Flexible design and smart learning spaces in the University of Toronto Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will spark multidisciplinary collaborations and facilitate active communication.
Engineers are the makers, innovators and entrepreneurs behind so many of the world's newest technologies, such as smartphones, self-driving cars and virtual voice-activated assistants. The engineering educational environment is quickly evolving to mirror the fast pace and collaborative nature of the profession.
The Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MCEIE) is leading the way. When it opens next spring, University of Toronto (U of T) Engineering’s newest building will set a new standard for engineering education and research, incorporating experiential learning into every element of the building’s design.
The MCEIE expands on the Faculty’s rich suite of programs that provide meaningful opportunities for students to apply their technical abilities in context. For example, U of T Engineering students and researchers have launched a startup to turn food waste into bioplastics, designed a solar car to race across the Australian outback, and developed new ways to conserve water and clean up contaminated sites.
"We are educating the next generation of engineering innovators and leaders," said Cristina Amon, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. "The CEIE is our bold commitment to engineering innovation, enabling the opportunities for experiential learning, student entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary research that distinguishes us as Canada’s #1-ranked engineering school and among the world’s best."
The CEIE is designed to enhance the student experience and enable collaboration between students, faculty, alumni and industry partners. It contains versatile design studios and meeting rooms, as well as a two-storey robotics lab big enough to allow for drone flight and testing. Its unique features reflect the U of T Engineering spirit of creativity, inclusivity and leadership.
In 2016 the Ontario government announced an investment of $15 million in the CEIE, a recognition of the building’s place at the heart of the province’s innovation supercorridor and its critical role in advancing Canada’s knowledge economy. This economy will be driven by tomorrow’s engineering leaders.