Next-generation Blue Sky Solar car is put to the (wind) test in Prof. Philippe Lavoie’s lab

July 31, 2018

The Blue Sky Solar Racing team is a year away from unveiling their newest vehicle — and they’re not leaving any aspect of its design to chance. In July 2018 the team conducted wind-tunnel tests of 3D-printed models of two retired vehicle designs, Horizon and Polaris, in the lab of U of T Engineering Professor Philippe Lavoie (UTIAS). “It was… Read more »

Spatial Genome Organization and Rocket Science?!

July 20, 2018

Understanding precisely how damaged DNA gets repaired is an important avenue in developing better treatments for various diseases such as cancer. Molecular biologists at work in this field sought fresh insight recently from a non-traditional source: University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies. The results – published in Nature Communications this week – shed light… Read more »

From U of T to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab: UTIAS alumna Janis Chodas receives an honorary degree

July 10, 2018

“Juno is a go for launch.” Janis Chodas (EngSci 7T8, MASc. UTIAS 8T0) will never forget those words – the verbal go-ahead she gave to launch the Juno spacecraft in 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At the time, the U of T Engineering alumna was the project manager for the Juno mission at NASA’s Jet… Read more »

Bombardier invests in Toronto aerospace hub, creates U of T research centre on aircraft noise

June 21, 2018

Bombardier Inc., the Canadian aerospace giant, is planning to spend millions to help establish an aerospace research hub near Downsview Airport with the University of Toronto and other local academic institutions as key partners. The Montreal-based maker of planes and trains said Thursday it will invest $1.5 million over five years to fund core research… Read more »

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

June 8, 2018

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

May 24, 2018

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

May 22, 2018

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 »

UTIAS Professor and Director Chris Damaren Speaks to UofTMagazine About Solar Sails

May 2, 2018

A New Generation of Spacecraft, Powered by Light Solar sails could propel ships to other planets – and even stars – with much less fuel… Humans have long dreamed of going to the stars – but exactly how we’d get there has always been an open question. Once you’ve achieved a high speed, you can… Read more »

aUToronto to compete at international self-driving car competition

April 23, 2018

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 »

University of Toronto Aerospace Team reaches new heights with latest fleet of vehicles

April 17, 2018

Posted April 17th, 2018 by Jamie Hunter The University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) celebrated a banner year by unveiling a fleet of new vehicles at its annual Aerospace Showcase — including a six-metre-tall rocket built to blast through the Canadian altitude record for amateur rocketry. The event was held on April 9 in lobby… Read more »