Professor Kamran Behdinan, P.Eng.
NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design
Director of University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI)
I am extremely pleased by the success of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation at the University of Toronto, now in its second year of offering industry based summer projects. As our 2013 student project book highlights, we have grown from eight students in 2012 to 24 projects in 2013. Our first MASc student completed their two-year project. These students demonstrated their skill, aptitude and great work ethic at Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, UTC Aerospace Systems, Magna Advanced Technologies, Van-Rob Kirchhoff Automotive, Magellan Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace, MDA Corporation, General Motors Canada, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, and Holt Renfrew/The Poirer Group. Lead by our UT-IMDI Advisory Board of senior managers from amongst our industry partners, we are confident that UT-IMDI will continue to be a beneficial collaboration between academia and industry, in addition to providing U of T Engineering students with the best access to gain practice in the field.

We look forward to 2014, and further expanding UT-IMDI in the years to come.