Mission, Vision and Values


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.

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.
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