Dean's Message

This year has been an inflection point for our Faculty.

In June, we held graduation ceremonies in Convocation Hall for the first time in two years. It was moving and hugely energizing to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in person. While COVID-19 will be with us for a while yet, we are already seeing glimpses of what a post-pandemic world can look like.

Engineering innovation will be more critical than ever as we take the lessons learned over the past few years and design systems that enable us to live healthier, more sustainable and more equitable lives.

Our faculty, staff and students are leveraging data analytics to improve the delivery of health care, building smarter cities, and developing new technologies to lower emissions while meeting our escalating energy needs.

Another inflection point: 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of U of T Engineering. A lot has changed in the past century and a half, but some things remain the same.

Our graduates have always been known for their unparalleled technical expertise — today we augment that foundation with skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship and global fluency.

The U of T Engineering community has been tested, and has demonstrated its resilience as we continued to work together to deliver exceptional education and world-leading research in the face of unprecedented challenges. Building on our longstanding tradition of excellence, today we are poised to shape the next 150 years — for our Faculty, across Canada and around the world. The Defy Gravity campaign embodies that grand vision, and underlines the rich opportunities for collaboration, both within engineering and beyond, that make this place so special.

With our rich history, we have earned our place as the top-ranked engineering school in Canada, and one of the best in the world. Join us as we touch on these highlights from the past year, and turn our sights to the future.

— Dean Chris Yip

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"The solutions we developed during the pandemic didn’t just go on a shelf. We are already leveraging them in our high-impact engineering research and rich educational experiences, here in Toronto and around the world.” 

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Engineering for the World

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Lucia Stafford

Tokyo, Japan

Varsity track and field athlete Lucia Stafford (Year 4 CivE) competed against her older sister Gabriela DeBues-Stafford in the 1,500-metre race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held July 2021.

Olugbenga Olubanjo

Ayegun, Nigeria

In September, clean-tech startup Reeddi Inc., headed by alumnus Olugbenga Olubanjo (CivE MASc 1T9) was named one of 15 finalists of the inaugural Earthshot Prize during an awards ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace. Reeddi produces solar-powered, portable energy capsules that provide dependable electricity to customers in Ayegun, Nigeria.

Maryam Mousavi

Turku, Finland

In the summer of 2022, Maryam Mousavi (ChemE PhD candidate) headed to Turku, Finland. There, she collaborated with researchers at Abo Akademi on a project investigating the fate of phosphorus in the gasification of bark. The project was facilitated by the U of T Pulp & Paper Centre consortium and funded by a Gadolin Scholarship and a Mitacs Globalink Award.

Kyra Nankivell

Singapore, Singapore

This year, Kyra Nankivell (Year 3 IndE) became the first U of T Engineering student to participate in the National University of Singapore (NUS) Overseas Colleges program. This enabled her to spend six months working as a Web Development Intern at Hiverlab, an emerging tech and immersive media company based in Singapore, while also taking a business course from NUS.

Erin Richardson and 4 members of her team holding a Canadian flag in Dubai with the skyline in the background

Dubai, UAE

Erin Richardson (Year 4 EngSci, at right) and her team designed and built a unique experiment to examine the impact of spaceflight on astronauts’ genes. Their experimental apparatus was tested aboard the National Research Council Canada’s (NRC) Falcon-20 jet and the team travelled to Dubai to present their work at the 2021 International Aeronautical Congress.”

Small drops of water from a faucet

Delhi, India

Household water pumps help customers extract as much water as they can in locations where the water is intermittent, but utilities say they create negative pressure that draws contaminants into the system. A new study from Professor David Meyer (CivMin, ISTEP) used a technological intervention to show that pumps are not the main factor driving water quality issues.

Diana Virgovicova

Pezinok, Slovakia

In November, Dean Yip interviewed Lester B Pearson International Scholar Diana Virgovicova (Year 3 ECE) on his podcast Tell Me More: Coffee With Chris Yip. A native of Pezinok, Slovakia, Virgovicova discussed her travels across Canada and around the world, as well as her recent internship with Astra Navigation, based in Houston, Texas. She was also selected for NEXT36, a national entrepreneurship program.

