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Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

research impact

For the period 2018-2022 

№ relevant publications: 544 

№ times cited: 7,150

Source: InCites

Key Stats

104 active spinoff ventures

$175,269,618 research income from industry and commerce

1,098 out of 2,324 academic staff in STEM in 2020/21

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Institutional Stewardship Initiatives

Triffo Hall

Triffo Hall was the first University of Alberta building to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold rating in 2009. Renovating a structure from 1915, engineers, architects and building designers made efficient use of materials and resources. Sustainable design strategies incorporated the reuse of an existing historical structure; maximal use of daylighting, capture and reuse of rainwater; and high performance heating and cooling strategies

Innovation Incubators open to all students

The 5,000-square-foot Student Innovation Centre is modeled after business incubators and tech start-up spaces. Drop-in workspaces, project rooms, high-performance computing stations, 3D printers and more encourage students to pursue creative projects outside of the classroom.

eHub is an entrepreneurship-focused co-working space for students from all disciplines to explore how the entrepreneurial mindset can enable them to solve important social or economic problems. eHUB supports student clubs as well as ventures led by students or recent graduates. Members can access start-up funding, resources, networking opportunities and mentorship to help transform early-stage ideas into projects, initiatives and ventures.

The Shack is a makerspace providing access to cutting-edge design and manufacturing technologies. Students can use or borrow equipment such as 3D printers, Arduino and Raspberry Pi circuit boards, laser cutters and milling tools.

The Elko Engineering Garage is a hands-on workspace for physical prototyping. Trainers are on hand daily to help students safely explore new fabrication possibilities. Students can use tools for plastic fabrication, metalworking, woodworking, sewing, laser cutting, 3D printing, circuit board prototyping and more.

Research institutes, centres & projects

Institute for Oil Sands Innovation

The Imperial Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) is a partnership between the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial Oil Limited and Alberta Innovates. IOSI supports post-secondary researchers as well as companies focused on research and development, and seeks to bridge knowledge and technology gaps related to oil sands operations.

Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering

The Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering fosters research and education in building and construction sciences. The school's vision is to emerge as a nerve centre for innovation, industry collaboration and the training of future building engineers.