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FEAS COVID-19 Information and Updates

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) is here to support our students, faculty and staff during COVID-19 (coronavirus).
September 23, 2020

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has moved all classes and support services online for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term. For campus-wide policies and news, please visit Ryerson’s COVID-19 information and updates website.

Originally published: March 30, 2020 with updates

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) is here to support our students, faculty and staff during the rapidly changing events surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

All FEAS classes have been moved to virtual and other alternative forms of delivery, and exams will also be conducted by alternate methods. In spite of this shift to an essential services model across campus, our faculty and staff remain dedicated to maintaining student supports and services wherever possible.

At FEAS, we continue to make your well-being a top priority. We encourage you to access available health and wellness supports, as well as academic accommodation services, during this time. For a list of resources, please visit the Student Health and Wellness website.

Messages from the Dean

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has decided that all undergraduate and graduate courses will be offered by online remote teaching in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term. Review the latest messages from the Dean below.

Dear FEAS Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

The university has announced that the Winter 2021 term will be largely offered remotely.

This means FEAS will be conducting undergraduate and graduate courses remotely. Students will be able to complete their course lectures, labs, and tutorials remotely without coming to campus or indeed Toronto. While another term of remote studies may be disappointing for some of you, FEAS believes this is the right decision given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting our students, staff, and faculty's health and safety continues to be our number one priority.

Very shortly, your academic department will be emailing you key information and updates specific to your programs. You can also access academic and administrative contacts within your program by visiting the services and support page for undergraduate or graduate students.

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science remains committed to supporting our students and providing them with exceptional learning experiences. I wish you all a productive and safe Fall term.

Best regards, 

Tom Duever
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dear Incoming First-Year Engineering Student,

Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS).

Over the past couple of months, I have spent a great deal of time considering what you must be going through as COVID-19 has spread across the globe. I know that many of you have questions and concerns about what our plans are for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. As dean, protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is my priority. 

This fall, we will be offering all our engineering and elective courses by online remote teaching. This means all of your course lectures, labs, and tutorials will be offered online. Each course component is being designed to be flexible and accommodating, making use of the latest technologies and approaches to instruction.

In the face of this pandemic, Ryerson remains unshakably committed to giving you a great campus experience and a great education. Our community of faculty and staff are working hard to transition our courses and labs to a virtual environment ensuring that you will get the best possible learning experience and be able to achieve the learning objectives that are set out in each course. We are committed to deliver excellent learning experiences for all students.

Your success is important to us. Our award-winning First-Year Engineering Office (FYEO) can help make your transition from high school to university successful. From facilitating study halls to advising you academically and establishing a virtual first-year student community, the FYEO is here for you.

This summer, the FYEO will be offering the Ryerson Engineering Boost Program—a series of optional mini courses designed to help you improve and reinforce fundamental topics and concepts you’ll encounter later in your first year engineering subjects. These courses are at no cost to you, and you can choose to register in one or two or all three of them to keep your studies up over the summer. Registration is required and is completed through the FYEO at ryerson.ca/feas/success.

●      Mini Math Course: July 6 to July 24, 2020; Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

●      Mini Programming Course: July 6 to July 24, 2020; Monday to Friday; 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

●      Mini Physics Course: July 27 to August 17, 2020; Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Your peers are here for you, too. Remember, you are now part of a community of bright, enthusiastic and original thinkers from Canada and abroad. I invite you to take advantage of the diversity of ideas and experiences that your fellow students have to offer, as well as the FYEO’s amazing team of First-Year Ambassadors. Meet them all before classes begin as they’ll be hosting weekly Instagram Lives starting this month. Be sure to sign up for their orientation google formmailing list, external link to keep up to date on all the virtual events planned this summer.

I look forward to meeting you online this fall and eventually in person when we’re back on campus. From your goals for your education, to your hopes for your future and our society, we have much to discuss.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tom Duever, P.Eng., FCIC

Dean

Dear FEAS Undergraduate Students:

  • All Fall 2020 courses, including liberal electives, will be offered remotely.
  • Important engineering and architectural software will be available remotely.
  • Access to a computer and the internet is recommended. A loan-out system is being planned.
  • All student services and academic advising will be available virtually. 

