Faculty of Engineering

Member Information

Western Engineering Mission Statement

Western Engineering creates, disseminates and applies knowledge for the benefit of society through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Our graduates will be global citizens whose education and leadership will serve the public good.

Western Engineering in Numbers

Undergraduate Education

Unique Learning Experience

Western Engineering offers students unique learning opportunities so they can design their own future with the following possibilities:
  • Common First Year - providing students with the opportunity to develop a close bond with their first-year classmates and experience various disciplines of engineering before selecting a discipline in second year.
  • Nine Engineering Programs - Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Green Process, Integrated, Mechanical, Mechatronic Systems, and Software Engineering.
  • Dual Degrees - Combined degrees (with Western’s other professional programs: the Ivey Business School and Western Law) and concurrent degrees with faculties across campus (i.e., Music, Science, Social Science, Arts & Humanities, etc.).
  • Experiential Learning -Engineering Leadership and Innovation Certificate, Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor, International Experiences, Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering Externship, and Student Clubs, Groups & Teams.
  • Optional Internships and Summer Co-op - Internships are 12- or 16-month (consecutive) placements. Co-ops occur during the summer months (May – August). Both options are paid employment.
  • Accelerated Master's Program - providing students with the opportunity to earn a Master of Engineering Science (MESc) degree within one year of receiving their Bachelor of Engineering Science (BESc) degree. Students apply in Year 3.
  • International Opportunities - Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor, Civil Engineering with International Development, Engineers Without Borders, and international exchanges.
  • Student Clubs, Groups and Teams - Western Engineering students offer more than 15 various clubs, groups and teams, plus mentorship and tutor programs.

Best Engineering Student Experience in Canada

  • Western Engineering is a medium-sized faculty, in comparison to other universities in Ontario, with approximately 500 students in first-year and 1,600 undergraduate students total. Our smaller class sizes allow our faculty members to offer our students more personalized attention and interactions.
  • More than 400 engineering students participate in extracurricular activities each year.
  • Two Engineering/Ivey students have become Rhodes Scholars in recent years – Joelle Faulkner and Brian Coulter.
  • Western University offers the Western Guarantee - including admission scholarships, financial aid, the first-year courses students want, a place to live in residence, and an extraordinary student experience.

Graduate Education

Western Engineering provides unique learning experiences including access to state-of-the-art research facilities, research topics that impact real life scenarios, and mentorship by internationally recognized leaders in Engineering.  We offer nine graduate programs, from thesis-based to interdisciplinary, and we offer degrees such as MEng, MESc, and PhD.

Research

Achieving research excellence is core to the academic aspirations of our faculty and to develop our external relations. We are proud to support the academic freedom of our individual faculty members to pursue research in the sector of their choice. 

Internationalization

Western University and the Faculty of Engineering have made internationalization a top priority area. Many students, faculty and staff are engaged in global activities. Learn how Western Engineering is making its mark on the world.

Our current international opportunities include:

Sustainability

Western Engineering is committed to sustainability.
  • In 2008 we were the first school in North America to offer a Green Process Engineering undergraduate program.
  • In 2009, we officially opened the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion – Western’s first LEED-certified facility.
  • For the past four years, Corporate Knights magazine has ranked Western Engineering among the best in the country for integrating sustainability into its curriculum.

Fundraising Priorities

The Western Experience develops leaders, creates a global context for learning and living, and values research and the creation of new knowledge that has a real impact on society. 

The Campaign for Western is focused on enriching The Western Experience for our students by investing in four main areas:

Priority Areas for Western

  • Student Support (36%)
  • Chairs and Faculty Leaders (29%)
  • Academic and Research Programs (22%)
  • Infrastructure (13%)

Goals for Western

  • Triple the number of undergraduate student scholarships
  • Create 100 new endowed chairs
  • Build internationally significant research clusters and academic programs
  • Enhance student support in leadership and career development

Goals for Western Engineering

Develop Leaders

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Entrance Scholarships
  • In-Course Scholarships & Awards
  • Global Opportunities Awards
  • WESEL Fund

Inspire Learning

  • Endowed Chairs
  • NSERC Chairs
  • Term Chairs
  • Professorships

Ignite Discovery

  • Engineering Leadership & Innovation program enhancements

Build Tomorrow

  • ThreeC+
  • WindEEE Dome
  • SEB Renovations & Upgrades