Educating the Engineer of the Future

Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering

As our founding fathers pioneered co-operative education in Canada nearly 60 years ago, Waterloo Engineering will again transform engineering education. The Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign is critical to retaining the high regard for our education model and to ensuring our position as a world-leading academic hub for research and scholarship.

I hope the stories you read about the significant impact our students, researchers, faculty members and alumni are having on society inspire you to help us in our goal of raising $70 million and supporting our vision of Educating the Engineer of the Future.

Waterloo Engineering lives and breathes a culture of excellence. This campaign will help to solidify our reputation for academic leadership and uniquely preparing students for the future. We are raising the bar again – by providing even earlier opportunities to experience what it is to be an engineer, while more fully nurturing those with entrepreneurial aspirations and supporting research at the highest levels.

As Canada’s largest engineering school, we have the responsibility to help advance engineering education for the 21st century. It is our purpose to prepare the next generations of Canadian engineers with the deep knowledge, critical thinking skills, ethical grounding, ingenuity and confidence to adapt and succeed in even the most challenging conditions of tomorrow.

Canada is striving to foster widespread innovation. Our Faculty has a long record of putting ideas to use – from conceptualization to execution. We have worked with over 1,000 industry, government and non-for-profit partners in research and development. Our alumni, students and faculty have started 500 + new ventures that are employing thousands, and our 39,493 alumni have contributed to nation building.

Support our campaign

By supporting the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign, your contribution will enable the Faculty to support student aspirations.

For example, construction of the student-focused Engineering 7 (E7) building will allow us to accommodate our expanding engineering programs – since 2005, we have seen a 40 per cent increase in engineering undergraduate enrolment and a 58 per cent increase in our graduate numbers. By 2020, we will add another 1,300 students to our current student body of over 9,000.

We are committed to enhancing our students’ learning experience – whether in international co-op/exchange, research in state-of-the-art labs, or testing an entrepreneurial concept.  I have no doubt that the student-centric design of E7 will be the genesis of new ideas and engineering solutions that have yet to be imagined.

This campaign is about fulfilling the promise of the future – today. It is about building upon an environment with the best minds so these individuals and generations after them, can follow their passions. Only then can we educate the next great engineer, the next great innovator and the next great leader  – to create a better world.

Please consider joining us in this important endeavor. Thank you for your support.


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Pearl Sullivan

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

About Dean Pearl Sullivan

Pearl Sullivan is Waterloo Engineering’s eighth dean of engineering and the first woman to hold the post. Read Pearl Sullivan’s biography

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