May 20, 2016
Aimy Bazylak (MIE), Director of U of T Engineering’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE), has been appointed as the new Chair for EngSci’s Energy Systems major. Professor Bazylak joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2008, and has deep expertise in clean energy using microfluidics. She hold the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy and heads the Thermofluids for Energy and Advanced Materials (TEAM) Laboratory.
Professor Bazylak has shared her thoughts on what EngSci’s Energy Systems major means to students.
What are your thoughts on EngSci’s Energy Systems major?
Clean energy is paramount for a sustainable future. Through the Energy Systems major, we are training the next generation of energy experts and equipping them with the tools that they will need to creatively tackle the problem of how to build energy technologies and systems for a clean future. I am thrilled to be part of the Engineering Science team, whereby I can work with a diverse, multidisciplinary group of faculty and students that bring unique and creative perspectives on how to shape a clean energy future.
What are your hopes for the student experience in the Energy Systems major? How do these fit into what is going on in the world at large?
I am excited about equipping students with the tools they need to envision the world that they want to live in and to make it a reality. Through this major, I want our students to see that they are not just learning about fundamentals and applied engineering so that they can understand the state-of-the-art in energy systems, but more so, so that they can use their knowledge and tools, together with their unique creativity, to design a new future of energy sustainability.
Do you have any specific goals for the Energy Systems program?
Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the Energy Systems major, and I since it was established in 2007 (and Chaired by Prof. Bryan Karney), our faculty has had the joy of seeing several cohorts of students pass through our halls. One of my goals will be to warmly welcome our alumni to connect with our undergraduate students, providing themwith mentors and perspectives on future career possibilities. I wish to work with our alumni to deepen the impact of the Energy Systems learning environment and help our students understand the possible roles that they can have on shaping the energy sector.