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Clubs Fair

Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 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

11:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, in the Galbraith Building – Room 202

Mentorship Coffeehouse Overview

Hi Skule is excited to present the Mentorship Coffee House for students in grades 9-12! The Mentorship Coffeehouse is an amazing opportunity to learn more about UofT Engineering design teams, SkuleTM spirit, hear from professors and current students, and participate in fun activities! We are looking forward to having you on September 30th, 2023!

What to expect at the Mentorship Coffee House

  • You will hear from Professor Emily Moore who is the Director of ILead at the University of Toronto
  • Spark design team will share insights to how they design cool displays for the UofT Engineering community
  • There will be an opportunity to meet students from different highschools
  • Current UofT Engineering students will be there for you to network with!
  • A chance to hear from SkuleNite about how you can get involved with the annual UofT Engineering sketch comedy, entirely written, directed and performed by UofT Engineering students!

Keynote Speakers

Professor Emily Moore

Ph.D, Oxford University
B.A.Sc, Queen’s University

Professor and Academic Director of Troost ILead

Professor Emily Moore is currently the Director of Troost ILead. Starting her career at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Prof Moore learned a great deal about leading teams and developing new products, becoming a manager and Principal Engineer. At her next company, Hatch, she led international teams to develop new product and service offerings and to deliver major projects, first as the Director of Technology Development and then as Managing Director, Water. Prof Moore holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and completed a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2016 Prof Moore was recognized as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining and received the SCI Canada Kalev Pugi Award. Her research interests lie in engineering leadership, engineering team dynamics and system mapping.

Skule Nite

Skule Nite is the University of Toronto’s world-famous engineering sketch comedy musical and revue. It is entirely written, created, and produced by engineering students, for engineering students.

UofT Spark Design Club

James and Yiran are co-captains of The University of Toronto Spark Design Team. This design team builds interactive displays that are displayed all around our campus. The club is run by a team of executives from various engineering disciplines who plan and design the displays. Every semester, workshops are conducted where the general members help in making amazing displays.

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University of Toronto High School Design Competition (UTHSDC)

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 25th, 2023, in the Medical Sciences Building, University Of Toronto (Rooms: MS3154 MS3153 MS3278)

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 Speaker

Benjamin Kinsella

Course Coordinator and Instructor, University of Toronto

Ben has over a decade of experience developing and delivering curricula for first year engineering students.  At the University of Toronto,  he is currently the Course Coordinator and Instructor for various first year courses, including Engineering Strategies & Practice, and Fundamentals of Computer Programming.

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9:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, in Bahen Center for Information Technology (BA 1210, 1220, 1240 for workshops)

Designapalooza Overview

Hi-Skule is excited to welcome you all to our new and improved engineering workshop event, Designapalooza. This event is for students in elementary and high school where they will get the chance to participate in more intricate workshops presented by our outstanding design teams and industry professionals.

Guest Speakers


UTWind is a student group at the University of Toronto on a mission to design and build a small scale wind turbine! Students from a wide variety of backgrounds across engineering and environmental sciences are working to make this project come together. Their vision is to bring wind energy to light for students at the University of Toronto, so they will be prepared and inspired to light up the world in a sustainable way.


Arduina Tutorial Workshop

Step into the realm of innovation with our Arduino Tutorial Workshop, featuring the Arduino Nano! Discover the intricacies of embedded software, learn programming fundamentals, and get hands-on experience building circuits! Whether you’re a novice or have tinkered with an Arduino before, all skill levels are welcome. Join us for an electrifying experience in Electrical and Computer Engineering!

Wind Turbine Workshop

Harness the mighty power of the wind with our Wind Turbine Workshop! Delve into the fascinating world of Mechanical Engineering principles, including aerodynamics and environmental sustainability as you craft your very own mini turbine. You’ll definitely be a big FAN of renewable energy after this workshop!

Structural Design Workshop

Are you ready to shape the future? Join our Structural Design Workshop! Gain insights into design principles, hone your skills in construction management, and put your knowledge to the test as you build durable structures to be tested against the elements. Unleash your creativity in a hands-on exploration of Civil Engineering and have a ton of fun- truss me!

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FAQ Section

Q. Can I sign-up with my own team?

For this event, there will NOT be a direct team selection. In the Zeffy Registration, students will be asked to rank the workshops they’d like to attend. On the day of the event, during registration, we’ll let you know which workshops you have and in those rooms, you’re welcome to work with whomever you want! Note that we can not guarantee a student’s top choices of workshop, but we’ll do our best to accommodate choices.

Q. Can I choose which workshops I go to?

Yes! In the Zeffy Registration, students will be asked to rank the workshops they’d like to attend. We will assign you 2 workshops based on your answer and let you know during registration. Note that we can not guarantee a student’s top choices of workshop, but we’ll do our best to accommodate choices.


Navigating diversity in Engineering

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, in Galbraith Building GB202.

Navigating diversity in Engineering Overview

Hi-Skule is so excited to welcome you all to our brand new event, Navigating Diversity in Engineering. This event is slightly different from our usual events, as it moves away from talking about technical engineering concepts and towards having a conversation about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in engineering. The goal of this event is to introduce students to EDI and provide a chance to speak with students, professors, staff and industry professionals from various backgrounds and their journey through engineering. 

