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Prof. David Zingg comments on weird-looking sustainable airplane designs

December 10, 2020

As an engineer for the U.S. military, Bill Otto Sr. worked on the Minuteman intercontinental missiles, developed new bodies for torpedoes and was chief scientist on the B-1 bomber avionics study. Then, after becoming a consultant, he shifted his attention to private airplane travel. He wanted a private jet, yet...

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Improved COVID-19 model leverages flow physics of airborne respiratory droplet ‘clouds’

December 8, 2020

After nearly a year of studying COVID-19, scientists are still grappling with fundamental questions — including understanding the dominant modes of transmission and predicting how “superspreading” events arise. A newly improved model produced by engineers and physicists could help. Last summer, Professor Swetaprovo Chaudhuri (UTIAS) and his colleagues developed what...

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Professor Tim Barfoot elected an IEEE Fellow

November 30, 2020

Professor Tim Barfoot (UTIAS) has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society, for contributions to mobile robot navigation. “I am very grateful to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for this honour,” said Barfoot. “As a kid building my first...

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Three cool virtual labs: How U of T Engineering instructors are getting creative with remote active learning

November 18, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) across U of T Engineering have had to get creative in finding new, engaging and equitable ways to conduct labs — a traditionally hands-on and collaborative in-person learning experience — without on-campus equipment, software or space. Farmer is using a combination...

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Fall Convocation 2020

November 13, 2020

The Fall Virtual Convocation is now just over a week away, and we’re getting excited to celebrate our graduates together! We’re pleased to share this video from President Meric Gertler inviting graduating students, their families and friends, to join us Saturday, November 21 at 12:00 p.m. We hope you’ll join...

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Three-peat victory: U of T Engineering team wins AutoDrive Challenge, Year Three

October 2, 2020

aUToronto has placed first in an intercollegiate challenge to transform an electric car into a self-driving one — their third consecutive win. “All of us take pride in the work that we have done at aUToronto,” says Jingxian “Joe” Qian (EngSci 1T8 + PEY, UTIAS MASc candidate), Team Lead for...

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A decision-maker’s guide to the robotized pandemic response

September 23, 2020

From disinfection and remote triage, to logistics and delivery, countries around the world are making use of robots to address the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the story of robots and COVID-19 is not just about which countries are using robots to help manage their pandemic response;...

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ID Green — Aerial imaging and analysis for precision agriculture

September 23, 2020

Student-founded startup Themis — which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline contract-drafting for lawyers — recently took home the top prize at the eighth-annual Hatchery Demo Day 2020, hosted by the Entrepreneurship Hatchery. The event is the culmination of the Hatchery Nest program, a four-month accelerator that connects student teams...

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Blueprint for change: New outreach program encourages Black students to choose STEM

September 18, 2020

A new U of T Engineering outreach program is empowering Black students from across Canada to explore their future in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Launched this summer, Blueprint engages Black students in Grades 9 to 11 who have a love of STEM. It offers them a chance to...

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Back to Skule™: Mental wellness strategies for students

September 13, 2020

This year, U of T Engineering students are preparing for a very different back-to-school season. Keeping mental health in mind will be more important than ever. U of T Engineering’s Mental Health Programs Officer Melissa Fernandes lays out some advice on how students can effectively deal with some of the...

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