Anastasia Korolj

Cambridge, USA

Recent graduate Anastasia Korolj (ChemE 1T5, PhD 2T1) used her 2021 Schmidt Science Fellowship to join Professor Ralph Weissleder’s lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. There, she plans to grow high-fidelity patient-derived tissues outside the body, using them to model and understand disease progression.

Health clinic building in Tanzania

Kharumwa, Tanzania

Karlye Wong (CivMin PhD candidate) worked with local health authorities in Tanzania’s Geita region to evaluate the performance of a pilot project that equips a health clinic with solar-powered UV systems to disinfect rainwater.

Carmelle Chatterjee wearing PPE working in a lab

Lachelle, France

From September 2021 to September 2022, Carmelle Chatterjee (Year 3 ChemE) worked at VALSEM Industries SAS, an anti-corrosion industrial film and packaging company based in Lachelle, France. During her time there, she was in charge of devising the environmental roadmap for the company, as well as developing more sustainable products. Chatterjee is one of more than 750 students who participated in PEY Co-op this year, both in Canada and abroad.

Salim Hourieh

Damascus, Syria

Growing up in Syria, Salim Hourieh (CivE 2T2) dreamed of combining his interests in engineering, economic progress and sustainability. After coming to Canada as a refugee, he found a home at U of T Engineering, and worked to sponsor two more students from refugee camps through World University Services of Canada.

UTWind team

Groeningen, Netherlands

In their first-ever competition, student team UTWind took the top prize at the International Small Wind Turbine Contest (ISWTC), which is hosted annually by Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands.

Educating Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders

“U of T has so many great design teams — from the Concrete Toboggan Team to Blue Sky Solar Racing — where you are able to learn practical skills beyond what you get in the classroom. That was absolutely critical to being successful in this competition.”

Ajeya Madhava Rao Vijayakumar (Year 3 MechE) 

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of the graduating class completed at least one interdisciplinary engineering undergraduate minor or certificate

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Total graduate student cohort, an increase of 55.8% over the past decade

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Professional Experience Year Co-op placements that took place in 2021-2022, representing more than 70% of eligible students

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Advancing Engineering Research

If you have a very narrowly defined problem, you can collect a small group of experts, execute a solution and get it done. But when you have a problem like how to respond to climate change, you’ve got an everybody problem.

Professor David Sinton (MIE) 

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Total research funding (infrastructure + operating), an increase of 44% over the previous five years.

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Increase in industry-sponsored research funding over five years, reaching $19.9M

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U of T Engineering spinoff companies founded over the past two decades

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Celebrating our Inclusive Community

“I don’t think that Black people aren’t in STEM because they don’t want to be. I think that there’s just a barrier that we are breaking down with programs like Blueprint.”

Ngozi Isiuwe (Year 2 ECE) 

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Proportion of women across all programs, including 38.8% of undergraduates and 30.8% of graduate students

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Number of clubs and teams for U of T Engineering undergraduate and graduate students

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Proportion of students (undergraduate and graduate) who come from outside of Canada

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Awards & Honours

In 2021, U of T Engineering professors represented 5.4% of the total Canadian engineering professoriate, but earned 15.9% of the national and international awards for which these faculty members are eligible. 

Strengthening Our Faculty

“[This award] inspires me to continue to give back to my community and support my fellow peers, and will bring me one step closer towards achieving my career and educational goals.”

Stephanie Obeta (Year 4 ChemE) 

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U of T Engineering's rank among North American public universities across all major ranking systems

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Total Faculty funding of scholarships, grants and bursaries, determined by both merit and need.

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alumni engaged through events, volunteer and student-mentorship opportunities in 2021-2022

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Philanthropic Support

U of T Engineering raised nearly $35.5M in philanthropic support from a variety of sources in 2021–2022. Below this figure is broken down by source and designation.

Advancement results, May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 

Gift designations, May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 

Total: $35,477,550

Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip

In each episode, Dean Chris Yip sits down for coffee with a member of our dynamic global community to talk about what they’re working on.

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