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 »

Meet Vincent Zhang: How the Summer Program transformed my life

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Vincent Zhang (Year 2 MechE) about his experiences with ILead’s Faculty-wide Summer Program: Engineer Your Future and his perspective on leadership. Vincent’s journey with ILead began in the summer of 2016 when he registered for the Faculty-wide Summer Program. He was quick to tell me how this… Read more »

Anyone can cook…and anyone can lead!

Gusteau (from the movie Ratatouille): You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook…but only the fearless can be great. A… Read more »

CoP Conference Sheds Light on School-to-Work Transition of Engineers

On Friday, November 11th ILead’s Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership (CoP) took another major step forward, hosting the Third Conference on the Leader Engineer at U of T. More than 70 people attended, including employees of all eight participating companies in addition to students, staff and faculty from U of T Engineering. The focus… Read more »