Prospective Student Guide 2011/12
opportunity to change the world 2
tradition of global leaders 4
career development 8
academic programs 10
chemical engineering 12
civil engineering 14
Welcome to Engineering at the University of Toronto
electrical & computer engineering 16
industrial engineering 18
materials engineering 20
mechanical engineering 22 University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science
mineral engineering 24 U of T has more than 800 undergraduate programs, 400 & Engineering
graduate and professional programs, and 1,000 student clubs
trackone 26 The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the
and activities. Founded in 1827, U of T enrolls more students,
University of Toronto is a centre of immense inspiration,
engineering science 28 employs more professors, and offers a greater range of courses
remarkable innovation and endless possibilities.
than any other Canadian university. The University is made up
of smaller learning communities within the Faculties, Schools, The Engineering Faculty has earned an international reputation
admissions requirements 32 Colleges, and three campuses, that provide a personal, individual for excellence in education and knowledge creation and is known
approach within our academic environments. as a forward-thinking resource to address world concerns. With
money matters 33
a focus on interactive and collaborative research and design, our
Professors at the University of Toronto are leaders in discovery
visit 34 undergraduate academic programs reflect the ever-changing
and teaching. They conduct more research across more
needs of our global society.
disciplines than any other university in Canada. They publish
more than any other public university in North America. And,
Our students and professors come together
when other professors around the world are surveyed, U of T is
to share knowledge and benefit from a
one of only eight universities ranked in the top 20 across the full
range of disciplines, including Engineering.
progressive environment where great ideas
The University’s dedication to an outstanding and innovations are born. Our graduates
educational experience is reflected in are leaders in pinnacle companies across
the number and variety of resources the globe, spanning diverse industries and
and options available to our students. professions.
Engineering at U of T is 1st in Canada
and 8th overall in the world*
* Times Higher Education-QS and U.S. News & World Report’s World University Rankings
Engineering Student Recruitment & Retention Office The innovation and professional The First Year Engineering Strategies and
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto contributions of Engineering at U of T are Practice (ESP) design course received
recognized with top awards, including Canada’s prestigious Alan Blizzard
Room 173—35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4 FSC logo the prestigious 3M National Teaching Award for collaborative teaching.
firstname.lastname@example.org — Placed by printer — Fellowship, received by Chair of First Pictured Above:
Year, Professor Susan McCahan. Engineering student, Ines Lucia Fernandez Valdivieso, moved to Toronto from
Peru and gives tips to international students and out-of-towners on page 18.
opportunity to change the world
Our economic prosperity, health and overall quality
of life depend on innovations that engineers create
We live in a dynamically changing world With minors in Bioengineering,
with unprecedented opportunities for Environmental Engineering, and
engineers to make contributions. Now Sustainable Energy, students can
more than ever, we need your creative, augment their specialization by
innovative, and insightful solutions. developing tools to make advances in
medical technologies, such as using
An Engineering degree comes with the
nanotechnologies in drug delivery systems
responsibility to make a difference in the
to better target cancer cells to help shape
world. Engineers have the knowledge and
environmental public policy, as well
ability to create and to provide innovative
as learn how to harness solar power to
solutions to some of the world’s most
effectively produce energy systems around
pressing global problems—from building
the globe. We are working to introduce
stronger materials that create more
two new minors for fall 2011:
stable bridges and roadways, to providing
technological advances that keep our + Globalization
drinking water clean—engineers have the + Engineering Business
opportunity to enact change. With a U of T
Certificates are also offered in Preventative
Engineering degree, you will have the
Engineering & Social Development and
potential to make a difference in the world.
The U of T Engineering curriculum is among the most
pioneering in the world. We were the first to introduce
an undergraduate degree in the interdisciplinary field of
nanoengineering, and the first in Canada to introduce
an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering,
both through our Engineering Science program.
Learn By Doing in First Year
Engineering Design Courses
Employers want engineers with strong technical skills who can
A Summer of International Development communicate their designs and ideas effectively with clients.
For this reason, we build extensive design and communication
Former president of U of T Engineers Without Borders (EWB), components into U of T’s Engineering curriculum. In First Year,
Mike Klassen (EngSci) was one of several Engineering all BASc students take a design course. Core 8 and TrackOne
students involved in summer volunteer-expeditions in Africa students take the national, award-winning Engineering
through EWB. Stationed in Zambia, Klassen was introduced Strategies and Practice (ESP) course. More than 50 service
to government staff working on water issues, HIV/AIDS, organizations and community groups provide real-world
community development, and health, as well as NGO’s like Engineering problems for our First Year students to solve.
PLAN International, Development Aid from People to People, Students work together with a Faculty advisor to present
and Total Control of the Epidemic. Klassen and others like him, their solutions and a number of companies implement the
help bring the voices of villagers to the table when designing and technology and ideas in the end. All First Year BASc Engineering
implementing interventions that address their needs. For his Science students take Praxis. This design course targets
contributions, Klassen was recently recognized with the Leaders local challenges in Toronto, focusing on improving the city’s
Professor Ted Sargent is one of the most celebrated engineering scientists
of the Future Award by EWB Canada, the Professional Engineers usabilty, sustainability and accessibility. Students showcase
of his generation. He proved that it is possible to capture and convert the sun’s
of Ontario Foundation for Education Award and in 2010, the their solutions to city staff, the media, professors, peers, and the
invisible infrared rays into electricity, to provide power for virtually everything
Engineers Canada Gold Medal Student Award. general public.
that now uses electricity.
4 Devon Island, see page 9 5
tradition of global leaders
U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, see page 12
“Getting involved is both an opportunity
and obligation of being a citizen in every
community I am a member of—both
at U of T and beyond.” —William Li
Mazabuka, Zambia, see page 3
Mutare, Zimbabwe, see page 28
Lima, Peru, see page 18 Graduates of U of T Engineering have always found a
place as leaders and innovators around the globe.
Global Engineering Leaders Leaders
Lew Urry (ChemE) William Shaw Julie Payette, Hana Zalzal Dr. Gino
Whether you want to be a student volunteer at the World Economic Forum in developed the (MIE), received an astronaut and (CivE) created Palumbo (MSE)
Switzerland, help provide proper sewage technology to rural communities in first commercially Oscar for his role in space pioneer, multimillion-dollar runs Integran
viable alkaline creating the IMAX graduated from our cosmetics company Technologies
Africa with Engineers Without Borders, or learn from established leaders, U of T battery, which projection system. ECE program. In CARGO. Courtney Inc., one of
Engineering students have a variety of opportunities to reshape our world. evolved into the
2010, she received Cox and Evangeline North America’s
Energizer battery. the Engineers Lilly are among the most successful
(MIE + PEY)
He was voted one Canada Gold celebrities who use nanostructured
runs the Faculty’s
Collaborate. Inspire. of the 100 greatest
inventors of the
Medal Award. Hana’s eco-friendly
cosmetics in their
program, pairing Jeffrey Skoll
U of T Engineering undergrads are encouraged to take advantage The professors who teach your courses are international millennium. own custom lip have contracts
hundreds of (ECE) co-founded
of the Student Exchange Program at the Centre for International leaders in their fields who are regularly consulted by the media, shades. with the U.S. Air
undergraduates eBay and forever
Experience (CIE) to study abroad at acclaimed universities industries and government to provide answers to the world’s Force and NASA,
with successful changed the way
across the globe. In addition, our undergrads are given the engineering problems. They are also the authors of many of and hold the first
alumni. we buy products.
opportunity to work alongside their professors to provide the textbooks you, and other engineering students around the U.S. patent issued
innovative engineering solutions to some of the world’s most world, will use in class. Our award-winning professors genuinely in nanotechnology.
pressing problems. care about your academic growth. At U of T Engineering, you’re
joining a prestigious community of scholars who work together
In his third year in Engineering Science, William Li (pictured
to inspire creativity.
above) worked with Engineering Professor Tom Chau at Holland
Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to develop a home video Engineering Leaders of An engineering education is a life-long foundation for transformational leaders and
outstanding citizens. The Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program offers
game for children with cerebral palsy to help strengthen motor
skills and improve range of motion. William graduated in 2009
Tomorrow Program opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through workshops, lectures, and
and is pursuing his graduate degree at MIT. a certificate program on Team Skills.
community clubs: Engineering Athletic Association • Skule™
Climbing Club • Chinese Engineering Students’
Association • Engineering Chinese Club • Iranian Engineering Students’
Association • Korean Engineering Students’ Association • National Society
Our scholarly community is culturally diverse, of Black Engineers • Blue Genes • iGEM • U of T Aeronautics Team • U of T
with students and alumni from all around the Blue Sky Solar Racing • U of T Concrete Canoe Team • U of T Eco-Marathon
globe who are learning and creating together
at U of T Engineering. Last year’s incoming Club • U of T Formula SAE Racing Team • U of T Mechatronics Design
Class of 2013 was the most diverse in our
Faculty’s history, with students joining us
Association • Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Club • Undergraduate
from all Canadian provinces, 61 countries, Civil Engineering Club • Undergraduate Computer Engineering Club •
and every continent apart from Antarctica.
Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Club • Undergraduate Engineering
Building an Even More
Science Club • Women in Science & Engineering • Undergraduate
We recently created the Centre for Global Engineering to
bring together the global research and learning opportunities
Industrial Engineering Club • Undergraduate Materials Engineering Club •
in our Faculty and ensure they become a regular part of our
curriculum. For instance, knowing how energy systems can be Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Club • Undergraduate Mineral
more efficient in Canada is critical. But, what about applying that
same knowledge to impoverished states in Africa that do not Join an Engineering Student Club Engineering Club • Undergraduate TrackOne Club • Rise & Improvise
have access to technology? Then, why not travel there over the
There are many engineering clubs that you can join. For more
summer to apply your knowledge through Engineers Without
Borders? In today’s globalized society, engineering is a valued
information visit: www.ulife.utoronto.ca and www.skule.ca Dance Club • Skule™ Improv • Skule™ Nite • Skule™ Orchestra • Skule™
profession and our community of diverse students, professors,
and alumni naturally help us create a stronger educational Getting to Know Your Profs Stage Band • Skule™ Stage Band Blue • Astronomy & Space Exploration
foundation that makes your Engineering degree stronger.
Outside of Class
Society • Club for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering • Engineers
Skule™ Spirit To help welcome our First Year students into the U of T
Engineering community, our faculty members participate
Engineering students at U of T refer to the Faculty as in Orientation each fall. Incoming students can play video Without Borders, U of T Chapter • Institute of Industrial Engineering •
“Skule™” (pronounced “school”), which dates back to before games with their profs, get to know new friends through
the Faculty joined U of T in the 1800s and was called the leadership activities and learn more about university classroom
School of Practical Science. One of the many great things expectations. Material Advantage at the U of T • National Business & Technology
about being an Engineering student is Skule™ Spirit and the
traditions of the Skule™ Yell, Toike Oike student newspaper,
Support When You Need It Conference • Ontario Water Works Association • Surface Mount Technology
the Engineering Society, Lady Godiva Memorial Band, and the
Skule™ student mascot Ye Olde Mighty Skule™ Cannon. You’ll The University of Toronto has a large number of support services
discover all of this and more during Frosh Week! For more available to help ensure your success as a university student. In Association • U of T International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering •
information: www.skule.ca Engineering, we also have services available that complement
the U of T services and are tailored for the specific needs of U of T Student Chapter of the Water Environment Association of Ontario •
Research Opportunities Engineering students, such as:
Engineering students are not only taught by leading researchers,
+ First Year Office U of T Consulting Association • U of T Engineering First Responders •
+ Engineering Communication Program
but many contribute to the innovative research underway in the
Faculty. Opportunities, such as our Summer Student Research
Math Aid Office
Engineering Career Centre
U of T Engineering Toastmasters • Crumpled Paper Arts & Creative Writing
Program, provide students with firsthand experience in our labs
+ Registrar’s Office
assisting faculty with their research projects.
Learn how to write a better essay from our Engineering
Magazine • The Cannon • The Toike Oike • Blue & Gold • Cinema Blue
Galbraith Society Program Communication Program workshops. Wondering what it takes
to be a successful professional in your first summer job? Ask Room • Engineering Lego Group • Engineers For Christ • Eyes of Hope •
Nominated by our Admissions Committee, these top students our Engineering Career Centre counselors. Anxious about your
form a unique community of scholars. Students in the Galbraith
Society program participate in enriching activities outside of
transition from high school to First Year of university? Our First
Year team provides workshops, Frosh Friday lectures, and will sit
For the Love of Film • Lady Godiva Memorial Band • Skule™ Juggling Club •
class to fully explore their potential to become a great U of T down with you for a one-on-one meeting to ensure you are ready
engineer. to successfully face any challenge you may encounter. U of T Engineering Photography Club • ... plus hundreds of U of T clubs!
A Rewarding Career Paid Work Internships What to Do After With such a broad range of skills acquired from an
engineering degree, the majority of our graduates
An engineering degree can lead to a variety of professions. Coordinated by the Engineering Career Centre, the Graduation tend to go in one of three major directions:
Our graduates have successful careers in medicine, law, Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship allows
dentistry, business, and, of course, engineering. Our students to take the traditional co-op program one step further
undergraduate education is designed to provide graduating
students with the core strengths that are most highly
by participating in a 12- to 16-month work placement. Available
to Second and Third Year students, it is highly regarded by both
Enter the Workforce Graduate Studies or Become an Entrepreneur
valued by employers: industry employers and students. Many graduates begin their engineering Professional School Engineering professors have started more
careers by working full time within a than 80 start-up companies through
Over 55% of our students undertake a PEY internship, and many After four years of studying with some of
Creativity and innovative thinking come back to finish their degree with a job offer in hand that is
particular industry or environment, from
the brightest minds in the world, some
research and innovations created at U of T
remote mining sites across the globe to Engineering. With their guidance and
20% or higher than the starting salary of non-PEY graduates. PEY graduates continue their research in
Research skills and experience students work across Canada and around the world and make an
engineering consulting firms right here in
engineering at graduate school. Others use
support, many of our students graduate as
Toronto. entrepreneurs as well.
average of $45,000 per year. engineering as a platform into a range of
Social and global awareness Som Seif (MIE) is an outstanding other graduate or professional programs, ECE graduate Mike Branch started
Students receive support from PEY staff during their placement
engineer-turned-financier. Straight out from law school and medicine to education his own software company, Inovex Inc.,
Socio-cultural perspective and develop skills such as interview and resume preparation. By
of school, Som was hired by Royal Bank or business. six months after graduation, and has
participating in these longer-termed placements, our students
of Canada to develop the structured developed it in six years to a profitable
Communication skills have the opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities
products group for its capital markets
Trisha Roy went to medical school after
company that employs 10 people. Inovex
as they grow with the job. graduating from Materials Science &
in both Canada and the U.S. In January Inc. is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
Management and leadership skills Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP), a four- 2005, Som saw a need for intelligent
Engineering in 2008. “As technology plays
and Independent Software Vendor
an ever increasing role in healthcare, I
month internship, is also offered to eligible Second and Third investment strategies and decided to focusing on web and mobile applications.
Environmental consciousness Year Engineering students. Students on eSIP can count their use his problem-solving skills refined at
believe that Engineers can occupy a very
important niche in the growing trend Professor Joe Paradi (ChemE), is
hours toward the 600 hours of practical work experience U of T Engineering to create Claymore
Business and entrepreneurial skills required before graduation. Investment Inc. His company is now a
toward an interdisciplinary approach to a textbook example of a prosperous
medicine.” entrepreneur. His first business, Dataline
leader in the North American product
To learn more about the Engineering Career Centre, PEY and Inc., a computer services firm, brought
market for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) With a BASc and MASc in Industrial
eSIP, please visit www.ecc.utoronto.ca in sales of $25 million and employed
and is one of Canada’s fastest growing Engineering, Andrea Cassano-Piché is
185 people in 1987. Professor Paradi
asset management firms. a Human Factors Engineer at University
led Dataline for 20 years then joined
Health Network in Toronto. Andrea
Bombardier quickly recruited Sarah the University of Toronto. Professor
conducted a detailed analysis of public
Oliveria (ECE) upon completion of her Paradi’s measure of success does not
health crises that included the SARS
studies at The Edward S. Rogers. Sr. come from the profits generated from
outbreak in Toronto and the Bovine
Department of Electrical and Computer his organizations but from the success
Spongiform Encephalopathy outbreak in
Engineering. As an Engineering Analyst of his people, a mantra he has extended
the U.K. Having recently started a family,
for Bombardier, Sarah wears many hats. through the Faculty of Applied Science
she is now developing a healthy work and
She’s an investigator when she needs to & Engineering in his teachings and
troubleshoot, an integrator when she leadership, as well as the creation
needs to ensure all systems facilitate Skoll Program of an undergraduate certificate in
each other, and a project manager when The joint Engineering BASc/MBA Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small
she needs to develop delivery schedules. program allows Engineering students Business Management.
U of T Engineering prepares students to to graduate with both an undergraduate
think multi-dimensionally, critically, and Engineering degree and a Master’s degree
creatively. in Business Administration (MBA). Read
more about recent Skoll MBA grad, Daniel
Ludwin on page 14.
