Engineering

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. 

Sustainable development agreement for CAF and U of T Engineering

Sub-title: 
President and CEO of Latin America's largest development bank addresses Faculty, business leaders
Author: 
RJ Taylor

If emerging economies are to prosper and compete in the 21st century, Enrique García, president and CEO of Latin America’s largest development bank, says there are two areas in need of critical attention:

“Education and infrastructure…that is why we are here at the University of Toronto.”

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

Sub-title: 
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

Sub-title: 
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

Sub-title: 
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?

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