A multi-year plan to reinvigorate McGill Engineering

Spring 2010
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Dean Christophe Pierre

The last issue of the Dean’s Report highlighted important developments in undergraduate education at our Faculty. This issue shines the spotlight on other areas that are being transformed, including industrial research and doctoral student recruitment.

Each of these advances is an essential building block in a multi-year plan to reinvigorate McGill Engineering to ensure that we maintain our elite position as a first-in-class engineering school. For a faculty that prides itself on being competitive, the results show that we are more than holding our own.

In terms of research, for example, our professors have increased their funding by 60 per cent during the past four years, up to more than $34-million. And just last month I received news that McGill Engineering scored the highest among large faculties at McGill in two, key competitions organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Loyalty appreciated

The first was an 87 per cent success rate in winning Discovery Grants, the basic operating funds that every research-active engineering professor should hold. The figure is an all-time high, up 7 per cent over last year. The second competition involved Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTIs), where our researchers garnered the highest average award of any faculty, registering an impressive 26 per cent increase over 2009.

As other articles in this issue point out, aging buildings, equipment and furnishings at McGill Engineering are badly in need of repair, and successful grant applications and stringent stewardship of budgets are not enough to counteract years of government underfunding.

Although our current Making History Campaign is not about bricks and mortar, donor gifts are still critically important if we are to maintain quality facilities that ensure world-class teaching and research.

Your support is essential. Your loyalty and commitment are deeply appreciated.

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Christophe Pierre
Faculty of Engineering

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