Student clubs get a boost from alumni

Dec. 7, 2016

Jeremy Wang (Year 4 EngSci), executive director of the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT), said that the financial support UTAT receives from alumni donors is critical to the team’s success. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

Jeremy Wang (Year 4 EngSci), executive director of the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT), said that the financial support UTAT receives from alumni donors is critical to the team’s success. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

What does it take to get a rocket off the ground?  Just ask Jeremy Wang (Year 4 EngSci), executive director of the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) and he’ll tell you it takes a lot more than just technical know-how.

UTAT is just one of over 100 student groups that have received financial support through the Faculty’s new Centralized Process for Student Initiative Funding (CPSIF), which receives much of its funding from alumni and friends of U of T Engineering.  With this assistance, the UTAT team is aiming higher than ever–they hope to break the Canadian altitude record for amateur rocket launch.

“The support of the alumni community means that we can now go after more ambitious goals — not just competing in student competitions anymore,” says Wang. “Now we’re aiming to break records that can be set by anybody. I think that’s really exciting.”

Learn how alumni support is helping other student groups reach for the sky.