Engineering

How to be an undergrad entrepreneur at U of T: advice from alumna and Onyx Motion CEO, Marissa Wu

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One of the most buzzed-about startups in Toronto started with a friendship at U of T
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Marissa Wu continues to grow her smart-watch sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion, as she shuttles between New York basketball courts, Rocky Mountain startup retreats, and her office in the heart of Toronto’s thriving wearable tech scene.

New “Tissue Velcro” could help repair damaged hearts

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U of T engineers made assembling heart tissue faster and easier
Author: 
Tyler Irving

Engineers at the University of Toronto just made assembling functional heart tissue as easy as fastening your shoes.

The team has created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like Velcro™.

“One of the main advantages is the ease of use,” says Professor Milica Radisic, who led the project. “We can build larger tissue structures immediately before they are needed, and disassemble them just as easily. I don’t know of any other technique that gives this ability.”

U of T joins initiative to increase diversity in engineering

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Commitment made at first White House Demo Day

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has joined more than 90 North American engineering schools in a pledge to boost diversity in the student body, faculty and profession.

The commitment is expressed in a letter released by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on the occasion of the first White House Demo Day, a gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs at which U.S. President Barack Obama made annoucements and met several exhibitors personally.

Undergrads bring award-winning innovation to Accessibility Innovations Showcase at MaRS

Author: 
Krisha Ravikantharaja

When these students attended their first live sledge hockey game, they were more interested in watching the players off the ice than on it.

Liam D’Souza, Angela Chen, Mazhar Jabakhanji, and Adithya Prashant were only in their first year of engineering science at the University of Toronto when they came up with their idea for The Swivet. 

Flight MH370: forensic engineering expert on the significance of debris

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As investigators continue to find items of interest along the Réunion coastline, Professor Doug Perovic explains what experts are looking for and what happens next
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Plane debris found on the French island of Réunion in the western Indian Ocean has renewed hopes experts can determine the fate of flight MH370 which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 500 days ago. 

The recovered object, confirmed to be a moveable piece of a Boeing 777 wing (a flaperon), has arrived at a lab in Toulouse, France, where experts will examine it on August 5. 

U of T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant

Author: 
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world’s leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.

Understanding Medicine by Design

The Medicine by Design initiative announced July 28 will establish a leading centre in regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto.

Researchers at the centre will focus on discovering new therapies based on the design and manufacture of molecules, cells, tissues and organs that can be used safely and effectively to treat degenerative diseases. 

Behind the scenes of Medicine by Design with Molly Shoichet and Peter Zandstra

Author: 
Tyler Irving

More than 50 researchers and clinicians at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals are participating in Medicine by Design, the new centre for regenerative medicine announced on July 28.
 

This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning

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Meet Deep Genomics, a privately-held company that seeks to harness the power of deep learning to transform medicine
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Marit Mitchell

It’s the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology.

Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated.

Table tennis, trampoline, track and more – U of T athletes at Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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Blake Eligh & Tyler Irving

University of Toronto student Michelle Li is U of T's first double medallist at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – with a gold medal in singles badminton and a bronze in the doubles competition.

To take the gold, Li had to beat her doubles partner, Rachel Honderich.

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