Where will Canada's #1 engineering school take you?
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:
2019 PhD graduate | Chemical Engineering
Esmeralda Bukuroshi completed her PhD in chemical engineering in 2020. Under the supervison of Professor Tim Bender, her thesis focused on carbon-based molecules that can transform light into electricity. Her work could one day lead to solar cells that bend and twist, enabling them to be sewn into wearable technology.
A highlight of Bukuroshi’s program was the six months she spent at the University of Copenhagen studying with Professor Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, an exchange facilitated by a Mitacs Globalink Award. She also co-founded the Graduate Engineering Council of Students (GECoS) and helped to coordinate the Engineering Graduate Career Fair, which is now an annual event.
Bukuroshi currently supports health-care delivery across Ontario to fight COVID-19 as a Senior Analyst of Innovation on Ontario Health's Capacity Planning and Optimization team.
Phil De Luna
2018 PhD graduate | Materials Science Engineering
Phil De Luna completed his PhD in materials science and engineering. Under the supervision of Professor Ted Sargent, he investigated the development of new materials to convert carbon dioxide into renewable fuels. He also held competitive research internships at IBM Research Center in New York, Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley, and was a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.
After graduating in 2018, De Luna served as the youngest-ever director at the National Research Council of Canada, focused on disruptive technologies to decarbonize Canada. As a result of this work, he was named one of 2019’s Forbes 30 under 30.
De Luna recently ran as the Green Party Candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s.
2019 MASc graduate | Civil Engineering
Olugbenga Olubanjo completed his MASc in civil engineering in 2019 under the supervision of Professor Shoshanna Saxe. With support from U of T’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, including U of T Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Olubanjo developed his own clean energy startup called Reeddi.
Reeddi provides portable energy via compact capsules that are charged at solar-powered stations located in communities in rural and urban Nigerian communities. Customers rent the capsules at an affordable price and are incentivized to return them on time by earning credits that can go toward future rentals.
As the founder and CEO of Reedii, Olubanjo has won numerous awards including the Cisco Global Problem Challenge, the MIT Clean Energy Prize competition and the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives competition. Most recently, Reedii was named a finalist by Prince William for the Earthshot Prize.
2019 PhD graduate|Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
Ahil Ganesh earned his PhD in chemical and biomedical engineering in 2019 under the supervison of Professor Molly Shoichet. Near the end of his degree, he did an internship at Shoichet’s startup, which helped him realize his interest in working at the earliest stages of pharmaceutical product development.
After serving as a postdoctoral researcher at Novartis on novel delivery technologies, he continued his career in industry. Ganesh now works as a senior research scientist at Spark Therapeutics where develops gene therapies for the pharmaceutical industry.
2020 PhD graduate | Engineering Education
With a background in civil engineering, Sasha Gollish completed her PhD in 2020 in engineering education, a unique program offered jointly through U of T’s Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Under the supervision of Professor Bryan Karney, Gollish studied attitudes toward mathematics among engineering faculty.
Gollish pursued her PhD as she returned to professional running, a lifelong passion that saw her represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games (she won bronze in the 1,500-metre race!). In the first year of her PhD, she won the Governor General’s Academic Athletic Excellence award and was named Athlete of the Year by U of T, USports Track and Field and OUA Track and Field.
In 2021, she joined the University of Toronto’s Division of Engineering Science and ISTEP as an assistant professor in the teaching stream.
2019 MASc graduate | Mechanical Engineering
Tij Gupta completed his MASc in mechanical engineering in 2019. As a member of the Advanced Thermal/Fluids Optimization, Modelling, and Simulation (ATOMS) Laboratory under the supervision of Dean Emerita Cristina Amon, his research focused on creating more efficient batteries for electric vehicles.
Gupta now works for General Motors as an Algorithm Design and Development Engineer in Vehicle Thermal Management.
