Global impact

The Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship houses 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.



countries our undergraduate and graduate students call “home”


undergraduate students worked, studied or conducted research abroad in 2015–2016


collaborating industry partners worldwide


alumni across the world

Student Impact

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping and light fabrication facilities in the Myhal Centre allow students to bring their ideas into the world.

student working on human powered ornithopter

Student experience

The Myhal Centre enhances the student experience and prepares tomorrow’s engineers by setting a new standard for engineering education in Canada.

a male and a female student working on an experiment in the lab

Next generation classrooms

The 500-seat Lee & Margaret Lau Auditorium is the only lecture hall of its kind in North America, featuring small-group seating and interactive learning.

rendering of the lee & margaret lau auditorium in the CEIE

Student clubs

Lower levels feature dedicated space for student clubs to meet, collaborate, socialize and hold events.

a group of students working a concrete toboggan
students in a TEAL room

Experiential learning

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 — in its new home in the Myhal Centre — nurtures entrepreneurship in students and faculty.

students examining a robot in the hatchery

Multidisciplinary research

The Myhal Centre houses several multidisciplinary research centres and institutes, promoting a culture of innovation for students and postdoctoral researchers.

students in the lab with prof. craig simmons

Regional Impact

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 lightbulb

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.

computer monitor with DNA sequences on it in a lab

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.

Michael Gray and Carlos de Oliviera standing in front of a Cast Connex steel support beams in a building

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.

rendering of a human head with circuitry inside

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.

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