Engineers in Residence
The Engineer in Residence is a professional engineer who mentors engineering students throughout their course of studies and especially during their capstone design projects. The Engineer in Residence also develops and fosters relationships between industry and faculty members, with the goal of creating synergetic opportunities for students, faculty and industry.
The EiR program evolved through the work of Dr. Clifton Johnston, who holds the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. The program is based on the idea that forging stronger relationships between students, faculty and industry will enhance student learning, deepen connections between academia and industry, and benefit companies by increasing their capacity for productivity and innovation.
The Engineers in Residence report directly to the Chair and also work closely with faculty members in their respective departments. EiRs are involved in their departments through:
- Mentoring capstone project teams
- One on one mentoring for graduating students
- Guest lecturing
- Engaging guest speakers
- Participating in department activities
- Working with faculty to identify industry partners
- Working with clients to develop capstone project opportunities
The work of the group aligns closely with the goals and initiatives of the Chair, and includes leading the following annual initiatives:
- Dalhousie Engineering Design Expo (March)
- Friends of Capstone Banquet (May)
- Capstone Kick-off Pub Night (September)