Discipline Nights

Discipline Nights - 10 Disciplines. One Path. Your Choice. January 15-28, 2021

Exclusive to first-year students

For nine nights, first year engineering students get the opportunity to consider nine disciplines and begin shaping their path in the field of engineering. It’s a choice that requires careful decision-making that’s why it’s important to attend each event night. Each discipline will showcase their program on one night, highlighting program streams, job prospects, course load/structure and more. You will get the opportunity to hear directly from professors, current students and even alumni. Together these representatives provide an insightful preview into their respective disciplines. You may be surprised to learn something from one discipline that may spark your interest – a discipline that may not have even been a contender! You don’t want to miss a night to learn which engineering pathway is really made for you.

Discipline Night Contests

You’ll want to attend each discipline's event night for more reasons than one! The more nights you attend the greater your chances of collecting a bunch of great prizes!.

See contest details…

*First-year engineering students are expected to confirm their discipline by February 22, 2021. Discipline choice is guaranteed as long as students pass their courses and apply by the aforementioned deadline.

Zoom links: select a discipline below to retrieve the corresponding Zoom link. A discipline’s link will appear one day before its scheduled event night.

  • Geological Engineering January 15 | 7 - 9 pm
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    Geological Engineering is the interface between human endeavour and the natural world. Any engineering project that interacts with the Earth or Earth materials requires the input of Geological Engineers, using the foundations of Earth science, physics, chemistry and mathematics along with engineering skills, including geophysics, geochemistry and geomechanics, to investigate and model complex Earth systems at all scales and develop innovative engineering solutions for natural hazards, mineral and energy resources, environmental contamination, groundwater, surface and subsurface infrastructure, and sustainable human development on and below the surface of our planet. During this orientation session we hope to convey breadth and quality of this engineering program and the exciting and diverse careers open to Queen’s Geological Engineers.

  • Mining Engineering January 18 | 7 - 9 pm
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    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, meet the Mining Engineering Department team, and attend a virtual tour of a mine.

  • Civil Engineering January 19 | 7 - 9 pm

    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. This means, for example, that they are responsible for the management and treatment of air pollution from transportation systems, surface and subsurface contaminants, discharge into lakes and rivers, and the protection of sensitive wetlands and animal habitat. 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!

  • Engineering Chemistry January 20 | 7 - 9 pm
    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). Gain an appreciation for Eng Chem student life from a soon-to-be graduate of the program, and for unique career prospects from a distinguished alumnus working for Abbott Point of Care – the worldwide leader in biological diagnostics technology.

  • Chemical Engineering January 21 | 7 - 9 pm

    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 Jan 21st as we give you an insider’s perspective into our program. UG Chair, Dr. Xiang Li will highlight the importance of chemical engineering, describe job prospects, salaries and introduce CHE1 and 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!

  • Mathematics and Engineering January 25 | 7 - 9 pm

    The Chair of Undergraduate Studies for Mathematics and Engineering (Professor Mansouri) will give a thorough overview of the Mathematics and Engineering program, detailing what makes it stand out on the Engineering landscape, and highlighting its unique strong points in preparing for graduate school as well as careers in industry. This will be followed by short presentations by recent Mathematics and Engineering alumni currently enrolled in top graduate schools in North America or working in top industries. Finally, a question/answer session will conclude the evening.

  • Engineering Physics January 26 | 7 - 9 pm
    Engineering Physics

    Engineering Physics prepares students for careers in tomorrow's technology. In the EngPhys program, you study engineering applications with either Mechanical, Materials, Electrical or Computer engineering students, while at the same time take Physics courses with Physics students. 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 which 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 is EngPhys alumnus Stéphane Germain, CEO of GHGSat - a start-up company which monitors greenhouse gas emissions by satellites (see this profile in the NY Times!). Learn how his ENG Phys background launched his career.

    Agenda Snapshot
    • Welcome: Prof. Rob Knobel, Department Head
    • The Eng. Phys. Program: Prof. Jun Gao, Undergraduate Chair
    • Careers of recent grads: Prof. Steve Hughes
    • Guest speaker: Stéphane Germain, Sci '91 (Engineering Physics) is CEO of the Canadian start-up company GHGSat, which builds and operates satellites that detect emission of greenhouse gases.
    • Breakout rooms with students

  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering January 27 | 7 - 9 pm

    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.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering January 28 | 7 - 9 pm

    ECE would like the to highlight the potential career opportunities that choosing a path in either Electrical or Computer Engineering would allow future graduates to peruse. This would be highlighted during the guest presenter’s presentation time and reinforced by the Alumni speaker who has worked for publicly traded companies such as Procter and Gamble and currently Apple. We want to ensure we have a strong student representation during the event which will include 2 current students and 1 graduate student. The student presenters will highlight their experiences in ECE and why they chose their respective disciplines.