By Alexandra Sebben

How do you know which university program is right for you? 
That is the question on everyone’s mind when it comes time to apply for university. To help high school students and their families who are interested in an engineering or design program make an informed decision, Carleton University brings the classroom right to your doorstep.

Electrical engineering Instructor Michael Feuerherm working with a current student. The team is demonstrating equipment used in Carleton’s Broadband Integrated Circuit Measurement Laboratory.

Discover Engineering and Design 

Earlier this year,
Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design held our Discover Engineering and Design event in Mississauga to showcase our diverse programs, student projects, co-op/internship opportunities, and support systems to prospective undergraduate students. The event is more intimate than a university fair, where attendees can talk one-on-one with current students, professors, and instructors. Attendees are also encouraged to interact with projects—like sitting inside our student-built race car or driving our micro-roverthat they could work on if they chose to study at Carleton.

A Diverse Range of Programs

With various programs in engineering, architecture and urbanism, industrial design, and information technology, there’s something for everyone. At Carleton, we support students along their journey to picking a program by helping them learn about all the opportunities within Carleton’s community that align with their interests.  
In addition to our general programs, Carleton offers specialized programs that help students stand out when they enter the workforce. Employers are looking for graduates with a background in the core discipline, reinforced by a unique specialization that can be used to tackle current and emerging challenges.  A great example is Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, a program uniquely offered at Carleton which provides students fundamental knowledge in either mechanical or electrical engineering but specializes those skills to the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

Applying to university is one of the most pivotal moments in a person’s life,” says Larry Kostiuk, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “By organizing events like Discover Engineering and Design, we are helping high school students and their families fill in the blanks. Have an interest in biology and engineering? Carleton has a program for that. Interested in designing adaptive and accessible technology? Carleton also has a program for that.”

Preparing for the World of Tomorrow

At Carleton, our professors and instructors have strong ties with industry and government organizations. Often, guest lectures and off-campus visits are organized to show students how what they are learning in the classroom is connected to real-world challenges. 

Take for example, a team of architecture students who brought their class project to reality with the help of their professor and the support of local organizations. The problem? Food insecurity in an Ottawa neighbourhood. The solution? A community fridge and pantry, built by the students over the course of a summer. Now fully functional to the community.

“What I like about my program is the flexibility to explore different interests—whether that’s through a class project or through the student group I volunteer with,” says Koralie Mokam, a biomedical and electrical student and a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, CUBES. “I’m encouraged to learn by doing, in addition to being taught theories and concepts. I know when I was a high school student, I didn’t think my university experience could be this hands-on.”  

Interested in attending an event to learn more about the engineering and design programs at Carleton? Browse the line-up of 2022-2023 events on our website.

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