I know that many of you have questions and concerns about what our plans are for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. First and foremost, we continue to take directions from public health authorities and local, provincial and federal governments. We are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. Given the current knowledge around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has decided that all undergraduate courses, including those offered by the Faculty of Science, will be offered by online remote teaching in the Fall 2020 term. Other Faculties from which you take your liberal studies electives, like the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Communication and Design, will also be offering their courses remotely. There will be no need for you to come to the Ryerson campus to take your courses. As the Province announces plans to open up, it may become possible for us to offer extracurricular activities like design teams and clubs on campus. We will keep you informed when this happens. In the meantime, we will do our best to offer extracurricular activities and other services online.

To prepare for the Fall, our faculty and staff members are working hard to transition our courses and labs to a virtual environment ensuring that students will get the best possible learning experience and achieve the learning objectives set out in each course. We are providing training opportunities and workshops to assist our faculty and staff in undertaking  this important task and are committed to delivering excellent learning experiences for all students. To assist with this transition, we are hiring undergraduate and graduate students to work with the departments to prepare. Your professors and graduate assistants will still hold regular though virtual office hours and will be available through email to assist you with your questions about course material. 

We are also working to ensure that you can access important engineering and architecture software remotely. We do recommend that you try to have access to a computer and wireless internet access. For those whose financial circumstances prevent them from having computers or wireless internet connections, we are working on a plan for a loan-out system. 

Furthermore, we are committed to providing the best possible student and academic advising support through our First-Year Engineering Office, department academic administrators and program administrative staff. Supports for health and wellness will also be available for students. We are furthermore committed to equity and inclusivity ensuring to the best of our abilities that all students have the opportunities to progress in their academic programs. 

In closing I can tell you that the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science is not just coping with the COVID-19 situation, but also rising to the challenge to ensure that you get the high-quality education you have come to expect from us.

Best wishes, 

Tom Duever

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dear Incoming and Current Graduate Students,

I know that many of you have questions and concerns about what our plans are for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. First and foremost, we continue to take directions from public health authorities and local, provincial and federal governments. We are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. Given the current state of knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has decided that all graduate courses will be offered by online remote teaching in the Fall 2020 term. 

Our faculty and staff members are working hard to transition our courses to a virtual environment ensuring that students will get the best possible learning experience. In addition, the university is working on protocols to ensure that any research facilities that are approved to reopen are done so in a safe manner. Please discuss your research plan, access to labs, ability to work from a distance for some time and other issues with your supervisor(s). Stay tuned for messages from the FEAS Graduate Studies Office and from your graduate programs on updates and changes as they develop. Finally, we assure you that everyone at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science is committed to equity and inclusivity, ensuring to the best of our abilities that all students have the opportunities to progress in their academic programs. 

Best regards, 

Tom Duever

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

More information regarding changes to the Fall 2020 Term can be found here, opens in new window

Changes to Student Services and Significant Dates

In response to campus closures, there have been a number of changes to student services and deadlines for the remainder of the winter 2020 academic term. FEAS students should familiarize themselves with the following new policies and procedures.  

The First-Year Engineering Office (FYEO) is no longer open for in-person student inquiries and appointments. However, the office remains accessible via email Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for online support during the hours listed below.

Drop-in Student Advising

A team of student advisors are available for live, on-the-spot assistance through the FYEO Drop-In Virtual Advising Room via Zoom. Student advisors can assist with questions on course enrollment, liberals, deadline dates, support services, and much more!

Drop-in sessions take place Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To join, please visit the Zoom advising room, external link during these times. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID upon entry to the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 805-334-1745

For more complex, sensitive, or confidential questions, you may request an appointment with an academic advisor.

Academic Advising Appointments

To book an appointment with an academic advisor, first-year students must visit the FYEO Drop-In Virtual Advising Room, external link, meeting ID: 805-334-1745

Students can request telephone or through Google Hangouts appointments.

