Science Rendezvous

Science Rendezvous is an annual festival promoting scientific discovery to kids through hands-on activities. This year’s event at University of Toronto’s St. George Campus took place on May 7th 2016 along St. George St. and was a daylong affair. With the theme “Superheroes: Discover Your Superpower”, a diverse set of labs and student groups banded together to showcase amazing feats of science and engineering, and to inspire kids to see the wonders of science. Highlights included:

  • a “hardware hackathon” for kids to build boats and robots using recycled materials
  • a robotic car derby
  • solar-powered cars
  • unleashing the energy in candy
  • using alternative sustainable high sources of protein such as crickets and meal worms in the form of brownies and cookies
  • local trees and plants in the greater Ontario area
  • running on non-Newtonian fluid and many more! 

EWHUofT hosted a booth on “Superpowers 1010: Basic circuitry with Engineering World Health U of T”. We showed students the “power” of electrical circuits with an emergency light blinker circuit that kids could analyze and troubleshoot. Kids were given a brief overview on how basic circuits work. They were shown an incomplete circuit that they were asked to complete using a wire on a breadboard.  We got a lot of curious kids visiting our booth and asking several questions, it was a great day!

Also, a big “thank you” to the EWHUofT-volunteers Prabu Parameshwar, Shiva Ghasemi Dehkordi and Hang Li for all their work during the event!


Let’s Talk Science Collaborative Project Team Recruitment

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) and Engineering World Health University of Toronto (EWHUofT) are collaborating to put forward a new initiative to help inspire and educate students across Toronto.
The new initiative includes developing a calorimetry kit for classrooms, where students can learn hands-on about the importance of nutrition science by testing different types of foods for caloric content. We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students who would like to help bring this idea from concept to reality, by helping to build and validate the calorimetry kits and then running workshops with them across the city.

If interested, please read the full project description and contact daniel dot mcinnis at mail dot utoronto dot ca for more information.

EWH Symposium Schedule

The speakers and talks for the EWH Symposium are finalized! For more information about the Symposium, click here.

Symposium Schedule

Time Event Title
08.45 Registration & Coffee
09.15 Opening remarks by EWH UofT exec. board
09.30 Dr. Shaun Morris
Clinician-Scientist, Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto
Reducing Newborn Mortality in Rural Low Income Countries Using an Integrated Newborn Survival Kit
10.00 Dr. Jillian Kohler
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector
Getting at Corruption in the Global Health Sector – Challenges and Opportunities
10.30 Dr. Amy Bilton
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Design of Energy and Water Systems for Remote Communities
11.00 Panel Discussion
11.30 EWH Innovation Team
Ideathon Remarks
11.40 Lunch & Networking Session
12.00 Lunch & Networking Session Poster judging session 1
12.30 Lunch & Networking Session Poster judging session 2
13.00 Olivia Knight
Administrative Director, Ghana Medical Help
Challenges and Solutions to Providing Medical Aid in a Developing Country
13.30 Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy (supervisor: Dr. Levente Diosady)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Food Fortification: An Effective Approach to Improve Global Health
14.00 Christine Gabardo (Supervisor: Dr. Leyla Soleymani)
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University
Engineering Integrated DNA Biosensors for Resource-Limited Settings
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Justin Boutilier (Supervisor: Dr. Timothy Chan)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Ambulance Emergency Response Optimization in Dhaka, Bangladesh
15.30 Dr. Matt Ratto
Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, and Director, Semaphore Research Cluster, University of Toronto
Engineering Socio-Technical Systems: 3D Prosthetics in the Developing World
16.00 Hillary Ganek (Supervisor: Dr. Alice Eriks-Brophy)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Hearing Loss Intervention in Vietnam: Investigating Language Socialization Practices
16.30 Panel Discussion
17.00 Closing Remarks & Poster Prizes
17.30 End of Symposium

CESO Travel Grant

Relevant for applicants to the EWH Summer Institute, the Clinical Engineering Society of Ontario (CESO) has recently announced call for applications for our travel grant in the amount of CAD $1000. This grant is intended to partially defray the travel costs of Clinical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Technologists, and Clinical Engineering students, who have plans to travel to a developing country to do volunteer work related to Clinical Engineering and who are Ontario Residents.

Applications must be for funding to support travel that will commence within 12 months of the award (i.e. will commence before March 1, 2017).

The application form can be found here.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59pm EST on February 15, 2016. The successful candidate will be announced on March 1, 2016.

Engineering Workshop Summary 2016-01-29

Thank you to all those who attended the EWH UofT Engineering Training Workshop!


And thanks again to our guest lecturer Dr. Shakiba for the interactive lecture on measuring circuit components and giving us great insight into how to diagnose power supplies. The event was a huge success and we are looking forward to hosting future events with you.


For those that have attended our workshop, we would love to hear any feedback regarding how the event was run and the material covered. Please fill out the short survey linked below. Positive feedback is also welcome so that we can keep doing what we’re doing! Even if you haven’t attended the workshop and would like to request certain material or concepts to be reviewed in the next one, please let us know in the survey.

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EWH Ideathon 2016

We are pleased to announce the first ever EWH UofT Ideathon!

This complementary event to the EWH symposium is an opportunity for students to work in interdisciplinary teams, apply their knowledge gained from the symposium, and generate innovative ideas geared at solving global health issues. This is not a hackathon, rather this is a gathering of brilliant minds ready to spark positive change. Participants are not required to attend the symposium beforehand, however, the talks and panel discussions at the symposium will certainly help provide important insights and guidance for this competition.

For more information about the EWH Ideathon, please visit the EWH Ideathon page!

EWH Symposium 2016 – Register Now!

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The annual EWH symposium is organized entirely by graduate and undergraduate students for the University of Toronto community. This symposium aims to expose the community to current global health initiatives with a focus on engineering solutions to these challenges.

The symposium spans a full day of lectures, panel discussions, networking opportunities and a poster session. Participants will have the chance to learn more about exciting global health topics and network closely with leaders in the field. We are very excited about this conference as it will bring together a diverse group of passionate scientists, government and industry representatives to promote world health to the next generation.

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