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Welcome from Dr. Paul Walsh
Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering


It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the website of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. Our website is intended to provide you with the details of our degree programs and the research interests of our faculty. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student exploring prospective schools, or in industry seeking academic partnerships, I hope you will find this site useful.

Aircraft design, development and production have been an important part of the Toronto area's history for over 85 years. Canada's first aircraft factory opened in Toronto in 1915. Since then, 11,200 aircraft have been delivered to customers in more than 100 countries. Ryerson's Department of Aerospace Engineering is located in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, a state-of-the-art building opened in 2004 at the heart of downtown Toronto. The Department has a high reputation among the aerospace community, and has contributed in the development of strategic plans for promoting the health and growth of aerospace in Ontario and Canada.

The mission of Ryerson University's Department of Aerospace Engineering is a combination of several interconnected objectives: provide an excellent education and experience for our undergraduate and graduate students with the realm of aerospace engineering, that will better enable them to realize their potential upon graduation; bring relevance to our programs through strong interaction with the aerospace industry, as relates to both education and research; and conduct significant, internationally recognized research across a spectrum of key areas that are of importance to the aerospace community within Canada.

The undergraduate Aerospace Engineering program at Ryerson University, accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), is comprehensive and prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry. The curriculum emphasizes practical engineering applications and reflects industry developments. Our Aerospace Engineering Department has outstanding ties to the industry as evidenced by the inauguration of its Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (RIADI), a University/Industry collaborative program that is fully funded by such Canadian aerospace companies as Pratt and Whitney Canada, Bombardier, Messier-Dowty, Magellan Aerospace, Goodrich, and Hispano-Suiza. Our students also have access to a highly successful Industrial Internship Program that often lays the groundwork for subsequent full-time employment in the Canadian aerospace sector.

The Ryerson's Department of Aerospace Engineering has been successful in attracting top quality students, with a relatively high percentage of female enrolments in comparison to other engineering departments.

Control and avionics faculty members at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, including two Canada Research Chair in Space Systems, are actively involved in research activities in three major areas: aerodynamics and propulsion, aerospace structures and aerospace manufacturing, and avionics and aerospace systems. Our faculty members have developed state-of-the-art research facilities and have made significant contributions in their respective disciplines and in the supervision of Master's and Ph.D. students. Our Department is a founding member of a Canada-EU Graduate Student Exchange Program in Aerospace Engineering which will involve the exchange of about 56 students from 8 universities: Ryerson, Carleton, Concordia, Toronto, Glasgow, Delft, Munich, and Prague, for the next three years. We have also established partnerships with BSTACA University in Paris, France as well as Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea.

I invite you to browse our website and explore our achievements. The Department of Aerospace Engineering is always interested in assisting new students with attaining their educational goals, both undergraduate and graduate. We also are interested in forging new partnerships with industry in joint collaborative efforts. I wish you happy surfing. If you would like to contact us to request further information, please do so through our contact page.

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