Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the nano companies and job opportunities?

A number of successful nanotech companies in Canada provide exciting job opportunities, such as Integran Technologies, Nanox, Opalux and Vive Nano. A larger number of established companies involve nanoengineering in their product development and have provided several opportunities for U of T graduates (e.g. Celestica, RIM, AMD, Xstrata, Honeywell, MDA Space Sytems).

Why so much chemistry in third year?

Traditionally the focus of EngSci was largely on physics-based engineering approaches. The Nanoengineering program injects a number of chemistry courses in third year to provide students with the ability to transcend between physics and chemistry in order to develop innovative thinking at the interface between the traditional disciplines.

Is nanotechnology a fad or a mature technology of the future?

The early days of the nanotech revolution and hype during the previous decade have given way to serious research and development efforts in nanoscience and engineering to tackle some of the worlds greatest future challenges in energy, environment, sustainability and health. Very large investments in nanotech continue to be made by governments and industry in all developed countries.

How can I structure my fourth year to focus in a sub-discipline of Nanoengineering?

By combining fourth year electives and thesis project with one of a large number of nano research groups at U of T, it is possible to develop a solid grounding in one of the four major nanotechnology thrusts: Structural Nanomaterials, Bionanotechnology, Nanoelectronics/photonics or Nanochemistry.

How many, and where do Nanoengineering graduates attend graduate school?

Approximately 75% of our graduates continue on to complete a Master’s or PhD degree in one of the worlds top graduate schools including: MIT, Oxford, Northwestern, Illinois and U of T.