• Dean Marcia Friesen standing in the Doug Ruth Laneway on a sunny day smiling and posing for the camera. There is a full bike rack and the entrance to E I T C in the background.
  • Dean, Price Faculty of Engineering

    Professor, Center for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education

    NSERC Chair in Design Engineering for Sustainable Development & Enhanced Design Integration

    Room E2-290 EITC
    75A Chancellor's Circle
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6

    204-474-9806
    marcia.friesen@umanitoba.ca

Welcome message from Dean Friesen

Welcome to the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, the oldest engineering school in Western Canada!

It is with an appreciation of the past and with optimism for the future that I began the role of Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering as of January 1, 2021. I follow in the footsteps of those who have led the Faculty with vision and integrity before me.

The Price Faculty of Engineering is committed to providing engineering education and engineering research that engages the imagination of our community and contributes to the economic, environmental, and social health of our province and country. Whether you are drawn to engineering for its creative and artistic character, its role in leading technology, its purpose in social development, or any other motivations, the Price Faculty of Engineering has a place for you.

The Price Faculty of Engineering is a vibrant place to be with approximately 1900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. As faculty and staff, we look forward to being face-to-face with students again when conditions associated with COVID-19 allow for us to safely do so.  Beyond the degree programs, teaching & learning, and research that we represent, the Price Faculty of Engineering reaches out to Manitobans and the needs of industry through the ENGAP Program for Indigenous Canadians and IEEQ Program for newcomers to Manitoba The WISE-KidNetic Energy, K-12 STEM outreach program makes over 50,000 student-contacts annually, our Co-op/IIP Program, which typically facilitates over 500 placements each year, and an extra-curriculum of student-led design competition teams which regularly place in national and international competitions.  

Our Faculty is also a significant research hub, including research partnerships with Manitoba industry of diverse sizes and configurations. Presently, our faculty generates approximately $9M annually in external research funding and is home to seven Canada/Industrial Research Chairs and a Design Chair sponsored by NSERC and private industry.

We recently celebrated two milestone events. In 2019, we marked the completion and opening of the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building, made possible by the donations of Mr. Stanley Pauley, government investments, and the generous donations of our community through the University’s Front & Centre campaign.  In March 2020, we celebrated a transformational gift from Dr. Gerry Price and family that led to naming the Price Faculty of Engineering. The Price endowment will allow the Faculty to create more opportunities for more students in engineering education through the 2020s and beyond.  
I thank everyone in our community who support the Price Faculty of Engineering through gifts of time, expertise, advocacy, and finances. Your contributions support our responsibility as Manitoba’s only engineering school to be accessible for all learners and their goals via multiple pathways, strong traditional disciplines, strong research programs, and to engage across our practice community and industry sectors in Manitoba. Our ongoing vision for the Faculty includes sustainable enrolment growth, enhancing recruitment, growing research impact, nurturing excellent relations with our external community, and promoting the Faculty’s international presence.  

Our students are waiting to take their place in solving the problems that need engineering as part of the solution. They are looking to their engineering education as the foundation they need to enact their visions and goals, and we’re ready for it! The engineering profession represents technical excellence, leadership, and service, and we’re proud to be shaping the next generation.  

Marcia Friesen, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor & Dean, Price Faculty of Engineering

Education

  • BSc, University of Manitoba
  • MEd, University of Manitoba
  • PhD, University of Manitoba

Research

Marcia Friesen, P.Eng., received her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Manitoba. She holds a doctorate in Biosystems Engineering. Currently, Friesen is the Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering and the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. From 2003 to 2017 she served as Director of the Internationally Educated Engineering Qualifications Program (IEEQ) and as Director of the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education and Associate Dean (Design Education) from 2017 to 2020.

Friesen is active in both research and teaching activities, and has received more than $2 million in research funding from local and tri-council funding agencies. She serves on local and national boards, including serving as past president of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as a director of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and as a director of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada.

Her research program focusses on engineering qualifications recognition for engineering newcomers, the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering education, mHealth applications, and modelling and simulation for healthcare applications. She serves on numerous local committees, is a board member of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and is past president of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

As NSERC Chair in Design Engineering for Sustainable Development and Enhanced Design Integration (2018–2023), Friesen focuses on:

  • Advancing students’ design knowledge in sustainable development and sustainable design in all disciplines. This is a set of knowledge and skills identified by the practice community as critical for the profession in the future, and it has applications across our programs, ranging from energy resources and security, water resources management, agriculture and food security, transportation and resilient cities, infrastructure resiliency and adaptation, and smart systems.
  • Advancing students’ Indigenous Knowledge, perspectives and design principles as part the principle of social inclusion inherent in sustainable development. In addition to cultural awareness, design focuses on important Canadian applications in energy independence, food security, and infrastructure development. In a province with the highest proportionate Indigenous population (17 percent) in Canada and an Indigenous population that is predominantly young and growing, Friesen fosters education and reconciliation through curriculum initiatives by which graduate engineers can more effectively provide design services to and with Indigenous clients and communities in Manitoba and Canada.