Posted September 7th, 2016 by Engineering Strategic Communications

Back to Skule™ 2016: A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

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    "Wherever you are in your journey at U of T Engineering, you are an important contributor to our vibrant and diverse community of students, researchers, makers, innovators and entrepreneurs," says Dean Cristina Amon, left, with U of T Engineering students. (credit: Roberta Baker)

On behalf of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, my warmest welcome to all first-year and returning students.

Wherever you are in your journey at U of T Engineering, you are an important contributor to our vibrant and diverse community of students, researchers, makers, innovators and entrepreneurs. We have earned the privilege to be Canada’s premier engineering school and one of the world’s best.

As we begin a new academic year, remember to take advantage of the many opportunities for personal and professional growth available to you through our innovative educational and co-curricular programs. From first-year design courses such as Praxis and Engineering Strategies and Practice to fourth-year multi-disciplinary capstone projects, there are many ways to collaborate across disciplines to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The Professional Experience Year (PEY) internship program, overseas exchanges or summer research placements each give you flexibility and choice as you develop your technical and professional competencies.

You can further enrich your studies with a minor or certificate, discover your personal strengths through the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead), or launch your own enterprise through our in-house accelerators The Entrepreneurship Hatchery or Start@UTIAS. Whether your passion is sustainability or the symphony, you’ll cultivate new friends and new interests in the more than 90 U of T Engineering clubs and teams and hundreds of University-wide activities, from the Blue Sky Solar Racing team to the Skule™ Orchestra.

You may have already noticed the 276-foot graffiti installation that surrounds the construction site of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). When it opens next year, the CEIE will be a place where many of you will benefit from state-of-the-art technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) classrooms, design/meet rooms and fabrication facilities. It will set a new standard for engineering education and research, inspiring and accelerating multidisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning and entrepreneurship.

Embrace new challenges as part of your learning experience, and know that our devoted professors and outstanding staff are here to guide you in every possible way. Our Faculty offers a full range of student resources, from academic advising to financial aid. Incoming undergraduates also have access to our dedicated First Year Office, which can assist with transitioning to the University learning environment. Remember that we, engineers, work in teams: your classmates are a terrific source of support and insight that can only be found in a close-knit community such as ours.

Welcome — or welcome back — to Skule™, and please accept my warmest wishes for a rewarding and successful year ahead.

Cristina Amon
Dean