Early Engineering Class

Our History

1908 – The U of A is founded, including 5 engineering students who study under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
1920 – The Department of Mining Engineering is founded.
1921 - The first BSc in mining engineering is granted from the U of A.
1926 – The first course in chemical engineering is offered at the U of A.
1928 - The first BSc in chemical engineering is granted from the U of A.
1930 – The Department of Mining Engineering is renamed the Department of Mining and Metallurgy.
1945 – The first MSc in chemical engineering is granted from the U of A.
1946 – The Department of Chemical Engineering is founded.
1961 – The first PhD in chemical engineering is granted from the U of A.
1983 – The co-op learning program is introduced in the Faculty to give students the opportunity to blend real-world experience with academic learning in classroom and labs.
1985 – An undergraduate option in computer process control is introduced.
1996 – The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is formed through a merger of the Department of Chemical Engineering and elements of the Department of Mining Engineering.
2005 – The Centre for Oil Sands Innovation is established.
2008 – The U of A celebrates its centennial.
2009 – The Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining is established.
2010 – The Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies (C5MPT) is established.

Today, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering’s international reputation for cutting-edge research and excellence in education lie broadly within the following areas: energy and natural resources; surface and interfacial sciences; nano and regenerative medicine; process control and systems engineering; and advanced materials.

Our department provides remarkable levels of funding and resources for both research and students, research funding, school scholarships and awards, excellent library and information systems, and access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities; our students, our faculty, and our staff are equally vital to our on-going success.