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University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is currently the most rapidly growing area of engineering. Many important areas in medical research and practice interact with mechanical engineering: research in biological materials such as bone, cartilage, and soft tissues, implants and prostheses, artificial hearts and other organs, biomechanics, instrumentation, and rehabilitation engineering.

Chemical & Biological

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering supports over 60 graduate students working towards their master’s or doctoral degrees. Research in the Department consists of five major fields of specialization signifying the multidisciplinary nature and broad reach of modern chemical engineering practice: Process Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Clean Technologies and Materials Development. In particular, Clean Technologies, Renewable Energy, and Biomedical Engineering Research clusters reflect the Department’s current research strengths as well as its vision for the future direction of its research programs. Please consult :


The Department of Civil Engineering has three areas in which engineering related research is conducted.
The geotechnical engineering group specializes in mining geotechnique, saturated and unsaturated soil mechanics, underground disposal of nuclear waste, advanced modeling techniques and rock mechanics.

The main thrust of research in infrastructure engineering involves the investigation of analysis, design and construction methods for buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. The department has established research groups in earthcake engineering, blast engineering, tsunami engineering and wind engineering.

The water resources engineering group specializes in river, coastal, and urban hydraulics. Utilizing knowledge of turbulent fluid flow and sediment transport, the group solves challenging problems in the morphodynamics of rivers and coastlines. Solutions combine leading-edge research in high resolution field measurements, detailed laboratory physical models, and three-dimensional numerical modelling.

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Electronic Business focuses on organizational transformations based on information technologies. Research includes the identification of best practices and trends, the comparative analysis of new business models, the evaluation of performance based on the introduction of new technologies, the efficacy of the new services and methods in attracting and satisfying customers, and the simulation of integrated supply chains.


The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers a vibrant research environment where the traditional disciplines of electronics, computer and software engineering and computer science come together to create unique synergy.

The school has over 70 researchers and over 400 graduate students working in many laboratories and groups.

The School of EECS has strong connections with local industry and this results in a dynamic environment of collaboration and practical impact. Learn more about on current research activities being conducted by various groups:

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Engineering Management

Members of the program are engaged in research in many areas related to engineering management: production and operations management, robotics and manufacturing management, reliability and maintainability engineering, human resource management, industrial and technology marketing, technical project management and control, research and development and innovation management, operation research, forecasting.

Environmental Engineering

The major areas of research within Environmental Engineering are: Air Pollution, Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management and Contaminant Transport, Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Water and Pollution prevention, Water and Wasterwater Treatment and Environmental Impact Assessment. For more information about each research areas, please consult :


The department of Mechanical Engineering has ongoing research activities in the areas of Aeronautical & Space Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Dynamics, Controls, automation & Robotics, Thermal & fluids Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering and Solid Mechanics & Design Engineering. Many of the research activities are multi-disciplinary in nature and there is strong collaboration within the department and with members of other departments. For more information on current research activities within various groups please consult:

System Science

Many professors in Information Technology and Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Administration, Economics, and other disciplines are active in the Systems Science program as instructors, student advisers and thesis directors. Others are interested in ongoing Systems Science activities including the seminar series, and Systems Science applications days. Their areas of research, both theoretical and applied, span a wide variety of fields in operations research, deterministic and probabilistic modelling, optimization, computer science, information systems, control, and economic modelling.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Research in Photonics

Photonics is the science of light; it is the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon.

The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems.

The research areas covered by the CRPuO can be broadly classified as:
Foundations, Broadband for all, Solar Energy and Instrumenting the world.
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