Engineering program broadens know-how, builds design skills
Innovative program seeks to educate generalists who can manage projects
What if rather than learning everything there is to know
or electrical engineering, students could learn something about all
Would these students have more appreciation for the relationship
disciplines? Would they be better prepared to lead project teams and assume
The Faculty of Applied Science bet yes with the launch of the Integrated
Engineering (IGEN) program this fall.
Aimed at students seeking a broad, non-specialized engineering education, the
program puts an emphasis on engineering design.
"Rather than earning a degree in only one specific area of engineering, IGEN students will gain knowledge in a variety of core disciplines such as
materials, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and systems involving chemical,
electro-mechanical, and biological components," says Applied Science associate
dean Bruce Dunwoody.
As part of its broad scope, the program will require students to
work on design
projects that involve knowledge gained through IGEN courses
the relationship between all areas of engineering.
"While there will always be a place for engineering specialists, there is
a growing industry need for generalists who possess strong design
Mining and Mineral Process Engineering Assoc. Prof. Scott Dunbar, director of
"These individuals need to understand the interdisciplinary nature
aspects of engineering projects while working comfortably with
types of professionals. I expect IGEN graduates will fill this need."
Some of the areas where IGEN graduates might expect to
include design, applied research, project management, or marketing and sales
of technical products, Dunbar says.
Call Assoc. Prof. Scott Dunbar at 604-822-4725 or e-mail
Integrated Engineering home page at www.igen.ubc.ca.