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U of T Engineering recognizes four longstanding industry partners at fourth annual Partners’ Reception

November 15, 2019
From left to right: Darin Graham, LG Toronto AI Lab, Summer Xia, Drone Delivery Canada, Stas Dogel, Hitachi High-Technologies Canada, and Jamey Adams, City of Barrie. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

From left to right: Darin Graham, LG Toronto AI Lab, Summer Xia, Drone Delivery Canada, Stas Dogel, Hitachi High-Technologies Canada, and Jamey Adams, City of Barrie. (Photo: Paul Terefenko) More than 150 industry and community leaders, government partners and faculty members gathered Nov. 13, 2019 at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception.   Now in its fourth year, the event celebrated the Faculty’s longstanding ties with over 400 industry partners across its six multidisciplinary innovation clusters. In the...

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Indigenous leaders, U of T researchers look to build collaborations grounded in understanding and reciprocity

November 14, 2019

From Left: Sonia Molodecky (RTEI program lead), Shakya Sur (RTEI research associate), Jamie Fine (MIE Postdoctoral Fellow), Professor Bomani Khemet (Architecture), Professor Liat Margolis (Architecture), Becky Big Canoe, and Professor Marianne Touchie (CivMin, MIE). The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) Forum recently brought together Indigenous leaders and U of T researchers to underscore the importance of a Two-Eyed Seeing approach — the bridging of expertise of both Indigenous communities and faculty — to create sustainable...

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Reconciliation through Engineering Initiative to improve transportation and housing in Indigenous communities

November 14, 2019
Professors Tracey Galloway and Chris Beck in one of the planes used to transport food, supplies and passengers to remote Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Chris Beck)

Professors Tracey Galloway and Chris Beck in one of the planes used to transport food, supplies and passengers to remote Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Chris Beck) Mitigating indoor mould and optimizing air transportation in Northern Ontario are the first two collaborative projects between Indigenous community leaders and U of T researchers to get underway through the Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI). Launched last December by the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN),...

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National Champion: Lucia Stafford Strikes Gold in Kingston

November 13, 2019
Lucia Stafford. Photo: Varsity Blues.

Lucia Stafford. Photo: Varsity Blues. U of T Engineering civil engineering student and Varsity Blues athlete Lucia Stafford is having a banner season. Here a few highlights from this fall: Lucia Stafford won the individual gold medal at the 2019 U SPORTS cross country championships on November 9, 2019, at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ont. Stafford is the second Varsity Blue to win the U SPORTS individual gold medal in the past three years, after U...

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This U of T startup aims to make the world more navigable for pedestrians

November 13, 2019

MapinHood is a new navigation app designed to take account of issues that affect pedestrians — from sidewalk construction to low-hanging branches — especially those that affect people with low vision. (Image courtesy iMerciv) Whether you are driving or hopping in an Uber, you probably depend on a navigation app to get where you need to be. But as handy as these tools are, they have significant drawbacks that leave behind many potential users, especially...

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Sam Cherniak (MASc candidate) has won the Best Student Award from AWWA

November 12, 2019

Sam Cherniak (MASc candidate) has won the American Water Works Association Best Student Award for his work “Towards a Standardized Sampling and Analysis Protocol for Microplastics in Drinking Water.” The award was presented to Cherniak by Yone Akagi, Water Quality Manager with the Portland, Oregon Water Bureau, an AWWA member and awards judge, while at the AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference in Dallas, TX on November 6, 2019. Cherniak is a research assistant investigating microplastics in...

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CivE Alumna Deborah Goodings receives Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award

November 8, 2019

Thirteen accomplished members of U of T Engineering’s alumni community, including CivE alumna Deborah Goodings, were recognized on Nov. 7 at the annual Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards. The awards ceremony, held at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, celebrated alumni for their outstanding contributions to the Skule™ community as well as their remarkable career achievements. “At all stages of their careers, U of T Engineering graduates use their creativity, technical knowledge and...

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EQUITY ACCESSIBILITY DIVERSITY INCLUSION – What role do engineers play: Faculty perspectives

November 7, 2019

We asked some faculty members to weigh in on how engineers and academics help to make the world a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible place.   DIVERSITY AND EQUITY IN THE DOMAIN OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Bryan Karney  Engineers practice their trade is characterized by an almost overwhelming diversity and variety. Indeed, it has been said with considerable accuracy that no two hydroelectric projects are ever really the same. Such a statement of variation is...

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CivMin entrepreneur creates his own job post-graduation: Delivering clean, affordable energy to Nigeria

October 30, 2019
Olubanjo says the idea of helping and giving back has always been central to his entrepreneurial outlook (photo by Rahul Kalvapalle)

Olugbenga Olubanjo (back row, second from left) poses for a photo with members of the Reeddi team, local community members and his startup’s power-providing capsules during an August pilot project in Ayegun, Nigeria (photo courtesy of Olugbenga Olubanjo) For Olugbenga Olubanjo (CivE MASc candidate), the lightbulb moment leading to clean energy startup Reeddi came when the lights went out. The graduate student at the University of Toronto was often frustrated speaking to family and friends in his...

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8)

October 23, 2019

  Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8) poses for a photo overlooking the University of Toronto’s downtown campus from the new Myhal Centre.   Engineers and the environment: Finding the path   An Australian who only planned a stopover in Canada at the beginning of his 1954 travels, Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8) found himself in love and stayed. A degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, some time back home “down under” to work, then...

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