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EngSci’s keep it rock steady

How do you keep tall buildings from collapsing in an earthquake?  Just ask the U of T’s Seismic Design Team. They recently took 4th place in the Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, an international contest hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in San Francisco, CA, under the leadership of co-captains Liam MacKichan (EngSci 1T7… Read more »

Meet EngSci’s new Chair of the Energy Systems Option

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… Read more »

Remembering Walter Redvers John Brown, Engineering Physics 4T7

Walter (Bud) Redvers John Brown was born on August 22, 1925 and grew up in Toronto where he became a proud member of the Engineering Physics class of 4T7.  Over his long and distinguished career he worked at some of the hotbeds for innovation at the time. After graduating, he became the Senior Physicist at Kodak… Read more »

Magic flying machines

Professor Raffaello D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1) has a knack for making beautiful technology. At the recent 2016 I.I. Glass Lecture at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), he discussed his research into flying machines that often seem to have a touch of magic. His work at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control… Read more »

How to make a better mop

Bending down more than a hundred times a day to wring out a mop is back-breaking work for caretakers around the world. But if Jeremy Wang, Shuyi Wu, Ryan Williams and Noah Yang (all EngSci 1T7 + PEY) have their way, mopping is about to get a whole lot easier. The third-year Engineering Science students… Read more »

Four EngSci’s honoured with 2016 Cressy Awards

Every year the University of Toronto presents the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award to graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. This year, four EngSci students are among the recipients of this prestigious honour:  Rahul Goel (Year 4 + PEY), Charles (Tae… Read more »

EngSci’s Praxis Showcase in the Toronto Star

Each year, EngSci’s innovative Praxis design course challenges first-year students to do one thing:  improve daily life in Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and communities. Students fan out across the city to identify problems and work closely with stakeholders to design engineering-based solutions to challenges as varied as growing hops for microbreweries on urban rooftops or making classrooms… Read more »

Old friends, new connections

What do EngSci alumni and friends use as centrepieces when they get together for a formal celebration?  Why, robots, of course! This year’s EngSci Alumni Dinner brought together over 120 alumni, friends, faculty and students in Hart House’s Great Hall around tables festively decorated with AER201 robots and other students prototypes. Many thanks for those who… Read more »

What does love look like?

Can you teach a computer to recognize what love looks like, or what makes a bunny cute?  Matt Zeiler (EngSci 0T9) says you can. He founded one of the hottest startups in the AI space using his world-leading AI image classification algorithms.  His company, Clarifai, is based on neural network software that is trained using 10’s of millions of images… Read more »

What can the sharing economy do for you? Find out at BizSkule!

What are the costs, benefits and implications of peer-to-peer technologies such as Uber, AirBnB and Kijiji?  At this month’s BizSkule event on April 28, alumnus Bowie Cheung (EngSci 0T6 MASc ECE 0T8) will discuss the changing landscape of our economy with an exciting panel of industry leaders. Cheung is the general manager for UberEverything in Toronto. UberEverything leverages… Read more »