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Queen's Faculty of Applied Science

Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Former names
  • Kingston School of Mining
  • Faculty of Applied Science
Established 1893 (1893)
Type Faculty
Academic affiliation Queen's University
Location Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Dean Kimberly Woodhouse
Alumni 15,000+
Colours Gold
Website .ca.queensuappsci

The Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science is the faculty responsible for all students pursuing degrees in the various engineering disciplines at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Undergraduate students are represented by the Engineering Society.


The Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science offers the following programs:[1]

All programs marked with * are Engineering Science programs.

Queen's Engineering students share a common first year program meaning they are not required to select a discipline until after they have completed their first year of studies.[2]


In 1893, the Ontario government established the Kingston School of Mining, coinciding with the location of Queen's University, but existing legally as a separate institution. When Queen's became a secular institution in 1910, the School of Mining officially joined with the University and subsequently renamed itself the Faculty of Applied Science.

In early 2010, the Faculty of Applied Science was re-branded, after a vote throughout the faculty, as the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science.


  • Donald Lindsay (B.Sc.(Eng.) 1980) -- CEO of Teck Cominco
  • Donald Charlesworth B.Sc.(Eng.) Nuclear scientist, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
  • Mark Charlesworth B.Sc.(Eng.) (1981) Co-developer of CorelDraw software
  • Ian Rae B.Sc.(Eng.) (1980) Co-developer of CorelDraw software
  • Walter F Light B.Sc.(Eng.) (1949) Former CEO of Nortel
  • Faqir Chand Kohli (B.Sc.(Eng.) 1948) Former Director of Tata Consultancy Services, the "father of the Indian software industry"
  • Geoffrey Ballard (B.Sc.(Eng.) 1956) Hailed as "Master of Modern Technology" by CBC Newsworld
  • Gururaj Deshpande (PhD) Founder and Chairman of Sycamore Networks, Inc. and member of the MIT Corporation.
  • Alfred Bader B.Sc.(Eng.)(1945) Founder of the Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Integrated Learning Centre

Green Wall in the Integrated Learning Centre

The Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science's newest building, the Integrated Learning Centre, was officially opened in June 2004 as Beamish-Munro Hall. This unique facility designed to support and stimulate undergraduate learning includes multi-purpose rooms, shared teaching laboratories, prototyping workshop rooms, convenient space for students to work on projects together, environmentally-sustainable features, Live Building systems through which the building itself can be used as a learning tool, and a three-storey-high Living wall which acts as a biofilter. Most of the rooms as well as laboratories can be used freely, and some of them can be booked. The Tea Room is a student-run café with objectives of environmental sustainability, opened in the Integrated Learning Centre in the fall of 2006.

Engineering traditions

Engineering students at Queen's are enrolled under the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science. Engineering student spirit is very evident through strong traditions. One such tradition is the dyeing of themselves and their golden leather jackets (known as "Golden Party Armour" or GPA for short) purple with gentian violet ("purpling" is the verb used to describe this). The full-body purpling is mostly done only by second-year students who are involved in frosh week facilitation, called "FRECs", an acronym derived from "Frosh Regulation Enforcement Committee [1]," although the original term remains only as a historical note. As a result of the ban on "purple people" in residences and cafeterias made in 1990 (due to the colour rubbing off), most first-year students don't purple during frosh week, as the majority live in residence. However, frosh are known to purple themselves during homecoming weekend on the Saturday morning preceding the football game. The purpling of jackets by frosh is considered a rite of passage, performed two nights before their final exam of the fall term, immediately after getting their jackets and kicking them home. The jackets are literally kicked back to their residences or homes, as frosh cannot touch the jackets with their hands until they have been brought home. This has stemmed the tradition of upper years playing pranks on frosh, (e.g. throwing the jackets on roofs, tying them to a pole, etc., and having the frosh find ways to get back their jackets without using hands). The right to wear the jacket is not permitted until the final fall term exam has been completed. In addition, badges and crests, in particular the "Pass Crest" that goes on the sleeve, may not be added to the jacket until the completion of First Year exams. After the completion of First Year, in April, students may also sew on various "bars" to their jackets. Bars are earned and ordered for a variety of events and feats. There are many bars for accomplishments, for participating in activities, such as Thundersledz (a winter frosh group event), for signifying the countries they have the most affinity with, signifying the discipline they are in, etc.

