The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will house multidisciplinary hubs that bring together some of the most innovative minds to address pressing global challenges. The Faculty’s ability to attract the brightest students, many of whom go on to establish themselves in countries around the world, is due in part to these renowned institutes and centres. These centres have already made a tremendous impact around the globe, improving lives through creative engineering solutions. Here are a few select examples of recent achievements.
Rapid prototyping and light fabrication facilities in the Myhal Centre will allow students to bring their ideas into the world.
The Myhal Centre will continue to enhance the student experience and prepare tomorrow’s engineers by setting a new standard for engineering education in Canada.
Next generation classrooms
The 500-seat Lee & Margaret Lau Auditorium will be the only lecture hall of its kind in North America, featuring small-group seating and interactive learning.
Lower levels will feature dedicated space for student clubs to meet, collaborate, socialize and hold events.
Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) rooms enable an innovative approach to education that facilitates collaboration and experiential learning, assisted by technology and strategic design.
The Entrepreneurship Hatchery nurtures entrepreneurship in students and faculty and will have a new home in the Myhal Centre.
The Myhal Centre will also house several multidisciplinary research centres and institutes, promoting a culture of innovation for students and postdoctoral researchers.
A strong university helps build a strong city.
U of T Engineering has a long history of nurturing exceptional researchers, students and alumni entrepreneurs and leaders whose success contributes to the regional marketplace and positively impacts job and wealth creation in Toronto.
Here are a few recent examples that have helped Toronto earn its reputation as one of the top 10 cities in the world for startups:
Nanoleaf: A bright light on sustainable energy
Founded by U of T Engineering alumni Gimmy Chu (ElecE 0T6), Tom Rodinger (IBBME PhD 0T7) and Christian Yan (ElecE 0T6), Nanoleaf created the world’s most efficient lightbulb and is now being touted as a “green job leader” after opening offices in China and Toronto.
Deep Genomics: Machine Learning for gene therapy
In their first year, Professor Brendan Frey (ECE) and his collaborators secured $5 million seed funding for Deep Genomics. Together, they aim to unravel mysteries contained in the three-billion paired DNA molecules that make up the human genome by applying advanced deep-learning computational techniques.
Cast Connex: Building better buildings
Spun off from graduate research under Jeffrey Packer (CivE)and Constantin Christopoulos (CivE), alumni Michael Gray (CivE PhD 1T2) and Carlos de Oliveira (CivE MASc 0T6) are making buildings earthquake resistant from Toronto to San Francisco with their unique steel castings.
Vector Institute: A global hotspot for AI research
The academia-industry-government centre brings together leading experts in artificial intelligence research and development. With over $200 million in funding, the institute builds on U of T’s longstanding strength in branches of AI such as deep and machine learning, neural networks, augmented reality and autonomous robotics.