The University of Waterloo NSERC-UNENE Chair offers the following courses as part of the UNENE education programme curriculum. Please check back here for announcements regarding course scheduling (i.e., detailed times and locations, etc.).

In addition to the UNENE program, the Chair offers short courses and workshops directly to industry engineers, scientists and managers, in the areas of risk and reliability analysis and life cycle management.


UN 0700 - Industrial Research Project

If they so elect, candidates for the M. Eng. (Nuclear Engineering) Degree under UNENE may spend approximately four months in an industrial laboratory carrying out an industry-oriented project under the supervision of a suitably qualified staff scientist. Usually there is also a university co-supervisor. The Department of Civil Engineering will attempt to arrange an industrial project in consultation with the candidate and through negotiation with the candidate’s employer. A satisfactory project topic and appropriate arrangements are required for the project to be approved by the Department and it is possible that in some cases this may not be feasible. Upon completion, the candidate will submit a substantial report on the project and make a presentation on it at the university. The industrial research project can only be undertaken after at least half the required courses have been taken. The industrial research project counts as two half courses.


UN 0701 - Engineering Risk and Reliability

This course presents a broad treatment of the subject of engineering decision, risk, and reliability. Emphasis is on

  • the modelling of engineering problems and evaluation of systems performance under conditions of uncertainty;
  • risk-based approach to life-cycle management of engineering systems;
  • systematic development of design criteria, explicitly taking into account the significance of uncertainty; and
  • logical framework for risk assessment and risk-benefit tradeoffs in decision making.

The necessary mathematical concepts are developed in the context of engineering problems. The main topics of discussion are: probability theory, statistical data analysis, component and system reliability concepts, time-dependent reliability analysis, computational methods, life-cycle optimization models and risk management in public policy.