About the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) provides a unique interdisciplinary research and learning environment that encourages and promotes excellence among faculty, staff and students. It is composed of five primary academic units—ChemistryComputer ScienceEngineeringMathematics and Statistics, and Physics—which offer a range of well-respected undergraduate and graduate programs. Approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 470 graduate students are served by CEPS’ 150 full-time faculty and 90 full-time staff. The College’s faculty members secured nearly $23 million in competitive research funding in the 2018 fiscal year.

Message from the Dean

“It is an honour and a privilege to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Our College plays a key role in helping the University of Guelph earn its well-deserved reputation as one of Canada’s top comprehensive Universities in learning and research. I am particularly proud of our graduates who not only graduate as technical experts but also understand and accept the responsibility they carry as engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, chemists and physicists to improve life.”  

Mary A. Wells, Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

About the Dean

Mary A. Wells, PhD, PEng, became the Dean of CEPS in November 2017. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of Outreach and Professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her own research focuses on metallurgy.

Dean Wells strives to create the best possible experience for CEPS students, faculty and staff through collaborating with her colleagues and CEPS’ students to advance the College’s teaching, research, and outreach programs.

Dean Wells is a strong advocate and role model for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). She has established a career mentoring program for women with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and has chaired both the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) and the University of Waterloo’s Women in Engineering Committee. She is also an internationally sought-after speaker on the topic.

The History of CEPS

In 1964, the University of Guelph was formed from the merger of three colleges: the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the Ontario Veterinary College, and the Macdonald Institute. Wellington College, which offered programs in arts and sciences, was added later that same year. A few years later, Wellington College was divided into the College of Arts, the College of Physical Science, and the College of Social Science. Meanwhile, engineering had been taught in some form within OAC since its establishment in 1874.

In 1989, OAC’s School of Engineering merged with the College of Physical Sciences to form the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences. In 2017, the College’s name was changed to the “College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.” 


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Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1

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