Director’s Message

David W. Zingg, Professor and Director

David W. Zingg, Professor and Director

Welcome to the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) website.

For prospective undergraduate and graduate students, this website provides information about the many exciting opportunities for students at the UTIAS. UTIAS offers a comprehensive program in aerospace science and engineering to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students take the Aerospace Option in the Engineering Science Division of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.  It is important for high school students to understand that in order to study aerospace as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto one must apply to the Engineering Science program.  Even though aerospace does not appear as an entry level program, we do offer an undergraduate program in aerospace of the highest calibre!  At the graduate level, we offer research-intensive programs leading to M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees as well as a professionally-oriented program leading to the M.Eng. degree. Applications from talented students are always welcome.  Complete application instructions are available on this website. Prospective M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to peruse the website to learn more about our research.  Feel free to contact individual Professors for information about research projects.  Our M.Eng program can be completed full or part time.  For full-time students, the degree requirements can be fulfilled in one year.  UTIAS is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, for the high quality of its research and teaching.

For the broader community, including industry, government, academic collaborators, and alumni, this website provides evidence that UTIAS remains firmly committed to its objective that Ontario, Canada, and the global community will benefit scientifically, socially, and economically from advances in research and education in aerospace science and engineering at UTIAS. It is our mission to pursue nationally and internationally recognized excellence in the education of students for research and leadership positions, to discover and disseminate new knowledge through research and scholarship, and to apply this knowledge to the benefit of society. Both our undergraduate aerospace program, the Aerospace Option of Engineering Science, and our graduate programs (M.Eng., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D.) continue to attract and educate many of the best and brightest from Canada and abroad. I am confident that all of our programs offer first-rate education, research, and overall student experience. Our graduates are in high demand for a variety of senior positions and consistently perform well in the most demanding environments. Over the past six years, we have hired eight outstanding new professors, enabling us to pursue several exciting new research directions. In particular, we have formed centres of excellence in combustion, robotic systems, and environmentally sustainable aviation, including substantial partnerships with the Canadian aerospace industry. If you have questions that are not answered by the UTIAS website, please feel free to contact me by email or telephone.

I am pleased that so many alumni of all of our programs have joined our alumni registry, which has become a site of regular job postings and other news. Please try to attend our annual Alumni-Industry-Student Dinner Event. Recent speakers at the event have included Marc Garneau, Bob Liebeck, Julie Payette, and Fred Haise.  Please check our web site regularly for information about this annual event.

I encourage visits from high schools, and we regularly host tours for high school students. Please contact Nora Burnett at 416-667-7712 if you wish to set up a tour for your school.

UTIAS is widely recognized as a unique national centre of academic excellence in aerospace science and engineering with a long history of significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate education, basic research, and aerospace technology. We are committed to playing our part in contributing to the aerospace community in Canada and abroad through excellence in research, education, and innovation. If you think you can help us with our mission, I will be happy to hear from you.

David Zingg, Professor and Director

P.S. As I write this, the 2012 Shanghai Jao Tong University academic ranking of world universities is hot off the press. In Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, the University of Toronto ranks 19th, second only to Cambridge among non-US universities. No other Canadian university is ranked in the top 50.