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Survey Camp Centennial: CAMP100

September 11, 2019

A ceremonial groundbreaking at the U of T Survey Camp on Gull Lake, near Minden, Ont,. for the upcoming construction of the new HCAT Bunkhouse and MacGillivray Common Room. With spades (L to R): Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering; Georgette Zinaty, Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni Relations; Scott MacGillivray (Civ 8T2), Alumnus & Donor; Christopher Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering; Robert MacGillivray (Civ 8T5), Alumnus & Donor; Brenda...

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Take a look inside the new bunkhouse and common room at Survey Camp

September 10, 2019

Rendering of the HCAT Bunkhouse and MacGillivray Common Room (Credit: V+A Architects) Survey Camp at Gull Lake is celebrating its centennial and getting a new bunkhouse. Nearly a century after the first group of University of Toronto Engineering students used the site, located on the north shore of Gull Lake near Minden, Ont., a modern and flexible-use building has been planned. Purchased in 1919, the first cohort of U of T students took classes on...

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Announcing foundations | The new magazine for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering

September 9, 2019

When the Department’s name changed to Civil & Mineral Engineering in March 2018, we knew that the Department’s magazine name The Civilian would need to change as well to better represent our community. So, we are pleased to present foundations magazine. Whether it is a geological term, a component of a building or the idea of learning the fundamentals of science and engineering, the magazine name represents a solid base for us to build on...

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From Malaysia to Toronto: Meet your incoming class of 2T3

August 29, 2019

Eight students share what’s got them excited about their first year at U of T Engineering Residence move-ins, Frosh Week, fuelling up on textbooks at the U of T bookstore and their first-ever plenary lecture from Dean Christopher Yip — a long list of activities await more than 1,200 U of T Engineering students. For many, that list also includes exploring Toronto for the very first time — about one in four come from outside of Canada....

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U of T student team helps local church achieve sustainability and reduce its energy footprint

July 31, 2019

During the energy audit at AHPC, Noah Cassidy (left) recorded window temperature with a thermal imaging camera while Niloufar Ghaffari (right) recorded lux readings for lighting retrofits. July 2019 Update: The U of T CECA student chapter team placed first in the initial round of the Green Energy Challenge. They now have to create a video and present their project at the NECA convention in Las Vegas in September. With energy costs on the rise, organizations all...

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Is there plastic in our drinking water? Probably – and U of T researchers are studying how concerned we should be

July 22, 2019
These tiny plastic particles were extracted from Toronto’s harbour by U of T researchers Chelsea Rochman and Bob Andrews (photo by Tyler Irving)

These tiny plastic particles were extracted from Toronto’s harbour by U of T researchers Chelsea Rochman and Bob Andrews (photo by Tyler Irving) Is there plastic in your drinking water? The University of Toronto’s Bob Andrews and Chelsea Rochman say there is – but, unfortunately, they don’t have much more information to share. “If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health, I have to say that we have no idea,” says Rochman, an assistant professor...

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Prof. Jennifer Drake & team’s NSERC CREATE grant success

July 11, 2019
CivMin's Professor Jennifer Drake

CivMin’s Professor Jennifer Drake In nature, one organism’s waste often becomes energy for another. Professor Emma Master (ChemE) wants to apply these same principles to industrial manufacturing. “We can leverage biological processes to recycle carbon and clean water, as well as to upgrade natural materials into diverse and useful products,” she says. “At the end of their life, we can also break down these products into building blocks that we can reassemble as something new. This is...

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Without changes, Scheer’s climate plan will be expensive or useless

June 27, 2019

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer delivers a speech on the environment in Chelsea, Que. on June 19, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld David Taylor, University of Toronto   When Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveiled his long-awaited climate plan, he said he could eliminate the federal carbon tax and still meet Canada’s emissions targets by focusing on investments into green technology. Tech, not taxes, he said. Under the plan, major emitters would not pay a carbon tax and...

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Celebrating the leadership and legacy of Dean Cristina Amon

June 27, 2019
Dean Cristina Amon, at the Celebration of Leadership event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (credit: Lisa Sakulensky)

Dean Cristina Amon (right) receives a standing ovation after her speech at the Celebration of Leadership event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (credit: Lisa Sakulensky) On Wednesday, June 26, more than 400 members of the U of T Engineering community came together to celebrate the transformative leadership of Dean Cristina Amon and reflect on the past decade of excellence in the Faculty. Under her visionary leadership, the Faculty has become a global leader in multidisciplinary research, education and innovation....

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Reconciliation through engineering

June 21, 2019
rofessor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) presents to Indigenous leaders from across Ontario at the Sioux Lookout Innovation Station. The event is part of the Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative, a collaboration between Indigenous communities and U of T Engineering’s Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN). (Photo: Shakya Sur)

Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) presents to Indigenous leaders from across Ontario at the Sioux Lookout Innovation Station. The event is part of the Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative, a collaboration between Indigenous communities and U of T Engineering’s Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN). (Photo: Shakya Sur) Researchers at the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) are collaborating with Indigenous communities to address pressing infrastructure challenges facing geographically disparate communities across Canada. CGEN’s Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI)...

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