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									                                        Waterloo Engineering
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How to use this document ............................................................................................................... 1
I. Description of the University of Waterloo.............................................................................. 2
II. Description of the Faculty of Engineering .............................................................................. 2
   Faculty of Engineering mission statement .................................................................................. 2
   One page description................................................................................................................... 2
   One web-screen description ........................................................................................................ 3
   One paragraph description .......................................................................................................... 4
III.   Graduate studies ................................................................................................................... 4
   Overview of Waterloo Engineering graduate studies ................................................................. 4
   Graduate recruitment .................................................................................................................. 4
   Graduate studies as a strategic priority ....................................................................................... 5
IV. Undergraduate studies ............................................................................................................. 5
   Overview of Waterloo Engineering undergraduate studies ........................................................ 5
   About Co-op................................................................................................................................ 5
     Co-op feeds into the classroom ............................................................................................... 5
   Undergraduate recruitment ......................................................................................................... 5
     Undergraduate options and specializations ............................................................................. 6
   Undergraduate scholarships ........................................................................................................ 6
     University of Waterloo Guarantee of Undergraduate Student Financial Support .................. 6
   Student life .................................................................................................................................. 7
V. Research .................................................................................................................................... 7
   Overview of Waterloo Engineering research .............................................................................. 7
   Research as a strategic priority ................................................................................................... 7
   Faculty awards and chairs ........................................................................................................... 7
VI. Women in Engineering ............................................................................................................ 7
VII. Academic Planning................................................................................................................. 8
   We’re a faculty that plans ........................................................................................................... 8
   The key to our quality is people .................................................................................................. 8




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I.     Description of the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology
Triangle, has become one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities with 28,000 full and
part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and
collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. Waterloo, as home
to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections
to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and discovery.


II.    Description of the Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering mission statement
Waterloo Engineering offers professional education of the highest quality across a
comprehensive set of engineering and architecture disciplines. We engage in internationally
recognized research and design. We build knowledge and intellectual rigour through
scholarship, graduate, and undergraduate teaching. Our outward-looking philosophy sets us
apart: it is reflected in our commitment to co-operative education; in our extensive regional,
national, and international partnerships; and in our research to meet the challenges of today and
to shape the future.


One page description
The University of Waterloo began with engineering: in 1957, a handful of business leaders and
teachers began providing university education for 75 young men who wanted to be engineers. In
place from the first day was a co-operative system of education – the first co-op system in
Canada – designed to integrate academics with workplace experience.

From those tin-roofed classrooms, the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering has
grown into a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to about 250
faculty and more than 1550 graduate and 5700 undergraduate students. Almost 30,000 Waterloo
Engineering alumni have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada
and around the world.

Waterloo Engineering’s undergraduate program, Canada’s largest and best, offers 13 degree
programs. We are now recognized internationally for the co-op system we pioneered, in which
undergraduate students alternate between academic and work terms. Even outside their co-op
terms, our students have many opportunities to put knowledge to work, through the major
independent design projects we require; through service organizations like Engineers without



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Borders, which was founded here in 1999; and through our many outstanding student teams,
which are consistently among the frontrunners in national and international competitions.

The Faculty of Engineering is also home to an active and growing graduate student community:
more than 1550 exceptional students learn, teach, work, and research here. Each of our eight
academic units has graduate offerings; there are over two dozen degree programs in all. Graduate
students at Waterloo study with world-renowned experts, conduct leading-edge research, and
fuel the University’s drive to expand the frontiers of knowledge and technology.

Our faculty members are leaders in both research and teaching. Their impressive record of
achievement includes 14 Canada Research Chairs, an Ontario Research Chair, 19 Premier's
Research Excellence Awards, 15 Early Researcher Awards, six NSERC industrial research
chairs, and an NSERC design chair.

Waterloo Engineering has a growing research portfolio, which attracted $43.3 million in research
funding in 2007/08. Our unique inventor-owned policy on intellectual property makes us leaders
in the transfer of ideas and technology. In our research, as in all else, we are oriented to the
needs of society, and work closely with partners in industry, government, medicine, and more.
The discoveries made here improve today’s world and shape tomorrow’s society.

We are proud of the achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni. People are the key to our
quality; the foundation of our reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence; and the
reason for our standing as a premier engineering school.


One web-screen description
Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to
about 250 faculty and over 1550 graduate students and 5700 undergrads. Over 30,500 alumni
have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada and around the
world.

Waterloo’s undergraduate engineering program is Canada’s largest and best. We offer bachelor’s
degrees through 13 programs, in core disciplines like chemical engineering and architecture and
in emerging multidisciplinary areas like nanotechnology and management engineering.

