Calendar of Events

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From Engineer to Aliebn: A chat with pop culture phenom Jonny Sun @ Mechanical Engineering Building (MC 102)
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Jonny Sun with a cartoon mask

You are invited to a thought-provoking and inspiring talk by author and pop culture phenom Jonathan Sun (EngSci 1T1 + PEY), best known by his Twitter alias: “jomny sun, aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge.”

Find out why Time magazine selected Sun as one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Sun will discuss how his short-form writing project on Twitter became a critically acclaimed book and how his time at U of T Engineering was formative to his creative and personal development.


A book signing and sale will follow the talk!

Register today!

Special reception for U of T Engineering alumni
Join Jonny Sun for a special pre-event reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Galbraith Building (GB 202). It’s $10 for the reception and event; $25 for the reception, event and one copy of “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too.” Light refreshments will be provided. Register here.

About Jonathan Sun:

Jonathan Sun is the author behind the Twitter handle @jonnysun and everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too (HarperPerennial, 2017). When he isn’t tweeting, he is an engineer, architect, designer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. He is currently a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet Society at Harvard, and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media and online community.

As a playwright, Sun’s work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theatre in Toronto, Hart House Theatre, Theatre Lab in Toronto, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival (where he received the President’s Award for Best Production). As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. He is the creator of @tinycarebot and the co-creator of the MIT Humor Series. His comedic work has appeared on NPR and in Time magazine, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s.

In June 2017, he was profiled in New York Times Magazine and named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet.” His personal work can be found at

BizSkule – From Startup to Success Story: How to be an Engineering Entrepreneur @ The Computer History Museum
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

U of T Engineering is excited to bring its celebrated BizSkule Speaker Series back to California!

Join your fellow U of T alumni in the hub of innovation to learn more about navigating the ever-changing world of entrepreneurship from three panellists who have found success in striking out on their own. Our panellists come from a range of backgrounds and will be sharing how they built their startups from the ground up and how collaboration with larger tech firms can grow your success.

You’ll have an opportunity to engage with fellow alumni who make the Bay Area such a robust community for leaders and through-provoking innovators, all while enjoying cocktails, snacks and refreshments at the Bay Area’s leading institution on the history of innovation.

Information & Registration

Ontario Science Centre Alumni and Friends Family Day @ Ontario Science Centre
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
a girl in a lab coat doing a science experiment

Come discover the thrills of science at an interactive day exclusively for kids of alumni, their families and friends. Kicking off the activities is David Sugarman (BSc 1983 UC, BEd 1986), Senior Researcher, Ontario Science Centre.

Admission includes:

  • Quality time with slimy goo, straw rockets and physics sticks
  • Interactive show starring gooey concoctions and the magic behind science
  • Free lunch and free time to explore the Science Centre
  • Optional shuttle to and from the St. George Campus


Forensic Engineering at the University of Toronto @ Toronto Plaza Hotel
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Doug Perovic headshotJoin us for lunch and learn about the only undergraduate and graduate forensic engineering program in Canada from Professor Doug Perovic (MSE).

Forensic engineering training goes well beyond the expert witness in the courtroom and is a part of professional engineering practice that intersects all disciplines of engineering. Forensic engineering skills are highly valuable in the assessment of deterioration in infrastructure, product quality and procedural practice improvement as a result of investigations, direct impact on improving engineering design practices, and revision of codes and standards to improve public safety.

Big Ideas Speaker Series @ Rotman featuring alumnus Anthony Lacavera @ Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building)
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Anthony Lacavera speaking to a crowd

Alumnus Anthony Lacavera (CompE 9T7), founder and chairman of Globalive Capital and founder of Wind Mobile, is the featured speaker at the November edition of Rotman School of Management’s Big Idea Speaker Series.

Lacavera will be talking about his new book, How We Can Win: And What Happens To Us and Our Country If We Don’t, published by Random House Canada.


ECE: Fall Alumni Networking Event @ Galbraith Building, Room 202
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm

Photo: Kendall Townend

Graduates from all years are welcome to ECE’s Fall Alumni Networking Reception. Catch up with former classmates and hear an ECE professor discuss their research.