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UW Engineering Shares Strong Bonds with Canadian Students

January 23, 2017
CEAS graduates pose for a portrait in December 2016
2016 CEAS graduates, from left to right: Brennan Hollowaty, Bryson Jones, Cameron Carreau, Lindsay Atkinson, Mitchell Acheson, Rushton Davis-Hall, Tyson Trail, Quentin Stronski, Lyndon Copithorne and Trent Kostenuk.

For close to four decades, a steady stream of talented students from two Canadian institutions have come to the University of Wyoming to finish their education.
The schools, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, and UW have had a strong link throughout recent years. Students from SAIT and NAIT have transferred to UW after they earn course credit from a two-year program and attend UW to finish up their bachelor of science in petroleum engineering.
“Hundreds have completed the extra two to three years at UW to go on to successful careers in the oil and gas industry, as leaders and innovators alike,” says Doug Cuthbertson, a visiting professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering.
Cuthbertson himself took the path, going through SAIT and graduating from UW in 1985. He worked in the petroleum industry for years and began teaching at SAIT in 2011, which led him to become a visiting professor at UW in 2016.
In fall 2016, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) featured 50 former SAIT students enrolled in petroleum engineering. Twelve students graduated in December 2016.
Efforts are under way to establish agreements between UW, SAIT and NAIT to make the transition smoother for students in more engineering areas. Plans are being formulated between the schools to establish an overarching memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will facilitate articulation agreements between various academic groups.

“This effort fits in nicely with the goals of UW and the CEAS to increase enrollment in the college over the next few years while pursuing our Tier-1 ambitions,” Cuthbertson says.

At this time, the programs involved are chemical, mechanical, civil and architectural engineering. The parties are in the process of developing relationships to iron out the necessary agreements and course credit details between all schools.

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