Catch up with our 2017 Summer Fellows!

The Summer Fellowship is a 16-week program for highly engaged engineering students who want to grow the impact of their student organization and themselves as leaders. Meet the Summer Fellows and read about the organizational change they are seeking to have through the Summer Fellowship! Mahsa Naserifar | VP Student Life, Engineering Society “I aim to… Read more »

Celebrating undergraduate research with the 10th annual UnERD

From improving communications technology to generating sustainable energy, undergraduate students are sharing their discoveries and innovations with the world. This year marks the 10th anniversary of U of T Engineering’s Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD). The event enables undergraduate students to present the research projects they’ve worked on over the last several months, in labs across… Read more »

New faculty appointment: Alison Olechowski

We are thrilled to welcome Alison Olechowski to the ILead team! Alison joined ILead and the department of MIE on July 1 as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. She completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying product development decision-making during complex industry projects. Dr. Olechowski completed her BSc (Engineering) at Queen’s… Read more »

Designing the engineer of 2050: Canadian engineering educators to meet in Toronto

Leading engineering educators will converge  at U of T Engineering from June 4–7 for a major national conference organized around a single urgent question: How can we prepare the next generation of engineering leaders to address critical challenges that will face society 30 years in the future? “We wanted to move people outside of their normal comfort… Read more »

Retooling the Future of Education: EdTech Workshop 2017

“Future educators will value, not fear, fresh approaches, new solutions,” wrote U of T Professor Marshall McLuhan in 1967. Fifty years later, the pace of social and technological change has only accelerated. Adapting to that change was the focus of the EdTech Workshop 2017, hosted May 12 by U of T Engineering. Since its launch… Read more »

How not to fail in the workplace!

How do PhD students fail in the workplace? What skills do you need to avoid those failures? On May 2nd, four engineering managers shared their experiences supervising really successful (and not so successful) PhD students and post-docs. Some of the main takeaways from the conversation were: You need to have strong communication and teamwork skills,… Read more »

Who You Are Matters!

The PhD Career Development Workshops and Events has launched! On March 30, 60 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows representing all engineering disciplines came together to explore ‘who they are’. Through a fun, interactive, guided process students clarified their unique strengths, influences, and what’s most important to them. The session culminated with the creation of a… Read more »

Leadership Through the Years

A common assumption is that one’s idea of leadership grows and evolves as they do. To test this assumption, I spoke to a few students from different years about their views on leadership. Even though they all had similar ideas on what leadership was, they all seemed to be at different stages of their leadership… Read more »

The Game: Learning engineering leadership through social innovation

U of T Engineering students presented innovative solutions to a wide range of social issues at the final showcase of The Game, hosted on March 16. The social innovation competition organized by U of T Engineering’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) featured student proposals for increasing bicycle usage in Toronto, leveraging data to… Read more »

Lessons Learned from The Game

Bella Zhang participated in the 2016-2017 cohort of The Game. This is a reflection on her experiences with the program and the lessons she learned. The concept of leadership today has become a glazing icon. When you are job hunting, you are usually told to highlight your leadership experience in your resume and interviews. Is… Read more »