On the Leading Edge

The Phoenix Mars Lander

The Phoenix Mars Lander arrived safely on Mars May 25, 2008. Mechanical engineering professor Carlos Lange designed the spacecraft’s Telltale wind sensor.

Research in our Faculty anticipates tomorrow’s concerns, such as sustainable energy, space exploration, biomedical engineering, or robotics and artificial intelligence.

Witold Pedrycz, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Computational Intelligence, supports expertise in information processing technologies needed to create hybrid intelligent systems that combine explicit knowledge representation, while coping with uncertainty. A future of a different kind is evident in the founding of the new Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta (Northern Region) Chair in Masonry Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The creation of this chair promises to revolutionize methods and styles of the construction, transforming one of the world’s oldest trades. Then and now, 100 years of history have seen professors, students and alumni build the foundations of teaching and research at the U of A. Our expanding national and international base, partnerships, record of research achievements, strong teaching and focus on student success foster new perspectives on learning, lifelong friendships, and social responsibility –hallmarks of a great engineering school at a top Canadian university.