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Going with the flow: Alumna Jenny Hill aims to improve stormwater management in Toronto and beyond

March 20, 2019

Jenny Hill (CivE PhD 1T6) advises everyone from landscape architects, to professional civil engineers, to condominium developers, on how to put more water back into the ground and the air. (Photo credit: Yuestas David ) Before Jenny Hill took on her current job — working to prevent catastrophic city-wide flooding in the Greater Toronto Area — she worked in a police forensics lab. She thinks her role now is more exciting. “Forensics is not what people think,”...

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Q & A with U of T Engineering’s newest professor: David Taylor

February 27, 2019

Assistant Professor David Taylor with a segment of pipe, related to his research on water distribution networks. In January, the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering welcomed Assistant Professor David Taylor, a professor in Civil and Global Engineering, cross appointed with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP). Taylor’s research applies competencies from both civil and mechanical engineering. After completing his undergraduate degree in...

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Lassonde Mineral Engineering Students take gold – 4 oz of gold

February 13, 2019

Winning Lassonde Mineral Engineering Team (Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4) and Jihad Raya (MinE PEY)) with Candace MacGibbon, CEO of INV Metals (at centre). This weekend, Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4), Jihad Raya (MinE PEY) and Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4) successfully defended their first place title in the Goodman Gold Challenge (GGC) in Sudbury. The GGC is a competition...

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U of T Students are connecting communities around the world, one bridge at a time

February 4, 2019

In June 2018, the University of Toronto Engineers in Action team (formerly Bridges to Prosperity) constructed a 64-metre suspended footbridge over the Gonchu Mayu river in Bolivia, their third bridge project since 2016. The project began in January 2018 when Engineers in Action was asked to design and build a bridge for Tablas Monte, a village of 140 families located on the tropical slopes of the Andes. Community members had difficulty crossing the nearby river...

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This hidden U of T rooftop farm helps feed the hungry—and could impact how cities eat

January 15, 2019
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NSBE Fall Regional Conference builds new pathways for Black engineering grad students at U of T

December 18, 2018

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) U of T Chapter receives Chapter of the Month honours for September at the NSBE Fall Region 1 Conference. From left: Rukayat Balogun, NSBE Region 1 Chair; Mikhail Burke, Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives and Student Inclusion & Transition Mentor; Shane Arnold (CivMin MEng); Portia Deterville (ChemE Year 4 + PEY), NSBE East Canada Zone Chair and Joy Aso, Membership Chairperson for NSBE Region 1. (Photo courtesy...

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Early-career professorships accelerate innovation in engineering education and research

December 17, 2018

Six CivMin assistant professors have been appointed, among 27 in the Faculty, to early-career professorships across three new programs for tenure- and teaching-stream faculty members. The professorships, created by Dean Cristina Amon, will enhance research in emerging areas and practices in engineering education across the Faculty. The new programs are the Dean’s Spark Professorships, Catalyst Professorships and Emerging Innovation in Teaching Professorships. These build on the success of the Percy Edward Hart and the Erwin...

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Professors Heather MacLean, Bob Andrews and Jeffrey Packer honoured by Engineering Institute of Canada

December 13, 2018

The Department would like to offer its sincere congratulations to Professor Heather MacLean (CivMin) on being awarded the 2019 Engineering Institute of Canada Julian C. Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada The Engineering Institute of Canada is also recognizing the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering’s Professors Robert Andrews and Jeffrey Packer by inducting them as EIC Fellows for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.

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Low-carbon growth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | A workshop on governance and finance strategies organized by PhD Candidate, Chibulu Luo

November 29, 2018

Chibulu Luo (PhD Candidate, CivE) presented her research to start the dialogue. (Photo: Victor Faustine) On Wednesday, November 7th, the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering co-hosted a one-day stakeholder workshop on “Steering Low-Carbon Growth and Sustainable Energy Use in Dar es Salaam” in partnership with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and Ardhi University. The workshop, whose preparations were led by Chibulu Luo (PhD Candidate, CivE), was held at the Bank of Tanzania Conference Centre in Dar...

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From experience to employment: How industry-sponsored projects helped these students land dream jobs

November 29, 2018

MechE student David Pecile (right), who is currently completing his PEY at MDA Corporation, works on part of the Next-Generation Canadarm project alongside MDA employee Lauren Haensel (left) at MDA Corporation’s offices in Brampton, ON. (Credit: Laura Pedersen) Gaining engineering experience beyond the boundaries of a university campus gives students an employability advantage after graduation. U of T Engineering is home to several programs that open pathways for undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate directly...

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