Fostering student leadership in engineering: Meet Professor Alison Olechowski

Alison Olechowski recently joined MIE as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and is cross-appointed to the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead). In her short time at U of T Engineering, she has already begun to accomplish her teaching focus: giving students the tools and confidence to become engineering leaders. This fall, in addition to teaching… Read more »

OPTIONS: Enriching career development for engineering PhDs and postdoctoral fellows

All professors have a PhD, but in engineering only one in four PhDs become professors. A new program — led by U of T Engineering’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) and the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies — is helping PhD students and postdoctoral fellows prepare for careers outside academia, from industry research and development… Read more »

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: Patricia Sheridan

We are thrilled to welcome Patricia Sheridan to the ILead team as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Professor Sheridan is focusing on integrating teamwork and leadership learning into the engineering curriculum. She has previously taught leadership and teamwork courses at Northwestern University, where she is a Leadership Fellow. Prof. Sheridan has previously been involved in… 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 »