The organic LED age is here: Meet the U of T engineers behind OTI Lumionics

Robert Hercz

Google “OLED,” and you’ll find scores of articles confidently predicting that this is the year of the organic light-emitting diode. Some of those articles are ten years old.

Still, there are reasons to believe the OLED age is finally dawning. In fact, engineering alumnus Michael Helander is betting on it.

Recognizing U of T’s rising stars

Sloan Research Fellowships reward faculty members for early-career achievements
Sean Bettam, with files from Marit Mitchell & Jim Oldfield

The Cannes Film Festival may have the Caméra d'Or for debut filmmakers – but the research world has the Sloan Research Fellowships.  

And, of the eight fellowships awarded to faculty at Canadian universities this year, six are going to University of Toronto scholars.

Alumni startup OTI Lumionics awarded $5.7 million to produce energy-efficient lighting solutions

Luke Ng

It’s about to get a whole lot brighter in Toronto thanks to a significant investment from the Canadian government in a University of Toronto engineering alumnus’ sustainable lighting company.

Who are you wearing? Warming up with FuelWear's intelligent heated base layer

From U of T incubator team to company on track for massive growth
Brianna Goldberg

It began with the polar vortex of 2014. That’s when University of Toronto engineering alumni Jason Yakimovich and Alex Huang, fed up with low temperatures, developed the first intelligent heated base layer.

Investing in next-generation wireless: meet Wei Yu

Researcher is one of three U of T leaders awarded NSERC's prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
Marit Mitchell

Your smartphone may keep getting smarter, but its network is struggling to keep up.

Demand for fast, cheap and plentiful data continues to surge, but wireless communications infrastructure is reaching the limits of what it can provide to users – unless we can find more efficient ways to engineer our networks.

NSERC invests $5.3 million in U of T research

Better, cheaper mercury detection among 12 funded projects
Sarah McDonald and Jenny Hall

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded more than $5.3 million to 12 University of Toronto research projects. 

The objective of NSERC’s strategic project grants program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada's economy, society and/or environment within the next ten years. The program is aimed particularly at funding early-stage, high-risk projects that might otherwise have trouble attracting the funds needed to carry out their research.

Bringing coding creativity to the community: why programming isn't just for engineers anymore

Engineering and computer science to share expertise at learn-to-code event
Marit Mitchell

On February 22, as many as 500 rookie coders are expected to descend on MaRS when Canada’s largest learn-to-code event – The HTML500 – comes to Toronto for the first time.

The HTML500 is a one-day crash-course on programming basics, teaching those with little coding knowledge how to build their own website from scratch.

New technique could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs

U of T experts suggest crystalized materials may hold wide commercial potential
Marit Mitchell

U of T experts are shining new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs.

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals.

Using a new technique, researchers grew large, pure perovskite crystals and studied how electrons move through the material as light is converted to electricity.

U of T Engineering celebrates record number of female first-year students

Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T engineering programs – a record for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities.

It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year enrolment of more than 30 per cent. National figures are expected later this year from Engineers Canada.

2014 year in review: transforming the student experience at U of T

The University of Toronto is tops in Canada and among the highest-ranked universities of the world for research and teaching.

Fuelling that rankings performance are globally renowned researchers – who still make time to teach undergrad students – and faculty who lead the world in re-thinking the most effective ways to teach and learn. 

But don’t forget the students themselves.

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