Student Engagement


From the beginning, our students have been active participants in the design process of the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. When asked what was most important to them, they responded with:

More Space

  • New learning spaces include computer labs, case study-style classrooms, student meeting rooms, prototyping maker spaces, and design group spaces for our first-year and capstone design courses.

Zones for different needs

  • Lounge spaces for socializing, quiet spaces for study, and working spaces for group learning with furniture and layout conducive to support wireless connectivity and electrical power needs.

Opportunities for research projects sooner

  • The building provides expanded experiential learning in laboratory, design and collaboration spaces. As students want to be exposed to research methods earlier in their studies, we've integrated the mechatronics research areas with the undergraduate lab spaces so that students are exposed to the newest advances from research.

Small group project areas

  • Breakout rooms where students can access flatscreens with their laptops for group design, editing and presentation practice.

Encouraging collaboration

  • In the Design Studios through equipment and furniture that can be configured to accommodate various design groups.
"It’s exhilarating to see the vision that’s been created for [the new building]. Classrooms structured for discussion, a cutting-edge prototyping playground, dedicated community space - it’s infrastructure that will enable Western Engineering to deliver truly innovative learning and the best student experience. Students have been involved in the process from start to fi nish and the design reflects that brilliantly."

Tom Grainger, Year 5 
Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Business 
2016/2017 UES President