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EngSci Praxis instructor wins international teaching award

Sept. 2, 2019   EngSci’s first year engineering design courses, Praxis I and II, challenge Year 1 students to step outside their comfort zone to confront “real world” uncertainty and gain a deeper understanding of decision making. Guiding them through this complex process are exceptional instructors like Professor Rob Irish (ISTEP), who recently received the… Read more »

Professor Will Cluett appointed Interim Chair of Engineering Science

June 6, 2019 Professor Will Cluett (ChemE) will succeed Professor Deepa Kundur (ECE) as interim chair of the Division of Engineering Science (EngSci) beginning on July 1, 2019.  Professor Kundur has been appointed as chair of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Professor Cluett previously served as chair of EngSci… Read more »

Urban solutions – Praxis II design teams take on the city

April 18, 2019   Every year EngSci students in their first year of study face a special challenge:  find ways to improve life in the city using engineering design principles.  This task is part of the program’s unique Year 1 engineering design courses, Praxis I and II.  Students identify diverse problems in consultation with a… Read more »

Year 1 EngSci Students Win Case Competition

March 5, 2019 by Eli Scott (Year 1 EngSci)   A team of four Year 1 Engineering Science students recently won the Walmart Canada Case Competition at a national conference, competing against seventeen teams of upper year engineering students and professionals. Taylor Faiczak, Smile Peng, Catherine Guo and Donna Gao took the $1000 top prize… Read more »

Holding companies accountable for biased AI – meet Year 4 student Deb Raji

Feb. 11, 2019   As artificial intelligence (AI) software becomes more widely used, questions have arisen about how social biases may inadvertently be amplified through it. One area of concern is facial detection and recognition software. Biases in the data sets used to ‘train’ AI software may lead to racial biases in the end products…. Read more »

EngSci alumnus named to the Order of Canada

Jan. 11, 2018 Dr. Arthur Slutsky (EngSci 7T0, MASc MIE 7T2) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. Slutsky was honoured “for his contributions to the research of mechanical ventilation injury and its prevention through non-conventional respiratory mechanics.” As vice-president of research at St. Michael’s Hospital over the past 18 years, his… Read more »

Taking off with Kristen Facciol (EngSci 0T9), Canadian space roboticist

Oct. 25, 2018   EngSci alumna Kristen Facciol (0T9 Aerospace) has an exceptionally exciting job.  She recently became one of only 14 Canadians to earn the CSA/NASA Robotics Flight Controller Certification, which will allow her to provide direct support to the International Space Station during spacewalks and other operations.  Facciol currently works as an operations… Read more »

Year 4 EngSci student travels the worlds as Sidewalk Fellow

Aug. 27, 2018 Paul Seufert (Year 4) is one of four U of T students who spent this summer on a global fact finding mission as part of a fellowship program that could have a lasting impact on urban policy. The program was organized by Sidewalk Toronto, a private-public partnership that aims to use advanced… Read more »

EngSci’s Biomedical Systems major has a new chair

Aug. 3, 2018 Professor Paul Yoo (IBBME, ECE) is the new chair of EngSci’s Biomedical Systems Engineering major.  Professor Yoo’s research focuses on neural engineering, in which therapies and neural interface technologies are being developed for use in clinical applications. He has worked on various academic and industry-sponsored projects that involve electrical nerve stimulation applied… Read more »