Orientation Evenings

January 2018

Each year, our departments within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science hold orientation evenings to provide first year students with the opportunity to learn more about the academic plans offered and to meet faculty and students who can answer questions and provide guidance in choosing their plan for next year. This year's sessions begin on January 17, 2017 and run through February 1, 2017 as listed in the following schedule.

All sessions, begin at 7:00 p.m., except for All Discipline Night which begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Internship Program and Certificate in Business Program will run presentations. The presentations begin at 6:00pm (Certificate in Business), 6:30pm (Internship), 7:00pm (Certificate in Business) and 7:30pm (Internship).

Academic Plan Date Location
ENG SOC - Internship and Certificate in Business; and All Discipline Night
Tuesday January 16th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beamish Munro Hall Atrium
Geological Engineering
Wednesday January 31st, 7:00pm
Miller Hall
Room 105
Mining Engineering Tuesday January 23rd, 7:00pm
Walter Light Hall
Room 205
Mechanical and Materials Engineering Tuesday January 30th, 7:30pm note the change in time! BioSciences Auditorium
Chemical Engineering Thursday January 18th, 7:00pm Dupuis Hall
Civil Engineering Wednesday January 17th, 7:00pm Ellis Hall
Electrical & Computer Engineering and ECEi Monday January 22nd, 7:00pm Walter Light Hall
Room 205
Mathematics and Engineering Thursday January 25th, 7:00pm Jeffrey Hall
Room 127
Engineering Physics Monday January 29th, 7:00pm Stirling Hall
Engineering Chemistry Wednesday January 24th, 7:00pm Chernoff Hall
Rm 117 

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering is recognized for its teaching excellence and strong linkages to industry. Join us during our orientation evening to find out about:

  • The Chemical Process Engineering and Biochemical Engineering Options
    (Biochemical/Biomedical Engineering or Environmental Biotechnology)
  • Award-winning program initiatives, such as TEAM (Technology, Engineering and Management Program)
  • Our outstanding computing and laboratory facilities
  • Exciting career opportunities in diverse areas such as:
    • Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering - Biotechnology
    • Environmental Engineering - Bioremediation
    • Process control and product quality improvement
    • Design and manufacture of advanced materials
    • Energy production and conservation
    • Pharmaceutical, food and agrochemical production

Meet our faculty, staff, current and former students, and tour our facilities. Refreshments will be served.

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Chemical Engineering News Feed

For more information, please contact the Department at 613 533-2765 or e-mail: Liann Joanette, Undergraduate Program Assistant at liann.joanette@queensu.ca


Engineering Chemistry

First Year students interested in careers as Engineering Chemists are welcome to join us at our orientation evening. We will show you what Engineering Chemistry is about (including our three fields of specialization; Biosciences, Environmental, Materials), and what types of professional lives Engineering Chemists pursue.

You will have an opportunity to tour selected sites where our fourth year students conduct their research thesis projects. Upper year students and faculty from both the Chemistry Department and Chemical Engineering Department will be available to answer questions and for informal discussions.

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For more information, please contact the Department at 613 533-2765 or e-mail: Liann Joanette, Undergraduate Program Assistant at liann.joanette@queensu.ca


Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Department focuses on the human environment, natural and built. We want to understand how the world works so that we can improve quality of life, make better use of limited resources, develop sustainable technologies, create attractive places to live and work and provide improvements in the quality of life of those less fortunate.

Our aim is to train students to take leadership roles in identifying emerging issues in these fields and to develop innovative solutions to the engineering challenges of the future. Our undergraduate curriculum covers the key components of today's civil and environmental engineering profession. These include the static and dynamic behaviour of anthropogenic structures, construction materials, and geotechnical materials; the workings of the natural environment, how it affects societal infrastructure, as well as how human activities affect the environment; and elements of design and its philosophy. Because civil and environmental engineers are called upon to work on large projects of an interdisciplinary nature, it is our mission to train students to be able to apply a diverse set of skills to solve complex problems, to work in teams and communicate effectively, and to uphold ethical standards of professional practice.

Our courses are designed to increase student knowledge, but also to help develop problem solving and engineering skills. We emphasize the development of career success skills, like communication, leadership and teamwork - positioning our students to emerge as leaders in their fields. In another unique approach, we integrate the study of environmental and sustainability issues throughout the program to better reflect that the assessment of these concerns ae integral to all civil engineering projects.

After our presentation please join our faculty and students for refreshments and an informal question and answer session.

For more information, please contact:

Kent Novakowski (613-533-6417) kent.novakowski@queensu.ca
Ana Da Silva (613-533-2342) anamaria.dasilva@queensu.ca
or Angela Agostino (613-533-2122)


Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)


Just ask yourself: What new and pervasive technologies do NOT involve electrical and computer engineering? Think smartphones, autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, wireless connectivity, drive by wire, antilock brakes, computer vision, green power, GPS applications, app development and integration of sensors into everyday devices…


  • Electrical and computer engineers are in demand in all industries. It is rare that an engineering solution in any field does not have a significant electrical and computer engineering component.
  • Focus on technology: BMW is currently focusing exclusively on hiring electrical and computer engineers.
  • Focus on technology: GM will expand its Canadian engineering to reach a total of approximately 1000 positions in the areas of Autonomous Vehicle Software & Controls Development, Active Safety and Vehicle Dynamics Technology, Infotainment and Connected Vehicle Technology.
  • Focus on technology: In Canada, there are predictions for almost 90,000 new positions each year in information and communications technology, whereas the present number of qualified university graduates per year is less than 10,000.


  • Our faculty members include world-class researchers and award-winning teachers.
  • Specialization streams allow you to dig into your interests.


