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Together against racism

June 09, 2020

As our President said in his post on June 2nd, “Silence is compliance, therefore we must all speak out.”

In this respect, I think I speak for all of the Faculty of Science and Technology in joining him to condemn the systemic racism and injustice that is all too prevalent in our world. The killings of George Floyd and Chantel Moore; the beating of Chief Allan Adam; and other similar incidents in Canada and the United States have thrown all of this into sharp relief.

Knowledge is the most powerful tool we have to overcome the ignorance that breeds discrimination and violence. As educators we have a tremendous responsibility to counter and oppose falsehoods, inequity and exclusion and support the pursuit of truth and justice.

All of us, students, staff and faculty, have a role to play through our expertise and experience. At the Centre for Architecture, for example, we know that design, and urban design in particular, can be an enabler of racism and injustice and, in this respect, we need to create better cities that break down, rather than enhance, these barriers.

To do this we also have a responsibility to re-examine our curriculum to make it more equitable and diverse. At the Centre, we are currently embarking on an initiative to de-colonize our course materials to incorporate other voices and perspectives and make learning about design more accessible and inclusive. We acknowledge that we need to do more and encourage others to join us in this endeavour.

We do need to take action and it is my hope that our Faculty can play a leadership role in responding to these critical issues.

Douglas MacLeod
Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University
Interim Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology

WHMIS 2015 (GHS)

January 06, 2020

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers WHMIS 2015 (GHS), a new online course in workplace health and safety.

This would not be possible without our partnership with Gemini Performance Solutions, a company that specializes in the development of quality safety modules that are suitable for students, industry personnel and individuals who seek an affordable and flexible mode of delivery that is accessible anytime, anywhere. You can access this course on any mobile device.

Intelligent Tutoring Systems 2020, Athens Greece

December 09, 2019

16th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Artificial Intelligence and Beyond: From Alpha to Omega

Conference Venue: Titania - Athens, Greece

Hosting Institution: University of West Africa

Visit: for more info.

ITS Greece Poster 2020

The Faculty of Science and Technology Seeks to Expand Graduate Offerings

August 22, 2019

The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) is busy with the promotion of new opportunities to further your careers, and we are inviting you to stay tuned.

To enable Athabasca University (AU) to play a prominent role in training graduates with pertinent qualifications in an evolving economy, FST is exploring the development of two new graduate programs: a Master of Science in Earth System Science (MScESS) as well as a Master of Architecture (MArch).

Master of Science in Earth System Science

Current trends in environmental awareness highlight the importance of learning about interconnections between all things that affect our planet including the land, air, water and living organisms. We are proposing a MScESS that would offer an interdisciplinary program that trains students to look at the Earth as a system and to apply integrated technology-based solutions to solve complex global issues.

We have found that trends from provincial and national forecasts show that the demand for graduates with multidisciplinary skills in the physical and natural sciences will be in high demand over the foreseeable future. Having a degree in MScESS, graduates would be primed for employment in many fields, such as geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, computer programmers, biologists and related scientists, professionals in support of health services, academics, and occupations in the life and physical sciences.

The advantage of this program, which is offered over 3 years of fulltime study (4-5 years of part-time study), is that it would largely be online and would feature the selection of either a thesis-based or course-based stream. Opportunities to work with AU researchers would provide cutting edge experience for students in either stream.

Master of Architecture

Architecture is an exciting profession that brings together the best of the arts and sciences. Now, more than ever before, the world needs highly trained professionals to deal with emerging problems, such as global warming and sustaining structures that are impacted by these problems.

Building on the success of its Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Athabasca University’s Centre for Architecture, which is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, is developing a Master of Architecture.

The proposed program will provide a pathway for working professionals (and architectural technologists in particular) to obtain a graduate degree in architecture while continuing to work and to remain in their communities.

The program will feature academic and technical courses in an integrated learning and training environment using web-based platform and virtual design studios. It will also include a brief ten-day residency in Alberta to introduce learners to the course of study and path to success in architecture.

For both proposed programs, the flexible and self-paced approach is ideal for those with career and family commitments and builds on Athabasca University’s proven track record as a global leader in online education.

Initial enrolment for the programs is targeted for 2021 (MScESS) and 2022 (MArch), should the proposals be approved by Alberta Advanced Education. Updates will be provided as progress is made.

If you are interested in learning more about these new developments or being kept abreast of the progress, drop a line to our team and leave us your contact info at:

Dr. Ken Munyikwa, Associate Dean
Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Chair
Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean
Faculty of Science and Technology

Dr. Vive Kumar's research team has qualified in the top entries in the Science, Action! contest held by NSERC

February 28, 2019

Please encourage our research endeavours at AU by viewing the video titled 'Future of Training' posted on the NSERC’s website and on the YouTube channel. This video, which has been produced by Professor Vive Kumar’ research team, has qualified in the top entries in the Science, Action! contest held by NSERC. It is now in a public voting period until March 27, 2019, where the top 25 videos that are most viewed will proceed to NSERC judges’ panel where the final fifteen prize winners will be decided. Please share this message with your colleagues, family and friends!