Opposite: Dr. Tim Barfoot, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and Canada Research
Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics, carrying out preliminary robotic exploration of the Haughton Crater on Devon Island.
Academic Programs in Engineering Three Ways to Enter Engineering at U of T
U of T offers some of the most extensive options and programming of any Canadian There are three unique ways to enroll as an undergraduate student in Engineering at U of T:
university, including the largest variety of interdisciplinary programs in the country.
Find an area of specialty or Engineering minor that interests you, and tailor your degree TrackOne: Core 8 Programs Engineering Science
in Engineering. Below is a list of the specializations, majors, and certificate programs Our general First Year in Engineering Enter directly into: Chemical Engineering; Enter directly into our Engineering Science
that are available. Please consult the individual divisions for more information on their provides a strong background in all
Engineering disciplines and allows you to
Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering;
Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering;
program with two fundamental years,
followed by two years in your choice of
specific offerings. discover which Core 8 specialty is right Materials Engineering; Mechanical Major: Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical
for you. Engineering; Mineral Engineering. Engineering; Electrical and Computer
Minors Engineering; Energy Systems Engineering;
Infrastructure Engineering; Nanoengineering;
In addition to their primary area of specialization, Engineering
Engineering Physics; or Engineering
students have the opportunity to study one of three Engineering
Areas of Study minors as well as a multitude of minors through the Faculty of
Mathematics, Statistics and Finance.
Arts & Science. We are also working on minors in the following
+ Aerospace Engineering + Geological Engineering
areas: Globalization and Engineering Business. Focus on building a strong foundation within
+ Analog & Digital + Geotechnical Focus on building a strong foundation within
Electronics + Human Factors Year 1 the traditional areas of engineering.
a dynamic and accelerated engineering
+ Analog Electronics + Industrial Engineering Bioengineering program.
+ Applied Geology + Information Engineering Students learn from globally renowned thought-leaders whose
+ Bioengineering + Infrastructure Engineering strengths in bioengineering have shaped the field. Students
+ Biomaterials & + Intelligent Infrastructure & who are highly interested in engineering and biology find a
Bioengineering Sustainability network of like-minded peers in this minor, which explores Continue building on foundations to prepare Continue building on foundations while adding
+ Biomedical Engineering + Manufacturing bioprocesses, environmental microbiology, biomaterials and Year 2 for Year 3 where specializations will begin to complementary studies designed specifically
+ Building Engineering + Materials in Manufacturing tissue engineering, bioelectricity, biomechanics, biomedical evolve. for EngSci students.
+ Chemical Engineering + Materials Processing & imaging, nanotechnology in medicine, and the environment and
& Applied Chemistry Sustainable Development engineering design for human interfacing. This minor began
+ Civil Engineering + Materials Engineering in 2007.
+ Communications, Signal + Mechanical Engineering Explore your discipline in greater depth and
Choose from one of eight exciting majors.
Processing, and Control + Mechatronics Year 3 begin to specialize in your area of interest.
Environmental Engineering Opportunity to choose a minor.
Opportunity to choose a minor.
+ Communications Systems + Mineral Engineering
Today’s engineer must be able to prevent, assess and manage
+ Computer Engineering + Mining Geomechanics
impacts of engineering activities on the environment. While
+ Computer Hardware + Nanoengineering
providing knowledge in areas such as physical, chemical and
+ Computer Hardware & + Nanomaterials &
biological processes, engineers must also understand the social Professional U of T’s version of co-op. As an optional, paid internship program, PEY allows students to gain
and regulatory environment to best solve problems. Students in Experience Year valuable professional work experience for 12 to 16 continuous months. To read more about PEY,
+ Computer Networks + Operations Research
the Environmental Engineering minor develop flexibility, breadth (Optional) see page 8.
+ Computer Software + Photonics
and depth increasingly sought by engineering employers. This
+ Control Systems + Photonics & Semiconductor
minor is for students who wish to study with leaders in this field
+ Digital Electronics Physics
and become leaders who are prepared to address and provide
+ Electrical & Computer + Preventative Engineering &
innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues. The
Engineering Social Development Begin work on an in-depth project within your Opportunity to work on a team design project
Environmental Engineering minor was introduced in 2009.
+ Electrical Engineering + Semiconductor Physics Year 4 field of interest. and an individual research thesis.
+ Electromagnetics + Signal Processing
+ Electromagnetics & Energy + Software Sustainable Energy
Systems + Solid Mechanics & Design This new minor that began in 2009, is tailored to Engineering
+ Energy & Environment + Structural Engineering students who want to learn more about energy, its sustainable
+ Energy Systems + Sustainable Energy use, managing energy demand, and the public policy content Skoll Program: The Skoll Program allows Engineering students to graduate with both an undergraduate Engineering
+ Engineering Mathematics, + Urban Engineering on how energy use and production is regulated. Our definition Joint Engineering/MBA Program (Optional) degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Statistics & Finance + Urban Infrastructure of sustainable energy is broad, reaching all areas of energy use,
+ Engineering Physics production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development.
+ Engineering Science This includes energy use and production for transportation,
+ Entrepreneurship space cooling and heating, electrical production (from both We offer two distinct undergraduate degrees:
+ Environmental Engineering alternative and conventional sources), energy distribution and Core 8 programs lead to the Bachelor of Applied
storage, and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse Science degree, and Engineering Science leads
BASc degree BASc in Engineering Science degree
gas production and control, and public policy aspects. to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering
chemical “The 16-month term of PEY allowed me to become an
integral part of OPA. During my term, I was able to apply
skills learned through school to real-world projects, and see
firsthand societal impacts.”
What is Chemical Engineering?
Chemical engineering is based on the application of mathematics
and the fundamental sciences of chemistry, physics and biology.
As a chemical engineer, you draw on your sound understanding
of these scientific and mathematical principles to design, build,
evaluate and improve systems, products and processes that
benefit society, protect the environment and build the future.
Nearly every industry and aspect of life relies on your talents
as a chemical engineer—like the gas that fuels your car
(petrochemicals and petroleum industry), the electricity that
powers your home (electricity generation), the water you drink
(water treatment), the textbooks you read (pulp and paper), and
even the fortified foods that nourish thousands of people around
the world (food engineering).
You might also apply your background in chemical engineering
to the biomedical field by creating artificial organs, artificial skin
and devices for spinal cord regeneration.
Program: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Your work doesn’t end there; you might have a hand in
PEY: Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Power Systems
environmental consulting to develop recycling and waste
Planning Division, Engineering Intern
treatment solutions, design and implement efficient and
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
sustainable energy solutions, and clean contaminated sites to
restore the environment back to its natural state. Angelina is Chair of the U of T Chapter of the Canadian Society
of Chemical Engineering, an active member of the Chemical
Chemical engineering is about Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow and organized a “Did You
Know” Working Group campaign to raise awareness about
making a better world. international development issues. She also worked at the
U of T Pulp & Paper Centre, where she wrote a research article
What You’ll Learn for the 2007 Annual Chemical Recovery Consortium and
presented this paper to global pulp and paper leaders.
Following your Year 1 foundation courses, you will get a solid
grounding in chemical engineering principles during Year 2
through courses that examine process engineering, heat and
mass transfer, and fluid dynamics.
In Years 3 and 4, you will increase your knowledge of important First Year Curriculum
applications through technical electives such as bioprocess
and biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, + Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
food engineering, plastics and polymers, pulp and paper, and + Mechanics
entrepreneurship. You will also expand your knowledge by taking + Calculus I & II
complementary studies in humanities and other areas. + Linear Algebra
+ Physical Chemistry
You will put theory into practice through innovative courses and
+ Fundamentals of Computer Programming
laboratories that simulate industrial processes. For example, the
+ Introduction to Materials Science
Unit Operations Lab is a teaching facility filled with large-scaled
+ Concepts in Chemical Engineering
industrial equipment, including a two-storey distillation column
+ Ethics in Engineering
and batch reactors that students operate. In Year 4, you will
participate in a Plant Design course that challenges you and your
team to design an industrial processing plant from concept to Research Clusters
implementation in just 10 weeks.
+ Biomolecular and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Materials Process Engineering
About this photo
+ Environmental Science and Engineering Chemical Engineering Senior Lecturer Chris Ambidge (right) demonstrates proper pipetting technique to students Peter Maka and
+ Informatics Rachel Chow. A dedicated instructor, Ambidge teaches several undergraduate laboratory courses and is a favourite among his
+ Pulp and Paper students. He explains, “My role, like all faculty members, is to make the complex principles students need to learn accessible and
+ Surface and Interface Engineering comprehensible. A little fun along the way doesn’t hurt either.” ChemE lab courses focus on the practical learning of theoretical
+ Sustainable Energy knowledge.
civil “My education and time spent at the Faculty of Applied
Science & Engineering has been a great opportunity to
contribute to the campus and city communities. During my
PEY, I oversaw and inspected all utilities construction at
the Toronto Soccer Stadium and helped with designs for the
West Donlands waterfront revitalization. Engineering at
U of T allowed me to learn so much.”
