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; it is also about how… Read more »

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 with experienced mentors and industry… Read more »

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 extend their knowledge of STEM… Read more »

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 new challenges they may be… Read more »

UTIAS Stands in Solidarity With the Scholar Strike for Black Lives Matter

September 8, 2020

Message from the Dean: In June, I wrote to students, staff and faculty that anti-Black racism and prejudice have no place here in U of T Engineering, in academia, or in society more broadly. The Faculty reaffirmed its commitment to Black inclusivity through a number of existing and new initiatives, including implementing more Black-specific K-12… Read more »


Five U of T Engineering projects receive funding boost for state-of-the-art research tools

August 19, 2020

U of T Engineering professor Steven Waslander (UTIAS) is developing the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, that are capable of high-speed maneuvers, automated landing and stable flight near obstacles. “This work could greatly expand the applications quadrotor drones are useful for,” explains Waslander. “The more advanced they become, the… Read more »

Can COVID-19 contact tracing and exposure notification apps protect both your health and your privacy?

August 13, 2020

Exposure notification apps, such as COVID Alert — to be launched by the Canadian federal government this month — could be key tools for countries as they work to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But as public health officials are evaluating COVID Alert’s efficacy in the fight to stop the spread of the virus, Professor… Read more »

Brilliant innovator and UTIAS alumnus Rocco Martino helped pave the way for spaceflight and smartphones

July 22, 2020

Dr. Rocco Martino was a brilliant, eclectic overachiever who transformed society but remained unknown beyond a small group of admiring cognoscenti. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names; many know of Jack Kilby, who invented the microchip, and Larry Ellison of Oracle. But Dr. Martino, a Canadian scientist who died June 29, arguably did… Read more »

Understanding the spread of COVID-19 through physics-based modeling

July 16, 2020

Professor Swetaprovo Chaudhuri (UTIAS) normally spends his time thinking about the motion of fluids through jet engines. Now, that expertise is being used to understand the spread of COVID-19. “In aircraft engines, fuel is injected into the combustor in a fine spray of droplets with sizes somewhat similar to what is ejected while coughing or… Read more »

A Look Back on the 2019-2020 Academic Year at U of T Engineering

June 26, 2020

June 18, 2020, would’ve been our #UofTEngineering Convocation ceremony, let’s take a look back at the 2019-2020 academic year — one filled with unprecedented challenges and tremendous accomplishments. Through it all, our community banded together 💙 💪