The Faculty of Engineering is one of the top five engineering schools in Canada, with 4,400 undergraduate (BSc) students and 1,500 graduate (MSc and PhD) students and more than $65 million in external research funding per year. Our students are eligible for $1.5 million in scholarships annually.
Our professors dedicate themselves to excellence in education and are recognized for their teaching achievements. During the past decade they have won 20 major teaching awards:
- 3 Engineers Canada Medals for Distinction in Engineering Education
- 4 UAlberta Provost's Awards for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- 7 UAlberta Rutherford Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- 6 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Awards for Excellence in Education
In international rankings, the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Alberta overall rate highly. The university ranks 90th in the world according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings and our Mining Engineering program ranks 14th in the world.
Our students have the opportunity to work while they study through the second-largest co-op program in Canada, with more than 2,000 paid engineering placements each year. Our partnerships with industry are part of our education and research culture.
Our faculty is a world leader in engineering research with:
- 16 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chairs—more than any other entire Canadian university
- 11 Canada Research Chairs
- 22 Endowed Engineering Research Chairs
Our faculty provides world-class research facilities including nanoFAB, a micro- and nano-scale research facility. Our campus is also home to the National Institute for Nanotechnology, a national research facility that is one of the world's top nanotech facilities.
UAlberta engineering students have facilities and support to apply the knowledge they learn in classrooms to real-life situations through student clubs and teams. Undergraduate students on the university's AlbertaSat student team designed and built Alberta's first satellite, Ex-Alta 1, which was launched into orbit as part of the international QB-50 project in April, 2017. The team is now working on its second cube satellite, Ex-Alta 2.
Vehicle project teams like the U of A Eco Car and the Formula SAE race team compete globally. The Eco-Car team designs and builds experimental and consumer-grade hydrogen-fuel cell vehicles, as well as experimental cars--and is expanding into autonomous vehicles. The Formula team designs high-performance autocross race vehicles and is highly competitive at international events.