CivMin at the Engineering150 Open House

CivMin celebrates 150 years of Engineering at U of T with the Engineering Open House 

Thank you to all of our alumni, friends, guests and volunteers for joining us.

U of T Engineering celebrated its 150th anniversary, with a Faculty-wide Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Our Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) organized lab tours, displays of memorabilia, old and new technology, as well as student-run clubs.

Barry Hitchcock (CivE 5T8) signs a memory board. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)

We had the distinct pleasure of catching up with a great number of our alumni. Among the visitors attending were some of our friends from 5T8, 6T9, 7T0, 7T7, 9T8, 9T9, 0T7, 0T8, 2T2 and more.

Our hourly tours of the Structural Testing Facilities (STF) and Rock Fracture Lab attracted many interested visitors, including several (we hope) future engineers. Guests were fascinated by the scale of lab spaces and the opportunity to see the machines not usually open for public access, and hidden behind closed doors.

A tour of the Rock Fractures Dynamic Lab. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)
Pedram Mortazavi, PhD begins his tour of the Structural Testing Facilities in GB117. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)
Pedram Mortazavi, PhD during his tour of the Structural Testing Facilities. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)

Our Civ Club, Min Club and Engineers in Action U of Toronto Chapter leaders chatted with potential students and their parents for 3 hours straight.

Engineers in Action (EIA) U of T Student Chapter display. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)

Did you know both Civil Engineering and Mineral Engineering are among the oldest Engineering programs at U of T? Some of the earliest photos we displayed are dated 1901 (Civ Class of 1901), and some documents of similar vintage, circa 1906.

Our U of T Camp had several tables and screens displaying our memories from the property first purchased in 1919. Our display had both old and current tech used at Camp, along with photos of students taking the course in over the span of the last century. Time flies as fast as the UAV (drone) our professors recently used to create a detailed topographic map of the Highway Curve at Camp – a modern update to the assignment as part CME358 – Civil and Mineral Practicals (CAMP).

UrbanScanner in front of Galbraith Building. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)

CivMin also featured UrbanScanner, a mobile testing laboratory on wheels, on the Galbraith Building steps. Constructed and driven by researchers in the Transportation and Air Quality (TRAQ) group led by our CivMin Chair, Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou, the vehicle takes detailed measurements of air pollution, and much more, as it travels.

By Galina Niktina