March 23, 2015  |  Volume 8, Issue 7
Engineering students having fun on a photoshoot

The Engineering Newsletter

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto

In this issue


A Message from Acting Dean
Brenda McCabe

As we celebrate National Engineering Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), it is a fitting time to recognize and remember the remarkable women who have transformed the engineering profession and improved our world. In this Engineering Newsletter, we profile some of the incredible female students, alumni and professors from our own community who are breaking barriers in their careers and beyond.
At U of T Engineering, we are making great strides in improving our gender diversity: this year’s undergraduate first-year class reached 30.6% women—the highest in the province and a record for us. Similarly, our number of female faculty members has more than doubled in the past eight years, from 21 in 2006 to 44 in 2014. Our inclusive culture and targeted recruitment efforts attract the finest students and scholars.
Although our progress is significant, we still have a long way to go. This is why I am excited to announce the launch of a new “Say Yes to Engineering” website, part of a Faculty-wide effort to better profile for all of our applicants the breadth and achievements in engineering, and to inspire more female high school students to accept their offers to U of T Engineering. I encourage everyone in the Faculty to consider what you can do to support this effort and help us achieve improved gender balance in our undergraduate and graduate programs. We look forward to celebrating the continued success of these efforts in the Fall.
– Brenda 

Spotlight: Women in Engineering

A look at our featured stories for this month
Student reaches for options

Faculty launches new website to showcase boundless opportunities for women in engineering

By Sydney Goodfellow
Four female professors

In focus: Female professors advancing four key areas of engineering research

By Laurie Stephens
Katlin Kreamer-Tonin

10 U of T engineering students to watch

By Michelle Hampson


Joelle Javier

Eight female engineering alumni on the rise

By Anna-Kaisa Walker

Top 3 Engineering News Stories

Some of the most-read stories on our news site
Molly Shoichet

U of T engineer takes L'Oréal-UNESCO honour for 'stem cell space suits'

By Peter McMahon

Featured in: Toronto StarCBC's The National
Globe and Mail, Bild der Frau (Germany – print only)
Chris Kennedy

Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

By RJ Taylor
Mark Fox

Smart cities should put the power in the hands of the people, says U of T engineer Mark Fox

By Jamie Hunter

For more Engineering stories, visit the news site.

 Awards & Honours


To view all upcoming events, visit the Engineering Faculty Calendar.

Announcements & Appointments

Research Grants & Opportunities

For a full list of grants and opportunities this month, visit our research grants and opportunities page.


Mark your calendar! The final Faculty Council meeting of the academic year will take place on April 17, 2015.

All meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in GB202.

 In the Media


The Bulletin is a place to share U of T Engineering community news and announcements not found on our news site or Faculty calendar. Please send all submissions to Engineering Communications.

Meet Your Colleagues

Angela Schoellig

Angela Schoellig,
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

Fun facts: Schoellig and her team at UTIAS have taught their robots to play music and perform slalom races, and they even designed a flying drum machine
Colin Anderson

Colin Anderson,  
Communications and Student Programs Coordinator, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering

Fun facts: Anderson manages the University of Toronto Sky Garden, which is a rooftop vegetable garden on the Galbraith Building.
Social Media Spotlight

Social Media Spotlight

Samantha Stuart (MSE 1T8) documented her day for the "Say Yes to Engineering" website. 

If you know a student who has a great Instagram account, let us know. And to have your photo featured in the social media spotlight, simply tag @UofTEngineering in your tweets or Instagram posts!

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