What is Civil Engineering?
The work of civil engineers is all around
us—from the roads and highways we
travel daily, to the treatment plants that
supply us with safe drinking water. As a
civil engineer, you’ll also create solutions
to urban issues that impact civilization’s
quality of life. For instance, civil engineers
work hard to preserve the environment by
developing new and innovative methods
of reducing existing and future pollution.
Civil engineering is a profession concerned with virtually all
aspects of the urban environment and the interactions between
built, natural and human environments. The urban environment
is the infrastructure that makes civilization possible, including:
the design of buildings and bridges, underground spaces, power
generation systems, structures that resist extreme events like Daniel Ludwin
earthquakes, disposing of waste, providing safe and efficient
Program: Civil Engineering + Skoll MBA
transportation solutions, and alternative energy sources.
PEY: R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd., Engineering Intern
Advances in biotechnology, materials, communications and Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
information technology impact the work of civil engineers in
Daniel is passionate about urban infrastructure and
a big way. Many “smart” civil infrastructures using advanced
international development. During his Engineering education,
materials technology are already in place. For instance,
he was an Orientation week leader, an executive on the
civil engineers use advanced sensing technologies, remote
concrete canoe team and active in Engineers Without Borders.
monitoring and analysis systems to manage many aspects of the
Outside of class, he spent countless hours as a tutor with the
transportation sector—from collecting tolls to controlling traffic
Regent Park Pathways, MedSci Saturday, and Massey College
tutoring programs. Upon completing his Civil Engineering
Issues like sustainable energy and bioremediation (a process degree, Daniel entered Rotman’s Skoll MBA program where
that uses microorganisms to return the environment back to its he was Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Case
original state) are critically important on the world stage—and Competition. He also coordinated the Rotman Student Exam
civil engineers are exceptionally well-positioned to have a major Bank and travelled with teams to compete in a number of
impact in these important fields. national and international case competitions.
What You’ll Learn
The focus of our program is on urban engineering and First Year Curriculum
sustainable global development. Right from your introductory
+ Engineering Strategies and Practice I and II
courses in mathematics, computing, chemistry, physics, applied
structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, materials,
+ Physical Chemistry
surveying, geology, computer graphics and engineering ecology,
+ Calculus I and II
your education will focus on providing you with a holistic and
+ Linear Algebra
sustainable perspective to learning.
+ Fundamentals of Computer Programming
In your upper years, you’ll learn by putting your skills to practice + Earth Systems Science
in small and large design projects. These design projects often + Introduction to Materials Science
allow you to focus on those areas that interest you most, like + Ethics in Engineering
urban environmental problems, for instance. We place a strong
hands-on and practical emphasis in many upper year courses.
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Optional Specializations Available After Year 2
For example, in one unique course in surveying, our students Students track and model changes in the urban system using the Integrated Land Use Transportation Environment Modelling
travel to the beautiful Kawartha Highlands to learn all about the Urban Engineering | Intelligent Infrastructure & System, part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab (ITS). The ITS video displays (shown in background) show real-time traffic
art and science of surveying and teamwork. Sustainability | Environmental Engineering conditions in the Greater Toronto Area and is used by the campus radio station in their daily traffic reports.
“One of the first things my PEY term at IBM showed me was
just how connected we all are. I may be working in Toronto,
but parts of my team are in Ottawa and Ireland, and I
work with people in Oregon, Silicon Valley and China. I
have witnessed and worked with globalization at its best.
My network of connect ions has expanded faster than I
What is Electrical & What You’ll Learn
Computer Engineering? In Years 1 and 2 of both the Electrical and Computer Engineering
(ECE) programs, you will take a specific set of fundamental
As an electrical and computer engineer, courses in engineering design, communication, mathematics,
digital systems, electronics, communication systems, computer
you will work at the heart of the most architecture and software.
rapidly developing technology the world The first two years of ECE provide you with an understanding of
has ever seen. This technology touches the basics from which you can launch into a wide set of course
choices in Years 3 and 4 of your program. You will have the
and influences nearly every aspect of life. freedom to select from a mixture of courses in these six general
You are interested in electrical systems that provide energy to areas, allowing you to customize your studies:
power the world, and will explore new ways to harvest energy
+ Photonics & Semiconductor Physics
from the sun, the wind, and other environmentally-friendly
alternatives. As technology continues to become smaller, you’ll
+ Electromagnetics & Energy Systems
understand how nanoelectronics can help us in everyday life by
+ Analog & Digital electronics
working with ever-smaller sized computers that control robots
+ Communications, Signal Processing, and Control
(and micro-robots). You are also interested in mechatronics and
+ Computer Hardware & Networks
how to control robots and automated processes.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs are housed
Your expertise also has multiple medical applications, such as
within the same department. By combining the two areas of
using photonic crystals to create biomedical instruments that
study, we are able to offer our students the widest variety of
save lives. You’ll also develop incredibly intelligent software
sub-discipline specializations. We are the only university with a
that will become a key component in the delivery of medical
critical mass of teachers and researchers who are world-leading
treatment. Your expertise has as many applications as you can
experts in all of these fields.
imagine—from biomedical engineering to the aerospace industry.
As our world becomes more highly connected through technology,
Optional Specializations Available After Year 2
your skills as an electrical and computer engineer are critical
in revolutionizing the way we communicate, both wirelessly Photonics | Electromagnetics | Control Systems | Signal
and through ultra high-speed connections. This same wireless Processing | Bioengineering | Computer Software | Digital
technology will be used for other purposes as well. For instance, Electronics | Semiconductor Physics | Energy Systems |
this technology will help us study the planet from space and Communications Systems | Computer Networks | Computer
perform search and rescue operations. Hardware | Analog Electronics
Engineering is doing, and labs are where it’s done
A key part of your ECE education is the practice of building, There are five other labs in the areas of signal processing,
thinking and designing systems using state-of-the-art high-speed networking, systems control, photonics and energy
laboratories, with the latest hardware and software. For systems that have leading-edge equipment and experiments that
example, the ECE Microprocessor Lab and Digital Systems will give you strong hands-on experience.
Lab contains 100 stations of embedded computer and digital
systems. These labs were recently upgraded to employ cutting-
Anahita Panthaky Summer Student Research Program
First Year Curriculum
edge programmable logic systems that serve both as logic design Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering As part of the Faculty’s Summer Student Research Program,
capability and as an embedded processor. The labs include + Seminar: Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering PEY: IBM Software Lab, Quality Assurance Specialist all Engineering students have the opportunity to get directly
specially designed materials to allow projects and labs in robotics + Electrical Fundamentals Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada involved in pioneering research endeavours.
and signal processing. + Computer Fundamentals
Anahita (pictured above) is a student that loves to keep As an example of opportunities available, a student working with
Students typically spend three hours per week on project work busy and her mind stimulated. She splits her time between Professor Peter Herman in the ECE photonics group recently
+ Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
in ECE labs. Our students learn as much in their labs as they do Women in Science and Engineering where she serves as contributed to a project that involved using a laser to “inscribe”
+ Linear Algebra
in lectures. For example, two Year 2 students successfully built a VP Communications, Frosh where she volunteers as a a microscopic lens on the end of a fibre optic cable. The student
+ Calculus A & B
hardware-only (no software) version of the game, “duck hunt” by Frosh Leader, and ECE Leaders of Tomorrow where she used an F2 laser, which uses extremely short wavelengths, to
interfacing a Nintendo “zapper gun” to the hardware in the lab, participates as a working group member. On top of all this, form the fibre cable—something that had never been done before.
+ Introduction to Materials and Chemistry
and driving a video display. Anahita still finds time to assist her peers as a resident This novel idea could be used as part of a biological “laboratory
+ Ethics in Engineering
Internet advisor for U of T’s New College Residence. on a chip” to perform human cell analysis and diagnosis.
“Toronto is such a friendly place to live. Everything is
accessible and the subway system is really simple and easy
to use. U of T has a Centre for International Experience
engineering where you can go to get advice about any issue you
might have. They organize a mentorship program and
communication workshops where you can practice your
English skills. It can get cold during winter, but there are
a lot of activities that you can try such as ice skating or
skiing. Summer here is very nice, and you can go to many
festivals, free concerts and practice beach sports.”
What is Industrial Engineering?
Whether it’s streamlining an operating
room, distributing products worldwide,
improving customer relationships through
the Internet or designing an airplane
cockpit, all industrial engineers share the
common goal of increasing an organization’s
efficiency, profitability and safety.
