New scholarships support underrepresented groups in Engineering

As a fourth-year student in chemical engineering, Stephanie Obeta (ChemE 2T2) has learned a lot about fluid flow, heat transfer and reaction rates. But she says her favourite course was about none of these — instead it had to do with the role engineers play in building a more just society.

Engineering and Social Justice, instructed by Peter Weiss and Mikhail Burke, expanded my worldview on social issues and allowed me to understand different perspectives,” she says. “I came out of that course as a more well-rounded student with a better understanding of how my role as a future engineer impacts and shapes society.”

Obeta, along with Sarah Sameh Hassaballa (Year 2 CompE), is one of the two inaugural recipients of the CGI Scholarship for the Advancement of Black Women in Engineering. The award is one of more than 50 new scholarships, bursaries, fellowships and grants established in the 2020–2021 academic year, representing an investment of more than $5.5 million. Read the full U of T Engineering News story.