University of Regina to launch new Energy Systems Engineering Program in Fall 2023

News Release Release Date: September 22, 2022 11:30 a.m.

The U of R Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s new Energy Systems Engineering (ERSE) program will provide students with multiple options to prepare them for successful careers in the evolving energy sector. Prospective students can start applying now for three different areas of study beginning in Fall 2023 leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Systems Engineering degree.

“I appreciate the Faculty’s forward-thinking approach to developing this new Energy Systems Engineering program,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen. “This program aligns perfectly with our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, All Our Relations: kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak, which includes a commitment to climate action through education and research initiatives, as well as a commitment to ecological and economic sustainability through responsible stewardship of the land and resources.”

The program will offer three different areas of concentration. The Energy Transportation and Storage option will help students develop knowledge in energy distribution, conversion, as well as the storage systems essential for sustaining the increasing energy demands. In the Petroleum Engineering program, students will learn about the responsible extraction of underground oil and gas which is critical to the energy sector’s current operations. Students in the Sustainable Energy Engineering stream will be introduced to the technologies that support climate action through the development of renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and nuclear energy.

“The energy landscape in not only this province, but nationally and even globally is rapidly changing and as a Faculty we need to be proactive in our programming to ensure our students have the skills and training they need to be successful in this increasingly demanding field,” said Dr. Phillip Choi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “No university in Canada offers an energy-related curriculum as comprehensive as the proposed Energy Systems Engineering program.”

“As students, we see ourselves as being responsible for the preservation of our planet by creating sustainable, clean energy while continuing to understand the importance of the oil and gas industry,” said Bailey Armstrong, President of the Regina Engineering Students’ Society. “It’s exciting that the Faculty is taking the lead in adapting to the evolving energy sector by creating a diverse and unique program that will certainly be intriguing to students who want to be at the forefront of that change.”

The current, undergraduate Petroleum Systems Engineering (PSE) program is being phased out and admission has been suspended; however, students currently in PSE will be able to continue in the program through to graduation. The PSE program at the graduate level is unchanged and graduate students will continue to have this area of focus available to them.


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