The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science recently held its second annual Industry Engagement Day on July 5 at the Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus. The event brought industry representatives and university researchers together to tackle challenges in various fields like oceans, shipbuilding, Arctic shipping, energy, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and drones. With over 120 delegates from around 30 companies in attendance, the one-day event featured talks from experts in the industry, government officials, and representatives from Memorial University. Dr. Octavia Dobre, the interim dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, stressed the importance of sparking discussions and fostering collaborations to develop plans and solutions for the province's success. Throughout the day, attendees participated in sessions that encouraged engagement and problem-solving. The event also provided a platform to showcase the Faculty's new undergraduate mechatronics program, announce new internships for graduate students, and celebrate the faculty's improved global ranking for 2023. Prominent speakers included Gerard Dunphy from Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro, Charlene Johnson from Energy NL, Dr. Neil Bose from Memorial University, Stephen O'Brien from Chantier Davie Canada Inc., and Paul Griffin from C-CORE. The topics covered ranged from the history and future of electrical systems in Canada to the province's energy initiatives and research funding. Dr. Dobre expressed excitement about the positive collaboration between the university and industry partners, highlighting the desire to further strengthen the relationship and raise the province's international profile as an innovation hub. The Faculty's Engineering Research Office received recognition for hosting this significant event that brought together stakeholders from the faculty, university, province, and beyond.
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