Civil and Environmental Engineering

Renewable energy prof's predictions for 2030 available in podcast

A video podcast of a lecture featuring engineering professor Rupp Carriveau and his predictions for what life will be like in Ontario in 2030 is now available on line.

Dr. Carriveau, whose expertise is in renewable sources of energy, is the university’s representative in a campaign called Research Matters. Organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, its aim is to increase public awareness about the importance of university level research.

Audit turns up additional opportunities for recycling

Sorting through the University’s garbage can be a little disheartening, says Taylor Purdy.

A master’s student of environmental engineering, she combed through a pile of trash Friday outside the maintenance compound on Union Avenue, conducting an audit of the waste produced on campus.

“At least half of this could have been recycled,” Purdy said. “It’s especially sad because this pile comes from the Centre for Engineering Innovation, a LEED-certified building where we are not recycling like we could be.”

Wind energy can boost depressed economies, says research institute CEO

Besides supplying clean, renewable energy, Canada’s rapidly growing wind generation sector can provide plenty of economic benefits for depressed areas, according to a national wind energy research leader who will speak here Wednesday.

Scott Harper

Wind Energy Institute of Canada CEO Scott Harper.

Campus improvements among engineering student capstone designs

If the closure of Sunset Avenue between Fanchette and Wyandotte streets results in a smoother traffic flow around campus and beautiful green spaces replacing parking lots, you may have a group of civil engineering students to thank.

Fourth-year students Jingda He, Ahmad Merheb, Zaid Najjar and Mahmoud Shahwan presented preliminary plans for redesigning the Sunset corridor during a poster display Friday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation, showing the progress of capstone design projects for seniors in civil and environmental engineering.

New flumes give grad students cutting edge technology for studying water flow

Minimizing the impact of tsunamis on coastal regions and building sturdier bridges are just two of the outcomes a group of graduate student researchers are aiming for now that they have some top-notch new equipment up and running in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

“It’s really cutting edge,” PhD student Vimaldoss Jesudhas says of the giant flume he works with, one of two of its kind in the new engineering building.

Lecture to offer assessment of urban truck-only lanes

Do truck-only lanes save time and money for transport companies? Do they improve safety?

Two research projects exploring these questions are the subject of a presentation Thursday, February 28, by University of Toronto engineering professor Matthew Roorda.