The new Sustainability Institute will use resources in multiple ways to assist professors, graduate students and undergraduates to provide intellectual leadership and promote university outreach and public interaction.
McGill Engineering has long recognized the value of entrepreneurship in building a strong research program, but until recently funding and resource issues hindered Faculty efforts to help professors and students commercialize their research and encourage business start-ups.
Social entrepreneurship also plays a major role at McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, as evidenced by School of Urban Planning Professor Ahmed El-Geneidy’s work in helping to shape government transport policy.
Two institutes were established recently in areas of strategic importance to the Faculty of Engineering: the Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (ISEAD) and the McGill Institute for Aerospace Engineering (MIAE). Among other things, the institutes enhance teaching, improve employment opportunities for students and serve as windows on the world for McGill Engineering.
Major changes are underway at McGill Engineering that are giving a new look and feel to the 79-year-old Faculty. A $25-million refit to the Macdonald Engineering Building (See FACULTY FACELIFT in this issue) and the presence of greater numbers of top-calibre graduate students are providing the Faculty with important tools to tackle new research challenges and move in new directions.