The University of Manitoba has held a NSERC Chair in Design Engineering almost continuously since 2001. These partnerships have fostered significant developments in a design-oriented curriculum in the Faculty of Engineering.
2018-2023 – NSERC Chair in Design Engineering for Sustainable Development & Enhanced Design Integration
Chairholder – Dr. Marcia Friesen, P.Eng.
We view design as the common engineering function across engineering disciplines, and the goal of engineering education is to develop students’ design knowledge, skills, and values for engineering practice.
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This Chair focuses on:
Sustainable design and Indigenous Knowledge are being facilitated through the redevelopment of existing core courses and capstone design courses.
Supporting these initiatives, an expanded Engineers-in-Residence program will bring practice-based design expertise into the curriculum and share design outcomes with the practice community.
Dr. Marcia Friesen, P.Eng. is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Design Education) in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba. Her research program focusses on engineering qualifications recognition for engineering newcomers, the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering education, mHealth applications, and modeling 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.
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We’ve got a great team of six internal champions working on these directions.
Dr. Mohamed Issa, P.Eng., Assistant Professor and Champion for Sustainable Development
Mr. Randy Herrmann, P.Eng., ENGAP Director and Champion for Indigenous Knowledge & Design
Dr. Paul Labossiere, P.Eng., Senior Instructor and Champion for the Mechanical Engineering Design Spine
Mr. Dan Card, P.Eng., Engineer-in-Residence and Champion for the Electrical Engineering Design Spine
Dr. Ken Ferens, P.Eng., Assistant Professor and Champion for the Computer Engineering Design Spine
Dr. James Blatz, P.Eng., Professor and Champion for the Civil Engineering Design Spine
The Chair brings together a strong set of partners who are investing in labour force development in design engineering for key industries in Manitoba, including aerospace, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and engineering services. Through the Chair, partners will support Engineers-in-Residence programs and will support design education through design team sponsorship, student awards, and high quality networking and engagement with students.
We thank our long-standing partners