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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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UOIT celebrates National Engineering Month

FEAS students at Orientation Week 2014.
FEAS students at Orientation Week 2014.

March is National Engineering Month in Canada – it’s a chance to celebrate engineering achievements; inspire the next generation of problem-solvers; and contribute to an exciting new direction for the profession. More than 500 events take place throughout the month from coast to coast, with the goal of teaching young Canadians about the exciting, fun and rewarding world of engineering.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) salutes all of the students, alumni and faculty who have been a part of its Engineering program since its inception.

“The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is quickly becoming one of the foremost engineering and applied science centres in Canada,” said Dr. Tarlochan Sidhu, Dean. “Our reputation for engineering excellence has been bolstered by our innovative programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as our high-calibre and value-added research. All of this enables us to prepare our students to be productive professionals and leaders of tomorrow. We proudly celebrate all of these achievements during National Engineering Month.”

Through its co-ops and internship programs, international exchanges and placements and student clubs and organizations, UOIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) is preparing students to excel in the 21st-century workplace and contribute to society. Some alumni, like Chris Wilkinson, Electrical Engineering, class of 2014, have even been able to use their skills overseas in humanitarian work.

Faculty members are also making significant research contributions that are opening the doors to innovative solutions that address local, national and global issues. For example, as Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Automation, Dr. Dan Zhang is focused on the next-generation of industrial robotics -- innovations that help to perform tasks faster, more accurately and with greater adaptability to changing work assignment and conditions. Using his parallel robotics research, he is also developing wearable exoskeletons — robotic suits that can be used to augment human movement and retrain the bodies of people who face mobility issues due to injury or illness.

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Upcoming Engineering-related events at UOIT:

  • Engineering Research Day – Thursday, March 26
  • Go CODE Girl – Saturday, March 28
  • 10th-annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition – Saturday, April 4

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