August 30, 2021  |  Volume 14, Issue 23  | Previous Issues


Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto

How Blueprint opens doors for Black undergraduate students

Stephen Laditi (Year 1 CivE) and Favour Nwanna (Year 1 TrackOne) are two graduates of the Blueprint program who will be starting undergraduate studies at U of T Engineering this fall.


Mental Health Bursary

The Skule™ Mental Health Bursary will help expand access to mental health and wellness supports for U of T Engineering undergraduate students who are in need of financial aid.

[U of T Engineering News]

Improved subway air quality

A new study by U of T Engineering and Health Canada researchers shows how train and braking technology can substantially affect what riders breathe.

[U of T Engineering News, CityNews, BlogTO]

'Rock music'

Professor Sebastian Goodfellow (CivMin) analyzes the sounds that rocks make while under stress to help track induced earthquakes. The U of T Engineering project is among nine supported by new funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

[U of T Engineering News]

Microplastics and green infrastructure

Q and A with Professor Elodie Passeport on how urban green infrastructure can remove microplastics and other emerging contaminants from stormwater.

[U of T Engineering News]

Microgravity experiment

A team of U of T students recently conducted a genetics experiment in microgravity while aboard the same plane used to train the Canadian Space Agency’s astronauts. 

[U of T Engineering News, CBC Ottawa]


Professor Xinyu Liu (MIE) and his team have built a cold-tolerant, stretchable, sticky sensor that could power a new generation of wearable electronics and more.

[U of T Engineering News]

Quantum ‘fingerprints’

Professors Li Qian and Hoi-Kwong Lo (ECE), have proposed a new quantum fingerprinting protocol to quickly and securely identify whether information from two sources is the same.

[U of T Engineering News]

Connaught New Researcher Awards

Four U of T Engineering professors will lead funded projects in fields ranging from optimizing rehab admissions to improving energy efficiency in buildings.

[U of T Engineering News]

Diabetes treatment

A new research project from Professor Michael Sefton (BME, ChemE) will explore whether dendritic skin cells can aid in the successful transplantation of insulin-producing islet cells in diabetes patients.

[U of T Engineering News]

Sasha Gollish

Professor Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, CivE PhD 1T9) has joined the Division of Engineering Science (EngSci) and the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) as an Assistant Professor in the teaching stream.

[U of T Engineering News]

U of T Engineering podcast

Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip is the official podcast of U of T Engineering. Episode 3 features Professors Angela Schoellig and Tim Barfoot (both UTIAS) discussing their work on autonomous robots.


Cecil Yip Awards

Four U of T Engineering graduate students have been honoured with 2021 Cecil Yip Doctoral Research Awards.

[U of T Engineering News]
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Faculty & Staff Appointments Return to Campus
  • We look forward to welcoming our community back to campus.
  • All members of our community who come onto our campuses in the fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and will be required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck. Individuals who are awaiting their final vaccine dose or who have received a University-approved exemption must participate in the University’s rapid screening program and may be subject to additional safety measures.
  • Face masks continue to be required in all indoor spaces — see updated U of T policy and guideline on face masks.
  • The latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources can be found on both the University of Toronto website and the U of T Engineering website.


Maya Churbaji

Manager, Operations, Engineering Career Centre (ECC) 

Fun fact: Maya is learning German and French.

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We're looking for faculty and staff members to be profiled in Meet Your Colleagues — please contact us!


September 6–10
U of T Engineering Orientation Week (F!rosh Week)

September 6
Labour Day — University Closed

September 7
First day of classes for most U of T Engineering graduate courses

September 9
First day of classes for U of T Engineering undergraduate courses

September 14
Achieve, Connect, Engage (ACE): Engineering a Successful Year



Survey Camp 2021
Survey Camp has always been a cherished tradition at U of T Engineering, but this year it’s taking on special significance: it is one of the first U of T classes to resume in person.

Check out these photos of the new facilities at Gull Lake, including a cameo from Dean Yip himself!

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