Conceptual sketches for amodular UV lamp designed by students under the supervision of Professor Joyce Poon. (Courtesy Professor Joyce Poon)
How can we safely and quickly disinfect surfaces with minimal cost? This is a question that everyone from public transit operators to grocery store managers have had to ask since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Frequent sanitizing of high traffic surfaces became a requirement to ensure public and employee safety. But the cleaning can be time-consuming, difficult, and expensive.
Now a team of U of T Engineering students under the supervision of Professor Joyce Poon (ECE, EngSci 0T2) has designed a smart UV lamp with advanced sensors that could do the job more efficiently and cheaply than existing techniques.
At various times over the past year the team has included EngSci student Christopher Alexiev (Year 3 EngSci), Alec Xu (Year 3 EngSci), Bipasha Goyal (Year 3 EngSci), Jordan Hong (Year 3 EngSci), and alumna Saila Maham Shama (EngSci 2T0).
Read the full story of how they continued their fruitful research despite pandemic restrictions, and where the project is headed next.
Dean Christopher Yip in December 2020. (Photo: Daria Perevezentsev)
By Tyler Irving
A lot of adjectives have been used to describe the year 2020 — unprecedented, unusual, challenging — but Dean Chris Yip would choose a different one: inspiring.
“What I saw across our Faculty was people rising to the challenge,” he says. “That innovative spirit is what engineering is all about, and I think many of the creative solutions we developed will still be valuable when the pandemic is over.”
Writer Tyler Irving sat down with Dean Yip to reflect on the past few months and look forward to the next year at U of T Engineering.
Read their conversation in the U of T Engineering News.
This prototype UV lamp, designed by a team including undergraduate student Bipasha Goyal (Year 3 EngSci), is part of a smart robotic assembly that is designed to sterilize surfaces in hospitals, schools and even residential buildings. (Image: Junho (Dave) Jeong)
Bipasha Goyal (Year 3 EngSci) is working on a new tool to help defend against COVID-19. The smart UV lamp she is designing under the supervision of Professor Joyce Poon (ECE, EngSci 0T2) will use sensors for optimal disinfection in health care settings.
The innovative system, called LumineSense, is one of dozens of student-led projects funded through Mitacs Research Training Awards.
To learn how Goyal plans to integrate smart sensors and algorithms into the device, read the full story in the U of T Engineering News.