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 »

The Power of Storytelling in Leadership

The Power of Story (APS445H) is an academic course offered by ILead that allows people to explore their own personal narratives and discover how their experiences shape them as engineers and leaders. I spoke with Annie Simpson, one of the co-instructors of the course, and two of the students, Heather Kelsall and Mohammed Manek, about… Read more »

Professor Greg Evans receives 3M National Teaching Fellowship

U of T Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Professor Greg Evans has received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The award is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university or college level. “One of the things that makes… Read more »

Meet Paul Seufert, Data Scientist and Pizza Bandit

Paul Seufert is a third year EngSci student specializing in Mathematics, Statistics, and Finance. The way he got involved with ILead is a bit of a funny story and earned Paul the nickname of “Pizza Bandit.” He followed one of his friends to the Club Leaders Roundtable with the temptation of pizza, but the meeting… Read more »

Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM with Dean Amon

In 2015 there were only 16.2% females enrolled in engineering in Canada. Furthermore even less than 13% of licensed engineers in Canada are women. Even fewer percentages of women are involved in engineering leadership roles. In December 2015, the UN declared February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to recognize the… Read more »