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U of T Engineering student team competes at Green Energy Challenge finals

October 7, 2016

The University of Toronto student chapter of the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association (CECA/NECA) is one of three finalists to compete at the 2016 Green Energy Challenge in Boston this weekend. The students from U of T Engineering are the only Canadian team, and will compete against teams from Iowa State and the University of Washington. The final three were selected from 14 proposals. “We selected UTS because it is an aging building that uses older...

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How efficient is your home?

September 26, 2016

Would you like to know more about the air quality in your home? We are undertaking a research project to explore the impact of high-efficiency filtration on particle concentrations in residences. Funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), we will be conducting yearlong measurements in 18 Toronto residences in order to develop a complete picture of how filters influence indoor air quality in residences. This project is unique because of the depth and...

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Prof. Daman Panesar: Hart Professorship recipient

September 7, 2016
Daman Panesar (CivE) has been named the Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Civil Engineering. Her research focuses on new ways to improve the performance of concrete structures, from bridges to buildings. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

 This story originally appeared on U of T News. Seven U of T Engineering faculty members have received the inaugural Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart Professorships, enhancing emerging research and education across the Faculty. The professorships were created by a landmark bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0). The seven professors are all within the first 10 years of their careers and have demonstrated a high level of research excellence...

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Leading the way on lead research

August 30, 2016
Aki Kogo (MASc Candidate) looks over the lead (Pb) pipe experimental setup in the Environmental Lab. (Credit: Keenan Dixon)

Researchers aim to prevent a Flint-like crisis from happening in Canada An interview with Prof. Robert Andrews, Sarah Jane Payne (Post-Doc) and Aki Kogo (MASc Candidate). In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from Lake Michigan to the Flint River. Inadequate treatment and reporting caused lead (Pb) contaminated drinking water to be delivered to Flint residents, resulting in a state of emergency being declared. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Drinking...

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Preventative Engineering: monitoring the health of water systems

August 30, 2016
Preventative engineering

The city is a living organism. People are its cells, and water is its lifeblood. This is the analogy Prof. Bryan Karney uses as the philosophical underpinning of his work in water infrastructure. Like any other organism, things get complex fast. “We have infrastructure systems that are highly deteriorated,” he says. “The challenge is, how do you detect the deterioration of systems efficiently, effectively and accurately?” The deterioration of systems shows up as pipes that...

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Alumni Giving back to Skule™ – John Starkey and Julia Maloney

August 29, 2016
John Starkey and Julia Maloney

Investing in the future by reviving the past: John Starkey gives back to survey camp Since 1921, survey camp has been an unforgettable experience for University of Toronto engineering students. Looking back over 50 years, John Starkey (MinE 6T1) recalls the important role survey camp played in his career as a mining engineer. To ensure students continue to benefit from this unique experience, Starkey sits on the Gull Lake Committee and recently won an Arbor...

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Profile: The Institute for Water Innovation

August 29, 2016

Water plays a critical role in our lives. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “the total usable freshwater supply for ecosystems and humans is 200,000 km3 of water, which accounts for only 0.01 per cent of all water on earth.” By 2050 global water demand is projected to increase by 50 per cent due to growing manufacturing, thermal electricity generation and domestic use. As global water scarcity and stress persist, solutions are needed...

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Learning Water Systems at CAMP

August 29, 2016

Of all the courses Prof. Jennifer Drake has taught, CME358 – better known as Survey Camp – at Gull Lake is her favourite, in particular a special tutorial Drake runs: Marshmallow Roasting 101. “Civil and Mineral Practicals (CAMP)–Survey Camp– is by far the most rewarding course to teach,” says Drake. For any professor teaching environmental engineering, translating course material into real-world applications is difficult in an urban setting. “CAMP is a microcosm of everything that...

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Students travel to Honduras, install solar powered water pump for remote community

August 29, 2016

This spring two CivE students travelled to Roatán, Honduras as part of the 2016 Student Passport Initiative, to improve water access in a community of 600. The community previously spent upwards of $250 per month to operate a diesel-powered water pump. After students installed a 3kW solar array, which operates the pump continuously, the quality of life for the community’s residents vastly improved. “It’s good for students to actually pick up a tool and apply...

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Finding balance between mineral engineering and Indigenous studies

August 29, 2016

Paige Clarke (Year 3 MinE) talks about her educational path. Paige Clarke moved from the small town of Kirkland Lake, Ont., to Canada’s largest metropolis to attend university. Now, as she prepares to start her Professional Experience Year (PEY), she’s looking forward to living in an area with a strong native presence reminiscent of her hometown, where she grew up with the Beaverhouse First Nation and Matachewan First Nation communities nearby. “I grew up with...

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