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Winter 2014

A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Dean Cristina Amon As we look forward to commemorating National Engineering Month in March, our Faculty has much to be proud of – not only the outstanding work of researchers and students, but also the work of alumni across the globe. This fall, we recognized eleven exceptional graduates for their accomplishments through the 2013 Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Awards.

I have had the privilege of meeting alumni around the world who are making a difference. In November, I met once again with our growing Skule community in Asia-Pacific, who are demonstrating their pride and confidence in our Faculty by supporting our forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. I have just returned from California, where I reconnected with graduates in the San Francisco Bay Area and heard some of them share insights on cloud computing at our latest BizSkule event.

Thank you for making your own contributions as a U of T Engineer, and joining me in celebrating your alma mater – the premier Engineering school in Canada and among the very best in the world.

EAA Award Winners Outstanding Alumni Honoured with EAA Awards
Eleven distinguished U of T Engineering alumni at a variety of career stages were recognized for their achievements with 2013 Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Awards.
Alumni in Hong Kong Asia-Pacific Alumni Show Support for the CEIE
U of T Engineering alumni throughout Asia-Pacific showed enthusiasm for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) and got a first look at the building design at events held in Seoul, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Taipei in November.
Gerald Heffernan Alumnus Contributes $5 Million Toward Entrepreneurship Programs
Gerald Heffernan (MMS 4T3) expanded his legacy of support for entrepreneurship through a $5 million gift toward the Heffernan Commercialization Fellowships and The Entrepreneurship Hatchery at its new home within the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE).
Michael Zhang & Joseph Orozco Student Contributes $10,000 Business Plan Prize to The Entrepreneurship Hatchery
Fourth-year pharmacy student Michael Zhang was so enriched by his experience at the Hatchery that when his start-up company CrowdQuarter later won the national Walmart Green Student Challenge, he contributed his winnings right back to the Hatchery.
Adam Froman Alumnus Profile: Adam Froman (MIE 8T8)
Through a global recession, the dot-com crash and a chaotic mail strike, entrepreneur and U of T alumnus Adam Froman (MIE 8T8) has seen adversity, and lots of it. His advice to U of T Engineering students: Follow your passion and just keep going.

Stay Connected

Find and Share Startup Job Opportunities
Recent alumni seeking career options and startups looking for talented U of T Engineers can take advantage of the Startup Career Expo on February 25. Learn more.

Hear From Environment Expert David Orr
The Department of Civil Engineering invites all alumni to a breakfast featuring a lecture by renowned scholar, author and entrepreneur Professor David Orr of Oberlin College and the University of Vermont at 8 a.m. Thursday, February 27. Learn more and register.

Don't Miss Skule Nite 1T4
Join us for an alumni reception before the Skule Nite 1T4 comedy and musical revue on March 12Get your tickets while they last!

View Photos from our Latest Alumni Events
From Toronto to Asia-Pacific to California and back, get a taste of our alumni events through our Flickr photo galleries.

Alumni Event Videos Available on Vidoyen
Did you miss our recent alumni event in San Jose, California? Check out video highlights from alumni working in Silicon Valley as they discuss topics like running a startup, cloud computing challenges for FPGA providers and the role of networking in the Internet of Things.

March Break Programs for Kids
Your kids and grandkids can explore science, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities at our popular Jr. DEEP programs for grades 3–8 and 9–12 March 10–14. Learn more and register.

Does your grad year end in 4 or 9?
Celebrate with your classmates at Spring Reunion May 28–31. 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, contact Megan Murphy at 416-978-4941 or

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