Industrial engineering is concerned with
solving problems through the application
of scientific and practical knowledge.
You see “the big picture” and understand issues that cut
across entire organizations within many industries and work
environments, including information technology, health care,
aerospace, power generation, finance and business consulting.
To succeed in such diverse workplaces, you possess strong
leadership skills and a commitment to working with teams Ines Lucia Fernandez Valdivieso
of managers, scientists and other professionals. That’s why
Program: Industrial Engineering
industrial engineering is considered one of the most ‘people-
PEY: BMO Financial Group, Business Analyst
focused’ fields of engineering.
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Sometimes referred to as “systems engineering,” the name
During PEY, Ines worked on a team that customized
“industrial engineer” is a traditional name derived from the
an application to increase access security to repository
manufacturing roots of the discipline. Today, “industrial” no
documents for BMO’s Operation Risk Management, Legal
longer means just manufacturing—it can be used to evaluate and
Compliance and Financial Management groups. At Skule™,
improve productivity and quality in all industries.
Ines planned the 2009 Orientation activities, restructured
the Orientation committee to better define roles and
What You’ll Learn responsibilities, and actively participated in Engineering clubs
including Skule™ Stage Band Blue, Rise and Improvise Dance
The program balances a traditional engineering curriculum
Club and The Engineering Choir. She also represents Skule™
with courses encompassing management science, IT, human
in the intramural basketball team and served as co-president
physiology and psychology. In Year 1, you learn engineering
of Women in Science and Engineering.
basics, sharing your classes with Mechanical Engineering
students. Year 2 allows you to delve into the fundamentals
of statistics, operations research, and human-centred
systems design. These courses serve as a great introduction
to the problem-solving skills that are at the core of industrial First Year Curriculum
+ Calculus I & II
Design and synthesis are the themes of Years 3 and 4, when you + Linear Algebra
will put into action the concepts and tools you developed in your + Fundamentals of Computer Programming
foundational years. For instance, you’ll tackle issues such as how + Mechanics
to provide doctors and nurses with timely access to electronic + Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
patient data, or how to design an information system to run + Dynamics
an online music download store. Typical Year 4 classes include + Introduction to Materials Science
decision analysis, scheduling and healthcare systems. The + Electrical Fundamentals
breadth of courses in our program allows you to explore other + Seminar: Intro to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
facets of industrial engineering including management science, + Ethics in Engineering About this photo
manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship. A Year 4
Engineering student Jeremy Bluvol examines a human skeleton for a Human Factors course. One of our Professors, Michael
thesis applies your cumulative knowledge in a year-long research
Optional Specializations Available After Year 2 Carter, leads the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering at U of T where he uses math and technology to re-engineer
project where you solve a real-world problem.
the efficiencies of healthcare systems. Professor Carter teaches the popular Fourth Year industrial engineering capstone course,
Human Factors | Operations Research | Information Engineering
“The first day I stepped foot onto U of T soil, I knew this
was the place for me. Materials Engineering has not only
provided an excellent education, but it’s also been a place
where I felt at home. Fast forward three years, I work in an
advanced nanotechnology company for my PEY term, I’m
involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, and I’ve
made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.”
What is Materials Engineering?
What if you could extract silicon to build solar cells from a
renewable resource like rice? Or, create lighter, yet stronger
materials for automotive and aerospace applications that would
decrease our consumption of fossil fuels? As our manufactured
products become more complex, the demand is ever increasing
for materials engineers to enable advanced technology for a
The Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)
is where advanced engineering meets cutting-edge science.
As one of the most interdisciplinary fields of engineering, the
MSE curriculum builds on foundations in chemistry, physics,
mathematics, and adds specialized engineering knowledge that
can be applied in areas such as nanotechnology, biomaterials,
adaptive polymers, advanced semiconductors, photovoltaics,
As a materials engineer, you will understand the characteristics
Program: Materials Engineering
and properties of materials, and possess the necessary skills
PEY: Integran Technologies Inc.
to synthesize, process, and apply them to engineering design.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Your expertise in advanced materials will enable new and
sustainable technologies, creating innovative solutions for the For his PEY term, Ronald is a Junior Applications Engineer
global environment. at Integran Technologies, a leader in the development and
commercialization of advanced nanotechnologies. In this
What You’ll Learn role, he performs lab research and collaborates with a team
of specialists to commercialize company products. Ronald is
One area of focus within the Materials Engineering passionate about developing his technical and communications
undergraduate program is to ensure students learn about the skills which has led to his energetic involvement in both his
properties and processing of materials through a combination academic and extracurricular pursuits. While maintaining
of theoretical and real-life applications. It all starts by learning honours standing, Ronald has served as Vice-Chair of the
how engineering materials are made and how they behave Undergraduate Materials Engineering Club, Materials
in different situations—their characterization, mechanical Engineering Year 3 representative in the Engineering Society,
properties, high-temperature behaviour, environmental and Communications Director for the Materials Engineering
degradation, and failure analysis. Leaders of Tomorrow Working Group. One of the best things
Ronald enjoys about his program is the small class sizes and
The upper years of the undergraduate program are designed
the unique and welcoming community. “It’s like a second home,”
with four theme areas found in the Department of Materials
Science & Engineering (please see below right). You may
choose to specialize in one of them after Year 2, take a hybrid
and combine several theme areas, or pursue a more general
approach by taking courses across all four themes—the choice First Year Curriculum
is yours to make. In Year 4, a research thesis and an industrial
+ Calculus I & II
plant design project will provide you the opportunity to study
+ Linear Algebra
materials engineering in a practical context.
+ Fundamentals of Computer Programming
+ Introduction to Materials Science
As a more specialized field of engineering, + Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
the Department of Materials Science & + Electrical Fundamentals
+ Ethics in Engineering
Engineering offers smaller class sizes than + Mechanics
other disciplines in the Faculty. This allows + Physical Chemistry
for additional opportunities to interact with
your professors and other teaching staff. MSE Undergraduate Studies Theme Areas About this photo
1. Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology Engineering student Graham Murdoch prepares C60 nano-carbon molecules in a clean room glovebox for organic solar cells
2. Biomaterials & Bioengineering fabrication. U of T Engineering is a world leader in nanoengineering research and education. MSE Professor Harry Ruda opened the
3. Materials in Manufacturing first nano research centre in Canada and MSE Professor Doug Perovic established the first nanoengineering undergraduate degree
4. Materials Processing & Sustainable Development in the world (see page 29).
mechanical “During my PEY I worked in the Inspect ion and
Maintenance department at OPG and helped develop,
engineering maintain and improve robotic tools that inspect systems
in the nuclear station. The work in my department was
always technically challenging. I was always learning
something new. My PEY experience is something I will
What is Mechanical Engineering?
Chances are, if it moves, a mechanical engineer designed it.
Aircraft design, planning a building’s ventilation system and
improving sustainable energy technology are all in a day’s
work for mechanical engineers. They also save lives through
biomedical technologies—the world’s first artificial heart
was partially designed, manufactured and implanted using
mechanical engineering principles. The explosive growth in
computer power is harnessed by mechanical engineers for
the design and development of new “smart” products, such as
As a mechanical engineer, you are an innovator. You are
interested in the physical principles involved in a product’s
design, its manufacture, assembly, safe operation and final
disposal. You carefully consider appearance, ease of use, the
costs of design and effects on the environment. Robotics,
automation, medical devices, environmentally responsible
power generation or any form of transportation are just
some of the areas where society utilizes your products. Your
creative and thoughtful design can positively transform the
world. In fact, it would be hard to find an area or object in
everyday life that is not in some way affected by a mechanical Ramy Ghattas
Program: Mechanical Engineering
PEY: Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Engineering Intern
What You’ll Learn Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ramy demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities in a
Years 1 and 2 provide you with a solid wide range of activities. As President of U of T’s Robotics
understanding of the basics of mechanical Association, he has grown the organization to more than 100
team members and plays a key role in mentoring high school
engineering, including mechanics, participants. Ramy is also the co-founder of the Mechanical
thermodynamics, mechanics of solids, and Industrial Engineering Mentorship program, which in its
first year attracted 84 participants. In the community, Ramy
materials science and complementary coordinates a tutoring program for recent immigrant families
courses in the humanities. who cannot afford tutors for their children.
Upper year courses incorporate your knowledge into topics
such as biomechanics, aerospace, manufacturing, product
design, environmental impact and risk assessment, robotics,
space system design, microprocessors and embedded
microcontrollers. Essential to curriculum is the inclusion of First Year Curriculum
hands-on design, as seen in a favourite Year 3 course where
+ Calculus I & II
you’ll learn about the fundamentals of creating great design.
