About the Faculty


The Faculty of Engineering provides its graduates with top quality education in engineering and computer science, preparing them to practice their professions competently to meet the ever-changing needs of society, and to continue learning their discipline, allowing them to move into other related fields including business, law and medicine.

Excellence and diversity in research are essential to our mission and build on our strong collaboration with industry and government research laboratories.

The Faculty encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst its students and personnel. The Faculty strives to provide a learning environment that promotes excellence and innovation, ethical practice and responsibility towards society. The Faculty is committed to a culture built on respect of the individual and fair treatment for all.

Vision and values

Our Vision

Our vision is to uniquely position the Faculty as a leader in innovation and excellence in engineering and computer science through education, research and scholarship in a professional framework reflecting our social responsibility. The Faculty believes its prime driver for success in all these areas should emanate from targeted research that attracts highly qualified faculty and graduate students, and enhances the attractiveness and quality of the undergraduate program.

The Faculty will continue to support the individual research initiatives of its professors, but will promote a strong focus on inter-disciplinary research in high-interest and impact areas as perceived by governments and industry as follows:

  • e-Society
  • Bio and health engineering
  • Critical infrastructure design and survivability
  • Sustainable energy and environmental technologies

The partnering and funding opportunities inherent in these theme areas are strongly evident in the successful research and networking already completed and continuing with government and industry.

The Faculty benefits from a strong presence and reputation in information technology (IT) and is firmly committed to continuing cutting edge research in this field. Given the now pervasive nature of IT, its position in the Faculty’s vision is now that of a fundamental “enabler”. The Faculty therefore strives to use its IT and related engineering capabilities to catalyze developments and advancements in other disciplines through collaboration and team efforts.

Our Values

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa is a dynamic community of students, faculty members, researchers and staff committed to excellence in education, research, and professional services to the engineering and computer science communities in Canada and abroad.

We share the institutional values of the University of Ottawa and therefore:

  • We place students at the core of our educational mission;
  • We strive for excellence in research;
  • We are committed to a culture built on respect and fair treatment of the individual and to equal opportunities to our students and personnel;
  • We deliver internationally recognized and research driven academic and professional programs;
  • We are strongly committed to bilingualism, cultural diversity, and the promotion of Francophone communities;
  • We build partnerships to fulfill our social responsibilities, and
  • We encourage freedom of expression, ethical behaviour, critical thinking, collegiality, transparency, and accountability.

As a professional faculty, we are individually and collectively committed to the codes of ethics that govern the engineering and computer science professions at the provincial, national, and international levels. As a result:

  • We adhere to and demonstrate honesty and integrity in all the activities in which we engage;
  • We are committed to the highest standards of personal honour, fairness, and trustworthiness;
  • We maintain independent judgement and avoid all conflicts of interest;
  • We take responsibility for all our actions and behaviours;
  • We condemn any unfair or fraudulent attempts to advance one’s academic or professional standing, and
  • We continuously strive to develop our knowledge, skills, and competence to better fulfill our education, research, and service responsibilities.

Quick facts

Over 120 tenured or tenure-track professors, 80 support staff, a number of part-time and adjunct professors and other contractual personnel are engaged in the education of over 4 000 undergraduate students and 1 500 graduate students.

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers programs in: Biomedical Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computing Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering. The Computing Technology program is offered concurrently with the Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs while the Biotechnology program is a joint program (biochemistry and chemical engineering). All the undergraduate programs are offered in regular or co-op mode.

A number of graduate programs leading to diplomas, to M.Eng., M.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees are offered in a vast array of engineering and computer science disciplines, including many interdisciplinary programs.


All of our Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers of Canada in order to ensure that our graduate students stand among the global leaders of the industry, and in the same time, to make sure that our programs meet the national standards in engineering.

We have eight accredited undergraduate programs, each offering top quality education in engineering and computer science.

Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of Engineers Canada

Accreditation of the engineering undergraduate programs of study of the Faculty: 7 Programs accredited as of 2018.

Information Processing Society (CIPS)

Accreditation of the undergraduate program in software engineering and of the undergraduate program in computer science; both programs are currently accredited as of 2018.

The Honours BSc in Computer Science and the B.A.Sc. in Software Engineering are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Council of CIPS.

Historical note

Equipment used in the early days of applied science

The University of Ottawa was founded in 1848 and chartered in 1866; science and engineering were rapidly included in its fields of instruction. As early as 1874, the University bolstered the mathematics and science components of its classical studies program which, however, had to be abolished shortly afterwards. After the Second World War, the University kept in step with the new rise in popularity of the pure and applied sciences by establishing the School of Applied Sciences.

In 1953, it created the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, which was given faculty status in 1962. This first faculty was composed of seven departments, two of which in engineering. Ten years later, it counted four engineering departments and its name was changed to Faculty of Science and Engineering.

On July 1, 1986, the University opted for the establishment of both a Faculty of Science and a Faculty of Engineering, each with its own dean, professors, and programs. The Faculty of Engineering was then made up of four departments: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

On May 1, 1997, the Department of Computer Science joined the Faculty of Engineering from the Faculty of Science and was merged with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to form the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE).

The Faculty of Engineering is currently composed of three departments (Chemical and Biological, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering) and of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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