A Message from Dean Cristina Amon
From mobile computing to social media, students increasingly come to U of T Engineering with ample knowledge of the digital realm – yet not enough exposure to the hands-on ‘tinkering’ that can come from transforming an idea into a design and a working prototype. In this issue of the Engineering Newsletter, we explore the importance of nurturing the engineer as the creator and maker, which includes our development of collaborative, hands-on learning opportunities for our students.
In our Faculty, the longstanding first-year and capstone design courses are examples of how we encourage the maker in our engineering students. This past year, we have built on the insights gained from these courses to offer additional opportunities for students to develop relevant competencies. We created our first Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects in which teams of students from different disciplines tackle open-ended design challenges proposed by industry partners, as well as the Centre for Global Engineering’s Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges course. We also offered a cross-cultural capstone course, where students from MIE and Peking University in China bring global perspectives to their design projects.
Our faculty members have also been experimenting with new technologies to enhance the student learning experience. We piloted the inverted classroom approach, developed two online calculus with engineering applications courses, and created our first massive open online course (MOOC), Our Energetic Earth. A second MOOC on sustainable energy will launch in fall 2014.
As the nature of post-secondary education continues to evolve, we have also moved forward with our goal of enriching the student experience through enhanced collaborative learning environments. This goal is reflected in the forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), which will feature many highly adaptable spaces for interactive learning and doing.
Through innovative courses, projects and new learning environments, engineering students from U of T will be equipped with the knowledge, competencies and experiential perspective that enable them to address new challenges, to be makers and to be innovative engineers for decades to come.
April 30, 2014
A Q&A with the faculty's head of advancement
U of T Engineering students prepare for Eco-marathon competition in Houston, TX
U of T Engineering's Entrepreneurship Hatchery helps bring their idea to market
ECE students design apps to help health-care professionals, smartphone addicts, troubled adolescents and more
Nine women from U of T Engineering selected as role models in online feature
A recent study in Nature Medicine shares new insights on some cancers
Two new Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRPs) address wide-ranging health concerns
Engineering students recognized for outstanding athletic performance
"Asia's richest philanthropist," major Silicon Valley firm invest in engineering alumni's Nanoleaf light bulb
Quirky-looking and eco-friendly bulbs win new support
Erin Vollick speaks with a leading neurological researcher, Professor Berj L. Bardakjian (ECE, IBBME) about epilepsy
Nine faculty and staff celebrated
Seventeen students applauded for outstanding leadership
Professor Andreas Mandelis (MIE) recognized for contributions to fields ranging from healthcare engineering to manufacturing
MIE professors recognized for teaching and administrative leadership
Panel Discussion: Best Practices in Research—Succeeding in the Ontario Early Researcher Award (ERA) Competition
Date: May 6, 2014
Grants and Opportunities
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Applications will be accepted at any time
CQDM/CIHR Collaborative Funding Program in Personalized Medicine to Accelerate Drug Discovery—Call for Proposals
Internal Deadline: June 20, 2014
Researchers are invited to develop transportation infrastructure with the Ministry of Transportation
Internal Deadline: June 11, 2014
Neuroscience Funding: 2014 Targeted Diseases—Frontotemporal Dementia and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Deadline: June 6, 2014
Internal Deadline: June 6, 2014
Internal deadline: June 2, 2014
Internal deadline: May 27, 2014
Faculty Council Recap
Mark your calendar! Faculty Council meeting dates for the 2014–2015 academic year are as follows:
All Council meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202).
Toronto Life explores the politics of traffic lights, with a gridlock solution proposed by U of T Professor Baher Abdulhaiand (CivE) and his research team
Brendan Bowles wins Star short story contest (Toronto Star)
The Toronto Star showcases sessional Engineering Communication Lecturer Brendan Bowles' prize-winning short story, “Living Fossils”
Toronto Killam Prize winners trap the light elastic (Toronto Star)
Engineer Andreas Mandelis (MIE) and physicist Sajeev John shed light on light on some of the potential applications of their award-winning research
Students tackle T.O. design issues (National Post: print only)
An afternoon at Hart House taking in this year's Praxis II Design Showcase with the National Post
Could live-streaming black box data help prevent another Flight MH370 disaster? (CBC & Global News)
Professor Doug Perovic (MSE) shares his forensics engineering expertise
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