+ Linear Algebra
In this course, you will be challenged to create a product
+ Fundamentals of Computer Programming
by tackling existing design flaws. The course ends with a
friendly competition—you’ll attend a simulated trade-show
+ Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
where you’ll convince “buyers” to order your designs.
Your Year 4 thesis, a major research project, is your chance + Introduction to Materials Science
for in-depth exploration of a topic under the guidance of a + Electrical Fundamentals
professor. You may decide to pursue a thesis topic relating + Seminar Intro to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
to work done in your Professional Experience Year (PEY), or + Ethics in Engineering
even through a student-based design team, such as the Blue About this photo
Sky Solar Car, Formula SAE Car or Mechatronics Design
Optional Specializations Available After Year 2 Mechanical Engineering student Ellen Turner takes notes on an experiment in the Thermal Spray Lab. Ellen, originally from Oakville,
Ontario, Canada, worked closely with a team of Engineering Professors and students to showcase U of T Engineering to youth at
Mechatronics | Manufacturing | Solid Mechanics & Design |
the city’s Science Rendezvous. She designed and demonstrated a Rube Goldberg machine at this event, which was featured on the
Energy & Environment | Bioengineering
mineral “Working at Diavik is unlike any other job. Because of its
remote location, it is a strictly fly-in/fly-out operation. That
engineering means you spend fourteen straight days working twelve
hours a day and are rewarded with fourteen days off. I used
most of this time to travel all over British Columbia, and
was also able to spend two weeks in Germany.”
What is Mineral Engineering?
Mineral engineering is an interdisciplinary branch of
engineering geoscience, the science of humanity’s interaction
with the earth. Mineral engineers use math, physics, geology
and environmental science to study, develop and design
subsurface infrastructure for a host of applications, including
mining, oil and gas exploration, hydroelectric projects,
dams, tunnels and subways, subsurface storage facilities, and
underground urban and shopping spaces. Technology long ago
transformed the ancient craft of mining—from pick and shovel
to highly sophisticated computer-controlled operations,
using enormous tunneling and excavation equipment, remote
robotic “telemining” and satellite technology.
As a mineral engineer, you can work
across the globe to discover and develop
valuable mineral resources, design
excavation methods, blasting methods and
plant facilities—all in an environmentally
responsible manner. Can you imagine your Andrew Kearns
life without steel, concrete and glass? The Program: Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program
work of mineral engineers is all around us. PEY: Diavik Diamond Mine in Northwest Territories,
Hometown: Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
What You’ll Learn
For Andrew, one of the best aspects of the MinE program is its
Not only is Toronto the national mining finance centre, but
ability to enhance learning and development with experiences
also one of four major cities worldwide where mining takes
outside of the classroom. During his time in MinE, Andrew
centre stage. Where better to study mineral engineering than
took advantage of these opportunities by participating in
at U of T?
activities such as MinE Club where he served as VP Academic
As a mineral engineering student, you’ll take courses in the and Third Year Rep, Canadian Mining Games, and field trips
departments of civil, chemical, materials, and mechanical (including one to Alberta). Andrew also took part in mine
engineering, as well as through the departments of math, rescue training and a course in mining entrepreneurship
physics, geology and geophysics. Innovative academic taught by Pierre Lassonde.
opportunity is a theme throughout the program with annual,
funded field trips in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta for a hands-
on look at mineral engineering practices. You’ll also bring
together your cumulative knowledge in a full-year Capstone
Design Course in Year 4 where students work with a team of First Year Curriculum
students and industry representatives to design solutions to
+ Engineering Strategies and Practice I and II
solve real mineral engineering concerns.
+ Physical Chemistry
Being a small program within the Faculty, + Calculus I and II
you can expect your class sizes in Years 2, + Linear Algebra
+ Fundamentals of Computer Programming
3 and 4 to have only 10 to 25 students— + Earth Systems Science
giving you plenty of opportunity to get + Introduction to Materials Science
+ Ethics in Engineering
to know your peers and professors in About this photo
an interactive classroom setting. Optional Specializations Available After Year 2 Mineral Engineering students investigate the use of high-tech visualization methods to test the properties of rock masses. Such
research will lead to the development of better technology for underground excavations in the future. U of T recently received
Admission scholarships of up to $10,000 Mining Geomechanics | Geological Engineering | Urban
$20 million toward our Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry. This will result in a new, environmentally friendly space
Infrastructure | Geotechnical | Applied Geology
are available for incoming students. featuring a lab for visualization and data analysis, an interdisciplinary design studio, and studio space.
About this photo
trackone “By exposing me to different subject areas,
TrackOne helped me realize what I wanted to
focus on. There is a strong sense of community
Engineering Professor and Chair of First Year, Susan McCahan, has received numerous awards for her teaching and leadership
in engineering education, including the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Professor McCahan also received a national
award for her involvement creating the required Core 8 and TrackOne First Year Engineering Strategies and Practice course.
and student ownership within TrackOne. The class
representative is one of your peers, so if you have
any ideas, you can easily suggest it to them.”
What is TrackOne?
TrackOne is the name of our General First Year in Engineering.
Think of TrackOne as a platform from which you can discover
your engineering interests within the Faculty during First Year.
As a TrackOne student, you will take a wide range of
engineering courses during Year 1, allowing you to develop
a strong foundation in key engineering principles. We will
challenge you to think about engineering in a multitude of
ways—helping you gain a solid understanding of the different
fields of engineering. After a successful First Year, you will
choose one of the Core 8 programs (not including Engineering
Science) to pursue for the remainder of your four-year
Bachelor of Applied Science degree.
Who should consider TrackOne? Perhaps you are a strong
student interested in engineering, but you’re not exactly sure
which specific area of engineering is for you. Or perhaps your
interests fall into many different fields of engineering and you
want to learn more about the academic, research and career
opportunities that are available to you. TrackOne encourages
students like you to take your time during First Year to
explore all the major areas of engineering with like-minded
What You’ll Learn Program: TrackOne to Computer Engineering
As a TrackOne student, you will take a similar range of courses PEY: IBM, Java Developer
as the other Core 8 students. These courses will give you the Hometown: Juijiang, China
foundation you’ll need to move smoothly into your Second
Canna’s hard-working attitude helps her shine as a leader.
Year of studies in one of the Core 8 programs.
In April 2007, she was the recipient of U of T’s Walter Scott
To help you learn more about different areas of engineering, Guest Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding
you’ll also attend special seminars to take a more interactive academic record upon entering her First Year in ECE. During
approach to learning about engineering, careers and research the summers of 2006 and 2008, she worked in a biomolecular
opportunities. These seminars, along with additional support research lab affiliated with the Toronto General Research
and career counseling from the TrackOne Liaison will help Institute to support groundbreaking studies that underlie
you decide which Core 8 program would be best for you to surgical and medical innovations. In her spare time, she
pursue after First Year. participates as a member of the Lady Godiva Memorial Band
and helps out with Frosh.
TrackOne is structured to give you the exposure and
momentum you need to better understand the areas of
engineering that interest you the most.
First Year Curriculum
+ Calculus A & B Upon Completion of TrackOne
+ Linear Algebra
As you approach the end of your First Year, you will decide which
+ Computer Fundamentals
of the Core 8 programs you’d like to pursue for your remaining
three years within the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.
+ Engineering Strategies and Practice I & II
Since the TrackOne curriculum is similar to that of other Core 8
students, the transition from Year 1 to Year 2 is a smooth one—
+ Electrical Fundamentals
regardless of which Core 8 program you should choose to pursue.
Please note: TrackOne students cannot transfer into Engineering
+ Introduction to Engineering Seminar
Science after Year 1.
+ Ethics in Engineering
engineering “Coming from a developing country, I based one of my
Praxis projects on a recycling project implemented by my
science home city. I explored ways to make it more applicable to
other parts of the world. Combining technical skills with
global experiences helps me become a true engineer for
What is Engineering Science?
Engineering Science (EngSci) is regarded as one of the top
engineering programs in the world, and is widely recognized
as an innovator in the field of engineering education. Our
students are taught by top professors and lecturers from the
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, as well as from
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics
and Medicine at U of T. Our unique and demanding curriculum
builds a multidisciplinary foundation for all students in Years 1
and 2 and prepares them to pursue one of eight exciting Majors
in Years 3 and 4.
Over 50% of EngSci graduates go on to pursue master’s and
doctoral degrees in various fields of science and engineering.
