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Designing the engineer of 2050: Canadian engineering educators meet in Toronto

May 16, 2017

National conference will spark discussion on reinventing education to prepare tomorrow’s diverse engineering leaders to address challenges we can’t yet imagine

Toronto, ON – The toughest problems facing humanity in the 21st century — from water scarcity to urban intensification to personalized medicine — will be tackled by tomorrow’s engineers. Many of the issues they will work to solve haven’t yet arisen — so how can engineering educators prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges?

To address this question, the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) will host its annual conference from June 4-7 on the theme of ‘Innovation & Diversity in Engineering Education.’ Teachers, researchers and practitioners from across the country will unite at the University of Toronto to discuss enriching the classroom of tomorrow, and novels ways to prepare the next generation of engineering leaders.

“It’s wonderful  to have so many of Canada’s  top minds in engineering education in one place,” says Greg Evans, a U of T Engineering professor and director of the Faculty’s Collaborative Graduate Program in Engineering Education. “The students we teach today will produce the innovations that shape Canada and the world tomorrow — we want to give them the best toolbox we can.”

Keynote presenters include:

  • Debbie Chachra — Professor of Engineering, Olin College of Engineering, specializing in innovative engineering education
  • Valerie Davidson — University Professor Emerita, University of Guelph and former NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering
  • Mary Wells — Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo and Chair of the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering.

Participants will be immersed in open-ended idea generation activities, case study presentations and data-driven discussions of best practices. See the full schedule.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to:

Marit Mitchell
Engineering Strategic Communications
416-978-4498 |