A decade of excellence in innovative education
& pioneering research at Canada's #1 engineering school

The following timeline celebrates select highlights of our Faculty's achievements under the transformative leadership of Dean Cristina Amon (2006 to 2019), the longest serving dean in our last half century, and continuing with Dean Christopher Yip (appointed in 2019).

Educating Future Engineers & Student Experience

Research Foci

Outreach, Collaboration & Influence 

Resource Allocation 



Established the Centre for Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Engineering—bringing together more than 30 professors with expertise in optimization, analytics and AI, as well as diverse domains such as energy, transportation and life sciences.

Relaunched the Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics as the University of Toronto Robotics Institute—signalling the Institute's position as U of T's central headquarters for world-leading robotics researchers.


Launched a new era of engineering education and research with the opening of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Myhal Centre) 

Established the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP), which brings together the Troost ILead, Engineering Communication Program, Engineering Business Minor and Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education  


Autodrive team

Established a new Engineering Science major in Machine Intelligence, the first of its kind in Canada

Created the Opportunities for PhDs: Transitions, Industry Options, Networking, and Skills (OPTIONS) program for doctoral students pursuing careers in industry 


Myhal Centre smudging

Established the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Eagles’ Longhouse, a group of faculty and staff dedicated to improving the Faculty’s engagement with Indigenous communities (from left: Professor Jason Bazylak, Dean Cristina Amon and Elder Kim Running Bear McDougall

Mikhail Burke

Created the first Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives and Student Inclusion & Transition Mentor position, pictured is Mikhail Burke (MSE 1T2, IBBME PhD 1T8), the first appointee to the role


Reached 40% women among first-year undergraduates  

BioMed students

Launched a new MEng program in biomedical engineering  

Formed Engineering Indigenous Initiatives Steering Committee  


Expanded CONNECT alumni network social media platform across all departments

Achieved Boundless fundraising goal of $200M and expanded target to $230M  

Began upgrades on 89 lab spaces through the Lab Innovation for Toronto (LIFT) fund 


Launched Start@UTIAS entrepreneurship incubator program 

Hosted top domestic prospective graduate students at the first Faculty-wide Graduate Research Days event  

Established Medicine by Design, supported by the largest single research grant in U of T history  

Launched the Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research in partnership with the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry 

Established the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI 

Go North

Partnered with Google Canada and Actua to host Innovate U, Canada’s largest STEM event for kids

CEIE ground breaking

Broke ground on construction of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE)

Ontario government announced $15M investment in the CEIE


Established Collaborative Program in Engineering Education in partnership with OISE 

Piloted new broadbased undergraduate admissions process 

advanced manufacturing

Launched the Toronto Institute of Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM)

Established the Ontario Centre for the Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM

Launched U of T Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) 

Hosted inaugural Young Women in Engineering Symposium (YWIES

teal room

Opened first Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Classroom



First cohort of students completed multidisciplinary capstone projects with industry clients

Formed strategic partnerships with five Canadian universities to promote engineering graduate studies across the country  

Institute for Sustainable Energy

Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) expanded to a cross-Faculty research unit 

Completed construction of new floor in the Wallberg Building to house BioZone 


Established the U of T Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) 

Created the Centre for Research in Sustainable Aviation (CRSA) 

Held first Faculty-wide industry partners reception

Set $200M fundraising goal as part of U of T’s Boundless campaign 

Launched the Engineering Instructional Innovation Program (EIIP) 


Opened new space flight laboratory for microsatellite research at UTIAS



Launched BioZone, a centre of applied bioscience and bioengineering 

Launched the Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure (CRCI) 

CEIE construction

U of T allocated Site 10 location for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), renamed the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Myhal Centre) in 2018

Implemented new budget allocation model

Developed and hosted the first educational technology (EdTech) conference for U of T community

Hosted inaugural Girls’ Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE) event for top female applicants


Launched a minor in Engineering Business

Established the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead), renamed Troost ILead in 2018


Launched the Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics (IRM)

mining building

Earned the Canadian Green Building Award for the Goldcorp Mining Innovation Suite in the Lassonde Mining Building

Created the Dean’s Strategic Fund to provide seed funding for strategic Faculty initiatives


Created the Cross-Disciplinary Programs Office to administer undergraduate engineering minors

Launched First Year Office to support incoming undergraduate students


Established the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN)

Created the Identity, Privacy & Security Institute (IPSI) 


Established the Engineering Outreach Office to coordinate pre-university STEM programs with a focus on engaging under-represented communities

Created in-house communications team: Engineering Strategic Communications


sustainability minor

Launched undergraduate minors in Sustainable Energy and in Environmental Engineering

Established the Task Force on Globalization and Engineering 

centre for health care engineering

Launched Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (renamed Centre for Healthcare Engineering in 2015)

Prioritized physical space improvement as a result of year-long Comprehensive Divisional Space Review 


Created first MEng emphasis: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation & Technology in Engineering (ELITE)

Welcomed first cohort of TrackOne students

Hosted first Dean’s Student Town Hall, a forum for Faculty leadership and the Engineering Society to foster student engagement

Skule Sisters

Launched Skule Sisters women’s mentorship program, pairing current U of T Engineering students with high school students

Established Office of the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies

Phased out Professional Development Centre and partnered with the School of Continuing Studies