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Meet Engineers Without Borders: U of T Chapter Co-Presidents Natalie Enriquez-Birch and Lauren Streitmatter

January 25, 2021

EWB Co-Presidents Natalie Enriquez-Birch (Year 2 IndE) and Lauren Streitmatter (Year 3 EngSci) Tell us about yourselves: Natalie: My name is Natalie, I’m in Industrial Engineering. I started in Track One, and I decided to go into IndE. Right now I’m finishing my second year in Industrial Engineering but I’m actually in my third year at U of T. I did my second year in part-time engineering because I wanted to do some classes in...

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Meet Concrete Toboggan Co-Captains, Elisabeth Gagnon and Georgia Collins

January 22, 2021

  Co-Captains Georgia Collins (Year 3 CivE) and Elisabeth Gagnon (Year 4 MechE) Tell us about yourselves: Elisabeth: I’m Elisabeth but most people call me Liz. I’m MECH 2T1 and I’m currently doing my PEY at a biomedical engineering company called Profound. Georgia: I’m Georgia Collins and I’m a third year Civ student. Any Hobbies? Elisabeth: I play basketball and softball recreationally. I’m also new to fostering cats. I got a cat today so it’s...

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Meet Concrete Canoe Co-Project Managers, Ashley An and Stella Gregorski

January 22, 2021

Concrete Canoe Co-Project Managers, Ashley An (Year 4 CivE) and Stella Gregorski (Year 3 ChemE) Tell us about yourselves Stella: My name is Stella, I’m a Chemical Engineering student in third year. I’ve been involved with Concrete Canoe for three years now. I started out as a general member, then a concrete technical lead last year before becoming Co-Project Manager this year. Concrete Canoe is the only design team I’m a part of but I’m...

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CivMin’s Prof. Saxe an Innovation at Interfaces award winner

January 20, 2021

  CivMin’s Prof. Shoshanna Saxe CivMin’s Prof. Shoshanna Saxe has been announced as one of the Innovation at Interfaces 2020 award winners by the Low-Carbon Renewable Materials Center.         Announcement of Innovation at Interfaces 2020 Award Winners The Low Carbon Renewable Materials Center (LCRMC) has just announced the winners of their first award ‘Innovation at Interfaces‘. With the goal to build stronger relationships within UofT research, teams of two researchers were selected supporting...

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New engineering firm loaded with alumni is thriving during pandemic

January 19, 2021

Grounded Engineering’s founding foursome of (L to R): Chris Elvidge, Matthew Bielaski, Jason Crowder and Michael Porco. (Photo courtesy of Grounded) “Some nerd culture, definitely,” says Michael Porco (CivE 1T0) a founding Principal of Grounded Engineering. “Maybe we should include Star Wars or Marvel trivia in our interview process,” jokes Porco in admitting to the now mainstream pop culture references brought up often in company meetings. The new engineering firm has so many young engineers,...

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U of T training and research program to focus on green roofs, other ‘living’ infrastructure

January 18, 2021

The DLIFES network provides training in the design, construction and management of engineered vegetative systems such as rooftop gardens (photo courtesy of the Daniels Faculty) A new initiative at the University of Toronto is training students in the design, construction and management of engineered vegetative systems for cities facing the impacts of rapid urbanization and climate change. The Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and...

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Ontario universities create fellowship to increase diversity in engineering and technology

January 18, 2021

U of T Engineering is one of six universities announcing the launch of the new Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships, designed to expand pathways and improve inclusion of Black and Indigenous voices in higher education and the STEM fields. (Photo: Daria Perevezentsev) Six universities in Ontario have partnered to create a new fellowship to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering to prepare them for...

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CivE MEng alum receives recognition as problem-solving entrepreneur providing impact

January 15, 2021

Olugbenga Olubanjo (CivE MEng 1T9), founder and CEO of Reeddi Inc, holds two prototypes for his company’s Reeddi Capsules. (Photo by Phill Snel) Olugbenga Olubanjo (CivE MEng 1T9), founder and CEO of Reeddi Inc, has been recognized as a 2020 Lo Family Social Venture Fund Award winner. The announcement: Reeddi innovatively provides clean, reliable and affordable electricity to individuals, households and businesses operating in the energy-poor regions of the world. Operating a hardware-as-a-service model through our...

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Welcome back to our CivMin community

January 11, 2021

New Year’s message from Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering Dear CivMin community. Happy New Year and welcome (virtually) back to school. We all hope the extra week away from classes has given everyone a suitable refresh in order to prepare for the new academic term. A new year conjures up thoughts of new beginnings and possibilities going forward. As we take leave of 2020, and take stock of its effect upon us...

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The year ahead: Q-and-A with U of T Engineering Dean Christopher Yip

January 11, 2021

Dean Christopher Yip in December 2020. (Photo: Daria Perevezentsev) 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...

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Blog: Aren’t You a Bit Old to Be in This Class?

January 10, 2021

Joey Coleman is a past Fellow-at-Large (2019-2020) of the University of Toronto and Southam Fellow at Massey College. He recently posted a blog about taking Engineering courses at U of T, and shared his experience with CivMin.   By Joey Coleman   “Aren’t you a bit old to be in this class?”, asks the student sitting beside me. I laugh out loud because I was wondering the same thing. It is my first day of...

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Meet Chitra Raj Singh Chowhan, President of the Graduate Students’ Association

December 22, 2020

Tell us about yourself: I’m a second year MEng student in Civil Engineering with my focus in building science. I’m an international student from India and I moved to Toronto last year. Do you have any hobbies? I really like playing basketball and I took a bartending course at a school in the Distillery District. I’ve really been enjoying the new skill, especially during the lockdown. What are some of your goals for this year,...

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Prof. Shoshanna Saxe among five U of T Engineering researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

December 16, 2020

  Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivMin) is among this year’s Canada Research Chairs. Work is underway in Professor Shoshanna Saxe’s (CivMin) lab to create the world’s largest detailed database of construction materials used in buildings and transport infrastructure. “Materials are the biggest driver of cost and environmental impact on a construction project,” explains Saxe, whose work investigates ways to align infrastructure provision with sustainability. “But we tend to do a pretty weak job of both understanding what...

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Half a world away, but heading home for the holidays

December 14, 2020

Prof. Oh-Sung Kwon displays his certificate for completing the Seoul Trail in Seoul, South Korea October 2020. (Photo courtesy Prof. Oh-Sung Kwon) Prof. Oh-Sung Kwon is coming home to Toronto this week, on Saturday, December 19, after a six-month research leave. “It has been a long six months,” shares Kwon. “I look forward to seeing my family in December and meeting my students in person after the COVID-19 pandemic.” The research leave was planned long before...

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CivMin Holiday Party: Talent showcase, Professor of the Year and milestones!

December 11, 2020

The CivMin Holiday Party on Thursday, December 10, 2020 held on Zoom.   The annual Holiday Party for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) was held using the Zoom video conference platform, as the pandemic wouldn’t allow for a large in-person gathering, but the event still managed to thoroughly entertain attendees. Students, staff and faculty all contributed to the showcase of talent and even featured a few pets during the Thursday, December 10,...

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