FST Contribution to the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems

June 25, 2018

Some of the FST faculty and staff (one who is also a doctoral student), contributed to the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems in Montreal, June 2018. Their contributions, both as organizers in the programs and presenters made the conference a great success. Well done, Oscar, Maiga and Hongxin!

ITS 2018
Left to right: Dr. Oscar Lin, Dr. Maiga Chang, Hongxin Yan (doctoral student)

Convocation 2018 (Photos)

June 25, 2018

On June 8 2018, we celebrated the success of our graduates, faculty, staff and the community at another great convocation event.











Dr. Douglas MacLeod becomes a fellow of the RAIC

June 25, 2018

On May 31st 2018, in St. John NB, Dr. Douglas MacLeod became a fellow of the RAIC. Douglas was nominated by several Architects throughout Canada for his dedication to the field of Architecture throughout North America.

"Fellowship is bestowed in recognition of achievements of excellence in architecture based on the following three categories: 1) design excellence represented by past awards; 2) outstanding scholarly contribution represented by research, publications, and education; or 3) distinguished service to the profession or the community."

Photos courtesy of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Dr. Macleod

Dr. Douglas Macleod (Left)


Dr. Scott Ketcheson has been appointed NSERC Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability

May 03, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Ketcheson has been appointed NSERC Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability in our Faculty of Science and Technology. Check out his radio interview…/program/the-ryan-jespersen-show/

Big Changes Coming to FST and its BSc Majors/Minors!

August 04, 2017

Big changes are coming to the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Bachelor of Science and its majors (Applied Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems, and Human Science).

Starting in September 1st, 2017 the Faculty of Science and Technology is pleased to provide students the opportunity to select both their major and minor at the time of enrollment in Athabasca University’s BSc program.

BSc majors are available in Applied Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems, and Human Science. Students may also select the following minors: Applied Mathematics, Computing, Information Systems, Human Science, Biology, Geoscience, Physical Sciences, Learning Technology, Architecture, Game Programming, Game Development and Design, Web Development, Information Systems Management, Psychology, Finance Management, and Business Administration. Students may also elect to complete a double major. Students will still have the option to graduate with a BSc in general science without a specific area of focus, and also have the option of selecting a major without a minor.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Success Centre.

MScIS Students Take Top 3 in 3MT Competition

March 31, 2017

Three MScIS Students have been selected as the top three winners in the 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition at Athabasca University.

1st place: Mohammad Belghis-Zadeh
“Improving Recommender Systems for Learning through Web Mining to Discover Relevant Learning Objects from the Web” (Dr. Sabine Graf, supervisor)

2nd place: Bertrand Sodjahin
“Machine Learning Techniques to Unveil and Understand Pseudomonas aeruginosa Survival Mechanism in Nutrient Depleted Water” (Drs. Vive Kumar and Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno, supervisors)
3rd place: Diane Mitchnik
“Using Student Data to Determine an Effective Diagnostic Model for ADHD” (Dr. Vive Kumar, supervisor)

As a result of this competition, the 1st place winner, Mohammad Belghis-Zadeh, will be representing Athabasca University at the Western Canada 3MT competition at the University of Saskatchewan on April 28, 2017.

New promo video for Biology 325

November 28, 2016

Thanks to Dr. Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno and all the FST staff for their help!

The video can be seen here:

Lachlan Gepp: Mitacs intern's Marathon Achievement

August 21, 2016

Lachlan Gepp is doing his Bachelor of IT and Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.  Lance is visiting Athabasca University under a Mitacs Globalink internship on Traffic Analytics. He recently participated in the full 42.2 Kilometer Edmonton Marathon ( and finished 5th in his age category.

2015 Minerva Mentoring Award winner Dr. Lisa Carter

June 07, 2016

Interview with the 2015 Minerva Mentoring Award winner Dr. Lisa Carter, Dean of Athabasca University Faculty of Science and Technology:

Karvonen Award and Bursary - Apply by May 15, 2016!

April 04, 2016

Apply by May 15, 2016!

Item 1) Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Award
Item 2) Albert & Pirkko Karvonen Environment Bursary

Final Thesis Oral Examination for Marc Denojean-Mairet Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) Program

February 24, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:00PM (MST)

Title of Thesis: Telepresence Robot Enable Remote Lab in Distance Education

Supervisors: Dr. Qing Tan

Those interested in attending the oral examination can contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at for further information.

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Athabasca University's Geospace Observatory appears in American Geophysical Union's EOS magazine

February 13, 2016

Athabasca University's Geospace Observatory appears in American Geophysical Union's EOS magazine (here).  The story is in reference to this article.

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