University of Ontario Institute of Technology
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|Latin: Universitas Ontario Instituto Technologiae|
|Motto||Cogitando et Agendo, Ducemus|
Motto in English
|"By thinking and doing we shall lead." |
|Endowment||C$18.1 million |
|President||Dr. Tim McTiernan|
|Provost||Dr. Deborah Saucier|
|Location||Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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|Affiliations||AUCC, IAU, COU, CIS, OUA, Fields Institute, Ontario Network of Women in engineering, CBIE, CARL,|
|Sports||Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Rowing, Curling, Tennis|
|Mascot||Hunter the Ridgeback|
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as UOIT, is a public research university located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 2002 by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002 passed by the Government of Ontario, and its first students were accepted in 2003, making it one of Canada's newest universities.
UOIT offers a range of undergraduate programs, and graduate programs in science, engineering, health and information technology (IT) from its main campus, co-located with Durham College on approximately 400 acres (160 ha) of land in the northern part of Oshawa. It operates a secondary campus in Downtown Oshawa offering programs in social sciences and teacher education.
The enabling legislation of UOIT includes the implementation of a "Technology-Enriched Learning Environment" (TELE), which emphasizes the usage of computing resources through the student experience. Faculty members encourage students to use laptops or other computing devices to complete assignments, perform laboratory research and interact with faculty during lectures. Previously, all undergraduate programs required students to lease a laptop PC from the university as a condition of enrollment, although in recent years, many faculties have adopted a "bring your own device" approach, accommodating flexibility among users while continuing to provide necessary software and support.
- 1 History
- 2 Programs
- 3 Athletics
- 4 UOIT Student Life
- 4.1 Career Centre
- 4.2 Student Accessibility Services
- 4.3 Student Experience Centre
- 4.4 Student Learning Centre
- 4.5 Student Mental Health Services
- 4.6 Varsity Athletics
- 4.7 Student Union
- 4.8 Greek life
- 5 Buildings
- 6 Campus facilities
- 7 Board members
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
UOIT was founded in 2002 by the passage of Bill 109, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on June 27, 2002. It is a public, career-focused university emphasizing science and technology, and a part of the Ontario government’s initiative to create more spaces in post-secondary institutions for the double cohort. UOIT's new slogan, "Challenge, Innovate, Connect", was unveiled in June 2006.
UOIT offered graduate and post-graduate programs and research opportunities to the first 947 students in September 2003 and total enrolment was over 5,000 in the 2007–2008 school year, making it the fastest-growing university in Ontario. The student population for 2009 was 6285 and 7018 in 2010; by 2012 there are 9203 students. Teaching and research have long been considered the two pillars of the university's endeavour.
Construction on the university's first buildings began in 2002. The facilities include a library shared with Durham College, the Science Building, the Business and IT Building, and a state-of-the-art virtual hospital for nursing students. The Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building opened in September 2006. The residences for UOIT are Simcoe Village and South Village. The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is connected to the Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building (opened in 2011). ACE is a multi-level testing and research centre that will allow for full climatic, durability and life cycle testing. It has a full range of testing facilities including a five-storey high climatic wind tunnel.
Plans have been announced for the Centre for Cybercrime Research which will be a separate, permanent location on campus and will be dedicated to research and the training of graduate and undergraduate students in various aspects of cybercrime.
The university has established a downtown campus. It purchased and renovated the Regent Theatre to be used as a lecture theatre during the week and as a community stage on the weekends. The university renovated the former Alger Press building which opened in January 2011 as the headquarters of the UOIT downtown campus. UOIT has initiated plans to renovate Victoria St. (between King St. and Bond St. and beside Bordessa Hall) into a pedestrian, social and lounge area. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of Education are located downtown.
