Students recognized at U of T Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation celebration


Engineering students hold their UT-IMDI Sponsored and Collaborative Project program recognition awards with representatives from industry partner Collins Aerospace and Chair of UT-IMDI Board Todd Young. Left to right: Abhimanyu Joshi (UTIAS MEng candidate), Paul Vanderpol (Chief Structural Engineer, Collins Aerospace), Todd Young (Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited), Farasha Meem (MIE MEng candidate), Alvin Fong (Chief Performance Engineer, Collins Aerospace), Samuel Weinberg (UTIAS MEng candidate) and Chi Shing Li (Stress Engineer, Collins Aerospace)


The University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation (UT-IMDI) provides the opportunity for engineering undergraduate and graduate students to work collaboratively with industry partners. In addition to the Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Course that challenges teams of undergraduate students to design solutions for industry clients, the Institute also coordinates work placements for students during the summer months.

Every year, undergraduate and Master of Engineering students are hired to work with UT-IMDI’s industry partners via the Institute’s Industry Sponsored and Collaborative Project program. Students from a range of departments — including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Aerospace Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, among others — gain invaluable work experience with industry partners such as Bombardier, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Safran Electronics and Honeywell.

Since UT-IMDI was founded in 2012, over 200 students have completed the summer work program and on Monday, October 28, 2019, the most recent cohort of students was recognized at a celebration dinner. Over 30 students were presented with a recognition award for their completion of the program.

UT-IMDI will open application submissions for the Summer 2020 Sponsored and Collaborative Project program on Monday, November 18, 2019. Visit the UT-IMDI website to apply.



Published November 12, 2019 by Pam Walls,

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