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EngSci’s 2020 Student Award Winners

June 1, 2020   Four outstanding graduating students are the recipients of EngSci’s 2020 student awards in recognition of the significant impact of their volunteer work within and outside of the university community. Students were nominated by their peers. The Spirit of EngSci Award and the Engineers for the World (E4TW) Award are presented to… Read more »

At age 18, EngSci’s youngest grad is just gettting started

May 28, 2020   In 2016, an incoming Year 1 EngSci student was making news.  At the age of just 14, Maddy (Xiaoxiao) Zhang (EngSci 2T0 Aerospace) was not only U of T’s youngest student, she was believed to be the youngest ever in U of T Engineering’s history.  That she chose to enter one… Read more »

What undergraduate summer research looks like in the time of COVID-19

May 26, 2020 By Tyler Irving Lauren Streitmatter (Year 2 EngSci) thought she’d be heading to Imperial College London this summer, but the pandemic had other plans. “I was really looking forward to the hands-on experience working in a research lab, as well as going to Europe for the first time,” she says. “After that… Read more »

EngSci student named Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University

May 11, 2020   Graduating student Netra Unni Rajesh (1T9 + PEY) has been selected from over 6,000 international applicants for a prestigious scholarship at Stanford University. She will join a cohort of students from around the world as a 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholar as she pursues a PhD in bioengineering. Rajesh will focus her PhD… Read more »

FLATTEN: EngSci students’ COVID-19 project makes national headlines

Mar. 28, 2020   As governments around the world work hard to contain the coronavirus, a key ingredient is in short supply: detailed data on the presence of the virus in our communities. Without this information, public health agencies cannot accurately identify where localized efforts are needed most. This is the gap that Year 1… Read more »

Planets in motion: an EngSci summer research story

Mar. 6, 2020   Chaos theory may seem like a very complex topic, but EngSci student Naireen Hussain is not intimidated. The Year 4 student recently published a research paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on a key question about the role chaos plays in planetary motion. The publication is the… Read more »

Engineering professor and alumnus elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 6, 2020 University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME, Donnelly Centre) and alumnus Raffaello D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1) have been elected as international members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally; its members rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers. Read the… Read more »

Keeping your data safe: EngSci alumnus Karl Martin explains what it takes

Feb. 1, 2020 Unlocking your smart phone using your fingerprint is very convenient, but it comes with a risk of identity theft and surveillance.  To mark Data Privacy Day on January 28, biometrics expert and alumnus Karl Martin (EngSci 0T1, ECE MASc 0T3, PhD 1T0) explained to U of T Engineering what you need to… Read more »