Graduates are admitted to schools such as Harvard, MIT, and
Caltech, as well as other internationally renowned universities
across Canada and around the world. Another 10-15% pursue
professional degrees in areas such as medicine, law, business, Evelyn Mukwedeya Majors for EngSci Students in Years 3 and 4:
pharmacy and dentistry. Our other graduates choose to enter the
Program: Engineering Science, Biomedical
workforce directly in an incredibly diverse range of fields in both Aerospace Engineering The aerospace industry Energy Systems Engineering The Energy through the use of engineering tools, such as
PEY: Canadian Tire Corporation, Business Analyst for
the private and public sectors. Engineering Science, including all is a major player in Canada’s economy. Our Systems Major meets the need for more optimization. Students will learn about financial
Supply Chain Major Projects
of its Majors, is an accredited program and therefore all of our graduates from this Major have knowledge in all professionals with expertise in this field in Ontario, theory that governs the dynamics of financial
Hometown: Mutare, Zimbabwe
graduates are eligible to be licensed as professional engineers in aspects of aircraft and spacecraft engineering, Canada and around the world. Energy is central to instruments and markets, which impact our global
Canada. During Evelyn’s PEY, she was Team Captain of the Canadian from flight dynamics and aerospace propulsion almost everything in nature, in society and indeed community.
Tire Co-op Social Committee where she created a strong to advanced materials and design, and help keep in the universe. Our whole economy is developed
As an EngSci student at U of T, you will find yourself in a closely- Nanoengineering The Nanoengineering Major
social network among all co-op students there and helped Canadian companies at the forefront of innovation around the concept of affordable energy. Students
knit community of academically talented, creative and highly represents the first undergraduate program of its
produce a monthly newsletter. She has worked in a number globally. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary learn to tackle some of the most pressing problems
motivated students. Together, you will share in one of the most kind in the world, and transcends the traditional
of research labs at U of T, including one of MIT’s top 35 program is delivered by professors at the we face today in terms of energy generation,
intense, challenging and intellectually stimulating learning boundaries between physics, chemistry and
innovators under 35, Milica Radisic, a ChemE professor who is University’s internationally recognized Institute for storage, and management, while gaining an
environments available. biology. Students learn how controlling shape and
working to cure heart disease. Evelyn is involved in a number Aerospace Studies. understanding of energy issues from a public
size at the nanometer scale enables the design
of clubs including the National Society of Black Engineers, policy perspective.
What You’ll Learn Women in Science and Engineering, Toastmasters, and the
Biomedical Engineering The first undergraduate
program of its kind in Canada, the Biomedical Infrastructure Engineering Buildings, bridges
of smaller, lighter, faster and better performing
materials, components and systems. Graduates
Undergraduate Engineering Research Day. She is also a
Years 1 and 2 are focused on giving students a strong foundation Major uniquely prepares students for a career in and transportation networks are some of have the potential to radically transform almost
talented clarinetist and dancer.
in engineering design, basic sciences, engineering sciences, this exciting field by providing an interdisciplinary the largest and most significant products of any imaginable sector, including health care,
mathematics, computing and the humanities. This unique curriculum that builds strong foundations in both engineering in the world today. Together with manufacturing, information technology, energy and
foundation in both science and engineering is developed engineering and the life sciences. Tremendous other infrastructure components, they provide the transportation.
specifically for and delivered only to Engineering Science conceptual and technological advances in the necessary underpinning of civilization and allow
Year 1 Curriculum Year 2 Curriculum Engineering Physics The Department of Physics
students at U of T. biomedical sciences are significantly influencing people to live together in large cities sustainably
at the University of Toronto, together with the
Fall Term Fall Term how our graduates are finding ways to apply their and productively. In this unique Major, students
In Years 3 and 4, students choose their Major or what EngSci Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, gave
+ Structures and Materials + Particles and Waves knowledge to the understanding, diagnosis, and develop the engineering skills to tackle projects of
students fondly refer to as their “Option.” The content and birth to the Engineering Physics program in 1935
+ Classical Mechanics + Vector Calculus and Fluid treatment of diseases and to other health-related this magnitude, going well beyond what is found in
choice of Majors is constantly evolving to address the changing (called Engineering Science since 1965). The
+ Engineering Mathematics and Mechanics issues. conventional engineering programs. Graduates are
needs and demands of society. This enables EngSci graduates Physics Major continues to attract students with
Computation + Thermodynamics and Heat equipped with the ability to create unique systems
to become leaders in their field with the latest scientific and Electrical and Computer Engineering This Major a keen aptitude for physics who see the creative
+ Calculus I Transfer and designs, custom-tailored to both site and
technological innovations at hand. embraces the Engineering Science philosophy, potential for combining this with an engineering
+ Introduction to Computer + Calculus III function.
delivering a program that provides a strong focus degree. Graduates appreciate the high degree of
Praxis is one of the key academic components of the EngSci Programming + Digital and Computer Systems
on the foundational principles that form the basis Engineering Mathematics, Statistics and flexibility provided to them in terms of the design
program in Year 1. It reflects the intersection of theory and + Engineering Science Praxis I + Engineering Society and
for both disciplines. In our highly integrated world, Finance The Engineering Mathematics, Statistics of their program across a wide spectrum of
practice—exactly where engineers do most of their work. Critical Thinking
Winter Term the two areas are increasingly tightly linked and and Finance Major, the first undergraduate theoretical and experimental physics courses.
The Praxis courses in Year 1 are where students explore the
+ Systems Biology Winter Term this approach gives students the background program of its kind in Canada, provides students
relationships between their coursework and the real world. It is
+ Linear Algebra + Modern Physics and flexibility to integrate the knowledge required with a strong background in mathematics and
also where students are given the opportunity to develop their
+ Calculus II + Electromagnetism to develop emerging technologies and invent statistics, and an understanding of how these
creative potential and critical skills.
+ Electric Circuits + Molecules and Materials new ones. disciplines apply to practice in quantitative finance
+ Computer Programming or + Probability and Statistics
Free Elective + Engineering Design
+ Engineering Science Praxis II + Complementary Studies
About this photo
Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (right), former Chair of Engineering Science, is a passionate advocate for EngSci. Honoured with many
impressive teaching awards, she has been instrumental in our academic plan and is revered by her students.
Photo by flickr user broken thoughts.
Photo by flickr user thru the night.
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Toronto is Canada’s economic engine Year. The convenience of living close to classes and campus
The Student Housing Services team also
and home to major corporations and services, the opportunity to make lasting friendships and for offers help finding off campus housing.
involvement in numerous activities, together with supportive
financial institutions. With a population staff, make residence life an excellent option for many students.
They offer information, resources,
of 5.5 million, it is the 5th largest city in Living in residence helps ease the transition from life at home to and personal assistance to meet your
North America and has one of the world’s housing goals. Visit their website for
Residence is guaranteed for all new full-time students entering
most diverse and multicultural populations. their First Year of university in an undergraduate program for
more information about your rights as
Home to more than 100 cultures, Toronto the first time, whether they live in or outside Toronto, who are a tenant, signing your rental agreement,
offered admission by May 31, and have indicated their interest in
truly is “the world within a city.” residence on their application for admission.
and more: www.housing.utoronto.ca
Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the
For more information, please visit: www.housing.utoronto.ca
Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in
Canada. With the U of T campus nestled in the downtown core,
students will have access to our many parks, trails, waterfront,
sports venues, and entertainment facilities.
Toronto is a city that enjoys all four seasons. It celebrates the
richness and diversity of these seasons through enriching
festivals and activities held throughout the year. There is always
something going on during the summer, fall, winter, and spring.
Toronto is also widely known for its amazing restaurants, arts
and entertainment, as well as sports and recreational activities.
