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Message from the Chair

Following the announcement by the President of the University, and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, the majority of aerospace engineering courses (lectures, labs, and tutorials) will be held virtually for the most part until January 30th, 2022, with the intention to shift back to in-person learning and teaching on January 31st. Extra-curricular activities are suspended for the month of January.  

Due to the nature of AER627, hands-on lab activities are vital to successful course outcomes. AER627 Labs may run in-person with reduced capacity during the period January 17-January 30. If Public Health guidelines preclude any in-person activities during this period, students will need to come to campus in the first few weeks of the semester to pick up lab-kits. Details will be communicated to the students in the first week of classes.

All research labs with approved Safe SRC Plans are allowed to continue operating in January.

The Department  will be closed during the University's Mid-Year Winter Break from December 24, 2021 to January 6, 2022 inclusive.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and safe holiday season.

Dr. Hekmat Alighanbari
Professor and Chair

Hekmat Alighanbari

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