Kathleen Wynne visits U of T Engineering to talk diversity in STEM

On Tuesday, February 13, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited U of T Engineering to speak with students about challenges and opportunities facing students today and the importance of diversity in the STEM disciplines.

The Premier began her visit at the site of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Faculty’s newest building, which will officially open in April. She met with Professor Angela Schoellig (UTIAS), who spoke about her leading research to develop algorithms for autonomous flying robots, and with Professor Jennifer Drake (CivE) who presented her pioneering work on water-permeable concrete for urban environments. She also took a tour of Polaris, the Blue Sky Solar Racing team’s latest vehicle, and a number of projects — including sounding rockets and a microsatellite — from the University of Toronto Aerospace Team.

The demonstrations were followed by a town hall-style meeting in the Lassonde Mining Building, with an audience of more than 50 U of T Engineering students.

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