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A few words from the Dean

April 23, 2013 — 

With this issue, What’s News at the Faculty of Engineering enters its second year. If you have not previously had a chance to read last year’s three issues please head to umanitoba.ca/engineeringnews to get caught up. I am sure you will be amazed at the breadth and depth of Faculty activities that continue to make a difference both locally and globally. This issue presents just a few of the many innovative and visionary projects and programs underway in our Faculty.  Several significant new research endeavours are profiled – a new Research Chair with Motor Coach Industries here in Winnipeg, a new Construction Materials Testing Facility, and a sustainable building project in Honduras – that demonstrate the profound impact of our research on both our local and global communities.  Likewise our students are making their presence felt both  locally and globally – read about student experiences in Ghana, our award winning SAE Teams and achieving top honours in the first Three Minute Thesis competition held at the University of Manitoba. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the trailblazing Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification program at the University of Manitoba, which by its nature has both a local and global dimension. It is the foremost program in Canada allowing new Canadians to gain entry into the engineering profession, allowing them to use their engineering knowledge to benefit themselves and their communities.

These stories represent just a few of the myriad of exciting undertakings in the Faculty of Engineering. To see more, and to re-connect with us, please attend our Homecoming 2013 in September.  We are already planning some exciting events for homecoming that will further enhance the local and global reach of our Faculty. I look forward to seeing you then.

Jonathan Beddoes, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor and Dean of Engineering

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