Our co-operative education program is world famous. Because of the co-op system, all our
undergraduate students alternate between academic and work terms. Our students are leaders and
innovators: Engineers without Borders was founded at Waterloo, and student teams consistently
take home top honours in national and international competitions.

Each of our eight academic units offers graduate programs; there are more than two dozen
programs in all. Graduate students at Waterloo study with world-renowned experts, conduct
leading-edge research, and help fuel our drive to expand the frontiers of knowledge.




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Our growing research portfolio attracted $43.3 million in research funding in 2007/08.
Waterloo’s unique inventor-owned intellectual property policy makes us a leader in the transfer
of ideas and technology. In our research, as in all else, we are oriented to the needs of society,
and work closely with industry, government, medicine, and more.

Our faculty members have an impressive record of achievement, including 14 Canada Research
Chairs, an Ontario Research Chair, 19 Premier's Research Excellence Awards, 15 Early
Researcher Awards, six NSERC industrial research chairs, and an NSERC design chair.

We are proud of our reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence, which has earned
Waterloo Engineering recognition as a premier engineering school.



One paragraph description
Waterloo Engineering is widely recognized as Canada’s premier engineering school, providing
top-quality education to undergraduate and graduate students and conducting leading-edge
research. An outward-looking approach informs its system of co-operative education, its research
goals, and its network of partnerships. Currently, Waterloo Engineering is home to about 250
professors and over 1550 graduate students and 5700 undergraduate students, and has over
30,500 alumni. Last year, it attracted $43.3 million in research funding.



III.   Graduate studies

Overview of Waterloo Engineering graduate studies
Waterloo Engineering is home to an active and growing graduate student community: more than
1550 exceptional students learn, teach, work, and research here. Each of our eight academic
units conducts research and supports graduate students; we offer more than two dozen graduate
programs in all. Graduate students at Waterloo study with world-renowned experts, conduct
leading-edge research, and help fuel the University’s drive to expand the frontiers of knowledge.


Graduate recruitment
Waterloo Engineering is home to more than 1550 graduate students: outstanding student-
researchers drawn from across Canada and around the world. You can work with top
researchers, learn from top teachers, and prepare for a bright career in academia, industry and
beyond. Our scholarships are competitive, and our standards are high. If you want to learn,
work, and research alongside the best, consider Waterloo.



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Graduate studies as a strategic priority
Graduate students are fundamental to the success of a teaching and research university like
Waterloo: a strong graduate program is essential for both generating new knowledge through
research and disseminating that knowledge through teaching. Increasing the number of graduate
enrolments is, therefore, one of the University of Waterloo’s top strategic priorities, and a current
priority for the Ontario government. Within Engineering, we have ambitious but practical plans
to increase our graduate student enrolment by almost 500 students between 2004 and 2010.



IV. Undergraduate studies

Overview of Waterloo Engineering undergraduate studies
Waterloo Engineering’s undergraduate program is Canada’s largest and best, home to over 5700
students enrolled in 13 degree programs. We are recognized internationally for our system of co-
operative education, in which all undergraduate students alternate between academic and work
terms. Our students are leaders and innovators: Engineers without Borders was founded here,
and our student teams consistently take home top honours in national and international
competitions.


About Co-op
All Waterloo Engineering undergraduates are enrolled in our co-operative education system, in
which they alternate academic terms with paid employment. Waterloo pioneered co-operative
education in Canada, and now has the largest and most successful co-op program in North
America. We are always trying to improve it, and recently introduced Professional Development
for Engineering Students (PDEng), a series of courses to help our undergraduates gain the
professional skills employers value. Thanks to co-op, our graduates are internationally renowned
for possessing the knowledge, skills, and experience industry needs.


Co-op feeds into the classroom
Co-op is about more than gaining experience. It enhances our whole program. In a Waterloo
Engineering classroom, each student has just spent four months out in the workforce. They’ve
been in factories, in office, in laboratories, and in the field. They bring that experience back into
the classroom, and the classroom is richer for it.


Undergraduate recruitment
Waterloo Engineering’s undergraduate program is Canada’s largest and best, home to over 5700
exceptional students. At Waterloo, you’ll learn from top teachers and leading researchers, and

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pursue a degree in an established discipline like mechanical engineering or architecture, or in an
emerging multidisciplinary area like mechatronics or nanotechnology. Waterloo is recognized
internationally for our co-op program, in which all undergraduates alternate between academic
and work terms. This hands-on experience gives our students the skills and savvy they need to
make their mark, even before graduation. If you’re looking for the best education, integrated
with real-world work experience, you’ll find it at Waterloo.


Undergraduate options and specializations
If you’re like most of our students, you’re well-rounded and passionate about your interests. It’s
for people like you that Waterloo Engineering offers options and specializations. Explore your
interests without spending an extra term on your degree.