2020 PhD graduate | Aerospace Engineering
Valentin Peretroukhin completed his PhD in aerospace engineering in 2020. His thesis focused on finding new algorithms to assist the ability of self-driving vehicles and robots to 'see’ using cameras similar to those found in smartphones.
Peretroukhin also helped develop an online course on programming self-driving vehicles with his supervisor Professor Jonathan Kelly. The course is available worldwide through Coursera. He also found time to co-found Pillsy, a startup that uses a sensor-enabled pill container to remind people to take their medication. Pillsy received support from two U of T Engineering startup accelerator initatives: The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and Start@UTIAS.
Peretroukhin currently works at the Space Flight Laboratory at University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies.
2011 MASc graduate | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Mark Jeffrey completed his MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011, and his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2019. His research is focused in the areas of computer architecture and computer systems, with an emphasis on parallel computer architecture, parallel programming models and hardware/software co-design for parallelization, performance and efficiency.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply to attend GRD2022?
This two-day event is for top Canadian applicants to U of T Engineering’s MASc and PhD programs.
Why should I attend GRD2022?
There is a lot to consider when it comes to graduate school, from research interests and community to support and career-development opportunities. Graduate Research Days 2022 is a wonderful way to have all your questions addressed about what Canada’s top engineering school can offer. After spending a few days in Toronto with current students and potential supervisors, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how U of T Engineering can support you in your journey.
What will I experience at GRD2022?
- Meetings with potential supervisors based on your research interests
- Poster sessions featuring current research
- Tours of U of T Engineering’s learning and research spaces
- Networking and social events with other attendees, current students, faculty and staff
How do I apply to attend GRD2022?
Follow the links below to your department of choice to complete an application form for this event. You may apply to attend GRD through one department. The application deadline for GRD varies between departments (early January 2022); please refer to the website of your department of choice for details.
- Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
- Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
- The Edward S. Rogers Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Department of Materials Science & Engineering
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
- Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
- University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
“Attending Graduate Research Days played an essential part in making my decision for graduate studies. I made one-on-one connections with current students and professors — including the researchers I was most interested in working with. By visiting the department, I found a potential niche that aligned perfectly with my interests and goals."
- Rachel Kwan, MASc candidate in chemical engineering
What students said about Graduate Research Days:
“During Graduate Research Days, I met inspiring professors and learned about many interesting student projects. I also enjoyed meeting students from other universities at the Welcome Pub Night and dinner events. I felt very welcome at U of T and got a real sense for the community. The University works hard to build a collaborative environment that nurtures curiosity and encourages innovation, which is one of the reasons I ultimately accepted my offer to study at U of T.”
– Sean Oh, MASc candidate in materials science and engineering
“As an out of province student, Graduate Recruitment Days allowed me to see how beautiful U of T is, how impressive the facilities are, and meet prospective supervisors in person. It allowed me to make a personal connection with my supervisors and the lab, which go beyond the connections made through skype or phone calls, helping me to truly see myself at the University of Toronto.”
– Philippa Gosine, MASc candidate in biomedical engineering
“Attending this event solidified my decision to come to U of T, thanks to some life advice from Professor Jamieson and the enthusiasm of Professor Sun, with whom I now work. I did my undergraduate degree at UBC, so the event was also a great way to explore Toronto. Given my research is in applications of mechanical engineering technology in biology, I really liked how close U of T is to all the major hospitals — making it easy to collaborate with biological researchers.”
– Devin Luu, MASc candidate in mechanical engineering
Did you know?
- U of T Engineering consistently ranks as the top Engineering school in Canada in all major international rankings
- U of T Engineering attracted $104.7 million in total research funding last year
- U of T receives the largest share of NSERC funding for engineering research in Canada
- More than 400 industrial partners collaborate with U of T Engineering researchers
- Upon graduating from U of T Engineering, you’ll join an alumni network of more than 50,000 worldwide
- The U of T Engineering community consists of more than 1,700 research-focused graduate students
- Read the latest stats and stories in our 2021 Impact Report