Undergraduate Design and Research Experiences We embed engineering design throughout our undergraduate curriculum, enabling students in all years to experience the process of meeting a challenge, developing a solution and building and testing prototypes. The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), which will include a 500-seat interactive auditorium, design/ meet rooms, and rapid prototyping and fabrication facilities, will enhance design work across our programs. (For more information about the CEIE, please see the introductory section of this report.) All undergraduates participate in engineering design courses in their first year. Engineering Science students take ESC 101 and 102 Praxis, and students in our General First Year and core programs take APS 111 and 112 Engineering Strategies and Practice. In both sets of courses, students learn the design process by addressing challenges proposed by industry and other clients while developing their competencies in teamwork, leadership and effective communication. In 2015–2016, Praxis students were challenged to improve daily life in communities around the Greater Toronto Area. Designs presented in April 2016 at the Praxis showcase included: –– an accessible art station for children with fine-motor and cognitive delays; –– a mobile app that improves public engagement with the Allan Gardens Conservatory in downtown Toronto with a map to aid navigation and a virtual tour to help identify plants; and –– an improved drying system for rental skates at the Nathan Phillips Square skating rink outside Toronto’s City Hall.
In their final year, all engineering students take on design challenges proposed by industry, other clients or themselves in capstone courses. Students may take discipline-specific capstone courses, including some that have an international focus. (For more information, see Chapter 9: International Initiatives). Alternatively, they may enrol in APS 490 Multidisciplinary Capstone Project (MCP), which brings together undergraduate students from across the Faculty to work with leading companies and develop solutions to industryproposed design challenges. Since the University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UTIMDI) began offering the MCP course in 2012, 240 students from across all undergraduate programs have participated. In 2015–2016, 19 student teams worked with industry clients such as Astronauts for Hire, Bombardier, Defence Research & Development Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Projects presented at the annual MCP Showcase in March 2016 included
an inexpensive, portable accessibility lift, microgravity experiments to improve astronaut training and student education, and a modernized approach to teaching land navigation courses in the Canadian Armed Forces. MCP designs from previous years continue to make an impact. Xposure, an app that helps firefighters track hazards they come in contact with on the job, began in 2014–2015’s MCP course as a project for the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association. More than 50 Hamilton firefighters are now using the app, which was originally designed for iPhones and is now available for Android phones. The Innovation, Hammers & Nails Initiative gives students at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) the opportunity to design engineering solutions to challenges identified by clinicians, nurses, staff and fellows at the Hospital for Sick Children. Launched in fall 2015, this initiative is available to undergraduate and graduate students through a range of courses and degree programs, including BME 498 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design and the MHSc clinical internship. Projects included a 3D-printed eye for ophthalmology training and a wearable device to detect tripping hazards for elderly patients. Undergraduates across all years have rich opportunities to engage in research that advances the frontiers of engineering, both within the Faculty and internationally. Through the Engineering Science Research Opportunities Program (ESROP), first- and second-year Engineering Science students work with faculty members each summer on research-based collaborations, exposing them early in their studies to the research process. Undergraduates across all programs who spent their summers working in laboratories at U of T Engineering presented their findings in August 2016 at the Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD). This annual event featured more than 100 poster and podium presentations on topics such as improving alternative energy production and preventing the formation of secondary organic aerosols, air pollutants that can cause health problems and impact climate change. U of T Engineering students also have opportunities to conduct research abroad through programs administered by U of T’s Centre for International Experience. Partner institutions include the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and University of Stuttgart. Students in some programs have the option to receive degree credit for such exchanges through APS 299Y Summer Research Abroad. Engineering Science students who find their own research opportunities overseas can apply for an Exceptional Opportunities Award, which helps cover some of the costs associated with the placement. In 2015, students who received this
64 Chapter 4: Cross-Faculty Education | Annual Report 2016 | Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Published on Sep 16, 2016
This is the annual report of performance indicators for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.