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Message from the Dean


Drew-headshot.jpgI want to share with you the news that after my term as Dean ends on July 31, 2013, I will be returning to what first brought me to academic life - teaching and research. Concordia University has established an advisory committee that will start the search for my successor.

I have been Dean and Professor in Engineering and Computer Science since August 2008 and it has been a pleasure to work with such talented faculty members and staff. During my term we have collectively made big strides forward. The students we train have more opportunities than ever to pursue their diverse interests, and our growing research excellence is recognized nationally and internationally.

This is a golden opportunity to reflect on some of the Faculty's accomplishments. Over the last five years, the research budget increased by 25 percent and graduate student enrollment increased by nearly 30 percent. Overall undergraduate enrollment has remained stable and healthy with growth in certain disciplines in the usual cyclical fashion.  We have seen the establishment of four new industrial research chairs, funded in part by the Natural Sciences and Research Engineering Council (NSERC), and we have also launched the Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS).  The role of aerospace teaching and research has been boldly redefined at the Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI).  Furthermore, we had two new PhD programs approved in the past year. Through these endeavors and many more, I can safely say that the future of research at the Faculty is brighter than ever.

In teaching, the Faculty has distinguished itself in soft-skill training through the new Centre for Engineering in Society. Additionally, the Faculty has launched new graduate programs, recruited numerous stellar new faculty members, and thanks to the vision and expertise of faculty and staff at all our departments, we have equipped countless students to go on to bright careers in academia and industry. Last year, all of our undergraduate engineering programs received accreditation for the maximum term of six years - a first in Concordia history. I am convinced that through our collective efforts, the student experience in our Faculty remains among the most rewarding and inspiring in North America.

Thank you for your help and support and for contributing to our Faculty's ongoing growth and success. I am confident that I leave the Faculty in fine shape so that it will keep thriving through the term of the next Dean and beyond.

Yours sincerely,

Robin A. L. Drew PhD, FCAE, ing.
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science


Concordia University