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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

EngSci alumnus improving defibrillator accessibility to save more lives

EngSci alumnus Christopher Sun (EngSci 1T3+PEY, IndE PhD candidate) is currently part of a team researching the optimization of artificial defibrillator (AED) distribution placement throughout Toronto. Their approach to combine both spatial and temporal considerations for AED placements are predicted to make large improvements to the accessibility and effectiveness of AEDs. Read the full article here, Part 7… Read more »

Professor Michael Collins, Higher Doctorate

Our dear Professor Collins has taught for EngSci for five decades, and we are proud of his esteemed accomplishment of receiving his Doctor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which is called a Higher Doctorate.  These higher doctorates are given by many universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and… Read more »

Brilliant 10: Maryam Shanechi Decodes The Brain To Unlock Its Potential

0T4 Dr. Shanechi has been featured in Popular Science Magazine Brilliant 10: Maryam Shanechi Decodes The Brain To Unlock Its Potential Building the next brain-machine interfaces By Veronique Greenwood and Cassandra Willyard Maryam Shanechi used to study wireless communications systems. Now she investigates a far more complex network: the billions of neurons that make up… Read more »