News & Updates

Version One Ventures, led by alumna Angela Tran, wins big as Coinbase shares soar in debut: Globe and Mail

April 19, 2021

Version One Ventures, led by alumna Angela Tran (EngSci 0T5, ChemE MASc 0T7, ChemE PhD 1T2) and Boris Wertz, invested US$2-million across two private financings of Coinbase in 2017 and 2018, picking up about 151,000 shares. Both investments were made from its $35-million (US$28-million) second venture fund. Read the full story in the Globe and… Read more »

The show must go on: Skule™ Nite to premiere all-virtual musical and comedy show for 100th anniversary

April 14, 2021

Story by Liz Do, U of T Engineering News For 99 years, U of T Engineering students have put on a musical and comedy show, Skule™ Nite, to packed audiences at Hart House Theatre. But in its 100th year, while surefire jokes about Skule™ life and Arts & Science students will remain, almost nothing else about… Read more »

Social enterprise co-founded by ChemE alumna aims to bring smarter irrigation to areas without electricity

March 22, 2021

This story was originally published by U of T Engineering News You can’t grow food without water, and in many parts of the world, there isn’t a lot to spare. Two U of T Engineering graduates have a solution they think could help. Austin Mclean (MechEng 1T5+PEY, MEng 1T9) and Rashmi Satharakulasinghe (ChemE 1T7) are the co-founders of Corridor… Read more »

U of T professor engages engineering students with virtual reality

March 15, 2021

Story originally published by The Charlatan With the pandemic keeping most students out of the lab, University of Toronto professor Ariel Chan is bringing in-person learning to her classroom with the help of virtual reality. Using Labster, a virtual lab platform, to run her labs with 3D simulations, Chan is giving her third-year chemical engineering and applied chemistry… Read more »

Professor Jeff Brook featured on CBC’s The National

March 15, 2021

Professor Jeff Brook (ChemE) was featured on CBC News The National to discuss pollution and air quality levels during COVID-19 and the app he’s developing to measure air quality and the health of communities. Watch the full segment 

Celebrating ‘Chemmunity’ spirit virtually: Students pivot to online platform for 2021 Iron Ring Party

March 15, 2021

The annual Iron Ring Party is one of the most anticipated events for graduating chemical engineering students to come together and celebrate the culmination of their degree – receiving their iron ring. Making the best of current COVID-19 gathering restrictions, students moved the event online and organized the Department’s first-ever virtual Iron Ring Party. In… Read more »

U of T Entrepreneurship Week: Two ChemE startups to watch

March 9, 2021

This article was adapted for Chem Eng News. Read the full list of startups to watch at U of T News. With nearly a dozen startup incubators and accelerators spread across its three campuses, the University of Toronto is a thriving hotbed of entrepreneurial activity — even amid the pandemic. U of T Engineering entrepreneurs and their startups are finding… Read more »

ChemE places among global top 30 in chemical engineering in QS World University Rankings 2021

March 8, 2021

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry remains Canada’s top-ranked chemical engineering program and maintains its spot in the global top 30, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021. Overall, the Department ranks 26th globally, marking an increase from last year’s ranking of 27th. Additionally, the rankings placed U of… Read more »

Mississauga battery recycler Li-Cycle files to go public on NYSE in US$1.7-billion deal: Globe and Mail

February 26, 2021

Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) is an alumnus of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. This story originally appeared in the Globe and Mail. Battery recycler Li-Cycle Corp. is raising cash for global expansion by going public on the New York Stock Exchange in a deal that values the Mississauga-based company at US$1.7-billion. Li-Cycle… Read more »

Pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry

February 26, 2021

Story by Julien Couture-Senécal This story was originally published by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Ahil Ganesh graduated in 2019 from Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering, where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Dr. Molly Shoichet’s lab (ChemE, BME, Donnelly). Dr. Ganesh is now a senior research scientist at Spark Therapeutics, working on gene therapies…. Read more »

Out of the lab, into the marketplace: How one of Canada’s most celebrated scientists, Molly Shoichet, is bringing her key discovery to market: Globe and Mail

February 22, 2021

This story originally appeared in the Globe and Mail One of Canada’s most celebrated scientists, Molly Shoichet, is stepping up plans to take a key discovery out of her lab and into the marketplace. On Monday, AmacaThera Inc., the third startup spun out of Dr. Shoichet’s University of Toronto lab, is announcing it has raised… Read more »

Black History Month: ChemE presidents reflect on the impact of National Society of Black Engineers at U of T

