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Clubs Fair

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Lobby of Bahen Centre for Information Technology

Description: An event where UofT students can come and learn about what Hi-SkuleTM does in the SkuleTM community.

Mentorship Coffeehouse

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 1st, 2022, in the Galbraith Building – Room 202

Mentorship Coffeehouse Overview

Hi-Skule is excited to present the Mentorship Coffeehouse for students in Grades 9-12! The event is an amazing opportunity to learn more about UofT Engineering design teams and SkuleTM spirit. You’ll also hear from professors and current engineering students about their experiences at UofT. Last, but not least, there will be plenty of fun activities to keep things interesting! We are looking forward to having you on October 1st!

Keynote Speakers

Professor Chirag Variawa

Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
B.A.Sc in Materials Engineering, University of Toronto

Prof. Chirag Variawa is the Director, First-Year Curriculum at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He coordinates and teaches APS100: “Orientation to Engineering” for all Core-8 and TrackOne students, engaging in active learning exercises that help build community in the first-year program. He also teaches in the APS111 and APS112 series of courses, “Engineering Strategies and Practice I/II”, wherein students learn about engineering design, teamwork and communication. Prof. Variawa is an avid enthusiast of artificial intelligence systems, engineering education, and electric vehicles.

Jeremy Mainella


Jeremy Mainella is the Arm Lead for the Robotics for Space Exploration (RSX) Design Team at the University of Toronto. After joining FIRST Robotics in high school, Jeremy was introduced to a variety of STEM activities and discovered his passion for mechanical engineering. As well, he has been heavily involved in SkuleTM spirit activities, such as a Head Frosh Week Leader. He is excited to speak to students about opportunities to get involved in robotics at U of T Engineering, whether you are interested in mechanical, electrical or software engineering!

UofT Concrete Toboggan Team

Lindsay and Nathan are co-captains of The University of Toronto Concrete Toboggan Team. This design team fabricates a fully concrete toboggan that features a superstructure, steering and braking system. Every year, they have the opportunity to compete in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, attracting over 20 different universities across North America. In 2020, the team placed first overall with their creative ‘Mailbogg’ toboggan. Lindsay and Nathan are excited to speak to everyone about their innovative design ideas, and how they foster a fun team environment!

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University of Toronto High School Design Competition (UTHSDC)

9:30 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 26th, 2022, in the lobby of the Bahen Center for Information Technology

University of Toronto Highschool Design Competition Overview

Hi-Skule is excited to present the University of Toronto High School Design Competition (UTHSDC) for students in grades 9-12! UTHSDC is an amazing opportunity to work in a team to engineer a solution to a problem. No design experience is necessary as current UofT Engineering students will be guiding students through the engineering design process. The designs will then be judged by a panel of alumni and graduate students. If you have a laptop or tablet, we recommend that you bring one, but you can still participate without it. Lunch and snacks will be provided to keep you energized as you and your team design a solution!

Keynote Speakers

Professor Scott Ramsay

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
M.A.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Scott Ramsay, Ph.D., PEng is a registered professional engineer in Ontario. He is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. His primary academic interests are in improving the quality of undergraduate engineering education. Prof. Ramsay has taught extensively in Materials Science, teaching the first-year engineering course APS110: Engineering Chemistry and Materials Science. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award. Prof. Ramsay is excited to speak at UTHSDC to inspire the next generation of students in STEM! Check out his video below!

Engineering Student Recruitment and Retention Office

We are excited to have representatives from the Engineering Student Recruitment and Retention Office present to answer all of your questions regarding the admissions process to U of T Engineering! Come hear them speak during the keynote and visit their booth during the lunch hour. To learn more about applying to UofT engineering, visit the Discover Engineering website.

University of Toronto Supermileage Team (UTSM)

The University of Toronto Supermileage Team designs, builds, and races super-efficient gasoline vehicles to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Competition. The team has been featured in various media outlets, such as CTV, Canadian Geographic, Toronto Star, CP24, Global, and Sirius XM Canada!

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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, in the lobby of the Bahen Center for Information Technology

Designapalooza Overview

Hi-Skule is excited to welcome you all to our new and improved engineering workshop event, Designapalooza. This event is traditionally offered to younger students in elementary school. But this year, we are opening our event to high school students from Grades 9 – 12 where they will get the chance to participate in more intricate workshops presented by our outstanding design teams and industry professionals.


Workshop 1: Aerospace Engineering

This workshop contains presentations from a designer from the aerospace industry sharing information about how engineering design is used in the aerospace industry. The presentation will be followed by an interactive, hands-on activity for students to apply the concepts from the presentation and design a model. 

Workshop 2: Automotive Engineering

Our University of Toronto Formula Racing team will share their experiences working on their fully functional student-designed formula racing cars with revolutionary technology that have competed internationally in competitions in Michigan and Europe. This workshop will also be followed by an interactive hands-on activity related to engineering design using concepts in the automotive industry. 

Workshop 3: Civil Engineering

This workshop is presented by our other award-winning design team, the University of Toronto Troitsky team. Held at Concordia University in Montreal every year, Troitsky is a national bridge building competition where students from all over the country compete to build the strongest bridges. This workshop will also have a hands-on activity where students will apply civil engineering concepts to design their own bridges. 

Workshop Leaders

Shannon Bosilac

Workshop 1

Safran Landing Systems

Shannon Bosilac is a Designer at Safran Landing Systems and has been a part of the company since 2017. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Mechanical Engineering under the Aerospace option. At Safran, Shannon is responsible for designing the mechanical components of aircraft landing gear for companies such as Bombardier. She has also been involved in various engineering outreach initiatives, such as Girls Take Flight and Durham College’s Young Women in Stem event.  

Daniel LaRosa

Workshop 2


University of Toronto Formula Racing Team: Chassis Lead

Daniel LaRosa was the Chassis Lead for the University of Toronto Formula Racing (UTFR) Design Team at the University of Toronto over the past academic year. Daniel is passionate about Engineering design and is currently on his PEY Co-op year working as a Junior Design Engineer at Multimatic. He is excited to speak to students about opportunities to get involved in automotive at U of T Engineering, whether you are interested in mechanical, electrical or software engineering!

Amy Bagrin

Workshop 3


Troitsky Bridge Building: Finance Director

Amy Bagrin is a third-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Toronto. In 2022, Amy served as a captain on the U of T Troitsky design team, leading her team to victory at the national Troitsky Bridge Building Competition. Currently, she is the Finance director for the team. She also served as the Vice Chair Finance, aiming to deliver equitable and accessible F!rosh Week programming to the incoming first-year engineering students. Upon graduating, Amy hopes to continue her work in drinking water treatment through the water resources management stream or further explore business in the construction management industry.

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