Engineering innovation is critical in every aspect of health care, from illness prevention, diagnosis and treatment to the design and optimization of care facilities and systems. Our Faculty has a long history of excellence in these areas. Looking back to the early 1950s, one of our alumni led the development of the first mass-produced electric wheelchair. Today, U of T engineers continue to create solutions to complex challenges related to our health, such as nanoparticles that target and destroy cancer cells and lab-grown tissues that could repair damaged organs and accelerate drug development.
We collaborate with clinicians and medical industry partners in Toronto’s world-class hospital network and beyond to deliver new technologies in health care. Our faculty members lead initiatives such as Medicine by Design, which undertakes cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy, and the Translational Biology & Engineering Program (TBEP), which leverages technologies in tissue engineering, stem cell culture and cell signalling to develop therapies that can regenerate damaged hearts.
Our forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) will further catalyze innovation across disciplinary boundaries by providing a dynamic, flexible space where students, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs can meet, build prototypes and share ideas that will spark new ventures.
Our rich academic environment also provides transformational experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the health care context. One recent example is the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering, launched this past fall, in which students learn to design and commercialize biomedical devices.
Over the past century, engineering innovations and discoveries have contributed to significant developments in health care, greatly increasing life expectancies around the globe. However, pressing global health issues remain to be addressed. Together with our clinical and industry partners, we will continue our relentless pursuit of solutions that improve lives.
U of T Engineering students returned to Skule™ for the beginning of winter semester classes and the annual Godiva Week festivities.
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