today, we echo his vision as we strive to engineer an impact through our student graduates; our faculty’s research and discoveries; and engagement in our community both locally and globally.
Since 2010, when construction began on our state-of-the-art Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, enrolment in engineering has nearly doubled. Faculty members now teach and mentor more than 1,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students. Consistent with the growth in our student enrollment, the number of faculty and staff within our faculty has also been on the rise. Since 2011, 10 new faculty members have joined the Faculty of Engineering and there is a plan to add another 10 faculty positions over the next year or two.
Investments in our three strategic funding priorities — Experiential Learning: Going Beyond the Traditional Classroom; Scholarships: Increasing Access and Opportunity; and Research: Driving Engineering Innovation — will help students become socially aware and responsible contributors to society, enrich the student experience and allow us to continue to grow our expanding engineering programs while advancing innovative research.
This is a new chapter for the Faculty of Engineering. I’d like to thank our committed alumni, industry and corporate partners, donors, and friends in the region, across the country and around the globe who are joining us in our vision of thinking forward, engineering an impact, and making a difference.
Dr. Mehrdad Saif, P.Eng.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering