Back to Skule™: A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Dean Cristina Amon and students
From left: Chloe Oriotis (MechE Year 3), Cristina Amon, Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and Sabrina Cupryk (ChemE Year 2) meet in the atrium on Level 5 of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. (Credit: Daniel Ehrenworth)

On behalf of U of T Engineering, I am delighted to welcome you to Skule™.

Whether you are beginning or continuing your academic journey at Canada’s #1 engineering school, I encourage you to welcome new challenges, seek new perspectives and cultivate new relationships. Your time at this world-class institution is an opportunity to make valuable connections that will shape your future path, whether it leads you to launch a company, design a groundbreaking technology or work in an entirely new industry.

Fall 2018 is an important moment in our Faculty’s history. You and your classmates will be among the first students to learn, design and collaborate in our new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Myhal Centre launches a new era of engineering research and education, and we are thrilled that you will benefit from its multidisciplinary, collaborative and experiential learning spaces, fabrication facilities and design studios. I hope you will explore the space for yourself at our open house event on Thursday, Sept. 13.

You are now a member of our vibrant engineering community, one that deeply values inclusivity, diversity, creativity, ingenuity and curiosity. Our students and faculty have a rich array of backgrounds and come from more than 100 countries around the globe. This diversity enhances our Faculty and gives breadth to the engineering creative process.

At U of T Engineering, you will learn from professors who are internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Seize this opportunity to explore pressing engineering problems, expand your interests and take risks with your bold ideas. Whether you are fascinated by emerging trends in artificial intelligence, driven to create new clean water technologies, or motivated to develop novel ways to generate renewable energy, we offer many ways for you to pursue your passions alongside leading scholars and your peers, in your class work and through co-curricular activities.

No matter which degree you choose, you can customize your journey through our 19 engineering minors and certificates, in subjects ranging from engineering business to robotics and mechatronics. This fall, we launched our newest minor in Music Performance and certificate in Music Technology in collaboration with the Faculty of Music. We are committed to enriching your experience, both in and outside the classroom.

In the year ahead, you will confront complex challenges and accomplish goals that will expand what you thought was possible. You will meet peers who will become friends for life. You will grow intellectually and personally. I wish you success, and hope you embrace each experience with optimism in the true engineering spirit. Welcome to Skule™!

Cristina Amon
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering