Meet the Future of Building ScienceOctober 10, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:00 pm: Presentation
OBEC / OAA Members: $28.00 + $3.64 HST = $31.64
Bryn Jones, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Conestoga College, School of Engineering & IT
Exponential advances in knowledge, instrumentation, communication, and computational capabilities have created
mind-boggling possibilities, and building engineers are cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries in unprecedented ways. Indeed, the distinction between science, engineering and architecture in some domains has
been blurred, raising significant opportunities for engineering education to fill the current resource gap.
The Bachelor of Engineering - Building Systems Engineering (BSE) program is the newest professional
engineeringdegree offering in the School of Engineering & IT and is delivered at the honours level. This degree program is unique in
Canada as it relates to the complex and ever-changing world of buildings and will allow students to start down the path to pursue a
professional engineering career through licensing with Professional Engineers Ontario. It is geared to motivated individuals looking
for challenging careers in building systems, energy and utilities management, building operations and facility management.
Bryn will outline the new BSE program content, the unique project based hands on learning environment at Conestoga College and
discuss the market and the future of Building Science in Canada based on his 15 year of consulting industry experience. Included
will be a high-level summary of program areas of focus, areas of research and opportunities for industry engagement.
Scott Walbridge, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Alberta), Associate Professor and Architectural
Engineering Program Director, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the Waterloo
School of Architecture, is about to launch a new Architectural Engineering program to meet the large current and
future demand for engineers technically-skilled in the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment,
repair, and refurbishment. This B.A.Sc. program will be unique in comparison with other programs in North America in its incorporation of a compulsory coop component, along with a core studio course in each of the eight academic terms. The entire third year of the program will take place at Waterloo’s School of Architecture in Cambridge. The employed pedagogical approach will focus on hands on experience, peer learning, “communication, collaboration, and design”. As this presentation will be taking place only weeks after the arrival of the first class, it will focus on the challenges faced in the program development and provide an update on the successes and challenges encountered in the program implementation. Prospects for future graduates in the building construction industry and opportunities for industry stakeholders to contribute to the program’s future success will also be highlighted.
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