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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,… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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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… Read more »

Erin Richardson at MDA

‘My dream job’: How a PEY Co-op student is helping develop a new generation of autonomous space robots

March 4, 2021

  By Tyler Irving Erin Richardson (Year 3 EngSci) was in Grade 9 when she decided she wanted to be an astronaut. “We had a science unit on outer space, and I remember being completely fascinated by the vast scale of it all,” she says. “Thinking about how big the universe is, and how we’re… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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Black History Month: Presidents reflect on the impact of National Society of Black Engineers at U of T

February 22, 2021

Kelly-Marie Melville (ChemE 1T2 + PEY) was in her dorm room, just two weeks into her studies at U of T Engineering, when a fellow student Korede Owolabi (CompE 1T5 + PEY) and member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) U of T chapter came knocking on her door. “He gave me a… Read more »

Aimy Bazylak on CTV

Winter storms and power outages: Chair of EngSci’s energy systems major on creating a secure system

February 18, 2021

  A massive winter storm system recently caused large-scale power outages affecting millions in the United States of America. Professor Aimy Bazylak (MIE) was featured on CTV Your Morning to discuss the situation in Texas and why energy storage is critical for Canada’s energy security as extreme weather events caused by climate change become more… Read more »

Serving their community: EngSci students win University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards

February 11, 2021

  Two EngSci students are among this year’s recipients of the prestigious University of Toronto Student Leadership Award (UTSLA).  The awards recognize graduating students who have shown outstanding leadership, made sustained or high-impact volunteer contributions, and provided exemplary volunteer service to the University of Toronto. Katie Allison (Year 4) created improvements to student resources and… Read more »

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