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The world needs more Canadian engineers

Mar. 24, 2017 Over the next decade, Canada will face a shortfall of engineers, as thousands of senior engineers will retire and our economy grows.  At a time when engineers are at the forefront of solving the world’s most urgent and complex problems, U of T Engineering’s Dean Cristina Amon and colleagues from across the… Read more »

International research experiences expand students’ horizons

Mar. 24, 2017 Every year the Division of Engineering Science provides Experiences Abroad for students who would like to spend the summer doing research at top institutions around the world.  Locations include the National University of Singapore, Max Planck Institute in Germany, Osaka University in Japan, and many more. In addition, students who secure an international… Read more »

Student project creates new energy policy collaboration

Mar. 2, 2017 EngSci student Nathalin Moy (Year 4 Energy Systems) wanted her energy systems capstone project to matter. Her hard work in the ESC 470 Energy Systems Capstone course is now the basis of a new cross-Faculty collaboration to engage engineering students in energy policy. The project brings together students from U of T Engineering… Read more »

Daisy Intelligence Hackathon challenges students’ AI skills

Feb. 3, 2017 Last weekend saw dozens of student teams huddled over computers in the Bahen Centre.  They were competing in the first ever Daisy Intelligence Hackathon, a 24-hr contest in parallel computing for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Students were asked to develop an ultimate tic-tac-toe playing bot (program) that executed on GPU hardware and had… Read more »

Two EngSci alumni make shortlist to become Canada’s next astronaut

Feb. 2, 2017 Aaron Persad (EngSci 0T6, MIE PhD 1T4) and Najmus Ibrahim (EngSci 0T9, UTIAS MASc 1T3) are among five U of T Engineering alumni who are on the Canadian Space Agency’s shortlist of candidates to become Canada’s next astronaut.  Persad is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor David Sinton (MIE). … Read more »

EngSci students take top prize at PennApps hackathon

Jan. 24, 2017   A team of Year 3 EngSci students received top honours at the PennApps hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania for their project called Socialytics, a mash-up of “social media” and “data analytics”.  The application uses technology like language processing to analyse large numbers of comments on social media posts and summarize… Read more »

Leading minds share their thoughts at ESEC 2017

Jan. 24, 2017 Flying machines, NBA basketball analytics, and automated traffic control–these are just some of the topics explored at this year’s Engineering Science Education Conference (ESEC). See photos from the event. Over the last twelve years ESEC has grown to be one of the cornerstones of the EngSci experience.  This lively, day-long event brings leading… Read more »

EngSci alumnus funds first eSports scholarship at U of T Engineering

Jan. 18, 2017, by Jamie Hunter   “We need to reward the mavericks amongst us who may not fit into the mold of a traditional leader,” said Victor Xin (0T8 + PEY), reflecting the spirit of EngSci. This sentiment inspired Xin to start a new scholarship for an engineering student with high academic marks and… Read more »

‘Our students are fearless’: EngSci’s new Division Chair Deepa Kundur

Jan. 6, 2017 We are delighted to welcome Professor Deepa Kundur (ECE) to the role of EngSci Division Chair, starting in January 2017.  She succeeds Professor Mark Kortschot (ChemE), whose five-year term came to and end in 2016. Professor Kundur is an expert on cyber security and smart grids who previously served as Associate Chair for… Read more »

Far out! EngSci alumna helps astronauts do research on the space station

Jan. 2, 2017   What does it take to go from EngSci to helping astronauts stay in tip-top shape on the International Space Station (ISS)?  EngSci grad Kristen Facciol (0T9 Aerospace) knows.  She puts her engineering skills to work every day as an Aerospace Engineer at the Canadian Space Agency.  Her latest project is Astroskin, a… Read more »