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A few words from the Dean

September 2, 2013 — 

As you read this issue of What’s News at the Faculty of Engineering we will be embarking on a new academic year here in EITC. With the return of students each September comes renewed energy and expectation. Many of us will remember the feelings of excitement and trepidation a new year of studying engineering brings. While many of our current students likely share these feelings, I am continuously impressed by their drive and motivation, and their outstanding contribution to our Faculty and the surrounding community.

In this issue of What’s News just a few of our student contributions and achievements are highlighted, ranging from scholarships and awards to new students, through to graduates that we are pleased to welcome as fellow faculty members, and alumni with exciting careers (who does not want to be race car engineer?). There is no question that University of Manitoba engineering students are of the highest calibre and accordingly the contributions of all our student groups are outstanding, as exemplified by the recent accomplishments of our ITE Student Chapter highlighted in this issue.  For all of us in the Faculty it is a pleasure to team up with our students to develop the future leaders for our engineering profession and broader society. When I look at the current crop of students, I am assured that this future is in capable hands and minds.

As you will read in this issue of What’s News, the Faculty has recently received full accreditation of all BSc(Engineering) programs from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.  This result is founded on the first-class facilities, programs and people that make our Faculty what it is. With this accreditation result in hand, the Faculty will strive to transition from first class to best in class. As we make this transition we are always pleased to hear ideas from all members of our community, so please do not hesitate to contact us or come by for a visit – it is always a pleasure to hear from friends.

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

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