Discipline Nights


Exclusive to first-year students

This series will provide an insightful preview into all 10 disciplines. Attendees will get the opportunity to hear directly from professors, current students and alumni about program streams, job prospects, the student community, course load/structure and more. By the end of the series, first year students will get a better understanding of their interest area.

Discipline Nights is scheduled January 14 – 30, 2023. Discipline selection opens in SOLUS at the beginning of February. Discipline choice is guaranteed if students pass their courses and apply on time. Deadlines will be emailed to you well in advance.

If you have any questions, please e-mail engineering.events@queensu.ca.




Not sure which branch of engineering appeals to you the most?

ENGSOC presents its

2023 All-Discipline Fair

Saturday, January 14, 2023

1-4 pm Grant Hall

On Saturday, January 14th from 1-4 pm the Engineering Society of Queen’s University hosts its annual ALL-DISCIPINE FAIR, in Grant Hall to help you look at options and make an informed decision. Attending this event will provide you with the opportunity to attend an Alumni panel speaking on their respective careers, a Q&A session, a fair-style setup where you can speak to the specific disciplines, and more!

Provided you pass your first-year courses (in the regular sections or in the Extended J-Section Program) and request your discipline during the designated selection window, you have an unrestricted choice of discipline.

More Details to be Released in the New Year on Instagram:

With any questions, please email: firstyear@engsoc.queensu.ca

  • Mining Engineering January 16 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Dupuis Hall Auditorium
    Mining Engineering

    Cutting-edge technology, high-end equipment, automation, robotics, advanced analytics, modeling, and processing are required to solve the complex problems of extracting, recovering, recycling and reusing the raw materials necessary to improve our standard of life in a safe and sustainable manner, and create a positive social impact. The Mining Engineering program deals with these problems by providing a broad knowledge base on all aspects related to the mining industry, from the geological resources to the final products, with attention to the life cycle of products in the context of the circular economy. In this presentation you will learn about the student experience, the department-sponsored field trips and our department’s strong ties to industry and alums. You will meet current students, faculty, alumni, and industry representatives, and attend a virtual tour of a mine.

  • Civil Engineering January 17 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Ellis Hall Auditorium

    Civil Engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment and infrastructure systems that provide essential services to human life. This system is the nation’s buildings and bridges, power producing plants, water supply systems, coastal areas, our homes, and so much more. Civil Engineers are also responsible for the compatibility of the infrastructure with the natural environment: the ground, water, and air. Consequently, Civil Engineers are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and are developing innovative solutions to ensure our built environment and infrastructure systems are both sustainable and resilient. The Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's trains broadly-educated Civil Engineers with strong foundations in a wide variety of sub-disciplines and excellent professional skills. In this presentation, you will learn more about what it means to be a civil engineer, potential career opportunities in the field, and the student experience in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s!

  • Chemical Engineering January 18 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Dupuis Hall Auditorium

    Can you imagine a career in chemical engineering? Chemical Engineering is a broadly based engineering discipline, which combines the study of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology, with engineering science, design, and economics. Chemical Engineers develop new advanced materials and design the processes that convert raw materials into value-added products. Join us on January 18th as we give you an insider’s perspective into our program. Acting Department Head, Dr. Robin Hutchinson, and Undergraduate Program Chair, Dr. Louise Meunier, will highlight the importance of chemical engineering, describe job prospects and introduce the Process Engineering (CHE1) and Biochemical, Biomedical, Bioenvironmental (CHE2) options. You will have a better understanding of curriculum structure, course load, career paths, and research trends. We hope you can join us for an insightful and engaging night!

  • Engineering Chemistry January 19 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Chernoff Hall Auditorium
    Engineering Chemistry student

    Join us for an overview of Engineering Chemistry, the only program in North America whose graduates qualify for accreditation as both an engineer and a chartered chemist. Learn how our students apply organic, analytical, and electrochemistry to design technologies that address the United Nations Strategic Development Goals (SDGs). Graduates from this program have versatile job opportunities and are prepared to tackle important questions to solve future problems. This evening will include talks from current faculty, alumni, and students. At the end there will be live-demos, posters from 4th year thesis students, and the opportunity to meet faculty members from both the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry.

