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Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip

Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip

By U of T Engineering
In Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip — the official podcast of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto — Dean Yip sits down with a member of our global community to talk to the engineers who are at the heart of bold solutions to design a better world. In this first season, he zooms in on the why: finding out what drives the curiosity and passion of this extraordinary bunch of creators, innovators and makers.
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Phil De Luna - Director of the Clean Fuels program at the National Research Council of Canada

Tell Me More: Coffee with Chris Yip

Elham Marzi - Innovations in Engineering Education
Professor Elham Marzi is a member of our Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice, or ISTEP. She brings a unique perspective to our Faculty: for one thing, her expertise is not in engineering, but rather in organizational behaviour, human resources management, strategy and negotiations. Combine that with the fact that she’s lived and studied in Europe, North America and the Middle East, and you can see how she is well-positioned to prepare our students for a workplace that is increasingly global, connected and multidisciplinary. She discusses some of her latest innovations, as well as what the future may hold in terms of preparing the next generation of engineering leaders.
May 02, 2022
Ajay Kochhar - President and CEO of Li-Cycle
U of T Engineering alumnus Ajay Kochhar is President and CEO of Li-Cycle. The company, which he co-founded a little more than five years ago, is already the largest recycler of lithium-ion batteries in North America, and has even more ambitious plans for the future. Ajay’s story is a great example of how an engineering education provides a strong foundation for technical entrepreneurship in a rapidly changing world.
April 01, 2022
Phil De Luna - Director of the Clean Fuels program at the National Research Council of Canada
U of T Engineering alumnus and cleantech innovator Phil De Luna is the Director of the $57M Materials for Clean Fuels program at Canada’s National Research Council, making him the youngest person ever to serve as a director at NRC. He is also the Chair of the Board for CMC Research Institutes, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada and Forbes Top 30 Under 30. He was recently invited back to U of T Engineering as an Adjunct Professor. De Luna spoke with Dean Yip about his research into carbon capture and upcycling, the commercialization of cleantech innovations, and the intersection between engineering and policy.
March 01, 2022
Cassandra Abraham and Ngozi Isiuwe - Blueprint
In this episode, Dean Yip talked with some of the people behind Blueprint, an academic enrichment program for highly motivated Black secondary school students interested in careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Engineering Outreach Coordinator Cassandra Abraham designed and oversees the program, while Ngozi Isiuwe is a second-year electrical engineering student who served as a mentor in Blueprint. Isiuwe is also an executive member of our National Society of Black Engineers student chapter. Together, they and other members of the Blueprint team have helped launch the careers dozens of future STEM leaders, including several who are now undergraduate students here at U of T Engineering.
February 01, 2022
Diana Virgovicova - From Slovakia to Canada and beyond
Second-year electrical engineering student Diana Virgovicova came to U of T Engineering from Pezinok, Slovakia on a Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarship. Dean Chris Yip sat down with her to talk about her travels across Canada and around the world, how she found her way to Toronto, what she hopes to accomplish in the future — and how to make bryndzové halušky, Slovakia's national dish.
January 03, 2022
Series 1, Episode 4 - Shoshanna Saxe
Professor Shoshanna Saxe is an expert in the social and environmental impacts of large infrastructure projects, such as new transit lines or highways. Using data-driven tools such as life cycle analysis, her research helps us learn from our past mistakes and points us toward optimal solutions for safer, cleaner and more liveable cities. In this episode, Saxe provides her perspectives on why a $400 billion brand-new city in the desert might not be such a good idea, what "building back better" could actually look like, and what those who advocate for "smart cities" sometimes miss about the way our urban centres actually work.
September 27, 2021
Series 1, Episode 3 - Angela Schoellig and Tim Barfoot
Professors Angela Schoellig and Tim Barfoot are pushing the limits of what autonomous robots can do. From drones to self-driving cars, their research will help power a new generation of vehicles that can go places that humans can't. Both Schoellig and Barfoot belong to the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, as well as the Robotics Institute, which boasts the highest concentration of robotics researchers in Canada. They are also both advisors to aUToronto, U of T Engineering's entry into the AutoDrive Challenge™. This student team took the top spot in this international competition for the last four years in a row with Zeus, a self-driving electric vehicle built from scratch in only seven months.
August 24, 2021
Series 1, Episode 2 — Marianne Hatzopoulou and Jeffrey Siegel
Professors Marianne Hatzopoulou and Jeffrey Siegel both study air quality, but from different perspectives. Hatzopoulou and her team are use mobile sensors to build real-time maps and simulations of outdoor air pollution, while Siegel’s research group focuses on modelling the indoor environment. Together, they explain the best way to get a breath of fresh air.
July 22, 2021
Series 1, Episode 1 - Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng
Professor Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng and her team are designing the next generation of MRI scans. In the future, they could be used to catch cancer in its earliest stages, or to track stem cell treatments as they repair damaged tissues. A better window into what’s happening inside the body could save lives around the world.
June 21, 2021