Research Strategy

research strengths infographicResearch Strengths infographic (PDF)

In January 2014, a research task force appointed by dean John English identi ed existing and emerging strengths in the college. Existing strengths are those areas where the college is already nationally recognized. Emerging areas are elds where the college has some key presence, expertise and momentum. These are expected to emerge into strengths with additional investment.



Five existing strengths were identified in the college:

  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Transportation & Logistics.

Ten emerging research areas were also identified (listed alphabetically). The expectation is that these areas, with additional investment in terms of faculty, staff, labs, and leadership, will emerge into strengths that the U of A can leverage in accomplishing its Top 50 institutional goal.

  • Aerospace
  • Big Data/Data Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Infrastructure
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Optoelectronics
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Integration
  • Water

This document summarizes the findings of the Research Task Force and presents several recommendations that are derived from extensive conversations with the college faculty. The report is to be viewed as an overview as to how the College of Engineering faculty currently perceives itself and how it might change in the next five to ten years. As with any such strategic activity, the expectation is that the vision gained from this introspective exercise will evolve as the college moves forward toward achieving greater research achievement.

Download the full report (pdf)