Guest Speakers

Marisa Sterling

PEng, FEC, Assistant Dean at the University of Toronto & Board Member, Engineers Canada

Marisa Sterling, a seasoned engineer and academic leader, boasts over 20 years of experience spanning various sectors. Currently serving as Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Professionalism at the University of Toronto, she previously held roles in R&D, brand management, and leadership within professional engineering organizations, like Engineers Canad and Professional Engineers of Ontario. Her impactful stewardship extends to student development through her presidency at the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education. She has been instrumental in fostering EIT leadership and promoting initiatives like the Engineering Change Lab. Professor Sterling is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto, has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to engineering and community service. In her free time, she is involved in Camp 1 as a Warden, contributing to the professional growth of aspiring engineers. In her spare time, she enjoys being a Warden of Camp 1 and annually obligating students and graduates who have the academic qualifications for the P.Eng. license.

Dimpho Radebe

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Dimpho Radebe (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from UofT and completed a Master’s Degree in Management at the University of Bath, UK. Drawing from several years of professional experience in process engineering and project management, her research interests include engineering culture and identity, engineering careers in the public sector, and ethics, equity, and social justice in STEM. Dimpho’s career vision is to drive efforts to diversify engineering and encourage culture change that enables engineers with different viewpoints and varying career path interests to thrive.

Philip Asare

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Professor Asare joined ISTEP in July 2020, assuming the role of Assistant Professor in the Division of Engineering Science with a cross-appointment to ISTEP. His pedagogical focus lies in engineering design and transdisciplinary competencies, rooted in the belief that engineering is a human endeavor imbued with compelling narratives of innovation. Professor Asare’s educational approach centers on this human-centric view of engineering, exploring its implications for both engineering education and practice. Central to his teaching and research endeavors is the examination of how engineers can navigate the intricate socio-technical landscape. He particularly delves into fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable engineering community, underscoring the societal benefits such a community can yield.

In recognition of his commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity, Professor Asare assumed the role of Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity at U of T Engineering in February 2023. Prior to his tenure at U of T Engineering, Professor Asare held the position of Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Bucknell University. His academic journey also saw him as a Scholar-in Residence at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration while pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Cindy Rottmann

Assistant Professor of Engineering Leadership

Cindy Rottmann brings her doctoral training in educational leadership and policy studies to her work as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Leadership at the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Professor Rottmann’s interdisciplinary research examines how engineers lead and learn to lead in professional practice contexts, the integration of equity and social justice into engineering ethics education, and engineering career paths. Professor Rottmann currently serves as the Division Chair of ASEE-LEAD, the Engineering Leadership Development division of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has taught courses on engineering leadership and educational policy studies in the past, and will be adding courses on social justice in engineering and the power of story for engineering leaders in 2024/25

Peter Eliot Weiss

PhD in Theatre History (Toronto), MFA in Directing (UBC) and BA in Theatre (UBC)

Associate Professor

Peter Eliot Weiss is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Emeritus in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice and currently the Dean’s Designate for Academic Integrity. For over a decade, he was well-known to students as the Communication Coordinator for APS111 and APS112, Engineering Strategies and Practice. He is co-author of Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice (Oxford Canada) and Designing Engineers: A First Year Text (Wiley). He has worked to foster equity, diversity and inclusivity in the faculty, including the creation of Engineering Positive Space in 2009 and the course Engineering and Social Justice (TEP324).

Professor Weiss has a PhD in Theatre History (Toronto), MFA in Directing (UBC) and BA in Theatre (UBC). Plays he has written have been performed across Canada, in the US, Great Britain, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Photo credits: Sian Richards

Leah Weiner

MS, Computer Science – Brown University

Applied Science Group Leader – Canada, Xero

Leah is an algorithm developer and data scientist with experience developing, implementing and evaluating statistical machine learning techniques in Python to extract information from large and messy social media, geospatial, textual and time series datasets. She did her undergrad in Math and Computer Science from McGill University, and her Master’s in Computer Science from Brown University.

Adriana Diaz Lozano Patino

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto Water Energy and Research Lab

Adriana Diaz Lozano Patino, graduated from engineering science at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She received the Troost ILead Difference Maker Award in 2022, which recognized for her resilience, passionate commitment to social justice, and transformative leadership. She excels in motivating peers and driving change within the Engineering community. Through her involvement as a former Hi-Skule director and Skule Mental Wellness STEM outreach teams, she demonstrates humble leadership and a dedication to serving others.

Adriana’s dedication extends to addressing global water and energy challenges in low and middle-income countries. Her research initiatives, conducted within the Water and Energy Research Lab (WERL), encompass analysis of ultraviolet reverse osmosis systems in Bangladesh, rainwater harvesting technologies in Mexico’s Isla Urbana, and sanitation initiatives in peri-urban areas of Mexico City. She is currently working towards her graduate degree focusing on global development, STEM outreach, field research, and sustainable development projects.

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