U of T Alumni Reunion Home Edition


Our biggest alumni event of the year is going virtual for 2021. From mind-expanding lectures to class meetups, family activities to campus e-tours, we’re bringing the fun of Alumni Reunion to a couch near you.

Visit the Alumni Reunion website for more details and to sign up for updates.

Would you like help reconnecting with EngSci or EngPhys classmates for reunion? 
Join the EngSci Group in U of T Engineering CONNECT, or contact EngSci’s External Relations Officer, Christina Heidorn, at engsci@utoronto.ca.

Skule Lunch & Learn: Sustainability Lab – Accelerating Environmental Research and Education



Join us this February as Professor Timothy Bender discusses the Sustainability Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Learn how the S-Lab reinforces U of T Engineering’s place at the forefront of environmental stewardship. Located on the roof of the Wallberg Building, Professor Bender will detail how the S-Lab will provide a unique, purpose-built multidisciplinary research and teaching environment that is itself an evolving, leading-edge sustainable space.

Drawing from ChemE as well as other departments across the Faculty, S-Lab will be home to more than 25 research students who are part of research teams led by more than 20 principal investigators. This collaborative and challenging environment will enable them to make advancements in areas ranging from solar panels and smart grids to carbon management and advanced materials.

Since his appointment in 2006, Prof. Tim Bender’s laboratory has focused on the design, synthesis and engineering of new materials for application in organic electronic devices including organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). His research contributions span from fundamental aspects of chemistry, to applied chemistry to physical chemistry and to the study of basic optoelectronic properties of organic electronic materials within organic electronic devices.

Professor Bender is cross-appointed to the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He also serves on several internal and external committees including the chair of the steering committee of the Institute for Sustainable Energy. Professor Bender also has been recognized as a talented classroom instructor, having won the 2008 Professor Diran Basmadjian Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry after teaching his first class ever at the University of Toronto. Professor Bender obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carleton University in 1999. Access Prof. Bender’s full bio here.

Register here for this free and exclusive event brought to you by U of T Engineering.

Skule Lunch & Learn: Trip the Light Fantastic

lunch and learn trip the light fantastic

Join us this January as Professor Joyce Poon (EngSci 0T2) discusses how innovations in internet technology are creating the potential to map the human brain. Integrated photonics technology is enabling blazing fast internet connectivity in fiber optic networks. New innovations are taking integrated photonics beyond communications to new frontiers such as neural implants for brain activity mapping. This presentation will cover the the collaborative research being done at laboratories located in Germany and University of Toronto, to enable new types of brain-inspired (i.e., neuromorphic) computing systems and interfaces to the brain.

Joyce Poon is a Director of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin. She and her team specialize in integrated photonics on silicon.

Prof. Poon obtained the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2007 and 2003 respectively, and the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2002. Recognitions she has received include a Canada Research Chair (2012-2017), ECE Department Teaching Award (2017), OFC Top-Scored Paper (2017), the McCharles Prize for Early Research Career Distinction (2013), MIT TR35 (2012), and the IBM Faculty Award (2010, 2011). She is a Fellow of the Optical Society.

Join us online for this free and exclusive event brought to you by U of T Engineering. Register here today!

Tri-campus National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


National Day of Remembrance 2020


Please join us on December 4 from 10 am to 11:30 am as we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in commemoration of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre.

December 6 marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 women engineering students at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989. Since then, the day has been declared The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Every year the U of T community commemorates the national tragedy and also reflects on the many ways all women continue to experience gender-based violence—from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women, and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations.

This year’s virtual event will take place on December 4 and is titled “Actions within the Intersections: Past, Present and Future”. It will feature a fireside chat with U of T students, staff, and faculty discussing the most relevant issues in gender-based violence and their intersections. This is an opportunity to share the concrete actions we can take in our communities to question, call out, and combat acts of gender-based violence.

Disruptors & Dilemmas – The View from 2025: Q1 21C

Disruptors & Dilemmas

Join us for a special edition of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Disruptors & Dilemmas speaker series, featuring alumni and faculty from U of T Engineering, the Faculty of Law, the Rotman School of Management, and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Disruptors & Dilemmas Presents The View from 2025: Q1 21C pulls together four panelists to focus the conversation on the innovations and challenges in technology, law, healthcare, and the economy, from 2000 onward. As we approach 2025 and the end of the “first quarter” of the 21st century, what have we achieved, and are we going in the right direction?

From climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic to the future of work, our panel members will provide insights on how these different sectors have intertwined to lead us towards the next chapter of the 21st century.

This free virtual speaker panel will be moderated by Claire Kennedy, Chair of University of Toronto’s Governing Council. Guests will be invited to engage in Q&A with the panelists following the discussion.


Event Details:

5:30 p.m. – Virtual event opens
5:40 p.m. – Disruptors & Dilemmas panel
6:40 p.m. – Q&A

Year 1 & 2 Info Session: What is Research, and How Can it Help with my Engineering Career?

Year 1 and 2 EngSci students, join Prof. Aimy Bazylak (Associate Chair, Research), and Scott Sleeth (Curriculum and Research Officer) to learn about engineering research, what to expect, and how it can help your engineering career.

Topics will also include first steps to finding a placement, remote projects, and funding opportunities for research at U of T and abroad.

Tuesday, November 17
12:00-1:00pm EST

Find the link to the Bb Collaborate session in the EngSci Info Hub here (utorID login required).

Alumni Lunch & Learn: EngSci’s for the World—Transformative International Experiences for Engineering Students

Featuring Students from the Division of Engineering Science

Join fellow Skule alumni online for our next edition of Skule Lunch & Learn!

This month meet three EngSci students as they discuss the unique opportunities for international experience offered at U of T Engineering. Students will share their international experiences in the Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP), and the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-Op program.

As U of T Engineering works to develop a new cohort of global engineers, learn how international experiences are increasingly essential to an engineering education, and how they bring the global U of T community closer together. Hear more about the ESROP and PEY programs, and how alumni can become involved to help encourage excellence among the next generation.

Join us online for this free and exclusive event brought to you by U of T Engineering.

Register here today!

U of T’s Orange Shirt Day


Join us for a virtual event on Orange Shirt Day, a national movement in recognition of the experiences of survivors of residential schools in Canada. In the spirit of reconciliation and healing, Canadians are asked to wear an orange shirt on this day to acknowledge that every child matters.

Whether you are working or going to school online or in-person, wear your orange shirt on September 30th, 2020 to show your solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

Find full details here.

Guided Engineering Academic Review Sessions (GEARS)

GEARS is a great opportunity for current EngSci students to connect with upper year EngScis who can answer questions related to your courses, the Engineering Science program and opportunities within Engineering and the University. GEARS Mentors represent different Majors, clubs & societies – some have completed PEY or done summer research at U of T or abroad. Sessions are drop-in, so arrive when you can and stay for as long as you’d like.

What are the benefits of attending GEARS?

  • Successful upper-year students provide guidance and support as you transition from high school into Engineering Science.
  • Build a sense of community. Get to know your classmates and meet upper-year students.
  • Develop key academic skills. Learn to integrate how to learn with what you need to learn to solve problems.
  • All sessions are drop-in, no registration required. Unable to attend an entire session? Join GEARS for part of one.
  • Judgement-free zone. No marks are issued and your attendance is not reported to your instructors.

Log in to the EngSci Info Hub to join the session in Bb Collaborate.

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