Not sure what an engineer does? Wondering if you should study engineering in university? Don’t know if you’re cut out to be an engineer? You need to come to “What is Engineering?” You might be surprised by what you find out!

“What is Engineering?” is a one-day event for Grade 12 students, parents, and school counsellors, organized by the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and APEGS (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan).

This is the place to learn more about the work you can do as an engineer and all the different fields you can explore – because no other career has so much impact on our day-to-day lives.

You can also:
  • find out more about the USask and U of R engineering programs and how to apply
  • get a taste of what an engineering class is like
  • talk to engineering students, professional engineers and our professors about all things engineering

PLUS, when you register you can sign up for three of the following activities that will give you a sense of what our engineering programs are like. The day will start at the Thorvaldson Building, and then we will move to the College of Engineering. Lunch is provided. Sign up here on Eventbrite. 

Transforming Materials and Energy
Have you ever wondered how raw materials are converted into useful products or how pollutants are eradicated? Come and tour our undergraduate Chemical Engineering lab - it’s one of the best in Canada! You will see bench and pilot-scale versions of equipment that are used in industry to transform materials by process engineering. As a bonus, you will see heat exchangers in operation and you will complete “cool” calculations to help you understand how they work.

Engineering (in) Rocks
Most of us cross bridges and drive through tunnels without giving a second thought to how they’re built – but if you’ve wondered about the engineering behind them, this session is for you. Learn how geological engineers measure strength of a rock mass for designing bridge foundations, and highway tunnels as well as surface and underground openings in rock.

Small Dams, Big Danger
The most dangerous dams are often the smallest. They are commonly known as low-headed dams, or weirs, and the water flow they create causes significant drowning risk. In this activity, you’ll learn more about this problem and the role engineers play in protecting public safety. And, best of all, you’ll get a chance to take your turn at testing potential fixes in a model weir.

Engineering Fair and College Tour
Get a look at some of the projects our students have designed, and find out about some of the student groups you could join. There’s everything from Engineers Without Borders to design groups that have built race cars, quarter-scale tractors and Mars rovers. And during the tour, check out some of the laboratory facilities and other points of interest in the college.

Creating the Devices of Tomorrow: Engineering with Electrons
Sample a little bit of everything in our electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department:

  • See what it takes to keep electric power flowing
  • Not quite a self-driving car but this robot walks (rolls along) the line
  • ECE pirate radio is on the air (but within the CRTC rules and regulations)
  • See the music: find out what sounds look like in the frequency domain using a spectrum analyzer (you can bring your own musical instrument to see what harmonics it produces)
A Sample Lecture and Introduction to Engineering Analysis
Hear our award-winning professor, Dr. Allan Dolovich, provide an overview of the many exciting applications in the field of engineering, followed by a sample engineering lecture.

Building Bridges in Virtual Reality
Try your bridge-building abilities and test your theories in virtual reality. Understand and learn how forces applied will impact your bridge design and how materials behave in different situations. See if you can design the best bridge!

Event Details

09:00 AM - 03:30 PM CST
Room 105, Thorvaldson Building/College of Engineering


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