  • Geological Engineering January 23 | 7:00 pm (EST) | BIOSCI Room 1102

    Geological Engineering is the interface between human endeavor and the natural world. Any engineering project that interacts with the Earth or Earth materials requires the input of Geological Engineers, using the combined foundations of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and other science and engineering fields. Geological Engineers use geomechanics, geophysics, geochemistry and many other exciting tools to develop innovative engineering solutions at all scales, e.g., for natural hazards, mineral and energy resources, environmental contamination, groundwater resources, infrastructure, and sustainable development. During this orientation session, we hope to convey the breadth and quality of this engineering program and the diverse careers open to Queen’s Geological Engineers.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering January 24 | 7:00 pm (EST) | WLH 205, BMH Rooms 212 & 214

    The fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering encompass many areas of prime importance in today’s technological world that range from nanotechnology to computer chips to wireless systems to artificial intelligence to electric vehicles and green power generation. All industries throughout the economy have a need for information and computer technology (ICT) and thus it is not a coincidence that the most valuable companies in the world are in the ICT sector. The ECE Department’s First Year Discipline Night event will feature presentations from faculty and current students from the Electrical Engineering and the Computer Engineering programs. The faculty presentations will cover the fundamental and advanced subject areas that students in each program will learn about. Student presentations will focus on the experiential aspects of the programs, design projects and industrial internships. To conclude the event, first year students will observe several ECE technology demonstrations in the Beamish plaza.

  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering January 25 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Dunning Hall Auditorium, Rooms 11 & 12
    February 1 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Dunning Hall Auditorium, Rooms 11 & 12

    The orientation session for the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) will start with a talk that gives an overview of the department followed by a former student’s perspective on choosing the right discipline for you. 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 a 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.

  • Mathematics and Engineering January 26 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Jeffrey Hall, Room 127

    The Chair of Undergraduate Studies for Mathematics and Engineering (Professor Yüksel) will give a thorough overview of the Mathematics and Engineering program and its three excellent options (Applied Mechanics / Computing and Communications / Systems and Robotics), detailing what makes it stand out on the Engineering landscape, and highlighting its unique strong points in preparing our students for rewarding and fulfilling careers in both engineering industry and advanced research as well as top graduate schools. This will be followed by short presentations by recent Mathematics and Engineering alumni. Finally, a question/answer session will conclude the evening.

  • Engineering Physics January 30 | 7:00 pm (EST) | Stirling Hall Auditorium
    Engineering Physics

    Engineering Physics prepares students for careers in tomorrow's technology. In the EngPhys program, you take engineering applications courses with either Mechanical, Materials, Electrical, or Computer engineering students, and Physics courses with Physics students. In addition, you take dedicated Engineering Physics courses with your peers. You get a deeper understanding of the mathematics, the physics and the sophisticated experimental techniques that allow engineering technology to function. This is a fully accredited program that helps you solve engineering problems with a multidisciplinary expertise. The best thing about our program is the people - the students, faculty and staff work together to support and learn. In the orientation event, we'll have an overview of the program, a description of what sorts of careers our recent graduates have taken and have lots of opportunities to ask questions in small groups with current students and recent grads. Our guest speaker will be a recent EngPhys alumnus, who will describe what it was like to be in EngPhys and how it prepared them for their career.

    Agenda Snapshot
    • Welcome: Prof. Rob Knobel, Department Head
    • The Eng. Phys. Program: Prof. Jun Gao, Undergraduate Chair
    • Careers of recent grads: Prof. Marc Dignam
    • Guest speaker: Dr. Ellen Schelew (Sc'09)
    • Breakout room discussions with Guest Speaker and current Engineering Physics students and Profs.