Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium

The Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (FEGRS) is an annual student-run event that gives graduate students to share and promote their research. The symposium also aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, and offers the opportunity to network with professionals from academia, government, and industry. Participants therefore get an incredible opportunity to prepare themselves for their future careers, and be recognized through various awards. 

2018 HIghlights

  • 450 participants over two days

  • 111 student presentations

  • Distribution of 25 student awards worth $4900

  • Incorporation of interdisciplinary themes including: Nanotechnology, Pipeline Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Process Modelling and advancements in Sustainable Energy

  • Diverse sponsorship from Industry, Academia and Government agencies


To improve our adaptability and transition to a sustainable future, it is required to consider the potential for significant or sudden changes in the economy and in our communities. To highlight the incredible work being done at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering within the 4 strategic research areas (Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering; Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment; Information and Communication Technologies; as well as Nanotechnology and Interfacial Engineering), and explore the importance of engineering in building a sustainable, healthy, prosperous, and safe future, the 2019 FEGRS has opted to look at three main themes.

1. Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Growth of products and systems can only be accelerated through a global, innovative, and interdisciplinary mindset. As modern societies progress rapidly, innovative technological growth will need to be parallel to entrepreneurship on local and international scales. This theme includes topics like, but is not limited to: machine learning, nanotechnology, signal & image processing, and engineering management.

2. Building Self-Reliance

A characteristic of resilient communities is that their individuals and infrastructure are not reliant on others to make their future happen. Community growth is therefore based on self-reliance in the public health, urban design, and communications sectors. This theme includes a variety of interdisciplinary topics such as: carbon-neutral building and transportation infrastructure, rehabilitation engineering, waste management, and telecommunication networks.

3. Energy & Sustainability

An important goal of modern engineering practice is to provide a high quality of life while protecting the environment and to do this without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. As such, societal development to build resilient communities can be achieved through harnessing a diverse energy economy based on sustainable practices. This theme encompasses topics like: future energy systems (which includes responsible hydrocarbon production, mitigating emissions & renewable energy), environmental engineering, and green chemistry.