Bill Van Heyst, Dean of Engineering

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering and to the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI). The CEI, while relatively new, resides on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. 

To say that we are living in unprecedented times is an understatement. Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has globally changed the way we interact, socialize, and conduct business. Over the last two decades, global impacts of climate change have moved from the realm of speculation to undisputable fact. These two drivers are only the tip of the iceberg when we look at the “wicked” problems facing humanity. Engineers are desperately needed to develop and design sustainable, long-term solutions that can protect the planet for future generations. These solutions can range from life-saving technologies that are revolutionizing healthcare to designing the electric car of tomorrow. Here at the University of Windsor, we aim to inspire the next generation of engineers by becoming big thinkers. 

Our faculty are world-renowned researchers and yet know our students by name. Our low student-to-faculty ratio means more mentoring and research opportunities that allow us to offer our students a personalized education. Our state-of-the-art facilities, combined with our accredited programs, allow for a student experience that is focused on experiential learning, while grounded in foundational skills and tempered with real-world knowledge, to shape our students to be the changemakers of tomorrow.

As agents of change ourselves, we are committed to the principals of equity, diversity and inclusion and have made it a priority to increase the number of underrepresented groups in engineering by providing entrance scholarships for Black, Indigenous, and female students. Once here, the wellness of our students is paramount. Our Engineering Student Services Support Centre offers both academic and wellness support throughout your entire engineering journey.

So, in the words attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, I invite you “to be the change you want to see in the world.” Become the thought leader, the changemaker, the ally, the influencer and transform the world. Your journey awaits you at UWindsor Engineering.


Bill Van Heyst, Ph.D., P.Eng. (he/him)
Dean | Faculty of Engineering
Professor | Civil and Environmental Engineering