Faculty Vision, Values, Mission, and Goals

The Vision, Values, Mission, and Goals listed below are from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Strategic Plan 2012-2017 (1.3 MB) Strategic-Plan_vF_June-28-2012:

Vision

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will strive to be a dynamic centre of innovation and creativity dedicated to teaching, lifelong learning, professionalism, research, entrepreneurship, and partnership with local and global communities.

Values

Professionalism

  • Accreditation – Working to maintain and exceed Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) standards in teaching.
  • Respect – Demonstrating respect for our profession, our students, our colleagues, the environment, and the communities we serve.
  • Ethics – Remaining cognizant of our rights and responsibilities as professional engineers, as academics (teachers and researchers), as mentors and leaders, and as colleagues.

Systems Engineering Approach

  • Focuses on the breadth of skills necessary for professional engineering practice in the modern world.
  • Combines the human elements of engineering with the technical.
  • Fosters team orientation to facilitate working with others.
  • Encourages adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness to diversity and to a range of communities.

Service/Entrepreneurship

  • Engaging in leadership and mentorship wherever and whenever possible.
  • Learning the needs of our communities and striving to meet them.
  • Striving to develop ideas to serve our communities and implement them wherever and whenever possible.

Diversity

  • Engineering is global.
  • Diversity fosters global partnerships, sharing of information and resources, and tackling global problems by sharing local and regional experiences and successes.

Mentorship

  • Engaging in and providing Lifelong Learning.
  • Engaging in and providing professional growth opportunities and both seeking and providing guidance to meet teaching, research, and career goals.

Excellence in teaching and research

  • Producing highly qualified personnel.
  • Conducting sound research that benefits the academic and professional communities, as well as our communities (the public) at large, including the environment.
  • Preparing our students for professional work and development in modern business, industry, and communities.

Engagement/Community

  • Participation and communication (dialogue) with our students and alumni, within our Faculty, with the University community, with our academic and professional communities, and with our communities (the public) at large.

Responsiveness

  • Remaining responsive to the communities we serve (the public, academia, our university, our faculty, our students, business, and industry).
  • Engaging with our communities to remain cognizant of their changing needs.
  • Remaining flexible and current in teaching and learning.

Sustainability

  • Providing solutions for economic and environmental sustainability for our communities (the public, academia, our university, our faculty, our students, business, and industry).
  • Remaining responsive to the needs of our faculty so that it can continue to grow without straining resources.
  • Continuing to provide quality education to our students while keeping costs low.

Mission

In general, our mission is to foster excellence in teaching, research, and learning within a systems approach to engineering education. Our goal is to produce engineering graduates with both a strong base of technical knowledge and the complementary skills needed to be successful professional engineers in the modern world.

Goals

Our specific (core) goals are:

  • Foster a sense of service, professionalism, ethics, and dedication in our students.
  • Ensure our students are gaining the skills and experience needed to work as professional engineers.
  • Maintain a professional, ethical, and respectful workplace that is mutually supportive and open to diversity and that fosters communication, dialogue, and sharing of ideas and resources whenever possible.
  • Remain responsive to the needs of our communities (the public, our profession, academia, our university, our faculty, our students, and business and industry, as well as the environment).
  • Maintain a strong focus on sustainability (in our teaching and research, in how we operate, and in our consideration of our communities and our environment).
  • Build the physical, infrastructure, and human resource capacity to provide students a high-quality, world-class education and to expand our world-class research capabilities.
  • Build our research base by strengthening ties between the Faculty, the University, the community, and industry.
  • Build programs to meet evolving student, industry, and community needs.