General Inquiries

Please send an email to firstyeareng@ryerson.ca, opens in new window

 

The FEAS Co-op Internship Program remains committed to supporting co-op students and ensuring the success of current and future work terms:

Current Work Terms

FEAS co-op is a key part of the student experience and we hope that you will find your co-operative internship placement to be both challenging and rewarding. Given the on-going COVID-19 pandemic there are inherent risks associated with attending your placement, as you will be working in an environment outside of your home, with others beyond your immediate family or community.

As a result, all students who are on placement this fall are asked to respond to the Informed Consent form on the Co-op Portal, and carefully review, confirm, and agree to the statements in the form.

Your health and safety is a top priority for the university; your employers have been reviewed to ensure they are as safe as possible for you to attend. However, please note that co-op contracts are with the employer. As a result, you should follow your employer’s guidelines with regard to location of work and remote working practices during this period. We encourage you to discuss remote work options with your employer. For assistance with navigating employer conversations on remote work practices, please refer to the Co-op Support section below.

In the unlikely event of termination of employment due to COVID-19, please contact the FEAS co-op office at the earliest opportunity. We will work with your faculty advisor to assess the situation and ensure appropriate support is in place.

Future Work Terms

We are continuing to work with employers to promote co-operative internship opportunities for the next round of placements starting between May and September 2021. We will continue to work with hiring employers to conduct their interviews online.

Co-operative internship positions will be advertised on the Co-op Portal. Please note that Ryerson still does not support international co-op placements.

If securing your own co-op placement, please inform the FEAS co-op office at your earliest convenience for assistance with next steps. Co-op placements must meet program requirements to be recognized by FEAS.

Co-op Support

The FEAS co-op team is dedicated to assisting you with all of your needs related to the co-operative internship program. One-on-one support and group sessions are regularly offered on virtual formats from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Co-op students can book a 30-minute appointment here, external link

All Co-operative Internship Program students, including those currently on placement, can access webinars via the Co-op Portal’s Events and Workshops page.

We also recommend the following online resources for help with remote work arrangements:

Strategies on How to Work Remotely, external link, external link (accessible through Ryerson ID)

Quick Tips on How to Work From Home, external link, external link

Working From Home? Here’s How to Be More Effective, external link, external link

5 Ways to Work From Home More Effectively, external link, external link

Other Career Education Resources

The Career and Co-op Centre is offering additional webinars, open to all FEAS students. For a full listing of online career workshops, visit the events calendar, external link, opens in new window, external link. Please contact the FEAS co-op office with any questions.

As we continue to make our students’ well-being a top priority, the FEAS Graduate Studies Office has established a COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. Providing one-time financial assistance in the amount of $500, the fund is intended to support domestic and international graduate students who have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the FEAS Graduate Studies COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, graduate students must:

  • Be enrolled in a Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science graduate program for the winter 2020 or spring 2020 semester.
  • Demonstrate financial hardship directly resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to: groceries, shelter, self-quarantine/hospitalization and program/equipment expenses incurred as a result of the university’s transition to virtual learning.

Only one application per student will be considered (additional requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Priority will be given to graduate students who have not received funding from the Ryerson Student Relief Fund. For more information on the Ryerson Student Relief Fund, please visit the COVID-19 Financial Assistance and Awards page

Application and Deadlines

Eligible students should apply through the google formFEAS Graduate Studies COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund Application, external link as soon as possible. We will continue to accept and review applications until the fund has been exhausted. Funding decisions will be communicated to applicants as quickly as possible.

In these challenging times, stating your needs in writing may seem daunting. We recognize this and recommend that you keep your request clear, concrete and concise. Applications will be reviewed based on need and availability of funds, not on writing ability. Please be assured that your privacy will be respected.

For questions or assistance with completing your application, please contact the FEAS Graduate Studies Office at feasgrad@ryerson.ca.

 

Support and Contacts

In line with Ryerson University’s COVID-19 recommendations, all faculty and staff will continue to be available remotely throughout the semester. For academic and administrative contacts within your program, visit the services and support page for undergraduate or graduate students.

Can't find who you're looking for below? Try the Ryerson contact and directory to search by employee name.

FEAS’s team of academic advisors and administrative staff will continue to serve undergraduate students with program-related matters. Students in need of assistance may email their academic advisor or administrative department support person at the addresses listed below.

Department

General Inquiries and Administrative Support

Email

Aerospace Engineering

General Inquiries

aero.eng@ryerson.ca

Dr. Cheung Poon

Academic Advising

c1poon@ryerson.ca

Francine Belnavis

Administrative Support

f2belnav@ryerson.ca

Architectural Science 

General Inquiries

arch.office@ryerson.ca

June Komisar

Academic Advising

jkomisar@ryerson.ca

Elise Caron

Administrative support

e4caron@ryerson.ca

Jordan So

Workshop Support

jordan.so@ryerson.ca

Leo Roytman

IT Support

lroytman@ryerson.ca

Biomedical Engineering

General Inquiries

frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca

Dr. Karthi Umapathy

Academic Advising

kumapath@ryerson.ca

Cadene Henry

Administrative Support

cadene.henry@ryerson.ca

Chemical Engineering

General Inquiries

chemengoffice@ryerson.ca

Dr. Simant Upreti

Academic Advising

supreti@ryerson.ca

Deepa Jojo

Administrative Support

djojo@ryerson.ca

Goretti Praticante

Administrative Support

gpratica@ryerson.ca

Civil Engineering

General Inquiries

civil@ryerson.ca

Dr. Elsayed Elbeshbishy

Academic Advising

elsayed.elbeshbishy@ryerson.ca

Dianne Mendonca

Administrative Support

mendonca@ryerson.ca

Computer Engineering

General Inquiries

frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri

Academic Advising

bagheri@ryerson.ca

Cadene Henry

Administrative Support

cadene.henry@ryerson.ca

Electrical Engineering

General Inquiries

frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca

Dr. Soosan Beheshti

Academic Advising

soosan@ryerson.ca

Cadene Henry

Administrative Suport

cadene.henry@ryerson.ca

Industrial Engineering

General Inquiries

miedept@ryerson.ca

Dr. Wahab Mohamed Ismail

Academic Advising

wahab@ryerson.ca

Shirley Dacanay

Administrative Support

sdacanay@ryerson.ca

Mechanical Engineering

General Inquiries

miedept@ryerson.ca

Dr. Frankie Stewart

Academic Advising

mecachair@ryerson.ca

Madeleine Casucci

Administrative Support

mcasucci@ryerson.ca

Our team of graduate program administrators are here to assist FEAS graduate students with program-related matters. Students in need of assistance may email their program’s advisor as listed on our graduate Services and Support page. You can also visit the Yeates School of Graduate Studies website for updates.

Student design teams and groups with questions or concerns related to competitions, events, research activities may contact Rose Ghamari, student engagement and development manager. 

 647-215-8156

 rose.ghamari@ryerson.ca

Please note that this year’s Iron Ring Ceremonies are being held virtually. Students with Iron Ring questions can email iron@ryerson.ca.

During this time, we remain committed to promoting community inclusion across our departments and programs. Students requiring one-on-one support should email Nika Zolfaghari at nika.zolfaghari@ryerson.ca to schedule a Zoom meeting or phone call.

Faculty and Staff

FEAS teaching and administrative staff are the heart of our faculty. During this period of rapidly evolving events, please familiarize yourself with the following procedures and services.

While an essential services model is in effect, employees are encouraged to minimize their time on campus. For information and updates on the closure of campus facilities, please visit Ryerson’s campus status page.

Employees looking for information and policies regarding remote work agreements, sick leave provisions and timesheet submissions and more during COVID-19-related closures should consult the Human Resources department’s service continuity page.

Ryerson’s Employee and Family Assistant program is available to all employees and can provide support with anxiety and stress to help support both your work and personal well-being. Our provider, Morneau Shepell, is aware that this may be an area of concern for employees. The following resources are also available:

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention - Managing Anxiety and Stress, external link

Tips for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, external link

Tips for coping with the COVID-19 outbreak, external link