Discipline Orientation

All-Discipline Fair and Discipline Orientation Nights

All-Discipline Fair and Discipline Orientation Nights is a two-part event that provides first-year students with the opportunity to make an informed choice about the discipline they wish to pursue after first year.

* Agenda subject to change. Check back often for the most up-to-date information.

All-Discipline Fair – January 11, 2020

Hosted by the Engineering Society

All-Discipline Fair gives first-year students the opportunity to speak with upper-year students about their respective disciplines in a relaxed, trade show style environment and listen to engaging alumni presentations throughout the day. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, January 11 10:30 am–4 pm Discipline booths, alumni presentation, and light refreshments throughout the day Grant Hall

Discipline Orientation Nights – January 15-30, 2020

Hosted by program departments

Discipline Orientation Nights is a 9-day series that helps students take a deeper dive into each engineering program. Each discipline hosts a formal presentation that takes a look at coursework, workload, career paths, streams, award winning program initiatives, unique laboratories, recognition in teaching and research and other program highlights.

Wednesday, January 15 7 pm Geological Engineering Presentation Miller Hall Room 105
Monday, January 20 7 pm Mining Engineering Presentation Walter Light Hall Room 205
Tuesday, January 21 7 pm Civil Engineering Presentation Ellis Hall Auditorium
Wednesday, January 22 7 pm Engineering Chemistry Presentation Chernoff Hall Auditorium
Thursday, January 23 7 pm Chemical Engineering Presentation Dupuis Hall Auditorium
Monday, January 27 7 pm Mathematics and Engineering Presentation Jeffrey Hall Room 127
Tuesday, January 28 7 pm Engineering Physics Presentation Stirling Hall Auditorium
Wednesday, January 29 7 pm Mechanical and Materials Engineering Presentation BioSciences Auditorium
Thursday, January 30 7 pm Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Electrical and Computer Innovation Stream Presentation
Walter Light Hall Room 205

Discipline Event Details

Geological Engineering Presentation – January 15


7:00 pm - 7:10 pm – Welcome by Dr. Victoria Remenda, PEng – Department Head

Introduction by Dr. Mark Diederichs, PEng – GEOE Program Chair

7:10 pm - 8:00 pm – Orientation Presentation in Miller 105

Perspectives and Information from Faculty and Students in GEOE

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm – Pizza, refreshments and discussions with faculty and GEOE students

Refreshments will be provided.

Presentation highlights:

Learn about the following:

  • What it is to be a Geological Engineer.
  • Diverse and bountiful career opportunities that await a GEOE Grad.
  • Why Queen’s Geological Engineering leads the world in this field. Learn about the adventure that is Queen’s GEOE.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in real world engineering with real impacts and responsibilities. Anyone who wants each day at work to have something new. Anyone with a creative mind who is up for the challenges and rewards of a Geological Engineering career.


Dr. Victoria Remenda, PEng
Dr. Mark Diederichs, PEng
Dr. Jean Hutchinson, PEng
Dr. Jennifer Day, PEng
Dr. Rob Harrap
Dr. Bas Vriens
+ over a dozen undergraduate Geological Engineering Students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.

Additional info at the links below:

Dr. Mark Diederichs
Email: diederim@queensu.ca

Mining Engineering Presentation – January 20

Presentation Description


7:00 pm - 7:40 pm Presentations by Head of Department Dr. Katsabanis and Undergraduate Chair Laeeque Daneshmend

Additional presentations will be delivered by two current students (Jeff Wright, Mining Society President, and Andrew Borschneck) who will highlight their own experiences and advise on internship opportunities; and two alumni who will address their academic and industry experiences.

7:45 pm - 8:15 pm – Lab and department tours and Q&A

  • Rock Mechanics
  • Mineral Processing
  • Data Analytics
  • Mine-Mechanical
  • Virtual reality demonstration (CareerLABSVR)

8:15 pm – Pizza & Questions and Answers

Presentation highlights:

  • The role of resource extraction in a sustainable economy
  • The role of mining in the Canadian economy
  • Internship and Exchange Opportunities in Mining Engineering
  • A review of the Mining program at Queen’s and its plans for the future
  • Career opportunities and pathways related to mining

Who should attend?

  • First year students with interests in the resource extraction fields
  • Students with interests in a multidisciplinary and challenging field
  • Students interested in a career providing a variety of geographical and cultural experiences

Program link: https://mine.queensu.ca

Tina McKenna
Undergraduate/Graduate Program Assistant, The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining
Phone: 613 533-6000 ext. 77135
Email: Tina.mckenna@queensu.ca

Chemical Engineering | January 23

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Welcome

Dr. Brian Amsden, Department Head

Dr. Martin Guay, Undergraduate Program Chair

A Student Perspective

Lilli Enders (CHE2 Class of 2020)

                Patrick Taylor (CHE1 Class of 2019)

The QUIP Experience

Patrick Taylor (CHE1, Class of 2019) – Lanxess

                Abigail Hall (CHE1, Class of 2019) – Imperial Oil

An Alumni Perspective 

Mark Ormiston, CHEE, Class of 2002

7:30 pm - 8:15 pm | Tours of computer cluster, undergrad labs, pilot plant


Mathematics and Engineering | January 27

What is "Mathematics and Engineering"?

