1980 - Branching Disciplines

Engineering disciplines continue to expand in response to advancements in science and technology.

This era sees the introduction of new areas of study that branch off of more traditional engineering disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering – including aerospace engineering, computer and software engineering, and biomedical engineering.

In 1980, Dr. Carolyn Small becomes the first person to register as a Biomedical Engineer with the Association. She made significant contributions to the management of medical technology at Vancouver General Hospital, resulting in improvements to the quality of patient care and safety. She later went on to guide the Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University, which has become renowned for interdisciplinary research for innovative treatment strategies for bone and joint disorders.