U of T Engineering Research Conference

#UTERC2021 - July 8th

The University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering will be showcasing their research during this online conference.

Program at a glance:

  • Keynote Talks
  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Alumni Panels

UTERC 2021 Award Winners


The U of T Engineering Research Conference (UTERC) is returning for its 2nd annual edition! UTERC provides students, researchers, and industry professionals with a unique opportunity to engage virtually with the work of our graduate students while learning more about the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s leading research. The purpose of this digital conference is to provide networking opportunities, to encourage collaborative problem solving, and to continue to build the community of students and alumni from U of T.

The format of the conference will involve graduate students presenting short oral presentations over parallel online sessions, while posters will be presented through an asynchronous poster contest. The presentations will showcase research across the Faculty’s 6 Innovation Clusters (Advanced Manufacturing, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Human Health, Robotics, Sustainability, and Water).

As a leading research faculty, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is pushing the limits and pioneering online initiatives in this increasingly digital world. While continuing to fight against these difficult times, now more than ever it is vital to keep our community connected and meet the needs of our students. Through innovation and collaboration, what we can achieve together is truly boundless.

We hope you choose to participate in our conference!


The UTERC Team

Group photo of the UTERC team.

Conference Program

July 8th, 2021

Time Event Description
10:30 AM - 10:40 AMOpening Remarks
10:40 AM - 11:25 AMKeynote Speakers
11:25 AM - 11:30 AMTransition Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PMOral Presentations
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMLunch Break
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMAlumni Panel
Mental Health and Resilience Panel
2:30 PM - 2:55 PMNetworking
2:55 PM - 3:00 PMTransition Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMPoster Presentations
4:00 PM - 4:15 PMBreak
4:15 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks and Prize Winners

Keynote Speakers

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM EDT

UTERC 2021 is proud to present Prof. Chi-Guhn Lee and Dr. Jianyu Li as the two keynotes for this year’s conference. Dr. Chi-Ghun Lee will be discussing his journey with Markov Decision Processes to Reinforcement Learning while Dr. Jianyu Li will talk about Engineering Bioadhesion for Tissue Repair and Regeneration. For the speakers’ bios and abstracts see below.

Oral and Poster Presentations

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT and 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

The main component of this conference involves the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows of our Faculty presenting their work in either an oral or poster format. The oral presenters are given 10 minutes to present and 4 minutes for Q&A, while the poster presenters will have 3 minutes to present and 1 minute for Q&A. For the presenters’ abstracts see below.

Panel Discussions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

The Panel Discussions will consist of two panels: Alumni Panel and Mental Health in STEM Panel. Each panel will consist of a 60 minute panel discussion, both with prepared questions and questions from the audience, followed by a 30 min networking event. For more information about each of the panelists see below.


The University of Toronto Engineering Research Conference (UTERC) is proudly supported and funded by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are extremely grateful for our sponsors and the opportunities that their funding is providing us with!

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About the Organizers

This conference is organized by a committee of graduate students and professors from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the Graduate Engineering Council of Students (GECoS). The event is being supported by additional professors, staff, and members of the Dean’s Office.

Contact us: uterc@engineering.utoronto.ca

GECoS Logo

Laura Berneaga
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
MASc Student


Daire Crawford
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
MASc Student


Arman Hejazi
Electrical & Computer Engineering
PhD Student


Boran Kumral
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
PhD Student


Jennifer Gordon
Civil & Mineral Engineering
PhD Student


Mina Mahdian
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
PhD Student


Aisha Raji
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
PhD Student


Chuan (Mary) Liu
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
PhD Student


Jessica Schultz
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
MASc Student


Zihan Zhang
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
MASc Student

UTERC 2020 Award Winners

Recorded Program

Most of the UTERC 2020 program was recorded and has been posted on Youtube. Click on the playlist that you are interested in viewing:

All videos

Alumni Panels

Short Talks: Advanced Manufacturing

Short Talks: Data Analytics, AI, & Robotics

Short Talks :Human Health

Short Talks: Sustainability

Short Talks: Water