Events

Mar
21
Tue
An engineer at the helm: navigating through change, conflict, and culture @ in-person & virtual
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Poster for Engineer at the helm event with photo of Ian Small smiling to camera, wearing a blue shirt and dark pants, standing outside in front of a building and flowering trees.

 

Join Professor Elham Marzi (ISTEP) in conversation with U of T Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur Ian Small (EngSci 8T6, MSc CompSci 8T9) as he shares insights and advice gained from over three decades of working in engineering startups and management.

Topics will include how to manage and lead change, how to make challenging organizational decisions, and how to help employees and company culture navigate transitions.

Speaker bio:

Ian Small has spent more than 30 years in Silicon Valley since graduating from the University of Toronto, working in tech companies ranging from three-person startups to 100,000-employee multinationals. He first worked as a software engineer, and spent time in software engineering management and software product management before transitioning into a range of business leadership roles.

Ian currently serves on the boards of Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lasers and photonic devices) and Snapdocs (a venture-backed startup driving mortgage automation). Ian has worked with a number of Sequoia Capital portfolio companies, including working as CEO of Evernote (personal productivity software), CEO of TokBox (video platform-as-a-service), and a lengthy stint with MarkLogic (NoSQL database). Ian also served as Global Chief Data Officer at Telefónica, following its acquisition of TokBox, served on the advisory board to Loon (a Google X Labs spinout), and started his Silicon Valley career in the Human Interface Group at Apple Computer.

Ian’s experience in Silicon Valley includes fundraising, tech mergers and acquisitions (both as buyer and seller), and tech spinouts. Ian graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Computer Science option) and an M.Sc. in Computer Science, and is a holder of more than 10 patents.

Moderator:

Professor Elham Marzi is a Teaching Stream faculty member in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP). She teaches in areas inclusive of Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Strategy,and Negotiations in the Business Minor Program.

This event will be a moderated fireside chat with audience Q&A.

Register to attend in person or virtually
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 6-7 PM EST
In-person: HS610, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
Virtual: Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration

Questions? Please email Professor Elham Marzi at elham.marzi@utoronto.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
5
Wed
Skule Lunch & Learn “After Dark” @ Faculty Club
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

photo of Professor Sean Hum with Toronto skyline at sunset as a backdrop

U of T Engineering alumni, you’re invited to this monthly series.

Join fellow graduates to learn about exciting research in diverse subjects from U of T Engineering professors.


Experiential Learning in Engineering Education: “A Golden Age for Makers”

In society, the growing demands placed on individuals are becoming increasingly more complex and challenging to handle. However, hands-on learning opportunities can help prepare students with the competencies required to devise effective solutions to real-world problems.In January 2022, the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with Professor Sean Hum, launched an exciting new second-year course, ECE295 – Hardware Design and Communication, which has students working in teams to design, build and test a complete electronic system from scratch.“Students are involved from the conceptual and computer-aided design right down to the mounting of components on the circuit boards, as well as using a variety of modern test and measurement equipment and debugging their designs,” Professor Sean Hum says. “That end-to-end experience isn’t available at other universities — not at the second-year level.”Join us on April 5 at the Faculty Club to hear Professor Sean Hum share his rationale for implementing this innovative new course in our curriculum and how it advances student success.Guests will have an opportunity to network with some of the talented students from ECE295 and to to view some of the final hardware design products created by the students themselves!

View Professor Sean Hum’s bio here.

 

Apr
17
Mon
Praxis II Showcase @ Hart House
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Students present their designs during the 2022 Praxis II Showcase at Hart House

EngSci’s Praxis II Showcase will be open to the public this year.

Registration is required for guests who are not affiliated with the course.

At the Praxis II Showcase, student teams present and demonstrate their designs to stakeholders and the general public. Attendees will be able to ask questions and talk to the teams in small group chats.

Read about a previous Praxis II Showcase in the U of T Engineering News.

Praxis II is a Year 1 course that allows Engineering Science students to refine and apply their engineering, design, and communication skills. The students are given a single challenge:

Effect a verified and validated sustainable improvement in the lived experience of a community.

Focusing on a community allows students to gain first-hand experience with the issues confronting real groups of people and to engage one-on-one with stakeholders and community representatives.

The course culminates in the public Praxis II Showcase. At the event, students share their refined understanding of their opportunity and their proposed engineering designs with a wide audience through posters, prototypes and presentations.

Learn more about the course and register for the event here.

Media enquiries are welcome.  Please visit the link above for contact information.

Jul
27
Thu
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Learning in Engineering Session
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Dec
6
Wed
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women @ In-person and online
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

watercolour painting of a rose in shades of dark blue on a pale blue background

Care, Healing, and Justice: Addressing Transmisogyny and Ending Gender-Based Violence for All

On December 6, U of T joins communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.

AGENDA

All students, staff, faculty, and librarians are welcome to attend this tri-campus event to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Our program includes:

  • In-Person Only: Sign-In Opens at 11:30 a.m.
    • Please arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to facilitate sign-in (registration for the in-person event is required in advance)
  • In-Person Only: Welcome Lunch, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Opening Remarks and Welcome, 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Awards Presentation and Memorial, 12:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Keynote Presentation, 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Closing Reflections, 2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • In-Person: Optional Decompression Activity, 2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Register to attend in person in the Great Hall at Hart House or join virtually on YouTube.


