U of T Engineering students prepare to design solutions for real-world clients with everyday challenges

First year engineering students enrolled in Engineering Strategies and Practice (ESP) will spend the winter term tackling a design project for a client. Throughout the term student teams will utilize their design, communication, and problem solving skills to solve a problem posed by their client.

Clients come from a wide variety of areas including government, industry, community groups and can even propose a problem as an individual. Projects can come from a client’s personal or professional life and don’t have to be technically complicated.

“Our students are looking to for ways to use their engineering skills to contribute positively to the local community and society in general. They are extremely excited to be making a true impact on people’s lives.” says Course Coordinator Professor Jason Bazylak (MIE).

The Winter 2022 class is now seeking clients to work with student design teams. There are no fees to participate as a client, and if you have a problem to solve and can commit to three 30-60 minute meetings with your assigned team the ESP students are ready to find a solution for you!

Past projects have ranged from designing products and spaces to improve personal quality of life  to addressing unique accessibility concerns to reducing environmental impacts by designing  energy-saving systems. Learn more about past projects on the ESP website or hear from past clients in this this short video.

Ready to submit your challenge? Complete the Client Submission Form in early December to be considered by the ESP Office.

-Published December 2, 2021 by Lynsey Mellon, lynsey@mie.utoronto.ca

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