Four new undergrad scholars named Schulich Leaders

In 2012, philanthropist Seymour Schulich celebrated leadership and innovation by creating the Schulich Leaders Scholarship.
This $100 million program funds 50 undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) scholarships each year at top universities across Canada.

Five visions for the future of energy: Science Literacy Week panel

Canada-wide festival started by alumnus partners with U of T’s Science & Engineering Engagement
Brianna Goldberg
Pond-covered parks that foster community while they clean waste water. Airplanes that fly across the ocean in formation like Canada geese. Solar cells that print onto paper as simply as any ink.
Those were just some of the visionary ideas from researchers at the University of Toronto that propelled a lively panel discussion on energy and sustainability at Isabel Bader Theatre on Sept. 24 as part of alumnus Jesse Hildebrand’s programming for Science Literacy Week.

Toronto’s longest single graffiti installation celebrates the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Jason Wing, a.k.a. SKAM: “It’s a public mural. It’s for everyone.”
Tyler Irving

A bold, colourful and unconventional collaboration has taken shape at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Street artist Jason Wing, also known as SKAM, has painted a massive 276-foot (84-metre) installation that spans the outer wall around the construction site of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE).

How to be an undergrad entrepreneur at U of T: advice from alumna and Onyx Motion CEO, Marissa Wu

One of the most buzzed-about startups in Toronto started with a friendship at U of T
Brianna Goldberg

Marissa Wu continues to grow her smart-watch sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion, as she shuttles between New York basketball courts, Rocky Mountain startup retreats, and her office in the heart of Toronto’s thriving wearable tech scene.

New “Tissue Velcro” could help repair damaged hearts

U of T engineers made assembling heart tissue faster and easier
Tyler Irving

Engineers at the University of Toronto just made assembling functional heart tissue as easy as fastening your shoes.

The team has created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like Velcro™.

“One of the main advantages is the ease of use,” says Professor Milica Radisic, who led the project. “We can build larger tissue structures immediately before they are needed, and disassemble them just as easily. I don’t know of any other technique that gives this ability.”

U of T joins initiative to increase diversity in engineering

Commitment made at first White House Demo Day

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has joined more than 90 North American engineering schools in a pledge to boost diversity in the student body, faculty and profession.

The commitment is expressed in a letter released by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on the occasion of the first White House Demo Day, a gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs at which U.S. President Barack Obama made annoucements and met several exhibitors personally.

Undergrads bring award-winning innovation to Accessibility Innovations Showcase at MaRS

Krisha Ravikantharaja

When these students attended their first live sledge hockey game, they were more interested in watching the players off the ice than on it.

Liam D’Souza, Angela Chen, Mazhar Jabakhanji, and Adithya Prashant were only in their first year of engineering science at the University of Toronto when they came up with their idea for The Swivet. 

Flight MH370: forensic engineering expert on the significance of debris

As investigators continue to find items of interest along the Réunion coastline, Professor Doug Perovic explains what experts are looking for and what happens next
Jelena Damjanovic

Plane debris found on the French island of Réunion in the western Indian Ocean has renewed hopes experts can determine the fate of flight MH370 which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 500 days ago. 

The recovered object, confirmed to be a moveable piece of a Boeing 777 wing (a flaperon), has arrived at a lab in Toulouse, France, where experts will examine it on August 5. 

U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

Understanding Medicine by Design

The Medicine by Design initiative announced July 28 will establish a leading centre in regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto.

Researchers at the centre will focus on discovering new therapies based on the design and manufacture of molecules, cells, tissues and organs that can be used safely and effectively to treat degenerative diseases. 

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