Alumni News

U of T startup Kepler Communications raises US$60-million for aerospace venture

June 16, 2021

  Kepler Communications, a startup founded by EngSci and UTIAS alumni that provides space-based telecom services, has raised US$60-million for its growing fleet of miniature satellites, according to the Globe & Mail. The company recently became became Canada’s largest satellite operator with 15 satellites in orbit. Kepler’s founders Wen Cheng Chong (EngSci 1T3), Mark Michael […]

AutoDrive Challenge™: U of T Engineering places first for the fourth straight year

June 15, 2021

  By Tyler Irving Last night, the aUToronto team — U of T Engineering’s entry into the AutoDrive Challenge™ — placed first in a virtual competition to demonstrate the capabilities of their self-driving electric vehicle, dubbed Zeus. It marks the fourth year in a row that the team has come out on top. The aUToronto […]

MOLLI Surgical's Ananth Ravi (left) and Fazila Seker (right)

EngSci alumnus helps launch tool for breast cancer surgery

May 26, 2021

  University of Toronto researcher Ananth Ravi (EngSci 0T4) and U of T alumna Fazila Seker founded MOLLI, a company that has developed magnet-based technology that helps surgeons locate breast tumours more efficiently, causing less pain for patients.  Their streamlined process could help reduce surgery backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story […]

Kramay Patel

EngSci alumnus recognized with U of T Excellence Award

April 23, 2021

  Kramay Patel (EngSci 1T6, BME MD/PhD candidate) has been named a U of T Alumni Association (UTAA) Graduate Scholar as part of the 2021 U of T Excellence Awards. These prestigious awards celebrate inspiring members of the university community who have improved our world through scholarship, caring, and ingenuity. Patel is an MD/PhD candidate […]

U of T Engineering to compete in SAE AutoDrive Challenge™ II

April 13, 2021

  By Tyler Irving For the last three years, U of T Engineering has been leading the pack in the Autodrive Challenge, an intercollegiate competition to create a self-driving electric car. Now, they’re gearing up for the next round. “We’ll have a new car, we’ll face new teams, and we’ll need to meet new challenges, […]

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Company founded by EngSci alumni receives $3.8 million for nanosatellites

April 7, 2021

  Kepler Communications, a satellite communications startup founded by EngSci and UTIAS alumni, has received $3.8 million of federal funding to create a nanosatellite manufacturing facility, according to the Toronto Star. After the recent launch of two new satellites, the company became Canada’s largest satellite operator with 15 satellites in orbit. Kepler was co-founded by […]

Turning Prize winner Alfred Aho

‘Nobel Prize of Computing:’ U of T Engineering alumnus Alfred Aho receives A.M. Turing Award

March 31, 2021

  By Liz Do U of T Engineering alumnus Alfred Aho (EngPhys 6T3), alongside collaborator Jeffrey Ullman, has received the 2020 A.M. Turing Award — widely considered the Nobel Prize of computing — for their influential work in algorithms and compilers. The award is named after mathematician and computer scientist Alan M. Turing, who articulated […]

Ali Punjani and Saara Virani

U of T Entrepreneurship Week: EngSci-led startups to watch

March 11, 2021

  The University of Toronto’s three campuses are home to nearly a dozen startup incubators and accelerators.  Many EngSci students and alumni have launched successful ventures through incubators like the U of T Entrepreneurship Hatchery, or serve as mentors to help students bring smart ideas to market. To mark U of T’s virtual Entrepreneurship Week, […]

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U of T Engineering places among global top 20 in QS World University Rankings 2021

March 8, 2021

  By Engineering Strategic Communications U of T Engineering remains Canada’s top-ranked engineering school and is now in the global top 20, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021. The rankings, released March 4, placed U of T Engineering 18th globally in the category of Engineering & Technology. This marks an increase from last year’s position of 22nd and […]

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Student research: helping to fight COVID-19 and other diseases

March 2, 2021

  How can we safely and quickly disinfect surfaces with minimal cost?  This is a question that everyone from public transit operators to grocery store managers have had to ask since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Frequent sanitizing of high traffic surfaces became a requirement to ensure public and employee safety.  But the cleaning can be […]