17 May 2007

Technology in the City

Today's Technology in the City symposium offered a fascinating glimpse into some of the projects being done by our Technology students. Projects included a remote controlled lawn mower, a robot climber, a biodiesel project that was part of the World House project, an assistive mobility device, a drain water heat exchanger, and the dual-stage rain water purifier, among many others. This last project purifies rain water without any electricity, instead using solar power and UV radiation and pasteurization to achieve purification. Amazing.

Some of these projects will likely be pursued further, as they offer innovative solutions to industrial problems, and have definite market potential. The event, and these projects, all showcase the talent of our faculty and students in applied research and excellene in teaching and learning. What's really great about these projects is that they were done by students as part of course work. This is what College applied research is all about.

Keynote presenters included Mark Wilson, Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation and Anthony Williams, co-author of Wikinomics. Their addresses reinforced the fact that the skills and innovation being produced by our faculty, staff and students will have a significant impact on the economic prosperity of Ontario, and the world of technology.

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