Engineering

Bionym raises $14 million for heartbeat-sensing wearable to replace passwords, key cards

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Alumni developed company through U of T accelerator, entrepreneurship supports
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
The Engineering alumni behind a wearable device called the “Nymi” – a bracelet-style product that eliminates the need for passwords, PIN codes and more by authenticating your heartbeat – scored $14 million in investment this week from key industry players including Ignition Partners, Relay Ventures, MasterCard and others.
 

Top 20 under 40 spot for Engineering's Micah Stickel

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Recognized for innovative teaching methods
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

He pioneered the use of what's known as an inverted classroom at U of T Engineering, was one of the first in his Faculty to teach entirely using a tablet PC, and he calls himself “a facilitator of experiences, not a deliverer of content.”

What nature can teach us about solar energy

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Solar energy experts to gather at U of T
Author: 
Sydney Goodfellow

Two thousand metres below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, tiny bacteria survive in near darkness by harvesting the dim light released from hydrothermal vents.

As humans increasingly look to the sun as a renewable energy source, what better model than these bacteria and other remarkably efficient organisms found in nature?

From October 8 to 9, a group of world experts in solar cell research are gathering at the University of Toronto to explore the question: what can plants teach humans about solar energy?

Ontario’s Campus-Linked Accelerator Program gives $3 million boost to U of T entrepreneurs

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

The University of Toronto will receive more than $3 million in funding to increase training and support for student entrepreneurship as part of Ontario’s new Campus-Linked Accelerator Program (CLA).

“Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while creating rewarding careers,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s minister of research and innovation and minister of training, colleges and universities.

Dyson Award for engineering students who developed way to print skin

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3D skin printer uses patient's own cells to create new skin for grafts, eliminates painful harvesting
Author: 
RJ Taylor

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

On September 18, Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng were named the Canadian winners of the 2014 James Dyson Award for their invention, the PrintAlive Bioprinter.

Grand Challenges Canada: U of T researchers develop technologies for detecting defective drugs, printing skin

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"There are some classes of drugs, such as malaria drugs, where up to 50 per cent of what you find in the market is counterfeit”
Author: 
Erin Vollick

According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, Canadians should be worried about defective or sub-standard pharmaceutical drugs found in our pharmacies. 

But researchers at the University of Toronto's Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) say other areas of the world face an epidemic of defective drugs – and they say that needs to change.

This is what a room of student startups competing for $42,000 in funding feels like

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The Entrepreneurship Hatchery’s demo night hosted 13 teams competing for investment
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Aiming for more than $42,000 in prizes, the young University of Toronto entrepreneurs pitching to investors packed their presentations with 3D animations, live classical guitar serenades, product giveaways hidden under audience chairs – and one very efficient mop bucket.

Fostering a public passion for STEM

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Molly Shoichet to lead U of T’s science and engineering engagement activities
Author: 
Althea Blackburn-Evans with files from Liz Do

Molly Shoichet, the world-renowned expert in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, is the University of Toronto President Meric Gertler’s new senior advisor on science and engineering engagement. 

Shoichet, who says she has been fascinated by science since she was six years old, hopes to motivate the next generation to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. 

Fall fashion tips from a personalized stylist in your pocket: Blynk, built by a U of T entrepreneur

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Users swipe their way to new purchases as Blynk app gains industry steam
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
According to Shums Kassam, a U of T engineering degree equips its students with many valuable things, but a solid fashion sense isn’t one of them.
 
“I wasn’t really into fashion, but after getting styled by a fashionable friend, my confidence increased and I found value in dressing and presenting myself better,” says the fourth-year engineering science student. “This was not something I learned from my engineering education.”
 

DIY robots, 3D printed chocolate and more: calling U of T entrepreneurs, students to join Toronto Maker Faire

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In search of exhibitors and audiences for “The Greatest Show And Tell on Earth”
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

For anyone who makes anything – from R2D2s to DIY skateboards to 3D-printed chocolate sculptures and beyond –  taking part in the Maker Faire means entering into a worldwide family-friendly carnival of wondrous, inventive physical stuff.

Launched as a showcase of cool inventions from California’s Bay area in 2006, satellite Maker Faires have since popped up around the globe in locations like Nairobi, Oslo and Rome, with a second annual instalment hosting thousands of ‘makers’ in Toronto on November 22 and 23.

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