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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).
June 22, 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.

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 term. Review the latest messages from the Dean below.

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 Inquires

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 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 adrian.layne@ryerson.ca

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.

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.

 

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.

firstyeareng@ryerson.ca

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.

Department

Name

Function

Email

Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Cheung Poon

Academic Advising

c1poon@ryerson.ca

Francine Belnavis

Administrative Support

f2belnav@ryerson.ca

Architectural Science

Dr. Hitesh Doshi

Academic Advising

hdoshi@ryerson.ca

 

Academic and Administrative Support

arch.office@ryerson.ca

Jordan So

Workshop Support

jordan.so@ryerson.ca

Leo Roytman

IT Support

lroytman@ryerson.ca

Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Karthi Umapathy

Academic Advising

karthi@ee.ryerson.ca

 

Administrative Support 


frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Huu Doa


Academic Advising

hdoan@ryerson.ca

Deepa Jojo

Administrative Support

djojo@ryerson.ca

Civil Engineering

Dr. Ahmed Shaker

Academic Advising

ahmed.shaker@ryerson.ca

Dianne Mendonca


Administrative Support

mendonca@ryerson.ca

Computer Engineering

Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri


Academic Advising

bagheri@ee.ryerson.ca

 

Administrative Support

frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca

Electrical Engineering

Dr. Soosan Beheshti

Academic Advising

soosan@ee.ryerson.ca

 

Administrative Support

frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca


Industrial Engineering

Dr. Wahab Mohamed Ismail

Academic Advising

wahab@ryerson.ca

 

Administrative Support

miedept@ryerson.ca

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Frankie Stewart

Academic Advising

fstewart@ryerson.ca

 

Administrative Support 

miedept@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 have been postponed indefinitely. 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