Engineering

Designing windmills for Nicaragua: University of Toronto undergrads provide irrigation during dry season

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Engineering students students support Winds of Change
Author: 
Tyler Irving

U of T engineers have partnered with residents of Pedro Arauz, Nicaragua to design and construct a water-pumping windmill, providing critical irrigation during the area’s long dry season.

Canada’s largest startup career expo at MaRS

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Opportunities in finance, healthcare, robotics, software, Internet of Things and more
Author: 
Olivia Tomic

The vibrant startup community in and around the University of Toronto is continuing to grow and now it needs what all successful companies need – great people.  

You’re Next Career Network’s (YNCN) Startup Career Expo is designed to give job-hunting students a glimpse into the world of startups.

Thin, cheap antenna could bring the Internet to unconnected 3 billion

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Professor George Eleftheriades designed a low-cost way of sharing the internet with the world
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

More than three billion people in the world still don’t have Internet access. What if providing it were as simple as sticking a thin panel on the back of a tablet?

Professor George Eleftheriades and his team in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering are working on that panel – they’ve designed a new metamaterial surface that can focus electromagnetic waves into a concentrated beam.

Kinetica: engineering safer buildings in Toronto, Canada and worldwide

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New condos in Toronto will use technology developed at U of T
Author: 
Tyler Irving

Kinetica is reaching new heights at home and abroad.

The company, which designs devices that safely dissipate the energy absorbed by high-rise buildings during high winds and earthquakes, just announced that its technology would be incorporated into the YC Condos at the corner of Yonge and College in Toronto.

A tumour you can unroll: engineers create new technology for understanding cancer growth

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“It’s simple enough that one could teach an undergrad to do it in a week,” professor says
Author: 
Tyler Irving

A team of U of T engineers is unrolling the mysteries of cancer – literally. They have developed a way to grow cancer cells in the form of a rolled-up sheet that mimics the 3D environment of a tumour, yet can also be taken apart in seconds.

The platform, described in a new Nature Materials paper, offers a way to speed up the development of new drugs and therapies and ask new questions about how cancer cells behave.

These U of T faculty are now fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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AAAS welcomes leading researchers Cheryl Arrowsmith and Greg Evans
Author: 
Carolyn Morris and Tyler Irving

Two U of T faculty members are among the latest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Greg Evans of chemical engineering was recognized for his important contributions to air pollution research and his leadership in engineering education.

Professor Cheryl Arrowsmith of medical biophysics was honoured for enabling the research community to benefit from open-access science, speeding up the discovery of new therapies.

The prestigious honour was announced on Nov. 23.

World Toilet Day: an update on U of T's response to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenge

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Field trials in a developing country expected by next August
Author: 
Tyler Irving

November 19 is World Toilet Day, but if you were able to celebrate it, you should consider yourself lucky. Worldwide, about 2.5 billion people – a third of the global population – have no access to safe sanitation.

This lack of hygiene is linked to the spread of many preventable diseases, such as diarrheal diseases that kill more than 500,000 children under the age of five every year.

Polanyi Prize goes to U of T researcher for his work on more efficient solar materials

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Engineering postdoc one of five recognized as outstanding Ontario researchers in early states of their careers
Author: 
Marit Mitchell

Riccardo Comin, a postdoctoral fellow in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has won the 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Physics for his research into a rapidly emerging new class of materials, called perovskites, for more efficient solar cells and lighting.

Convocation 2015: social media highlights from the fall ceremonies

Author: 
Sarah McDonald

Nothing brightens up a gloomy autumn day like stepping into a hall filled with graduates ready to change the world with their hard-earned knowledge.

Convocation definitely brings out the love between U of T grads and their proud families and friends – and last week’s ceremonies were no exception. 

Defibrillators: making sure they're accessible when and where heart attacks are most likely to happen

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Research finds life-saving devices are often located in buildings and facilities with limited opening hours
Author: 
Liz Do

Walking through an office building on St. George Street, Engineering's Christopher Sun quickly spots a portable automated external defibrillator (AED) conveniently tucked near the side of the entrance.

From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., its accessibility could be vital in saving a life. But after the building closes at 9 p.m., it is almost as if the AED isn’t there.

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