From Malaysia to Toronto: Meet your incoming class of 2T3

Eight students share what’s got them excited about their first year at U of T Engineering

Residence move-ins, Frosh Week, fuelling up on textbooks at the U of T bookstore and their first-ever plenary lecture from Dean Christopher Yip — a long list of activities await more than 1,200 U of T Engineering students.

For many, that list also includes exploring Toronto for the very first time — about one in four come from outside of Canada.

Urvi Verkhedkar (Year 1, ChemE)

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Why U of T Engineering? I have a huge interest in sustainability, and U of T Engineering  has so many cool courses and minors related to this area, as well as amazing research — quantum-dot solar cells, studies in urban environments — and extracurriculars: Blue Sky Solar Racing and Engineers Without Borders, to name a few. I feel that I’ll get incredible opportunities to explore my interests in sustainability here.

First-year plans: I’m excited to be studying chemical engineering at U of T, and I’m hoping to pursue a minor in environmental engineering. During my first year, I’m hoping to join some engineering-related design teams to get some hands-on experience, though I’m not sure which! I’m definitely looking forward to trying clubs that get me outdoors, such as mountain biking or the Iron Dragons.

Future goals: After I graduate, I’d like to be involved in a sustainable technology startup, possibly in recycling or eco-friendly manufacturing.


Click the link to meet a few more incoming international students to U of T Engineering.