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Yvonne Ying: surgical outreach for those in need

Yvonne Ying: surgical outreach for those in need – U of T Engineering News Yvonne Ying (EngSci 9T6) divides her time between two worlds: as the director of Surgical Foundations at the University of Ottawa and as a pediatric plastic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and volunteering her surgical skills and services… Read more »

Jim Courtney: stepping up at the Pan Am Games

When alumnus Jim Courtney (EngSci 6T6) filled out the application to volunteer at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, it was the first step of more than half a million he would take. He thought he might be assigned as a stadium attendant. What he ended up experiencing went way beyond his… Read more »

Winner of the ‘Do You Love Data?’ call to action contest

Jake Cheng 0T8 + PEY joined EngSci Connect, contributed to the our reporting and won a Fire Tablet this week! When asked what made him want to engage and mentor, through joining the online community, Jake said “I am always happy to share my experience with people and EngSci students are some of the most talented… Read more »

EngSci Mover and “Shaker” Recognized with Leadership Award

Liam MacKichan (1T7) is the winner of this year’s Class of 5T3 Engineering Award.  This award is presented by U of T Engineering alumni to a student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of character and leadership within the U of T and the community at large. Liam received the award at the recent Skule Lunch & Learn… Read more »

EngSci alumnus named AIAA Fellow

The long list of accolades that recognize Jonathan How (EngSci 8T7) as a leader in the field of aeronautics and astronautics has just grown by one–he has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  This is the highest distinction given by the AIAA, the world’s largest aerospace professional society, in recognition of those… Read more »

Jonathan Sun: Engineer, architect, social media sensation

City builder? Cultural commentator? Hip-hop aficionado? It’s impossible to label Jonathan Sun (EngSci 1T1 + PEY). He’s trained as an engineer, interdisciplinary architect, visual artist, writer, performer and comedian. He may be best known by his Twitter alias “jomny sun, aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge.” His tweets, which the The Yale Herald has described as… Read more »

Three health-focused student and alumni startups

EngSci’s are involved in all three startups! The rise of smartphones, wearable technology and cloud computing are creating opportunities for a data-based approach to the way individuals understand and monitor their health. Three U of T Engineering startups — MedTek Devices, Pillsy and MedChart — are addressing important challenges, from managing medical information to detecting falls… Read more »

Be still my heart: alumni couples who met at Skule™

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to highlight those who were struck by Cupid’s arrow while studying at U of T Engineering. Skule™ will always hold a special place in the hearts of the following alumni: Chris Roscoe (EngSci 0T7, MASc AeroE 0T9) & Caitlin Roscoe (MechE 1T0)… Read more »

Improve the Accuracy and Speed of Stem Cell Production

By Luke Ng PhD candidate Nika Shakiba (EngSci 1T0) has been named a recipient of a 2016 Jennifer Dorrington Graduate Research Award. Issued by the University of Toronto Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR), the award recognizes graduate-level research excellence and contributions to their field. As a member of Professor Peter Zandstra’s Stem… Read more »

An Illustrious Career Bolstered by Talent, Timing and Risk

David Auston (EngPhys 6T2, ElecE MASc 6T3) may chalk up his impressive career as a scientist and university administrator to luck. But one of his favourite quotes, from 19th-century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, perhaps better explains his tremendous accomplishments: “The secret of success is to be ready when your time has come.” READ MORE