The School of Engineering Science at SFU puts an emphasis on high technology. Students can focus their studies in microelectronics, telecommunications, robotics, biomedical engineering, and computer aided design.
At the undergraduate level, students may work towards either a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BASc) or an Honours Bachelor of Applied Sciences. In third year, undergraduates can specialize in one of these five ares:
- Biomedical Engineering (honours only)
- Computer Engineering
- Electronics Engineering
- Engineering Physics (honours only)
- Systems Engineering
At the Surrey campus, students may pursue a BASc in Mechatronics. Offered only at SFU Surrey, and one of the first programs of its kind in North America, Mechatronic Systems Engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering program that uniquely integrates mechanical, electronics, control, software, and computer engineering for the development of electromechanical products and systems.
At the graduate level, the School offers two Master’s level degrees, the M.Eng. and M.A.Sc., as well as a doctoral programme (Ph.D.). Concentrations at the graduate level include:
- Computer Engineering
- Intelligent Systems and Control
- Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Subjects and Levels of Collecting
The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of the Engineering teaching areas and research interests. Subjects are those used on the selection profiles we have with our distributors. The subjects listed are collected to varying depths. The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table. A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library. In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection. A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library. The liaison librarian, often with the assistance of the department or faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.
|Biomedical engineering (Technology)||Books|
|Elect & magnetic props of materials||Books|
|Electronic components div||Books|
|Electronic standards & specs||Books|
|Engineering as career||Books|
|Robots & robotics||Books|
|Antennas & waveguides||Forms|
|Biomedical engineering (Medicine)||Forms|
|Biomedical engineering (Technology)||Forms|
|Elect & magnetic props of materials||Forms|
|Electric power systems||Forms|
|Electronic components div||Forms|
|Electronic standards & specs||Forms|
|Engineering as career||Forms|
|Engineering R & D||Forms|
|Engineering statics & dynamics||Forms|
|Fuzzy logic (Artificial intell)||Forms|
|Hydraulic control systems||Forms|
|Machine design & testing||Forms|
|Mechanical engineering standards||Forms|
|Mechanical properties of materials||Forms|
|Network analysis (Electronics)||Forms|
|Patents & inventions||Forms|
|Robots & robotics||Forms|
|Servomechanisms & control||Forms|
|Thin films (Technology)||Forms|
|Wind power plants||Forms|
Collection development is the responsibility of the Engineering Liaison Librarian. There is a dedicated Liaison Librarian for Mechatronics based at the Surrey Campus, and a Liaison Librarian for Engineering based at the Burnaby campus who work together. Liaison with the School of Engineering is maintained through the Departmental Representative as well as with other faculty members when required. Regular contact with other Liaison Librarians and teaching departments is nurtured through the sharing of relevant review material.
The WAC Bennett Library (Burnaby) is the major location for the University’s Engineering collection. The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library at the Surrey campus also has a significant library collection supporting the Mechatronics program at that campus. A significant number of our academic Engineering Science books are purchased in eBook format, providing accessiblity to these materials to a wide range of library users, regardless of physical location. SFU Library's eBook collection is complemented by our wide range of online resources such as journals and databases.
The University of British Columbia also has a large Engineering collection comprehending many branches of the discipline. A range of Engineering standards beyond SFU's collection can be found at various academic libraries in the lower mainland.
Consortia and Document Delivery
The SFU Library benefits from active participation in several library consortia. Specifically, the SFU Library participates in the following:
- BC Electronic Library Network, representing 30 post-secondary libraries in BC
- Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), representing 20 university libraries in western Canada
- Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), representing 73 university libraries across Canada
Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journals articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner. Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.
General Collection Guidelines
Language: the emphasis is on the acquisition of materials in English.
Treatment of subject: history of, practical, political, computer applications, statistical/mathematical, economics of, business/management/administration, legal aspects, medical aspects, social aspects, teaching of college or postgraduate level, general, psychological aspects
Types of materials: collecting is split between books and journals, with an emphasis on e-journals and online resources.
Date of Publication: emphasis is on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.