Engineering Alumni e-News

Fall 2013


Introducing the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

CEIE Exterior

Proposed Design Unveiled for Skule's New Building

Get a first look at plans for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a cross-disciplinary research and educational facility at the heart of the St. George campus scheduled to open in late 2016.

Don Andrew & Todd Reichert

The Skule Campus, Then and Now

Engineering Society officers from different eras Don Andrew (CivE 5T4) and Todd Reichert (EngSci 0T5, AeroE PhD 1T1) share their memories of the U of T Engineering campus and how it has changed over the years.

Amy Chong

Alumna Q & A: Amy Chong (IndE 1T1 + PEY),
MBA Student and Hatchery Mentor

Meet a Skule graduate who is giving back to her alma mater by serving as a mentor at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery, one of the programs that will find much-needed room to grow within the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


Alumni News

Samah El-Tantawy

Skule Grad Honoured for Research on Smart Traffic Lights

Samah El-Tantawy (CivE PhD 1T2) earned two prestigious international awards for developing a system that helps traffic lights think and 'talk' to each other, learning to create optimum traffic patterns in real time.

Arbor Award Winners

10 Engineering Alumni Receive U of T Arbor Awards

Recognized were George Babu (EngSci 0T0), Alan Bowler (ChemE 5T3), Warren Brown (ECE 5T3), Sankar Das Gupta (MSE), Gerard Charles Frost (ChemE), Andy Kikites (CivE 0T4), Ted Maulucci (MechE 8T9), Anahita Panthaky (ECE 1T0), Varuna Prakash (MSE 0T8, IBBME MHSc 1T0) and Kenneth Carless (K.C.) Smith (EngPhys 5T4, ElecE MASc 5T6, PhD 6T0).

Hargan Suri

Alumni Start-up Service Matches Companies and Interns

Developed at U of T Engineering's Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Interngration was officially launched last month by Anirudh Ganti (ElecE 1T3), Hargun Suri (CompE 1T3) and Ian Xiao (ElecE 1T3). Suri (at left) received an entrepreneurship award from the City of Toronto for his work as a co-founder.


Stay Connected


Skule Comes to Asia-Pacific Nov. 21-30
Alumni in Seoul, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Taipei are invited to join Dean Cristina Amon to reconnect with Skule graduates and get an update from campus, including the plans for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Learn more and RSVP.

Got a challenge in your home or office?
Our students can help you find a solution. Engineering Strategies & Practice, an award-winning design course, seeks alumni from across the GTA to participate as volunteer clients to teams of first-year engineering students. For a five-hour commitment, you receive practical recommendations for your project challenge. Learn more about becoming a client.

Keep the BizSkule Conversation Going
Did you miss the BizSkule alumni panel discussion on the future of mobile apps? Check out video answers from our experts on Vidoyen, and submit a question by November 15 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Video topics include Where did Blackberry go wrong? and What is the next area of innovation for mobile apps?

Get an Inside Look at the Pan Am Games
Join us for Skule Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, November 13 to learn about capital projects planned for the Pan Am Games that will leave a legacy for Toronto long after the closing ceremony. Sharing his firsthand insights will be Jason Fellen, Senior Director of Capital Projects for the Pan Am Games. Learn more and register.

Save the Date for Skule Nite
Skule’s annual comedy and musical revue is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12. Ticket details will be provided in the next newsletter. Visit for updates.

Learn from One of U of T’s Star Lecturers
CivE Professor Bryan Karney is known for his enthusiastic teaching style. Now anyone can take his popular offering "Our Energetic Earth" through a free massive open online course (MOOC). Read a Q & A with Professor Karney and register for the course, which started October 28. It's not too late to join in!

Does your graduation year end in 4 or 9?
Plan to celebrate with your classmates at Spring Reunion May 28–31, 2014. Check our alumni website for details later this year. If you are a member of an honoured class and would like to join the planning committee, please contact Megan Murphy at 416-978-4941 or

Share Your Expertise with UTEK Students
The University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (UTEK) seeks judges and mentors for its 12th annual competition on Saturday, January 25. Alumni volunteers help students develop critical teamwork, design and communication skills. Contact Akshaya Pragadeeshram or visit for details.

Network with Calgary Skule Alumni Nov. 18
Gather with fellow graduates at the Calgary Petroleum Club and hear Professor Kim Pressnail (CivE) discuss his latest research on sustainable energy, which could reduce residential energy costs by as much as 80 per cent. Register by November 14.

Dance to the Skule Orchestra at the Valentine’s Ball
Alumni are invited to the Skule Orchestra’s Valentine’s Ball on Friday, February 14 at Hart House’s Great Hall. Includes a ballroom dance lesson, an evening of dance and live music, hors d’oeuvres, photos and exclusive dinner deals at local restaurants for ticketholders. Tickets go on sale in early January. Learn more at or contact

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