February 22, 2021

Story by Liz Do, U of T Engineering News Kelly-Marie Melville (ChemE 1T2 + PEY) was in her dorm room, just two weeks into her studies at U of T Engineering, when a fellow student Korede Owolabi (CompE 1T5 + PEY) and member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) U of T chapter came knocking on her door…. Read more »

Stephanie Obeta and Kelly-Marie Melville reflect on their experiences as Black women in STEM

February 11, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, U of T Engineering invited students and alumni who identify as Black (including African, African-Canadian, African-Caribbean ancestry) and women to reflect on their experiences in STEM, the barriers they’ve faced in their career journeys, their inspirations, and the advice that they have for young Black women students.   The perspectives of Stephanie Obeta (ChemE Year 3) and Kelly-Marie Melville (ChemE 1T2 +… Read more »

Focused on sustainability, U of T startup puts insects on the menu – for your pet

February 8, 2021

Story originally published by U of T News A University of Toronto startup is looking to improve the nutrition of dogs and cats while protecting the environment. Working with U of T Mississauga’s ICUBE accelerator, HOPE Pet Foods bills itself as both meat-free and sustainable, and is preparing to launch a line of pet foods built around alternative proteins – namely insects and… Read more »

Giving Impact Factor a New Meaning: Locke Davenport-Huyer

February 8, 2021

Story originally published by the Institute for Biomedical Engineering Dr. Locke Davenport-Huyer graduated in 2019 with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. During his time at the University of Toronto, Locke has authored over 30 publications and co-founded Discovery, an educational STEM initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between high… Read more »

“This Could Become the Facebook of Environmental Information”

January 29, 2021

Story by Dalla Lana School of Public Health U of T researchers are developing an app allowing anyone to learn about air quality, greenery, walkability, and other factors contributing to the environmental health of their neighborhoods. Tentatively named “Good Score,” the app will lay bare  environmental inequities among communities across Canada, and, for the first… Read more »

Meet Concrete Canoe Co-Project Manager, Stella Gregorski

January 28, 2021

Story by Rebecca Logan, CivMin Tell us about yourself. My name is Stella Gregorski (ChemE Year 3). I’ve been involved with Concrete Canoe for three years now. I started out as a general member, then a concrete technical lead last year before becoming Co-Project Manager this year. Concrete Canoe is the only design team I’m… Read more »

‘We need more scientists in government’: Molly Shoichet on the Nominee for U.S. Science Advisor

January 27, 2021

Story by Linda Quattrin, Temerty Faculty of Medicine Signalling that science is firmly back on the U.S. agenda, President Joe Biden has named high-profile scientist Eric Lander as his nominee to be both science advisor and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). If confirmed by Congress, Lander will be… Read more »

BioZone researchers provide viral protein for development of new COVID-19 antibody test

January 21, 2021

BioZone researchers are among key collaborators in the development of what is said to be the quickest, most accurate and most affordable COVID-19 antibody test currently available. Supported by funding from the Toronto COVID-19 Action Initiative (TCAI), BioZone supplied purified nucleocapsid protein to facilitate the work undertaken by Shawn Li at Western University to develop the rapid antibody… Read more »

Virtual reality makes unique chemical engineering lab accessible from home

January 19, 2021

Story by Liz Do, U of T Engineering News For more than 70 years, the Unit Ops Lab has been a cornerstone for undergraduate training in chemical engineering. Now, Professor Ariel Chan (ChemE) is using virtual reality and 3D simulations to make it accessible to students who are studying from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Unit Ops… Read more »

Ontario universities create fellowship to increase diversity in engineering and technology

January 18, 2021

Story by Engineering Strategic Communications, U of T Engineering News Six universities in Ontario have partnered to create a new fellowship to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering to prepare them for academic careers as professors and industry researchers. Announced today, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology… Read more »

The year ahead: Q-and-A with U of T Engineering Dean Christopher Yip

January 11, 2021

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A lot of adjectives have been used to describe the year 2020 — unprecedented, unusual, challenging — but Dean Chris Yip would choose a different one: inspiring. “What I saw across our Faculty was people rising to the challenge,” he says. “That innovative spirit is what engineering… Read more »

‘The next big step’: U of T researchers pursue a treatment for vision loss

January 6, 2021

Story by Paul Fraumeni, U of T News It takes only a fraction of a second for light to travel through your eye to create an image in the brain, enabling you to see these words on your screen.  This ability, however, can be weakened – sometimes resulting in total blindness – when key structures in… Read more »

Professor Gisele Azimi featured on CBC News

January 6, 2021

Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) was featured on CBC Morning Live to discuss her research on recycling precious metals from discarded e-waste. Watch the segment »

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