Posts Tagged: Convocation

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

Maddy Zhang is the youngest graduate of the class of 2020 at the age of 18 (photo by Johnny Guatto)


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 of the most challenging undergraduate engineering programs impressed her instructors and classmates alike.

In the four years since then, Zhang has excelled in her chosen discipline–aerospace engineering–through research and design work, and has formed lasting bonds with her fellow students.

Next week Zhang will be the youngest member of the EngSci Class of 2T0 and 1T9 PEY as she receives her undergraduate degree.

Read about Maddy’s EngSci journey in the U of T News, and see where she’s headed next.

EngSci alumna Janis Chodas receives an honorary degree

Janis Chodas receiving honorary degree

Janis Chodas delivers her address at Convocation Hall after receiving her honorary degree. (Photo by Laura Pedersen/Engineering Strategic Communications)


The Division of Engineering Science is proud to congratulate alumna Janis Chodas (EngSci 7T8, MASc UTIAS 8T0), who was awarded the title of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the Convocation Ceremony on June 19.

Watch Janis Chodas deliver her convocation address.

Chodas was honored for her outstanding contributions as an engineer during her distinguished career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and her leadership as a role model and advocate for equality in her profession. “Dr. Chodas’ contributions both technically and to diversity of the professional are an inspiration,” says Professor Deepa Kundur, Chair of the Division of Engineering Science. “We say that Engineering Science graduates are fearless and she truly epitomizes that sentiment.”

As current Director of Engineering and Science, Chodas oversees the engineers, scientists and technologists involved in JPL’s planetary exploration missions. She has had significant roles in the design, development and deployment of spacecraft such as Juno, Cassini and Galileo.

Read more about Janis Chodas’ accomplishments.

Meet EngSci’s newest “Grads to Watch”

Kimberly Cota and Jeremy Chan-Hao Wang (both EngSci 1T7 PEY) have been recognized as two of U of T Engineering’s Grads to Watch.

Graduating EngSci students Kimberly Cota and Jeremy Chan-Hao Wang (both 1T7 PEY) are among this year’s U of T Engineering Grads to Watch. Kimberly completed the Energy Systems Major where her undergraduate thesis focused on wireless charging for electric vehicles, an area of research she hopes to pursue in the future. Jeremy studied in the Aerospace Engineering Major and was named to the Aviation Week Network’s list of Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties. He is the Chief Technology Officer for The Sky Guys, a company specializing in drone services.

Learn more about Kimberly and Jeremy, and see the complete list of Grads to Watch.

On Tuesday, June 19, the EngSci class of 1T8 and 1T7 PEY will walk across the stage at Convocation Hall to officially receive their degree.

Watch the livestream of the ceremony here.

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