Mathematics and Engineering is an Engineering program that combines the essential features of a classical Engineering program with sophisticated Mathematics. Students in the program take advanced Mathematics courses alongside Honors Mathematics students, as well as Engineering courses together with students from other Engineering programs. As a result, Mathematics and Engineering students learn Engineering concepts in all their mathematical depth and with the utmost mathematical rigor, and gain a very solid foundation in both Engineering and Mathematics. A notable feature of this program is that it is the only Engineering program in North America that is offered by a Mathematics department.

Why "Mathematics" and "Engineering" together?

Engineering requires the modelling and analysis of physical phenomena, whether they be electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, etc. in order to put them to use. The language for modelling and analyzing such phenomena is the language of Mathematics. By going well beyond the basic Mathematics that is the hallmark of classical Engineering programs, Mathematics and Engineering students develop the mathematical skills that are needed to model and analyze sophisticated Engineering problems.

Why study Mathematics and Engineering?

The sophisticated mathematical skills Mathematics and Engineering students develop during their studies in the program allow them to gain a very deep understanding of Engineering fundamentals. By being effectively "doers" and not mere "users" of Mathematics, Mathematics and Engineering students develop the skills required to tackle novel Engineering problems.

What are possible career paths for Mathematics and Engineering students?

The sophisticated mathematical foundation Mathematics and Engineering students acquire in the program allows them to:

  • Gain admission to and succeed in graduate programs at top universities in North America and Europe in the areas of Engineering, Mathematics, Finance, Data Science, Machine Learning, as well as in any other discipline that requires strong analytical skills.
  • Secure challenging and coveted Engineering positions in top companies with substantial research divisions (such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, GM, etc.).
  • Pursue careers outside of Engineering and into areas such as Finance, Data Analytics, etc., that require strong mathematical and problem-solving skills.

About the Mathematics and Engineering Orientation Night:

Following a presentation of the Mathematics and Engineering program, Faculty and upper-year Mathematics and Engineering students will present their experience in the program and answer your questions. Following this session, you will be able to 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.

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

Mechanical and Materials Engineering – January 29

Presentation description

Agenda timeline:

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm – Introduction to Mechanical and Materials Engineering, BioSci Aud
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm – Materials Option Presentation, BioSci 1102
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm – Biomechanics Option Presentation, BioSci Aud
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm – General Q & A with Design Teams, Faculty, Students and Staff, BioSci Atrium

About Mechanical 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. 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. With a common 2nd year, mostly common 3rd year and design and technical electives in the 4th year, it is an well rounded program with opportunity to focus in one of 3 options: General, Materials or Biomechanical. An internship with QUIP fits easily after 3rd year with a wide variety of companies looking for our students.

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 Queen’s Biomechatornics and Rocket Engineering teams, as well as many others.

Following a presentation from the department, students are invited to visit and ask questions with many of the design competition teams and department representatives as well as hear more about our ME2 and ME3 programs in follow up discussions with current students and faculty.

Program Assistants: mme.advisor@queensu.ca
Department Head: Dr. Keith Pilkey, keith.pilkey@queensu.ca
Undergraduate Chair: Dr. Gene Zak, gene.zak@queensu.ca

Electrical and Computer Engineering – January 30


7:00 pm - 7:40 pm | Presentation

7:40 pm – 9:00 pm | ECE project demos and Q&A

Refreshments will be provided.

Presentation highlights:

  • Learn about the most innovative and impactful technical field today and into the future
  • Electrical Engineering streams: communications and signal process, microelectronics and photonics, power electronics, robotics and control, etc.
  • Computer Engineering streams: Artificial Intelligence, software engineering, mechatronics, etc.
  • ECE Innovation Stream includes entrepreneurship and innovation instruction directly into undergraduate experience
  • Highest number of student internships: Google, Ontario Hydro, Facebook, Microsoft, Hatch, etc.

Who should attend?

  • Students who want a dynamic, vibrant and rewarding career in the highest impact field of our time
  • Students who want among the highest initial placements and highest starting salaries of all engineering disciplines
  • Students who want to learn about the field of engineering that is reshaping the world

Speakers: TBD

Program link: https://www.ece.queensu.ca

Irina Pavich, Undergraduate Program Advisor
Email: irina.pavich@queensu.ca