You can enhance your educational experience by getting involved with high-level research projects being conducted by your own professors.
As an engineering student at a research-intensive university like the U of A, you are at a distinct advantage. Many engineering professors are not only dedicated teachers, but also world-leading researchers. As an undergraduate engineering student you have opportunities to take on research-based courses for credit. You'll be required to work with a professor on a project, and may have to submit a report for a final grade.
Getting hands-on experience conducting research means drawing on all of your coursework and putting it into practice in a research setting. Conducting research means applying the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom and going beyond what is in your textbooks. It means being part of new discoveries.