Graduate Research Days

Passionate about conducting research through a master’s or doctoral degree in engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering? You will not want to miss Graduate Research Days 2024 (GRD2024) from February 22 to February 24, 2024. GRD2024 is a unique opportunity to experience what U of T Engineering can offer you as a graduate student and connect you with potential supervisors in your field of study.

While many top applicants to U of T Engineering will be invited to attend this event, a limited number of spots are available for those who have not yet applied for graduate studies. If you’re interested in attending GRD2024 please read on to find out more about this program.

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 research funding in the past 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 nearly 1,700 research-focused graduate students


Why should I participate in GRD2024?

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 2024 is a wonderful way to have all your questions addressed about what Canada’s top engineering school can offer. This will be an opportunity for you to connect with current students, faculty, and staff to get an in-depth understanding of how U of T Engineering can support you in your journey.


What will I experience at GRD2024?

  • In-person meetings with potential supervisors based on your research interests
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with graduate students already enrolled in MIE
  • Networking and social events with other attendees, current students, faculty and staff


I’ve already applied for MASc or PhD studies at U of T Engineering. How can I be invited to GRD?

If you’re interested in attending GRD2024, please contact Kendra Hunter at for more information.


I’ve applied to the Master of Engineering (MEng) program. Can I attend GRD2024?

GRD2024 is for top applicants to our research-intensive MASc and PhD programs.


Lian Leng

Lian completed her MASc and PhD in mechanical engineering at U of T with Professor Axel Guenther in the Guenther Lab – Fluidic Microprocessors for Life & Material Sciences. Her thesis work made headlines across Canada when she developed a 3D printer that generates sheets of skin grown from a patient’s own skin cells. The device won the James Dyson Award for Canada and a Grand Challenges Canada grant. Lian is now a Project Manager at Galderma.

Ready to apply for GRD 2024?

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will need to know of your interest by Monday, January 15, 2024.  To do so please:

Complete the U of T School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Application, and pay the $125 application fee.  Please note, applicants who apply to MIE and get an invitation to GRD will have the application fee reimbursed.


If you are interested but not ready to complete the online application, please email Kendra Hunter at with your CV and electronic transcript expressing your interest.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Kendra.  Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at GRD 2024!

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