U of T Engineering alumna Julie Payette installed as 29th Governor General

Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0), the U of T Engineering alumna and astronaut who was the second Canadian woman in space, has been installed as Canada’s 29th Governor General on Parliament Hill. Payette, who was accompanied by her parents and 14-year-old son Laurier, used her first speech in office to make an impassioned plea for Canada… Read more »

U of T Engineering students win global speedbike competition

U of T Engineering’s Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team (HPVDT) has won the 2017 World Human Powered Speed Challenge. Their recumbent bicycle, named Eta Prime, was clocked at an impressive 127.6 kilometres per hour, the fastest in this year’s competition. “It is a great success for the team,” said Calvin Moes (MSE PhD candidate), Eta Prime’s pilot and… Read more »

Celebrating undergraduate research with the 10th annual UnERD

From improving communications technology to generating sustainable energy, undergraduate students are sharing their discoveries and innovations with the world. This year marks the 10th anniversary of U of T Engineering’s Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD). The event enables undergraduate students to present the research projects they’ve worked on over the last several months, in labs across… Read more »

Polaris: Blue Sky Solar Racing team unveils its newest vehicle

The U of T Engineering Blue Sky Solar Racing team revealed Polaris, its ninth-generation vehicle, at a showcase event held today on U of T’s St. George campus. “Polaris, the north star, has guided northern adventurers for centuries,” says Blue Sky managing director Frank Gu (Year 4 ECE). “We hope that she will guide us toward a… Read more »

Engineering student team lights up low-income Mexico City community

A team of U of T Engineering students has been awarded $20,000 USD to implement a plan to provide solar-powered street lighting for Toltenco, a low-income neighbourhood in Mexico City. The students placed first in the Student Passport Initiative, an international competition that challenges students to meet a critical need by providing a new or upgraded… Read more »

Wheelchairs get robotic retrofit to become self-driving

A new academic-industry collaboration at U of T Engineering is harnessing improved sensors and artificial intelligence to make electric wheelchairs self-driving. The technology could greatly simplify the lives of more than 5 million power wheelchair users across North America, and millions more worldwide. Since electric wheelchairs were first pioneered by inventors such as George Klein (MechE 2T8) in the… Read more »

Sandro Young named U of T’s top student

Sandro Young (CompE 1T6+PEY) always knew he was interested in computers, circuits and electronics. What started as a middle-school passion — Young was an active participant in science fairs in Grades 7 and 8 — eventually led him to study in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) where today, he graduates… Read more »

U of T Engineering welcomes four global Pearson scholars

Deborah Emilia Solomon (Year 1 ChemE) came home one day to the good news that she had received one of the inaugural Pearson scholarships, a new prestigious and competitive U of T award for undergraduate international students. “I was overjoyed. I just started crying,” she said. “I was going through so many emotions at that moment because… Read more »