Engineering

Why did U of T name its entrepreneurship hub after Banting and Best?

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

They saved lives here at home and around the world and they launched the first cohort of entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto – in 1923.

“Banting wasn’t an entrepreneur. Best wasn’t an entrepreneur. But the emergence of insulin really was an example of entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto,” says Michael Bliss, historian and author of The Discovery of Insulin.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: this PhD student is ranked sixth in the world for the 1000m

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Engineering student Sasha Gollish hopes to compete at the Pan Am Games
Author: 
Valerie Iancovich

Sasha Gollish is not a superstitious person. But the Pan Am hopeful wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to run the 1000m on Friday the 13 at the Spire Invitational meet in February.

“I said to my coaches, Ross Ristuccia and Carl Georgevski, ‘I don’t feel well. I feel so heavy and slow.’”

Alumni startup Nanoleaf creating green jobs in Toronto, China

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Earth Day sees company add designer bulb to its suite of energy-efficient LEDs
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It started with a viral campaign for the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb in 2013. Now, international media are also calling Nanoleaf a “green job” leader.

Preventing deformed limbs: researchers discover link to physical forces

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Layers of cells speak to each other both mechanically and biochemically
Author: 
Peter McMahon

University of Toronto engineers and a U of T pediatric surgeon have discovered how physical forces such as pressure and tension affect the development of limbs in embryos – research that could someday be used to help prevent birth defects.

Traffic emissions may pollute 1 in 3 Canadian homes

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Engineering studies find harmful vehicle emissions spread farther than thought, with variable pollution levels across cities
Author: 
Peter McMahon

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought – contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

Past research on air pollution from vehicle tailpipes has shown poor air quality anywhere between 100 to 250 metres of major roadways.

Animation, interactive quizzes, exercises, videos and more: online learning at U of T

Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

An initiative of the Ontario government is helping U of T instructors use technology to deliver their course content in ever more innovative ways.

Thanks to the Ontario Shared Online Course Fund, seven undergraduate courses were offered in the fall of 2014. For the fall of 2015, another 10 projects are being developed: two new, fully online courses and eight new sets of course modules. 

U of T program provides national leadership on science and engineering engagement

Author: 
Laurie Stephens

This month, 20 top researchers from across Canada get the opportunity to polish their communication and leadership skills at the University of Toronto’s 2015 Science Leadership Program (SLP).

It's an intensive two-day experience that equips participants with the tools to promote the importance of their research to the public, the media and government decision-makers.

Transforming the undergrad experience: meet Susan McCahan

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“We have moved very dramatically into a new era," says vice-provost, innovations in undergraduate education
Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

As an award-winning professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, Susan McCahan can certainly tell you how machines work. But there’s one she will probably never get tired of studying: the human brain.

McCahan has never been interested in merely teaching engineering, but in finding new ways to deliver its ideas to students. In McCahan's first-year course, Engineering Strategies and Practice, students don’t just sit in seats taking notes: they go out in the field, working on design projects with real clients.

U of T Engineering supermileage team wins Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit

Author: 
Marit Mitchell

Eighty-nine engines revved in Motor City this weekend, but they weren’t racing for gold – they were racing for green.

The University of Toronto Supermileage team won this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Detroit, Michigan, with an efficiency of 3,421 miles per gallon – the equivalent of 6.82 millilitres of gasoline per 10 kilometres.

Canada Research Chairs: government backs leading scholars in mental health, human rights and more

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Minister of State for Science and Technology visits UTM to award 11 new, eight renewed chairs
Author: 
Jenny Hall, Jane Stirling and Nicole Bodnar

University of Toronto researchers made a grand showing April 9 in the federal government’s announcement of $139 million for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, $17.6 million of which will go to 11 new and eight renewed chairs at U of T.

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