In the Fall of 1956, the class of Science '60 was forced to climb a goalpost stolen the previous year from the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium. Over the years, this has evolved into the legendary Grease pole tradition, and led to some friendly rivalry with U of T. To this day, first-year students are led to "climb the greasepole", which is the same goalpost covered in 1-inch-thick (25 mm) industrial lanolin, surrounded by a waist-deep pit of water, commonly known as "the greasepit."

Another Queen's Engineering tradition is an event called "Sci Formal" (Science Formal) in which fourth-year students spend thousands of man hours constructing and transforming the interior of Grant and Kingston Halls into storybook scenery that rivals movie sets for a one-night black tie event. In past years, whole castles, churches, pyramids and a giant sphinx have been constructed inside Grant Hall.

Limitation on years of study

A recent rule requires that students must complete their undergraduate degrees within six years of matriculation, which contrasts with the previous rule that six nonconsecutive sessions were allowed. This rule is the most restrictive of its kind in the province and affects women who may bear children and so interrupt their university education, and persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities such as depression can apply for an extension, however no published policy exists for dealing with disability.

Engineering Society

Formed in 1896, the Engineering Society of Queen’s University, often known as EngSoc, is one of the oldest representative bodies for engineering students in Canada and continues to be a leader in student initiatives. With 2400 members currently staying on campus, fifteen thousand active alumni living throughout the world, and an annual budget of $1.2 million, the Engineering Society oversees some forty-five student-run initiatives ranging from design projects to services to fun social events. The Engineering Society also publishes the weekly humour newspaper, Golden Words.

Clark Hall

Clark Hall was named after Arthur Lewis Clark, who was Dean of Applied Science for 24 years. The building houses Clark Hall Pub, the Campus Bookstore and the old EngSoc Lounge (with the new EngSoc Lounge being in the EngSoc offices in Beamish-Munro Hall), which in turn hosts several student-run services such as Queen's Project on International Development, Golden Words and Campus Outfitters.

Clark Hall Pub is a traditional hangout of engineering students at Queen's University. It is run by the Queen's Engineering Society (EngSoc), and is located in Clark Hall, above the Campus Bookstore. It was Canada's first completely student run pub. First opened in 1971, Clark Hall Pub is the oldest pub on the Queen's campus. In June 2007, Clark Hall Pub was closed indefinitely by the Engineering Society, citing concerns about management and financial clarity. Since then it has re-opened and resumed normal operations as of October 2008.

Clark Hall Pub is also the home to War Child @ Queen's Keep the Beat. War Child @ Queen's, the Queen's University branch of War Child Canada, hosts a Keep the Beat concert twice a semester at Clark Hall in order to protest the use of child soldiers abroad. Clark Hall Pub has also been home to many successful acts, including The Tragically Hip, Bedouin Soundclash, Poison Ibey, Lustra, Arcade Fire, as well as crowd favorites Horse and Mule, The Radical Dudez, The Cowboys and satirists Khaki Snack. The current house band is The Ten O' Clock People.

The Engineering event, the "Ritual", takes place in Clark Hall Pub, every Friday afternoon.

See also


  1. ^ Applied Science Programs
  2. ^ Applied Science First Year Studies

External links

  • Official Faculty of Applied Science site
  • Engineering Society of Queen's University
  • Clark Hall Pub
  • History of Clark Hall and Biography of Arthur Lewis Clark
  • Campus Bookstore
  • Integrated Learning Centre
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