Options are a combination of courses that complement your degree studies. From biomechanics
to cognitive science, from mathematics to international studies, chances are there’s an option for
you. For instance, Waterloo is the only engineering school that offers undergraduates a
management sciences option, through which you can broaden your core engineering studies with
managerial knowledge. Options are formally recognized on your degree. Expect them to open
some doors.

You can specialize your degree, too. From the nanotechnology program’s specialization in
nano-bio systems, to chemical engineering’s specialization in pollution control, to civil
engineering’s specialization in transportation, specializations stay within your degree area, but
let you dig deeper – and go farther.


Undergraduate scholarships

At Waterloo Engineering, we want to attract the best and brightest, and we know we have to
offer scholarships to get them. The University automatically awards scholarships to students
with admission averages of 85 per cent or better. Within Waterloo Engineering, we also offer
additional entrance scholarships based on a student’s complete application package, not just on
marks alone. The total value of scholarships awarded to Engineering students has more than
doubled since 2003, and we’re working to further increase the number of scholarships available.


University of Waterloo Guarantee of Undergraduate Student Financial Support
The University guarantees to fund unmet need as defined by OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance
Program) or a student assistance program from another Canadian province. The University
aspires to identify students in need and ensure that all eligible students admitted to full-time
undergraduate programs have the financial assistance necessary to complete their studies.
Students are required to seek financial support from all sources, including family, employment,
loans, and government support programs. For further details please visit the UW Student Awards
Office at http://safa.uwaterloo.ca/bursaries/supportstatement.html.



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Student life
At Waterloo Engineering, we look for students who are well-rounded and passionate about their
interests. The result is a vibrant and involved student body, home to active student societies,
award-winning student teams, the founding chapter of Engineers Without Borders and many
other service organizations, as well as businesses, newspapers, clubs, and bands. And because
half of our undergraduates are away on co-op at any one time, Waterloo Engineering feels
smaller than it is. We combine the community spirit of a small school with a powerhouse punch.



V. Research

Overview of Waterloo Engineering research
Waterloo Engineering is home to world-class researchers, more than 1550 exceptional graduate
students, and dozens of state-of-the-art laboratories. The university’s unique inventor-owned
policy on intellectual property makes us a leader in the transfer of ideas and technology. We’ve
built regional, national, and international relationships with partners in industry, government,
medicine, and more: last year, these attracted $43.3 million in funding. We are proud that the
research done here improves the lives of people today and shapes tomorrow’s society.


Research as a strategic priority
The world’s great universities have built their reputations on exemplary research and
scholarship. As Waterloo Engineering strives to become one of North America’s leading
engineering schools, building on our already strong research portfolio is a top strategic priority.
We are working to increase the impact of our research, to offer more services to support our
researchers, to build new research groups and centres, and to double our annual research funding.


Faculty awards and chairs

Waterloo Engineering’s faculty are some of the top researchers in their fields. They have an
impressive record of achievement that includes 14 Canada Research Chairs, an Ontario Research
Chair, 19 Premier's Research Excellence Awards, 15 Early Researcher Awards, six NSERC
industrial research chairs, and an NSERC design chair.


VI. Women in Engineering
At Waterloo Engineering, the participation of women at all levels is important to us. Currently,
16 per cent of our undergraduate engineering students and 21 per cent of our graduate

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engineering students degrees were women. Twelve per cent of our faculty members are women.
While these percentages are on par with those at other engineering schools, Waterloo is
determined to do better. That’s why we established the Women in Engineering Committee. This
committee reaches out to young women in elementary and high school, organizes speakers and
social events for students and professors, and works hard to develop a support system for women
in engineering at Waterloo.



VII. Academic Planning

We’re a faculty that plans

Vision 2010, Waterloo Engineering’s first strategic plan, is the result of almost two years of
broad consultation with faculty and staff, with undergraduate and graduate students, with support
units and departments. Through this work, we have developed a set of practical strategies that
will build on our strengths and move us towards excellence in all facets of engineering research
and education. Our goal is to be recognized as the premier engineering school in Canada and
counted among the leading engineering schools in North America.


The key to our quality is people

Waterloo Engineering is home to dedicated staff, top researchers and teachers, and some of the
nation’s best undergraduate and graduate students. These people are the key to the Faculty’s
quality. As we work to build on that quality, we will be investing in more high quality people.
Between 2005 and 2010, we plan to add more than 80 new faculty and 35 new staff. We will be
increasing graduate enrolment by almost 500 students, while moderate, strategic growth in
undergraduate studies will continue our tradition of undergraduate excellence. We’re confident
that the achievements of our people – those who are here and those who will join us over the
plan period - will secure our reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence, and earn us
recognition as the premier engineering school in Canada and a leader in North America.




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