U of R Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences opens newly renovated and enhanced lab space - thanks to $1 million donation

News Release Release Date: September 16, 2022 11:15 a.m.

On Friday September 16, 2022, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen was joined by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Dr. Phillip Choi as well as faculty, staff, students and special guests to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated and enhanced lab space on the main floor of the Education Building.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of the donors, who wish to remain unnamed, our students will have access to a workshop equipped with the most advanced hand tools, a 3D printing lab, an electronics and instrumentation lab and a machine shop,” said President Keshen. “Having these tools, equipment and spaces available for students aligns with and reinforces the U of R’s Strategic Plan, specifically in the area of Discovery that focuses directly on the enhancement of teaching and opportunities through experiential learning.”

The space will be utilized by students in all program areas of engineering as well as by the Educating Youth in Engineering and Science (EYES) programs and engineering student teams such as Cougar Racing, the Regina Engineering Concrete Toboggan Team, Engineers Without Borders and Ram Tech.

The 3D printing lab will be available to the larger campus community so students and staff in other faculties can modernize learning opportunities by utilizing the equipment. The space will also help support grad students and faculty researchers by providing them better access and support for the creation and development of prototypes and models.

The space has been named the Mitchell Workshops in honour of John and his late wife Tillie Mitchell, who are close friends of the donors who contributed $1 million to the renovation project.  “It’s an honour for me and my family to have our name associated with this project and the University of Regina,” Mitchell said. “I’m thrilled these students will have the opportunity to get the hands-on experience they need to achieve their goals.”

“The opening of this new lab space reinforces the Faculty’s commitment to providing students better opportunities to advance their studies and careers through experiential learning,” said Dr. Choi. “Engineering is hands-on, it’s learning by doing, so we are thrilled our students will have access to the best tools and equipment to be successful.”


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