University Encourages Renewable Energy Curriculum

Spring time will bring more than crocuses to the campus of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The institute will also break ground on a CAD 25 million (US$ 20.4 million) engineering building, which will include an emerging energy systems lab with access to solar, wind, hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

Designed by the award-winning, international firm, Diamond + Schmitt Architects, the three story facility will offer students state-of-the-art equipment and the opportunity to gain relevant, hands-on experience, according to the Institute. The building will feature 38 academic offices and 17 labs, including a rapid prototyping and manufacturing lab, a combustion and engines lab, and a mechatronics lab. “The equipment has been carefully selected to educate students about technologies of the future,” said Dr. Marc Rosen, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “This will be a showcase for undergraduate engineering education when it opens in the summer of 2006.” UOIT opened in 2002, and the Institute has expanded quickly since then. A new library opened in the fall of 2004, along with a new Business and Information Technology Building, and the second phase of the UOIT Science Building. The 40,000-square-foot engineering building will be located on the Oshawa campus. It is designed primarily to serve students in UOIT’s undergraduate engineering programs and some applied science programs.

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