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admissions requirements how to apply money matters
Financial Aid and UTAPS1
All applicants to the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are Applications for full- and part-time studies must be submitted through the
assessed in two ways: Academically and Non-Academically. Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC): www.ouac.on.ca U of T is committed to ensuring
that no admitted student who is
Academic Requirements: The admissions committee Non-Academic Requirements: To get a complete picture of
Current Ontario High School Students: All Other Students: a Canadian Citizen or Permanent
encourages students to apply if they have an 80% or higher each applicant’s skills and interests, in addition to academic
average in high school (to be competitive, students should aim performance, each applicant must submit an online Student 1. Complete and submit Form 101 to OUAC (talk to your high 1. For all other applicants who are NOT currently registered as
Resident of Canada is unable to enroll
for higher). We consider results from Grade 11 and 12 (or prior Profile Form (SPF). This form allows applicants to elaborate on school guidance counsellor for details). full-time students at an Ontario secondary school, apply to in or complete their studies due to
academic performance in other jurisdictions) and look for their interests, abilities and strengths through extracurricular OUAC using Form 105. Deadline: February 1, 2011.
consistent academic performance throughout the high school activities. Students will receive more information about the SPF
2. Complete and submit the electronic online Student Profile lack of financial means. To help fulfill
Form (SPF). You will receive more information about the SPF 2. Complete and submit the electronic online Student Profile
years when making admissions decisions. We pay special after submitting their application through the OUAC.
once your application has been received. Form (SPF). You will receive more information about the SPF
this commitment, the University
attention to grades achieved in prerequisite subjects and only
consider your first attempt at a course as this provides the
English Facility Requirements: Applicants whose first once your application has been received. provides assistance in the form of non-
language is not English must present proof of English facility
best indication of your ability. All required courses must have
prior to admission consideration, unless they have completed
3. Submit complete academic transcripts directly to the repayable grants for undergraduate
been completed within the last five years. Students who have Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office.
been out of studies for more than five years should contact the
four years of full-time study in an English language school students through the University of
in a country where the predominant language is English. For
Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office.
details on required scores and acceptable tests, please visit
Toronto Advanced Planning for
www.adm.utoronto.ca/eft Students (UTAPS) program. After
requiring the maximum amount
of government assistance through
International Foundation Program Transfer Students: provincial government assistance
(e.g., OSAP for Ontario students),
Required Secondary School Background The International Foundation Program (IFP) is a unique offering
that combines conditional acceptance to the University of Students who have completed courses at another recognized
U of T will ensure that any remaining
Toronto with intensive English language instruction. The IFP university will be considered for admission if they have achieved financial need is met through a UTAPS
is available to academically qualified international students at least a mid-B average in university math and science courses.
Canada: who are graduating from an International High School or have Transfer credits are awarded on a course by course basis at
grant. In other words, UTAPS will
Ontario Nova Scotia
studied in Canada for less than 4 years, whose English fluency the time of admission. In order to be eligible for admission, “top up” the amount already received
scores do not meet the University of Toronto’s published transfer students must have completed university-level courses
English (ENG4U); Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U); Chemistry (SCH4U); Pre-Calculus 12; or AP Calculus, Advanced Math 12 or Math 12,
entrance requirements. Successful completion of the IFP in mathematics (including Calculus), Physics and Chemistry or
through government assistance to
Physics (SPH4U). One of: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Mathematics
of Data Management (MDM4U), Biology (SBI4U) or Earth and Space
Chemistry 12, Physics 12, English 12
will guarantee admission to the Faculty of Applied Science meet the requirements at the high school level. Spaces in our cover any unmet assessed financial
Prince Edward Island & Engineering with one full credit in First Year. Please visit upper year programs may be very limited. Individuals who have
Science (SES4U). One additional U or M course.
Mathematics 621A or 621B, Mathematics 611B, Chemistry 611 or 621, www.ifp.utoronto.ca for more information on this program. completed an engineering degree at another institution are
need. Students do not have to repay
Quebec CEGEP Physics 621, English 621 not eligible to apply for degree-level undergraduate studies in the UTAPS grant received from U of T.
Engineering at the University of Toronto.
12 academic courses in Pure & Applied Science and two courses each
Saskatchewan For further information on UTAPS,
in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, English. 24 courses with prerequisites
will be considered for advance standing credit.
Math B30 + C30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Part-time Studies: Community College
please visit www.adm.utoronto.ca
English ELA A30 + B30
All programs except Engineering Science consider applications Students who have completed a three-year college program in
Quebec Grade 12
for part-time study. Part-time students take courses alongside a relevant subject area may apply for admission on this basis,
Calculus & Vectors/AP Calculus/MCB4U, Linear Algebra/Advanced
full-time students, at a reduced course load. It is not possible to provided they have completed courses in mathematics (including
Functions, Chemistry/SCH4U, Physics/SPH4U, English or English AP
complete the program on evenings or weekends. The admission Calculus), Chemistry, and Physics. Typically, students admitted Costs for the Academic Year
Alberta/NW Territories/Nunavut requirements for part-time students are the same as full-time from a college program will be offered admission into First Year.
Fees for full-time studies are in Canadian Dollars. For
Pure Math 30, Math 31, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, American System admission requirements.
Visit www.engineering.utoronto.ca for further details. more information, please visit www.fees.utoronto.ca
English 30 or ELA 30-1 Grade 12 at an accredited high school and scores on SAT Reasoning
Applications for part-time studies are available online at
Tests or ACTs. Students must also present either IB, AP or SAT Subject How to Apply:
British Columbia/Yukon http://horizon.ouac.on.ca/uoft/parttime.
test results in Math, Physics and Chemistry.
Principles of Math 12, Calculus 12 or AP Calculus, Chemistry 12, Applications for full-time studies must be submitted through Domestic International
How to Apply:
Physics 12, English 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
Mathematics (recommended at higher level); Physics and Chemistry at 1. The deadline to submit your application using the Part-time www.ouac.on.ca Tuition $10,0952 $29,0553
either level. Application is February 1, 2011.
Pre-Calculus Math 40S, AP Calculus (if available), Chemistry 40S, 1. If you are not currently registered as a full-time day student at
Residence $6,250–14,148 $6,250–14,148
Physics 40S, ELA 40S British Patterned 2. Complete and submit the electronic online Student Profile an Ontario secondary school, apply using Form 105.
Three A-Levels including Mathematics and Physics. Chemistry is Form (SPF). You will receive more information about the SPF Deadline: February 1, 2011.
New Brunswick Meal Plan $1,800–3,000 $1,800–3,000
strongly recommended as the third A-Level course, applicants must once your application has been received.
Advanced Math with Intro Calculus 120, Math 121/122, 2. Complete and submit the electronic online Student Profile
present at least AS-Level Chemistry.
Chemistry 121 or 122, Physics 121 or 122, English 120, 121, or 122 3. Submit complete academic transcripts directly to the Form (SPF). You will receive more information about the SPF Books/Supplies $1,500 $1,500
Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office. once your application has been received.
Newfoundland/Labrador * The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering does not grant
Math 3207, Math 3204 or 3205, Chemistry 3202, Physics 3204, transfer credit for AP, IB or A-level Exams. For a complete listing of 3. Submit complete academic transcripts directly to the
English 3201 admission requirements for each educational system, please visit: Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office. 1. International students are not eligible for financial aid.
www.adm.utoronto.ca 2. 2010–2011 academic fees.
3. 2011–2012 proposed academic fees (subject to
Governing Council approval).
A scholarship promise: If you are a domestic student
studying at a Canadian secondary school or CEGEP, and
your admission average is 92% or better, and you have
completed each of the subjects required with at least
‘A’ standing, the University of Toronto guarantees you
entrance scholarship(s) totalling at least $2,000 if you
enroll in first year at U of T. Faculty of Applied Science
The Faculty and U of T offer numerous admission
scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence
and, in some cases, financial need. Applicants to
First Year are automatically considered, and typically
scholarships have a maximum value of $7,500. After
First Year, students are eligible for a variety of academic-
based “in-course” scholarships. The best way to learn more about Engineering at the
Need-based (UTAPS assessment required) Admission
University of Toronto is to visit our campus.
Awards: Fernando V. Agostinelli Memorial Scholarship, Hira &
Kamal Ahuja Award In Engineering, Kenneth Au-Yeung Memorial Contact us for a tour or visit one of our upcoming events.
Scholarship, Jack & Lily Bell Entrance Scholarship, The Robert L.
Bullen Admission Scholarship, Class of 5T1 Bursary, Colantonio
To learn more, visit: www.discover.engineering.utoronto.ca
Family Leadership Award, Colcleugh Family Scholarship, The
Sydney C. Cooper Scholarships, IEE Toronto Centre Scholarship,
The Lau Family Scholarships, Motorola Foundation Scholarships,
Vera Catherine Noakes Scholarship, Proscience Inc. Engineering
Entrance Scholarship, Robert J. Richardson Scholarship, Donald
Ross Leadership Award, Leon Rubin Scholarships, Robert Sangster
Memorial Admission Award, Fred Schaeffer Scholarship in Civil
Engineering, Christopher Skrok Memorial Scholarships, Edward
& Helen Swanston Scholarships, The Jean Wallace Memorial Contact our Recruitment Team:
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L. Donegan Scholarship in Engineering, John Pearson Duncan
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Admission Scholarships, Enwave Leadership Awards, The ERCO
Worldwide Leadership Scholarships, Faculty of Applied Science &
Engineering Admission Scholarships, J. Colin Finlayson Admission
Scholarship, U of T First Engineering Scholarship, Robert M.
Friedland Scholarships, James A. Gow Admission Scholarship,
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George A. Guess Admission Scholarships, Frank Howard Guest
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Michael Mortson Industrial Engineering Admission Scholarship,
Professional Engineers Ontario Foundation For Education:
Entrance Scholarships, Norman Ramm Scholarship, Edward S.
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Leslie & Lois Shaw Admission Scholarship, The Shaw Admission
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