2020 Schulich Leader Adele Crete-Laurence (Year 1 EngSci) is passionate about finding a way to make flying safe for our planet. (Photo by Captain Marie-Anne Irvine)
In 2020, four EngSci students are among the 10 U of T students to be awarded Schulich Leader Scholarships. Adele Crete-Laurence, Zack Fine, Aditi Misra, and Christopher K.W. Adolphe began their studies in September as part of the first year class.
Schulich Leader Scholarships recognize Canadian students with academic excellence who exemplify leadership and embrace the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Read more about EngSci’s Schulich Scholars in the U of T Engineering News.
Oct. 29, 2019
Year 1 EngSci students Abnash Bassi and Shiqi Xu are among just 35 student selected as 2019 Loran Scholars from over 5,000 applicants. (Photos: U of T Engineering and Johnny Guatto)
This fall, EngSci welcomed two 2019 Loran Scholars as part of the incoming Year 1 class. Abnash Bassi and Shiqi Xu received the prestigious scholarship for their leadership and community involvement in high school.
Bassi and Xu, who both hail from British Columbia, are dedicated advocates for environmental and sustainability issues. Bassi focused on climate action and sustainable energy through work at her school, with charitable organizations, and with her local B.C. Member of Parliament. Xu spearheaded initiatives on animal rights and plant-based foods at her school, working with food service providers and the school board to devise menu options and new policy for animal dissections in the classroom.
“The Division’s motto is Engineers for the World (E4TW) and both Bassi and Xu have clearly demonstrated the character, service and leadership found in Loran Scholars and valued in our EngSci community,” says Interim Chair of Engineering Science, Professor Will Cluett.
Both students are continuing their commitment to their community through student clubs and organizations.
Learn more about Bassi and Xu’s path to becoming Loran Scholars.
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Year 1 EngSci students Chloe Bell, Sofia Karter Lopez, and Joel Biju Thomas are among the many incoming students joining EngSci from abroad.
Residence move-ins, Frosh Week, fuelling up on textbooks at the U of T bookstore and their first-ever Praxis lectures and labs — a long list of activities await Year 1 EngSci students.
For many, that list also includes exploring Toronto for the very first time — about one in four come from outside of Canada.
Meet these three EngSci students, along with several other Engineering students, and learn what’s got them excited about their first year.
Student-designed device to Improve firefighters’ navigation during active fires
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 wide range of stakeholders from communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and work in teams to develop design solutions.
The course culminates in the annual Praxis II Showcase where projects and prototypes are presented to members of the public.
Read about Praxis II Showcase 2019 here.
Student present their “Dino Dash” project that analyzes children’s running speeds with specially equipped footpad sensors
Each year, EngSci’s innovative Praxis design course challenges first-year students to do one thing: improve daily life in Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and communities.
Students fan out across the city to identify problems and work closely with stakeholders to design engineering-based solutions to challenges as varied as growing hops for microbreweries on urban rooftops or making classrooms more accessible for students with disabilities.
Dinosaur Races: To help active kids at the ROM’s dinosaur gallery burn off steam, students designed “Dino Dash”. Children “race” different types of dinosaurs on footpads equipped with sensors to find out what kind of dinosaurs run at the speed they do. Photo by Roberta Baker – Engineering Strategic Communications
“The Praxis courses challenges our students to take what they learn in class and apply it to the real — and always much more complex — world of everyday life,” says course co-instructor Professor Jason Foster (EngSci). “For many of our students, working on high-impact projects like these helps them understand the role and responsibilities of being an engineer.”
Student teams revealed their innovative designs at the annual Praxis Showcase on April 8.
Read more about the Praxis II Showcase in the Toronto Star.