Message from the Dean
U of T Engineering is committed to preparing the next generation of engineering leaders to create, innovate and find solutions to critical global challenges. As the top engineering school in Canada and one of the best in the world, we offer our students unrivalled experiential learning opportunities to collaborate across disciplines and develop key professional competencies to succeed in a complex global environment.
The University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) is a cornerstone of our Faculty’s strategy to nurture the innovator and maker in each of our students. Launched in 2012 under the exceptional leadership of Professor Kamran Behdinan, UT-IMDI partners with leading companies to offer student teams opportunities to work on industrial design projects that enhance their technical competencies, develop key competencies in areas ranging from leadership to communications, and spark their entrepreneurial spirit. Through the Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project course, more than 150 undergraduate students have addressed problems ranging from airplane engine design to health-care delivery. Our industry partners have sponsored nearly 70 projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the process gaining new perspectives on design problems and enhancing their global competitiveness. UT-IMDI is also playing a key role in our growing professional master’s program with the launch of the Master of Engineering Multidisciplinary Project course, which will allow MEng students to apply their knowledge and skills to practical engineering projects of a multidisciplinary nature.
UT-IMDI offers outstanding experiential learning opportunities that strengthen our Faculty’s reputation as a leader in engineering education and innovation. I would like to congratulate all of our students who have successfully completed projects through UT-IMDI and thank our industry partners for their unwavering confidence and invaluable contributions. I also look forward to UT-IMDI’s next chapter, which will begin in 2017 when it becomes an integral part of the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), one of the finest learning and research environments available at any engineering school in the world.
Message from the Director
The Multidisciplinary Capstone Design course is a unique and crowning achievement of outcomes-based engineering education at the University of Toronto. It involves industry-based, design-build challenges that require solving real-life problems in professional settings. It provides U of T Engineering students with an exceptional experience in multidisciplinary engineering practice through significant, client-driven, open-ended, design projects. It creates an appetite in our students to solve complex real-world engineering design problems, and it also fosters their entrepreneurial spirit. And it brings students from across the Faculty together to work in the multidisciplinary teams that are essential to creative and innovative engineering design.
Since its first offering in fall 2013, nearly 150 students have successfully completed 37 projects to the great satisfaction of their industry clients. The design projects were selected because of their multidisciplinary and complex nature. Successfully completing the projects required that students integrate skills and knowledge from across their multiple disciplines. The outstanding work done by our students has demonstrated their dedication and superb engineering skills, as well as the high quality of engineering education that the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering offers.
This year we celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2015 who have successfully completed 20 multidisciplinary capstone design projects. I would first like to congratulate all of the teams on their great achievements. I would also like to thank our industry partners for their significant contributions and support of our students, our faculty members for volunteering their time as supervisors, and our subject matter experts for their guidance.
I must extend my sincere appreciation to Dean Amon for her vision and unwavering support of the course. I would also like to thank the MCP committee of the Faculty for their outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the course over the last two years.
We are all looking forward to the future growth and success of the Multidisciplinary Capstone Design course.
The University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation (UT-IMDI) was approved and established in Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) and is housed in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE). Professor Kamran Behdinan (MIE) is the institute’s inaugural director.
The institute, which was established as a result of the NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design program, provides remarkable opportunities for students to work on a real-life projects with a real client. Projects are determined collaboratively, based on the needs of industry and building on the strengths of the Faculty.
October 30, 2012 marked the official launch of the Institute, which was established earlier that year in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and UTC Aerospace Systems.
MISSION, SCOPE & OPERATIONS
The aim of the University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) is to create a unique project based learning (PBL) environment in partnership with industry.
UT-IMDI provides University of Toronto’s FASE undergraduate and graduate students with real-life training opportunities by involving them in practical, industry-based projects. It is a vehicle to promote awareness of design and development challenges facing industry, with an emphasis on its multidisciplinary nature, and evolving technology. Projects are developed by industry in close collaboration with the institute, and are based on real industry design and development needs.
Through networking opportunities provided by the institute, students will develop their links with industry, thus better positioning them for their future careers. UT-IMDI will include senior managers from industry partners, and will meet regularly to review the institute’s activities and progress, as well as make suggestions for improvement. UT-IMDI will be housed in a multidisciplinary design facility at the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE).