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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).
April 14, 2020

Please visit Ryerson’s COVID-19 information and updates for campus-wide policies and news.

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.

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 will remain accessible to students via email, phone and Google Hangouts during regular hours of operation (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Student advising services will continue to be provided, either online via Google Hangouts or by phone. To speak with an academic advisor, please book an appointment using our online calendar, external link, opens in new window.

  1. Log in to your Ryerson mail account.
  2. Navigate to the online calendar, external link, opens in new window and select your preferred time slot.
  3. Within the Book an Appointment window, indicate your preferred appointment format (telephone or Google Hangouts) and provide your contact details in the description field.
  4. Click “Save.” (You will be able to make changes to the booking after it is saved.)

For general inquiries, please email us.

Drop-in Academic Advising

Our academic advisors are also hosting virtual drop-in sessions via Zoom. These group sessions will take place everyday, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To join an academic advising drop-in, please visit the Zoom conference room, external link during these times. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID upon entry to the Zoom meeting.

When: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Zoom conference, external link

Meeting ID: 805-334-1745

Please note these drop-in sessions are for general questions only. If you have sensitive or confidential questions related to your academic workload, please email us.

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 students currently on placement can be assured that their co-operative internship placements will continue, in line with the continuation of the winter term. 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 advising employers to continue with recruitment for the upcoming spring terms and to conduct interviews online. If you are currently looking for a co-operative internship placement, we encourage you to continue to apply for positions via the Co-op Portal. Please note that Ryerson will no longer support international co-op placements for spring/summer 2020.

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 will continue to be offered but shift to a virtual Google Hangouts format from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Co-op students can request an appointment by emailing Adrian Layne at

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

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

Quick Tips on How to Work From Home, external link

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

5 Ways to Work From Home More Effectively, external link

Career Development Webinars

All previously scheduled workshops and events have been cancelled as of March 13, 2020, until further notice. Instead, we are also offering online webinars as of the week of March 30, 2020. All Co-operative Internship Program students, including those currently on placement, can access webinars via the Co-op Portal’s Events and Workshops page.

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. Please contact the FEAS co-op office with any questions.

The deadline for dropping winter 2020 undergraduate and graduate courses in good academic standing has been extended from the previously scheduled deadline of March 27, 2020. Students now have until the last day of classes, April 9, 2020, to drop a course. Withdrawal as of this date will result in no academic penalty or refund of fees.

The university is providing students with the option to replace final undergraduate course grades with a credit (CRD) and no credit (NCR) grade for the winter 2020 term only. Students wishing to opt for a grade replacement must submit a completed W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Form no later than May 22, 2020. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for full terms and conditions.

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.


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


The Writing Skills Test (WST) previously scheduled for Monday, April 27, 2020, has been cancelled. The next test is scheduled for Monday, August 31, 2020. Registration details will be updated on the Writing Skills Test page once available.

For more information about the WST, please contact the First-Year Engineering Office.

416-979-5000 ext. 4502 or 4261

Changes have been made to key dates and course offerings for the spring/summer 2020 Engineering Transition Program. Only CVL 320 will be offered via remote teaching during the spring session, commencing the week of May 4, 2020. The remaining courses will be offered during the summer 2020 program. 

All courses for the summer 2020 Engineering Transition Program will be offered via remote teaching. Registration is now open with classes beginning the week of June 22, 2020. Please refer to the Transition Program web page for a complete list of available courses and all other significant dates.

Support and Contacts

Faculty and staff remain available to students in need of academic or administrative support. Students can find the appropriate point of contact for their program or service through the below menu.

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.





Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Cheung Poon

Academic Advising

Francine Belnavis

Administrative Support

Architectural Science

Dr. Hitesh Doshi

Academic Advising


Academic and Administrative Support

Jordan So

Workshop Support

Leo Roytman

IT Support

Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Karthi Umapathy

Academic Advising


Administrative Support

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Huu Doa

Academic Advising

Deepa Jojo

Administrative Support

Civil Engineering

Dr. Ahmed Shaker

Academic Advising

Dianne Mendonca

Administrative Support

Computer Engineering

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri

Academic Advising


Administrative Support

Electrical Engineering

Dr. Soosan Beheshti

Academic Advising


Administrative Support

Industrial Engineering

Dr. Wahab Mohamed Ismail

Academic Advising


Administrative Support

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Frankie Stewart

Academic Advising


Administrative Support

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


Please note that this year’s Iron Ring Ceremonies have been postponed indefinitely. Students with Iron Ring questions can email

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 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