Agri-Environment Engineering (AEE) and Food Engineering (FE) undergraduate programs of the Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Department
(written by Damien de Halleux and Mohamed Khelifi, coordinators of food and agri-environment engineering programs, respectively)
The efforts made in the last few years by the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences and the Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering of Université Laval to increase the enrolment in the undergraduate programs of Agri-Environmental Engineering and Food Engineering have been successful. Indeed, the enrolment has almost doubled in the last 5 years with over 70 students enrolled for each of these two programs during the fall sessions for a total of more than 150 students enrolled during the 2015-2016 academic year. In a field traditionally occupied by males, the rate of females enrolled in Agri-Environmental Engineering slightly increased in the last 4 years to reach 40% in 2015-2016. In Food Engineering, more than half of the enrolments are females with a rate of nearly 60% of the students enrolled in the last fall semester. The Food Engineering program likely has the highest percentage of female enrolment among all engineering programs in Quebec. These statistics are encouraging and send a positive signal for the future of the profession in Agri-Food Engineering in Quebec.