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Engineering students tackle real city problems

April 5, 2010

Toronto, ON – Ever get lost in the underground PATH tunnels in downtown Toronto? Fear for your safety when walking near the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street? Get blown away by huge wind gusts in the city’s urban wind tunnels?

Next Monday, April 12, 2010, first-year Engineering students at UofT will present their unique and innovative solutions to these and other pressing transit, water and safety issues in the City of Toronto. Media are invited to the Bahen Centre at UofT between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to browse the various prototypes and talk to students about their creative solutions for improving life in Toronto.

The projects are the culmination of an assignment that began earlier this year, when UofT Engineering professors sent nearly 300 students to the streets of Toronto to pinpoint usability, sustainability and accessibility problems in the city. The goal was to identify problems at a community or a local scale that could still have a big impact on city living.

“Not only have these students highlighted some of the real problems that citizens of Toronto face every single day, they’ve also come up with incredibly unique and forward-thinking solutions,” says Jason Foster, lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.


WHAT: UofT Engineering students present their solutions to City of Toronto problems 

WHERE: Bahen Centre, University of Toronto, 40 St. George St. 

WHEN: Monday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For more information, please visit the website at

For more information, please contact:

Jason Foster, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
416-978-7024 (office) or 416-948-1331 (cell)

Alan Chong, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
416-978-8512 (office) or 416-464-0959 (cell