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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science was established in 1973 and, early on, sought to mark itself as a new, progressive engineering school offering unique programs based on the principles of systems engineering.

Systems engineering places the practice of engineering in the context of the systems in which designs operate. An education in systems engineering prepares students to work in the broader context of multi-disciplinary, team design required of modern engineers.

In systems engineering, students learn to design in ways that account for the social and environmental impacts, end-of-life decommissioning, and resource management associated with a given project. Thus, designing a step ladder, for example, takes into account not just the ladder itself, but how its manufacture will impact the environment, whether or not it is recyclable, and the application of software to develop the most financially, environmentally, and ergonomically effective design, and so on.

U of R offers five undergraduate degree programs in systems engineering:

For graduate students, we offer the following:

  • Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) (thesis-based), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) (project-based), and Master of Engineering with Co-operative Education (M.Eng. Co-op) in all five of the above program areas.
  • An innovative graduate programs in Process Systems Engineering (PSEng) (M.A.Sc., M.Eng., and M.Eng. Co-op).
  • Ph.D. programs in all above programs:  Electronic Systems, Environmental Systems, Industrial Systems,  Petroleum Systems, Process Systems  and  Software Systems.