2018 in review: our top 10 Engineering news stories

    It was an incredible year of achievements for our engineering students, faculty, and alumni

    By the Faculty of Engineering on December 31, 2018

    (Edmonton) 2018 will be remembered for important accomplishments in teaching, research, and the support of our alumni and partners. Here are the top Faculty of Engineering news stories from the past year.


    Aerial view of UAlberta Engineering buildingsEngineering programs at the University of Alberta are ranked among the very best in the world

    Worldwide we are:

    • 9th - Environmental Science and Engineering - (same as 2017)
    • 17th - Mining and Mineral Engineering - (up from 24 in 2017)
    • 29th - Instruments Science and Technology - (down from 28 in 2017)
    • 35th - Chemical Engineering - (up from 38 in 2017)

    Programs among the top 100 globally:

    • Environmental Science and Engineering
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering
    • Instruments Science and Technology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Telecommunications Engineering


    The Centre for Smart TransportationTransportation engineering tests driverless shuttle on South Campus

    The Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Smart Transportation tested driverless electric shuttles to see how they perform in a cold climate. And Edmontonians helped by participating in the tests.


    Chevron and University of Alberta Engineering form partnership in safety and risk managementChevron makes key donation to engineering safety and risk management

    Chevron Canada provides key support to UAlberta’s leadership in engineering safety and risk management education.


    Researchers collapse oilsands tailings “house of cards”

    Researchers use electrical charge to disrupt the physical structure of oilsands tailings ponds—an important step in cleaning mining waste.


    A perfect score: graduate’s 4.0 grade point average stems from his desire to help others

    To call Nathan Olson a high achiever would be putting it mildly. Nathan, who graduated from the Electrical Engineering Co-op Program, received three awards for his outstanding academic achievements – including the highest academic standing in the entire graduating class.


    Engineering Garage will be the ultimate maker space

    A new, 6,000-sq-ft makerspace for engineering students give them the tools to bring ideas to life. The facility is now officially named the Elko Engineering Garage, in honour of generous support from the Elko family.


    William Muir Edwards, the University of AlbertaFounder of the faculty died in service of others

    Mayor declares William Muir Edwards Day in honour of our first engineering professor, who died at 39 tending to victims of the Spanish flu.


    It’s not about the car: graduate says EcoCar team is building the future

    A powerful desire to build a better future through clean energy is what drives students like Jason Wang. On this graduation this spring, he reflected on the U of A EcoCar team’s real goal.


    50 stories about women in engineering

    To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, we dove into our news archive to uncover stories of amazing achievements and contributions from engineering students, alumni and professors—who happen to be women.


    Trading in a trade for an engineering degree

    Sheldon Holland makes the transition from pipefitter to engineer.