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Grads to Watch 2019: CivMin’s Md Sami Hasnine

June 5, 2019

THE TRANSPORTATION DECISION-MAKER Md Sami Hasnine (CivMin PhD 1T9) Md Sami Hasnine (CivMin PhD 1T9):“I would like to thank my supervisor, Professor Khandker Nurul Habib. Professor Habib introduced me to the basics of travel-demand modelling. He also truly cares about his students. He always pushed me to learn more and become a better human being. Graduate studies last for a short period of time, but I will continue to carry the lessons about research and ethics...

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Under pressure: Modelling intermittent water supplies to improve public health

May 31, 2019

Professor David Taylor analyzes the impact of intermittent water systems, as well as other water distribution technologies, on public health. (Photo: Roberta Baker) In Toronto, when you turn on a water tap, water comes out. But for more than a billion people around the world, that is not always the case. “About 21% of the world’s water pipes don’t usually have water in them,” says Professor David Taylor (CivMin, CGEN), who studies water treatment and...

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Microplastics in drinking water: how much is too much?

May 31, 2019

Professors Chelsea Rochman (left, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and Bob Andrews (right, CivMin) have joined forces to develop new techniques for analyzing microplastics and nanoplastics in drinking water. (Photo: Tyler Irving) Is there plastic in your drinking water? Professors Bob Andrews (CivMin) and Chelsea Rochman (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) say there is — but right now, researchers don’t know much more than that. “If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health,...

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Big builders thinking small: Conference examines microscopic details of building materials

May 31, 2019

A group photo of attendees at the 17th Euroseminar on Microscopy Applied to Building Materials held at the University of Toronto May 20-23, 2019.PHOTO BY PHILL SNEL/ UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – DEPT OF CIVIL & MINERAL ENGINEERING By Phill Snel We know civil engineers are involved in building tall buildings, long bridges and large stadiums, but just how much detail do civil engineers delve into? Surprisingly, they’re examining building materials down to the microscopic level....

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The search for a cleaner solution to crushing rocks

May 16, 2019

Professor Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE) wants to decrease the energy required for crushing rocks by 70%. (Photo courtesy of Erin Bobicki) Whether it’s copper for electric cars, or lithium for cellphones, many everyday technologies and devices are made of or rely on metals. But mining and extracting these valuable commercial minerals can come at a catastrophic cost to the environment. The process of comminution — crushing and grinding billions of tonnes of rocks a year — is...

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Five U of T Engineering professors and alumni receive Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

May 6, 2019

Five U of T Engineering professors and alumni have been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. CivMin’s Professor Shoshanna Saxe was awarded the Young Engineer Medal, for an early-career engineer who has demonstrated professional excellence as well as service to the community. Saxe’s research examines the societal impact of infrastructure, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Her main expertise is in life-cycle greenhouse...

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Smart Freight Centre aims to deliver the goods — faster and greener

April 18, 2019

The demand for goods transportation continues to rise, leading to increased traffic congestion across the GTHA. The newly launched Smart Freight Centre looks to find solutions. (Photo: Flickr) Leading experts from U of T Engineering, McMaster University and York University are working together to improve — and future-proof — how goods are delivered across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) through the newly established Smart Freight Centre (SFC). Professor Matt Roorda (CivMin), of the U of T...

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Full breadth of undergraduate skill on display with the 2019 Capstone Design Poster Fair

April 9, 2019

Civil Engineering students in Years 2 and 3 had an opportunity to see the hard work and dedication that graduating students have put into their capstone design projects.

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‘A different kind of family’: Three international students on why they chose U of T Engineering

April 5, 2019

Second-year civil engineering student Oskar Rudolf Emanuel Andersson, who hails from Sweden, chose U of T for its reputation. (Photo courtesy of Oskar Rudolf Emanuel Andersson) Each year, hundreds of top students from around the world choose to study at U of T Engineering. International applications have increase by more than 40 per cent over the last three years, and international students now make up more than a quarter of the undergraduate population. This growing...

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Landscaping project revitalizes Galbraith entrance as gathering place

April 2, 2019

A view of the redesigned front of U of T Engineering’s Galbraith Building, looking north on St. George Street. (Courtesy: gh3*) As U of T’s St. George Campus turns green again after a harsh winter, the space in front of the Galbraith Building’s western entrance will experience a renewal. A new landscaping project, slated to break ground in early April, will see the St. George Street frontage of the U of T Engineering building redesigned...

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CivMin professor, and alumna receive Engineers Canada Awards

March 29, 2019

Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) received the Young Engineer Achievement Award, which recognizes an engineer under 36 years of age for outstanding contributions. (Photo credit: Tyler Irving) Engineers Canada has recognized Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) and alumna Helen Wojcinski (CivMin 8T7) with Engineers Canada Awards. The national awards celebrate engineers who have made distinguished contributions to Canada. Drake received the Young Engineer Achievement Award, which recognizes an engineer under 36 years of age for outstanding contributions. Wojcinski garnered the Meritorious...

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How 3D printing has sped up prosthetic development for people around the world

March 28, 2019

These prosthetic devices to improve mobility were created using 3D PrintAbility, an end-to-end fabrication toolchain developed by not-for-profit social enterprise Nia Technologies. (Photo courtesy Nia Technologies) For Jerry Evans (CivE 7T8, MASc 8T0), every job is a custom job. “The shape of a person’s limb is as unique as their signature,” he says. “You can’t meet this need with mass production.” After graduating from U of T with an MASc in civil engineering, Evans pursued an MBA...

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A global approach to sustainable cities engineering

March 28, 2019

Professor Murray Metcalfe (MIE, second from left) was among the EESC-A team members at a recent conference on strategies for low-carbon growth and sustainable energy use in Dar es Salaam. The event was held at the Bank of Tanzania Conference Centre and was co-hosted by the International Growth Centre (IGC), Ardhi University, and U of T Engineering’s EESC-A project. (Photo: Victor Faustine) Tokyo is currently the largest city in the world but by 2050 it may...

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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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