MEMORIAL

This memorial, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, will honour the lives of women impacted by gender-based violence. It will include a musical performance.

Keynote Presentation: care, healing, and justice: addressing transmisogyny and ending gender-based violence for all

This event will include a keynote presentation from a Toronto-based writer and performer on the rise in transmisogyny and violence against queer and trans women globally. Together, we will co-create a space for healing, and move towards meaningful, intersectional action that prioritizes an end to gender-based violence for all.

Jan
18
Thu
ESEC 2024 Prep Workshop @ WB130
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
green ESEC 2024 logo on a white background

Get ready for ESEC 2024!

Never been to a professional conference before?  Feeling shy about talking to more senior professionals?

 


This workshop, hosted by Troost ILead will help first- and second-year EngSci students get the most out of their Engineering Science Education Conference (ESEC) experience.

You will learn strategies for networking in a professional setting (with speakers, faculty, and fellow classmates) and knowledge on how and what to prepare for the conference. These skills are more important now than ever in our current online-only circumstances.

Students will learn:

  • Networking skills, approaches, & mindsets
  • How to prepare for a networking situation
  • The art of asking good professional questions

Register for the Prep Workshop here (utorID login required).  This event is open to Year 1 and 2 EngSci students only.

Jan
25
Thu
ESEC 2024 @ St.George campus
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all day

 

 

ESEC2024 green logo

Now in its 19th year, this annual conference aims to broaden our students’ horizons through engagement with world leaders in a wide range of sectors related to our program’s subjects.


EngSci students learn about research, education and career opportunities for young engineers from innovators and thought leaders in engineering-related fields.

Speakers share their expertise and career path through presentations and informal networking events.

ESEC 2023 will be held in person with small group “fireside chats”, lectures, and more.


ESEC 2020 Fireside Chats
EngSci students in conversation with speaker Kristin Facciol at the ESEC fireside chats.

Check the ESEC 2024 website for info on this year’s line-up, how you can prepare, and ways to engage with the speakers. 

Current EngSci students:

Register now for the ESEC Prep Workshop hosted by Troost ILead.

See previous years’ line-ups here.

Are you an alum or friend of the program who would like to attend?  Please email Christina Heidorn at engsci@utoronto.ca.

Apr
11
Thu
Praxis III Showcase 2024: Focus on Sustainability @ on campus
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

two female Praxis III students working on a prototype made of wood, metal, and plastic on a wooden bench in a design studio

 

 

Praxis III Showcase 2024:  Focus on Sustainability

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to see what EngSci’s Praxis III students have been up to.

This year’s Praxis III students worked on projects based in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Student teams collaborated with peers from U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science and focused on design challenges aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 grouped into three broad areas:

  • Sustainable Local Economics in a Globalized World
  • Sustainable Buildings & Energy Management
  • Sustainable Non-Industrial Solid Waste Management

Registration is required for alumni and external guests!

Attend as much or as little of either event as you like.  Please register by Wednesday, April 10.
NOTE:  Registration is not required for current U of T students, staff, and faculty.

Learn more and register here.

Media enquiries are welcome.  Please visit the link above for contact information.

Apr
12
Fri
Praxis III Showcase 2024: Focus on Sustainability @ on campus
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

two female Praxis III students working on a prototype made of wood, metal, and plastic on a wooden bench in a design studio

 

 

Praxis III Showcase 2024:  Focus on Sustainability

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to see what EngSci’s Praxis III students have been up to.

This year’s Praxis III students worked on projects based in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Student teams collaborated with peers from U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science and focused on design challenges aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 grouped into three broad areas:

  • Sustainable Local Economics in a Globalized World
  • Sustainable Buildings & Energy Management
  • Sustainable Non-Industrial Solid Waste Management

Registration is required for alumni and external guests!

Attend as much or as little of either event as you like.  Please register by Wednesday, April 10.
NOTE:  Registration is not required for current U of T students, staff, and faculty.

Learn more and register here.

Media enquiries are welcome.  Please visit the link above for contact information.

Apr
15
Mon
Praxis II Showcase @ Hart House
Apr 15 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Year 1 EngSci students demonstrate their design project at the Praxis II Showcase in 2023.

EngSci’s Praxis II Showcase is open to the public.

At the Praxis II Showcase, student teams present and demonstrate their designs to stakeholders and the general public. Attendees will be able to ask questions and talk to the teams in small group chats.

Read about a previous Praxis II Showcase in the U of T Engineering News.

Praxis II is a Year 1 course that allows Engineering Science students to refine and apply their engineering, design, and communication skills. The students are given a single challenge:

Effect a verified and validated sustainable improvement in the lived experience of a community.

Focusing on a community allows students to gain first-hand experience with the issues confronting real groups of people and to engage one-on-one with stakeholders and community representatives.

The course culminates in the public Praxis II Showcase. At the event, students share their refined understanding of their opportunity and their proposed engineering designs with a wide audience through posters, prototypes and presentations.

Registration is required for guests who are not affiliated with the course.
Learn more about the course and register for the event here.  Registration will open in late March.

Media enquiries are welcome.  Please visit the link above for contact information.