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Get the facts about our research

Mechanical engineer Afzal Suleman is an international leader in the fields of smart structures and aeronautical design, pictured here with a prototype wave energy converter.

UVic's engineers and computer scientists are developing innovations crucial to modern industry and society.

UVic ranks third nationally in engineering, says Science Watch in its latest ranking of Canadian universities. The Faculty of Engineering's internationally-recognized researchers include 10 Canada Research Chairs and an NSERC Environmental Design Chair -- exceptional for a faculty with 83 faculty members.

Our researchers are exploring a wide range of research areas. Graduate research is an essential part of our research program and the annual Graduate Innovation Forum is steered by students to showcase their research.

Research spotlights

Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey (Computer Science)
Canada Research Chair of Knowledge and Software Visualization

Dr. Margaret Anne StoreyRapid growth in computing technologies challenges our ability to visualize and navigate large bodies of information, but Storey and her team at UVic's Computer-Human Interaction and Software Engineering Lab (CHISEL) are developing tools to help.

Dr. Storey is working on developing theories on how visualization can be leveraged to provide support for software and knowledge engineers. In her research, she designs and builds innovative visualization tools to support software and knowledge engineering in a variety of domains.

Dr. Stephanie Willerth (Mechanical Engineering)
Biomedical Engineering Program Coordinator

Dr. Stephanie Willerth Dr. Willerth has extensive training and research experiences in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on engineering tissues by combining biomaterial scaffolds with stem cells. One of her main areas of focus is neural tissue engineering and she belongs to the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (iCORD) - a BC based organization dedicated to finding potential treatments for spinal cord injury. She also has an on-going collaboration in the area of bone tissue engineering.

The research lab directed by Dr. Willerth focuses on engineering 3D scaffolds to direct the behaviour of stem cells as they differentiate in different types of tissues, including neural tissue similar to that found in the spinal cord. "Stem cells hold tremendous promise for engineering replacements for diseased or damaged tissue."

Dr. Stephanie Willerth offers a technical elective and graduate course on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Dr. Thomas Darcie (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Canada Research Chair in Optical Systems for Communications, Imaging and Sensing

Dr. Thomas DarcieDr. Darcie is internationally recognized by both the industrial and research communities, and is an authority in optical systems. He has provided fundamental contributions to the basic understanding and applications in the field of signal multiplexing in lightwave systems, and recognized the opportunity for merging RF techniques with optical transmission and multiplexing. Darcie's work formed the basis on which modern cable television systems are built, and transformed the cable-television industry.

Darcie's research program focuses on systems for communications, broadband access and real-time networks, optical imaging, microwave photonics and terahertz photonics. His work complements existing strong research activities in telecommunications at UVic, including wireless communications and microwave engineering, and will lead to collaborations with industry partners in Canada and the U.S.

Research facts and figures

External support

External support attests to the quality of our research:
  • Faculty of Engineering researchers were awarded more than $24.6 million in outside research grants and contracts in 2007/08.
  • Our researchers have demonstrated leadership in emerging fields like alternative energies, human-computer interaction, biomedical and information sciences, and ocean engineering.
  • UVic placed third among Canadian comprehensive universities in Research Infosource's Research University of the Year rankings for 2007. The ranking reflects research income and research publishing effort.
  • The success rate for UVic graduate students in attracting research funding is consistently well above the national average. In 2006/07, UVic graduate students were awarded $3.6 million in research grants from the three federal granting councils.

Business growth

UVic Engineering research means business growth:
  • UVic's Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC) helps researchers and students develop the commercial potential of their ideas. IDC reports 12 active spin-off companies associated with the Faculty of Engineering.
  • UVic engineers and computer scientists are helping to build a new economy on Vancouver Island. The region's high-tech sector generates annual revenues of $1.7 billion, greatly strengthening the region's economic diversity. UVic Engineering educates many of the highly-qualified personnel critical to the sector's growth.
  • The UVic-owned Vancouver Island Technology Park accelerates the transfer of technology from research labs to the marketplace. It houses the greatest concentration of high-tech companies and workers on Vancouver Island.
  • UVic is home to Canada's first university-wide Office of Community-Based Research, which creates and support research partnerships that enhance the social, environmental and economic well-being of communities.

Learn more about our close ties to industry.

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