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Interim MacPhail Dean Lisa Weatherby says the move allows SAIT to take full advantage of the common ground in these areas, including the emerging field of renewable energy.
“Now there’s synergy across the entire energy portfolio,” Weatherby says. “We can leverage faculty knowledge with the facilities and our state-of-the-art labs to create the best programming for our students.”
It also advances SAIT’s reputation as a leader in this growing field.
“This can be a powerful centre aligning the school in a way that makes sense to industry,” Weatherby says. “The MacPhail School has always been about energy — not just oil and gas.”
As those programs move to the MacPhail School, the School of Transportation and the School of Manufacturing and Automation have also seen changes to better align with industry needs. Both are now under the leadership of Jim Szautner who, in addition
to his current role as Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation, is now also Dean of the School of Transportation.
Each school remains a separate entity with its own industry, alumni and stakeholder relationships.
While they will remain distinct, Szautner says it’s a natural fit for transportation,
manufacturing and automation to be under the guidance of one dean because of the way programs within those schools overlap and complement each other. For students, it will also mean opportunities such as interdisciplinary capstone projects.