The UofA Advantage

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a high quality education in the largest Mechanical Engineering department in Canada.

Andrew Nilson AeroSAEAnder Nilson, member of the Aero SAE Heavy Lift Club, is setting up the aircraft for first year night event. The Aero SAE Heavy Lift Club is an engineering design club at the University of Alberta whose goal is to design and construct a radio controlled model aircraft capable of lifting the maximum weight possible.

Students learn in an environment that emphasizes a strong theoretical knowledge base and creates a solid academic foundation. Our approach combines classroom scholarship with hands-on, applied learning situations. Students have additional opportunities to apply the skills they learn by working on challenging and exciting extracurricular design projects housed in the department.

Mechanical Engineering students have the option to tailor their studies to their unique educational interests and goals through three cutting edge elective streams, the Aerospace Engineering Elective Stream, the Biomedical Engineering Elective Stream, and the Business and Management Elective Stream. (Students in these streams graduate with a BSc).

Capstone Awards
The Capstone Honours Awards recognize excellence in design, and celebrate the achievements of the Mec E 460 teams. (Mec E 460 is the major design project course taken by the graduating Mechanical Engineering class). The awards are presented jointly by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Northern Lights Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Each spring two design teams from each term are selected to present their projects at the prestigious Capstone Design Awards Banquet. The four teams invited to the Capstone Awards receive $1000 and a trophy. One team is selected to represent the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the annual Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) National Student Design Awards.

Shops and Labs
Our department operates one of the largest machine shops in North America. This multipurpose shop contains high quality, cutting edge equipment and is used for a variety of research and teaching activities.
A unique feature of our shop is its openness, which provides great access and technical exposure for students and faculty. Our shop is setup in a visual fashion that encourages hands-on learning.
We have a variety of equipment available for rental, including a flame spray, wind tunnel, and spray booth.

The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the university.
NINT researchers are focused on the revolutionary work being done at the nano-scale, the world of individual atoms or molecules. The main focus of nanotechnology research is the integration of nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected to the outside world. The long-term objective is to discover 'design rules' for nanotechnology, and develop platforms for building nanosystems and materials that can be constructed and programmed for a particular application.