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 Strategic-Plan_vF_June-28-2012:


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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


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.