Orientation Evenings

January 2019

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 15, 2019, and run through January 30, 2019, as listed in the following schedule.

Please note: Discipline choice is guaranteed only if you pass all your first-year courses. There is no guarantee you will be able to switch disciplines after your initial selection of choice.

All sessions begin at 7 pm, except for All Discipline Night which begins at 6 pm.

The Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program, Certificate in Law and Certificate in Business Program will run presentations in Beamish Munro Hall Room 313 on Tuesday, January 15.
6:30 pm - QUIP Presentation
6:45 pm - CIB Presentation
7 pm - CIL Presentation
7:15 pm - QUIP Presentation
7:30 pm - CIB Presentation
7:45 pm - CIL Presentation

Academic Plan Date Location
ENG SOC - Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program, Certificate in Law and Certificate in Business; and All Discipline Night
Tuesday, January 15, 6-8 pm
Beamish Munro Hall Atrium and Room 313
Geological Engineering
Wednesday, January 16, 7 pm
Miller Hall
Room 105
Mining Engineering Tuesday, January 29, 7 pm
Walter Light Hall
Room 205
Mechanical and Materials Engineering Thursday, January 17, 7 pm BioSciences Auditorium
Chemical Engineering Thursday, January 24, 7 pm Dupuis Hall
Civil Engineering Monday, January 28, 7 pm Ellis Hall
Electrical & Computer Engineering and ECEi Tuesday, January 22,
7 pm
Walter Light Hall
Room 205
Mathematics and Engineering Wednesday, January 30th, 7:00 pm Jeffrey Hall
Room 127
Engineering Physics Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00 pm Stirling Hall
Engineering Chemistry Monday, January 21, 7 pm Chernoff Hall

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.

Chemical Engineering Program Information
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

Since its creation in 1895, the Engineering Chemistry program has produced graduates that have a firm grasp of fundamental science as well as the engineering tools that are needed to put this knowledge into practice. Accreditation by the Canadian Society for Chemistry as a chemistry program, and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as an engineering program, allows graduates to pursue professional careers in both disciplines – a truly unique benefit of an Engineering Chemistry degree. The curriculum combines fundamental studies of analytical, electrochemical and organic chemistry with extensive training in engineering sciences such as transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. This positions Engineering Chemists at the interface between emerging chemistry and engineering design, where innovative solutions for the most challenging problems in the chemical sciences are conceived and developed.

Engineering Chemistry Program Information

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 are 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:

Ian Moore (613-533-3160) ian.moore@queensu.ca
Ana da Silva (613-533-2342) anamaria.dasilva@queensu.ca
or Angela Brown (613-533-2122) angela.brown@queensu.ca


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 the 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 Georgia Fotopoulos, Undergraduate Chair, Geological Engineering, 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 Fady Alajaji, Undergraduate Chair.

For an overview of the Mathematics & Engineering program, please see the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.


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. MME prides itself on being a leader in project-based, team-oriented and hands-on learning. Students can choose to remain in the general Mechanical Engineering Option (ME1) or select a more focused path in the Materials Option (ME2) or the Biomechanical Option (ME3). All students that successfully complete the program will graduate with a highly respected Mechanical Engineering degree. The Queen’s Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a solid foundation in the basic engineering sciences of solid mechanics and dynamics, materials engineering, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Building on this foundation is courses key to the discipline of mechanical engineering including aerospace, biomechanics, machine design, manufacturing methods, and instrumentation and control.


Many students are attracted to the mechanical engineering program because it is the most broadly based of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers can be found working in analysis, consulting, design and development, maintenance, management, manufacturing, research and sales. The mechanical engineer’s knowledge and skills are needed in a remarkable range of industries. That breadth shows in the diversity of our student run project teams, from the environmentally sound housing developments at Queen’s Solar to the SAE Baja and Formula Cars to Biomechanical Innovations with QBiT to mechatronics engineering with the Mostly Autonomous Sailboat and Rocket Engineering teams, as well as many others.


After the talk, students will be invited to visit with many of the design competition teams in attendance as well as hear more about our ME2 and ME3 programs in follow up discussions with current students and faculty.

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 exciting 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 Society. Graduates of the Mining Engineering program will give a brief talk about career opportunities and how well the program prepared them for their professional careers. You will have an opportunity to see our laboratory facilities and unique research initiatives during tours of the department. Pizza and refreshments will conclude the event.

For further information, Tina McKenna phone 613-533-6000 ext. 77135, 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)