Modelling mayday: New research from U of T Engineering helps pilots train for aerodynamic stall

On a winter night in February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed just outside of Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 passengers and crew aboard and one person on the ground. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the turbo-prop aircraft experienced many factors contributing to the crash, including an aerodynamic stall from which the… Read more »

U of T’s aUToronto team wins first competition of AutoDrive Challenge

The University of Toronto’s aUToronto team has come out on top at the first competition of the three-year AutoDrive Challenge. The competition, created by GM and SAE International, challenged eight universities from across North America to turn an electric Chevy Bolt completely self-driving by 2020. The student team, which includes undergraduate and graduate students from… Read more »

Robotics by land and air: A Q&A with Steven Waslander

Professor Steven Waslander has spent his career to date both designing robots, and building in the brains that allow them to operate autonomously. As a graduate student he worked on some of the first quadcopter aerial robots, and later developed an autonomous car sophisticated enough to drive on public roads. Now, he’s bringing his fleet… Read more »

aUToronto to compete at international self-driving car competition

The hardest part was getting started. U of T Engineering’s aUToronto team, a group of undergraduate and grad students selected to compete in the international Autodrive Challenge™, is heading to its first competition in Yuma, Ariz this April. There they will be judged on their work converting a Chevrolet Bolt EV— which they’ve dubbed Zeus — … Read more »

Prof. Omer Gulder Elected as Fellow of The Combustion Institute

Inaugural Class of Fellows of The Combustion Institute Elected Feb 22, 2018 The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural class of Fellows of The Combustion Institute. As dedicated members of the international combustion community, the 125 elected Fellows are recognized by their peers as distinguished for outstanding contributions to combustion, whether it be… Read more »

UTIAS student’s SpaceX internship involved working on Falcon Heavy’s engines

Askar Kazbekov, a UTIAS student who is working on a master’s degree with Professor Adam Steinberg spent nearly a year-and-half working for Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX during two separate internships – one of which was organized through the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s professional experience year program. His most recent stint at the space company… Read more »

Start@UTIAS startup Kepler takes flight with satellite launch in China

Kepler Communications, founded by Mina Mitry (EngSci 1T2, AeroE MASc 1T4) and Jeffrey Osborne (AeroE PhD candidate), said its first nanosatellite was successfully deployed by a rocket that launched on Jan. 19 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern China. Read the full story…