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Engineering design education

Design chair

Michel Couturier, the chair for collaborative engineering design education, aims to change the way engineering design is taught at the University of New Brunswick while helping companies and local governments in Atlantic Canada obtain innovate design solutions.

Transforming engineering design

Teaching engineering design has not been the primary focus of engineering education in Canada. During the past 40 years, it has been largely left to companies to provide this training. An increasing number of companies are seeking engineering graduates who are job-ready.

The chair contributes to innovation at UNB by:

  • Guiding the implementation of a stronger design curriculum in our departments and programs
  • Working collaboratively with the chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship to develop the business and project management skills of the students; 
  • Providing the opportunity for all faculty to receive indirect training in best design practices; and