Engineering

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: city builders

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

And this week, as the University of Toronto celebrates the achievements of its newest alumni, many of those graduates are already hard at work creating better buildings, safer streets and healthier communities.

Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke with four U of T city builders about how their work is strengthening cities and communities across North America.

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad

Sub-title: 
Award-winning teacher, entrepreneur and controversial academic receives PhD
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

For Aaron Persad, ‘reach for the stars’ is far more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card. 

“It may sound a bit wild, but I’m training as a commercial astronaut,” said Persad, who’s graduating this November with a PhD in mechanical and industrial engineering. (Read more about Persad)

Alumni John Tory, Bonnie Crombie, Linda Jeffrey take on mayoralties as U of T experts named to Tory transition team

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With half a million of them around the world, a few alumni were bound to lead political change in the heated GTA elections this week – and some claimed the top spots.

John Tory, a graduate of U of T’s Trinity College, and Bonnie Crombie, a graduate of St. Michael’s College, were voted mayors-elect for Toronto and Mississauga respectively, while City of Brampton voters elected University of Toronto Mississauga alumna Linda Jeffrey.

Icewire Makerspace: helping teens and adults create their own electronic inventions

Author: 
Liz Do

Electrical and computer engineering professor David Johns is taking a one-year leave of absence from teaching, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a break from inspiring young people to become future engineers or scientists.

Johns will be focusing on Icewire Makerspace, a midtown Toronto facility that provides workshops and six-week courses for youth ages 12 and up interested in electronics, robotics, 3D printing and microcontrollers.

12 ideas turning scientists into startup founders

Sub-title: 
‘Techno’ program helps entrepreneurs from a research background build a business
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg and Scott McAuley

All entrepreneurs face the same challenge of bringing their ideas to market, and the founders coming out of Techno’s entrepreneur development program are no different.

However, this particular group of entrepreneurs – immersed in ground-breaking, academic science and engineering-based research – must also learn to shift their thinking from researcher to businessperson as they enter the world of startup ventures.

World's first consumer-ready OLED lamp

Sub-title: 
New product from alumni startup OTI Lumionics gives investors a glimpse of technology's potential
Author: 
Luke Ng & RJ Taylor

If you visit the lighting section of your nearest hardware store, chances are you’ll be bombarded by the latest mega-efficient LED bulbs – but to alumnus Michael Helander, that technology is old news.

Helander and a team of former U of T Engineering students recently released the world’s first organic LED (or OLED) lamp, aerelight™. The product harnesses the power of next-generation OLEDs to emit a warm light from a thin sheet of non-toxic, carbon-based materials.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

Sub-title: 
Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

Making medical devices safer: Manning Award for Paul Santerre

Sub-title: 
Professor wins top prize for surface modifying macromolecules
Author: 
Erin Vollick

A groundbreaking medical innovation developed and brought to market by Professor Paul Santerre has won top prize from the 2014 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards.

Tackling dirty water, childhood hunger

Sub-title: 
Engineers backed by Grand Challenges grants
Author: 
Christina Heidorn

Canadians often take safe drinking water and a stable food supply for granted. But in many parts of the world, people are much less fortunate.

Two recently-announced Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) grants will allow U of T Engineering researchers to bring their expertise to bear on some of the most urgent global health issues using scientific, technical, social and business innovation.

U of T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic

Sub-title: 
Mini-series launches with U of T experts on smarter traffic lights, hybrid vehicles and politics of the road
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls.

Their decisions on October 27 will shape the city's development over the coming years. 

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