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering is a demanding course of study with a very high completion rate. We are dedicated to ensuring students graduate and are well supported.


  • A wide variety in specializations and interests. The field is deep and interesting. You will like love what you do for a living. It’s easy to be excellent when you love your profession.

To prepare to make your discipline choice, come to the orientation, talk to current ECE students to learn about their experiences, see some cool technology, have some PIZZA, win some prizes.

For more information, please contact the department's main office,  Walter Light Hall, RM 416.



Geological Engineering

Do you like a puzzle? How about a puzzle with real global consequences?

Geological Engineering involves the application of geological, geophysical, geomechanical and geochemical expertise to piece together the geological evidence in space and time in order to provide engineering solutions to a wide range of engineering challenges involving earth materials or earth processes all in the name of providing critical solutions to human needs.

GeoEng projects include all aspects of state-of-the-art investigation, analysis and design leading to environmental sustainability, resource development, hazard management and reliable infrastructure with, through, over, and under earth materials.

GeoEng grads (particularly those from the Queen's program) are in huge demand in the construction, environmental, energy and mineral resource fields. Advanced engineering skills, lab and field training combined with a solid foundation in geology and a keen understanding of earth processes puts our grads at the front of the line.

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering is well-known for its teaching excellence, world-class research, and strong connections to industry.

Come on out to our Geo Eng Orientation Night (see date and time above). This gathering and information session will take place at the east end of Miller Hall ground floor in Miller Rm. 105 (just down the hall from the APSC 151 lab rooms).

After a brief overview of the Geological Engineering Program presented by faculty and students, you will be able to meet and talk with students currently enrolled in the program as well as to alumni and professors who will also be on hand to answer your questions about the rewarding and varied careers available in Geological Engineering over snacks and refreshments.

For more information about Orientation, please contact Mark Diederichs, Undergraduate Chair, Geological Engineering, at 613-533-2597, or contact Larke Zarichny at 613-533-2598


Mathematics and Engineering

Mathematics and Engineering is the unique program of its kind in Canada. The program gives students a broad flexible background in engineering through the use of mathematics.

What makes it special?

  • Preparation for the job market or for graduate school.
  • Mathematics can make you a better engineer.

Is the program for you?

Faculty and fourth year students will talk about these issues and answer your questions. Following this session, visit our facilities and join more faculty and upper year students for refreshments and a chance to engage in further discussion.

For more information, please contact Abdol-Reza Mansouri, Undergraduate Chair, please email math.engineering@queensu.ca

For an overview about the Mathematics & Engineering program, please visit:http://www.mast.queensu.ca/meng/


Mechanical and Materials Engineering

The orientation session for the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) will start with a talk that gives an overview of the department. The Queen's MME program is organized around 6 areas: Aerospace Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Energy and Fluid Systems, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering. The fact that all 6 areas can be considered engineering disciplines on their own, is a reflection of the broad nature of the discipline of Mechanical Engineering.

After the talk, students will be divided in small groups and provided with a tour of McLaughlin Hall. Demonstrations given as part of the tour will include: machine tool laboratory (CNC mill and lathe), design laboratory (CAD/CAM software), engine laboratory (IC engine and shaker table), student projects laboratory (formula and baja cars), and with special displays for the Materials Engineering option and the new Biomechanical Engineering option. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Rick Sellens, Undergraduate Chair.


Mining Engineering

We invite you to look into the field of mining engineering with Queen's Mining Engineering, a world leader in mining education and research. First-year students are cordially invited to "Mining Engineering Orientation", in Goodwin and Walter Light Halls, to view the operation of the largest Mining School in North America. Find out about our international recognition in teaching and research and positive career opportunities worldwide. Discover the many aspects of our unique program and the family atmosphere provided by faculty and staff.

During Mining Engineering's orientation night, prospective students will have opportunities to meet our faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. Presentations will be given so you can learn about Mining Engineering, the Mining Program at Queen's, the program options and the many social activities organized by the Mining Club. Graduates of the Mining Engineering program will give a brief talks about career opportunities and how well the program prepared them for their professional careers. Displays will also be used to describe our undergraduate curriculum and the many scholarship opportunities offered by the Mining Engineering Department. You will have an opportunity to visit displays organized by a number of Mining Companies and to talk with Corporate Executives about opportunities in the Canadian and International mining industries. You will also have an opportunity to see our laboratory facilities and unique research initiatives during tours of the department. Door prizes will be drawn and pizza and refreshments will conclude the event.

For further information, Tina McKenna phone 613-533-2230, or e-mail tina.mckenna@queensu.ca


Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics program at Queen's is the oldest Engineering Physics program in Canada. It combines the scientific fundamentals of a Physics degree with the practical and specific skills of an engineer to prepare students for a wide range of exciting and challenging positions in physics and/or engineering research and development. The Engineering Physics program provides students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to apply fundamental physical principles to new and emerging technologies and thereby push the frontiers of applied science and technology.

The Engineering Physics "orientation session" will include an overview of the Engineering Physics program and its four options (Electrical, Materials, Mechanical and Computing), a survey of positions held by recent graduates, and a discussion of future prospects for graduates of the discipline. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Colette Heald. Dr Heald is an Eng Phys 2000 grad who is now an MIT professor, investigating Climate Change through her research into the composition and chemistry of the global atmosphere

Following these presentations, students will be guided through a tour of the undergraduate labs and given the opportunity to discuss the engineering physics program over refreshments with faculty and students.

For more information, please contact, Undergraduate Chair, Dr. Rob Knobel (613-533-2672, e-mail knobel@physics.queensu.ca) or, Undergraduate Program Assistant, Melissa Balson, Engineering Physics (613-533-2706)