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UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 18 | November 16, 2000

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 about mechanical or electrical engineering, students could learn something about all areas?

Would these students have more appreciation for the relationship between engineering disciplines? Would they be better prepared to lead project teams and assume management roles?

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 to reinforce 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 skills," says Mining and Mineral Process Engineering Assoc. Prof. Scott Dunbar, director of IGEN.

"These individuals need to understand the interdisciplinary nature and non-technical aspects of engineering projects while working comfortably with different types of professionals. I expect IGEN graduates will fill this need."

Some of the areas where IGEN graduates might expect to find employment include design, applied research, project management, or marketing and sales of technical products, Dunbar says.

more information

Call Assoc. Prof. Scott Dunbar at 604-822-4725 or e-mail wsd@mining.ubc.ca.

Integrated Engineering home page at www.igen.ubc.ca.


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