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Chair of EngSci’s robotics engineering major elected as IEEE Fellow

Professor Tim Barfoot

Professor Tim Barfoot (UTIAS), seen here at the launch of the Robotics Institute, held in May 2019, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). (Photo: Liz Do)

EngSci alumnus Professor Tim Barfoot (UTIAS) has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society.

Professor Barfoot serves as chair of EngSci’s robotics engineering major, and is an EngSci graduate from the class of 9T7.

Learn about his outstanding contributions to mobile robot navigation in the U of T Engineering News.


Three cool virtual labs: How U of T Engineering instructors are getting creative with remote active learning


EngSci Praxis instructor wins international teaching award

Professor Rob Irish (left) was recently awarded the Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education from the IEEE Professional Communication Society. (Photo: Alan Chong)

EngSci’s first year engineering design courses, Praxis I and II, challenge Year 1 students to step outside their comfort zone to confront “real world” uncertainty and gain a deeper understanding of decision making.

Guiding them through this complex process are exceptional instructors like Professor Rob Irish (ISTEP), who recently received the Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education from the IEEE Professional Communication Society. This international award recognizes innovative educators who have influenced the ways that technical communication is taught in university degree programs.

Learn how Professor Irish brings his teaching philosophy to Praxis.

“Over the many years that Professor Irish has taught in the Praxis courses, he has been a terrific support to our students in terms of their learning across the courses, in particular with regards to the development of their communication skills,” says EngSci’s Interim Chair, Professor Will Cluett.

The Praxis teaching team also includes Professor Jason Foster, who was recognized by the university for creating this community-focused course with the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award in 2018.

Read about Praxis student projects from previous years: redesigning naloxone kits and a monitoring tool for firefighters during active fires.


EngSci alumnus receives Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0, at right) presents the Meritorious Service Cross to Professor Tom Chau (IBBME), Pierre Duez (EngSci 0T0, MASc IndE 0T3), Andrea Lamont, and Eric Wan (CompE 1T0, ECE MASc 1T3) on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. (Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG)

EngSci alumnus Professor Tom Chau (EngSci 9T2, ECE MASc 9T4) and his team received one of Canada’s highest civilian honours at a ceremony today. Chau and his team , which includes alumnus Pierre Duez (EngSci 0T0, MASC IndE 0T3), were awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) for developing the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI). This assistive device lets individuals with limited physical abilities express themselves through music. The tool is improving the lives of children and their families in several countries.

“Professor Chau and his team’s pioneering research in pediatric rehabilitation is world renowned,” says EngSci Chair Deepa Kundur. “We are very proud to count among our graduates researchers who use their engineering skills to have such a lasting positive impact on the lives of others.”

Read more about Chau’s work and this award.


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