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MEET: Concrete Toboggan Team Co-Captains

December 9, 2019

Co-Captain Michael Lizzi (fourth year EngSci) and Co-Captain Sophie Ordman (fourth year Civ) Michael Lizzi, Co-Captain Concrete Toboggan Sophie Ordman, Co-Captain Concrete Toboggan Q&A INTERVIEW Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Sophie  I’m a fourth year civil engineering student, and I just came off my PEY. This is my fourth year on the team; I started in second year. I’ve done many different things on the team: I was a general member, then...

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From between a rock and a hard place (for women) to an equitable and more profitable place for all: Why gender diversity in mining is vital to the strength and future of the industry

December 3, 2019

Mining’s “not so secret” secret It is an accepted industry-wide truth: mining has a gender diversity issue. The industry lags behind most other sectors in tackling this systemic problem with recent statistics showing women represent only 16 per cent of the Canadian mining workforce compared to 48 per cent of the overall Canadian workforce. The challenge of building a gender-balanced workforce stretches from site to the boardroom. According to a 2016 PWC study, the mining...

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Profile: Nicole Doucette (MinE 1T4 + PEY)

November 27, 2019

“Be relentless and do what makes you happy,” says Nicole Doucette (MinE 1T4 + PEY) giving direction to current students for their professional goals; while in school, “Just really enjoy ‘you time’ in university. There’s a lot of freedom, and many opportunities while in school, so students should take advantage of their situation to get involved.” Doucette works in the Vancouver office of Seequent, a mining software company based in New Zealand, as a science...

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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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