Our alumni and current students are the best testament to the value of a U of T Engineering graduate degree. Whether you’re interested in a career as a leader in an engineering firm, the CEO of your own company, a researcher advancing their field, a world-class educator or an aspiring astronaut, graduate study can lead to innumerable opportunities across all sectors and environments.
Explore the profiles below to learn more about how current and former U of T Engineering grad students have leveraged their degrees to create rich and diverse careers.
Michael completed his PhD in materials science and engineering at U of T. He is now President and CEO of OTI Lumionics, a company he co-founded by leveraging his breakthrough research on Organic LEDs (OLEDs). Their first consumer product, the aerelight™, is already revolutionizing the lighting industry.
Natalie completed her MASc in aerospace engineering at U of T. She is now a Mission Systems Engineer with MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, helping to develop the next generation of technologies to support Canadian and international space missions. Named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015, she is also an aspiring astronaut and an advocate for women in technology.
Lian completed her MASc and PhD in mechanical engineering at U of T. Her thesis work made headlines across Canada when she developed a 3D printer that generates sheets of skin grown from a patient’s own skin cells. The device won the James Dyson Award for Canada and a Grand Challenges Canada grant.
Nika is a biomedical engineering PhD candidate at U of T and a 2012 Vanier scholar. Working with Professor Peter Zandstra, her research focuses on the mechanisms underlying somatic cell reprogramming and the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, which can give rise to any cell type in the body. Nika’s research brings us one step closer to a self-healing world.
When Nika’s not in the lab, she’s inspiring young minds as a mentor and instructor in science and engineering outreach programs, such as U of T Engineering’s very own DEEP Summer Academy for high school students from around the world.
Justin Boutilier is an industrial engineering PhD candidate at U of T. With funding from Grand Challenges Canada, Justin and his team — led by Professor Timothy Chan — are developing optimization models that use GPS data from cell phones and emergency sites to determine where to station and route ambulances in developing urban centres. The model is being used to direct ambulances more effectively in Dhaka, Bangladesh, cutting response times significantly and saving lives.
As a former Varsity basketball player in his undergraduate years, Justin is also interested in sports-related research. He’d like to combine physiological data from new technologies with traditional statistics to predict injuries, aid in rehabilitation and training, and learn just what can influence winning.
Beverly is a chemical engineering PhD candidate at U of T’s Centre for Global Engineering. She is evaluating and modeling sustainable technology options to provide low-income countries with a more reliable and cost-effective supply of medical oxygen. Oxygen is crucial, among other things, for treating pneumonia — the leading cause of death among children under age 5. Beverly’s work contributes to a global cause that can save millions of lives worldwide.
Michael Gray completed his PhD in civil engineering at U of T. He leveraged his graduate research to co-found Cast Connex, a company that designs steel castings that strengthen new and old buildings for earthquake resistance.
The company is setting new standards for design and safety around the world. In 2013, Cast Connex donated 170 of its earthquake-resistant connectors to the reconstruction of École Lakay in Haiti after a devastating earthquake.