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U of T engineering students offer solutions to Toronto’s challenges

April 12, 2013

TORONTO, ON – Better sanitation for Toronto’s food carts, improved TTC emergency systems and reduced injuries for construction road crews are just some of the goals that first-year U of T Engineering students have set for themselves. The students will be sharing their ideas in a day-long showcase of design solutions and the entire city is welcome to hear their results.

The showcase is the culmination of a unique design course in U of T Engineering’s Division of Engineering Science. Known as Praxis, students are encouraged to identify problems throughout the city that can use new answers. The best projects are identified, and multiple teams of students work to design innovative solutions.

The projects undertaken this year are:

  • Preventing RSI in librarians
  • Heat stress in firefighters due to thermal protective clothing
  • Developing an arthritis-friendly bicycle handling system
  • Exercise for low-income children
  • Handwriting for Parkinson’s patients
  • Improving the emergency systems on the TTC
  • Increasing physical activity in homebound seniors of Toronto
  • Improving road safety for deaf cyclists
  • Improving street food cart sanitation
  • Reducing struck-by injuries in the road construction industry

The showcase is an opportunity for students to explain their proposals and get immediate feedback from city councillors, government officials, professional engineers as well as members of the general public. More information can be found at


WHAT:    Design for Toronto Design Showcase

WHEN:     Tuesday, April 16, 2012

WHERE:   Great Hall, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle). Map

PUBLIC SHOWCASE:      9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MEDIA SHOWCASE:     10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Media members are welcome to attend throughout the public showcase)


For more information, contact:

Terry Lavender
Communications & Media Relations Strategist
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto
Tel: 416-978-4498