UOIT has seven faculties, each offering several programs.
|Faculty of Business and Information Technology||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Faculty of Education||Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science|
Note: Consecutive 16-Month program begins in September, 2015
|Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Faculty of Science|
Faculty members are involved in research in a variety of areas. These include:
- Multimedia Based Digital Authentication Schemes
- Statistical and Array Processing
- Wireless Communications and Signal Processing
- Satellite Communications
- Pervasive Computing
- Sensor and Information Networks
- Computer Forensics and Network Security
- Web Modelling and Optimization
- Computer Networking
- Networked and Distributed Control Systems
- Haptics and Virtual Reality (Laboratory for Advanced User Interfaces and Virtual Reality)
- Medical and Mobile Robotics
- Automatic/Intelligent Sensing and Control
- Power Engineering
- Vehicle dynamics
- Fuel cells and hydrogen
- Automotive aerodynamics
- Noise, vibrations and harshness
- Automotive materials and manufacturing
- Chassis design
- Automotive software and system modeling
- Alternative fuels
- Hybrid vehicles
- Automotive systems
- Dynamics, vibration and noise
- Engineering design
- Energy, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics
- Manufacturing and materials
- Mechanics of solids and structures
- Robotics, automation and controls
- Semiconductor physics and nanotechnology
- Solar cells
- Information Visualization
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Game Science
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks are members of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and compete in these sports:
- Men's Hockey
- Women's Hockey
- Men's Soccer
- Women's Soccer
UOIT Student Life
Student Life at UOIT consists of six services: the Career Centre, Student Accessibility Services, Student Experience Centre, Student Learning Centre, Student Mental Health Services, and Varsity Athletics.
It All Adds Up
UOIT is a participating school within the It All Adds Up campaign. This campaign is designed to give students confidence that what they are doing is "adding up" by getting students to reflect on how their interests and hobbies work in combination with their degree.
Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services offers support and services for students with all types of disabilities, both permanent and temporary.
Student Experience Centre
iBegin is a program in the summer aimed at parents and students where incoming students tour the campus, attend workshops and sample lectures, and learn about student services. This program is designed to address concerns that students have about transitioning to university such as how to balance work, school, and social life and how to handle the change in workload. Students who attend iBegin get tips on time management, note-taking and also learn where to go if they should need help. Parents who attend also learn how to best support their children going to university.
September Orientation is a two-day event before classes start for incoming students to learn about academic expectations, how to get involved, and engage in the university community. This event includes the tradition of the Wild Goose Chase, where faculties compete against each other in attempt to win Stanley the Goose.
Ask Me is a program to answer questions and direct lost students during the first couple of days of classes. Staff and volunteers are positioned around campus in order to guide students.
On the first day of classes, the Student Experience Centre puts on the Get Involved Fair, where all of the clubs and societies on campus are showcased to students.
UOIT opened the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Centre on September 26, 2014. This centre is open for indigenous and non-indigenous learners in order to promote indigenous history and culture, according to Dr. Tim McTiernan, president of UOIT. Services that the Indigenous Centre provides is:
- study space
- access to visiting elders
- counselling and traditional supprts
- cultural advising
- traditional ceremonies and cultural workshops
- transitional supports for prospective indigenous students
The ONE is another transition program at UOIT aimed at helping new students find balance between academic success, personal development, and community engagement. Students who complete the program are awarded a certificate of recognition.
The Peer Mentoring program at UOIT connects students to the community and provide them support in their career and allow them to engage with their peers.
Student Learning Centre
The Student Learning Centre provides academic support for students in need of math and writing help, and also offers peer tutoring and help with study skills.
Pre-Calculus Review Workshop
This workshop takes place in the summer and is aimed towards incoming students as review of fundamentals and ideas concerning functions before starting university in the fall.
Mathematics Boot Camp
The Mathematics Boot Camp is a review session that takes place in the summer for incoming students.
Student Mental Health Services
Student Mental Health Services provide crisis intervention, assessment, counselling, and community referrals for students.
StudentLifeline is an outlet for the UOIT community to receive immediate support or refer another student if they are concerned about the student's well-being
Varsity Athletics includes 13 varsity teams and over 200 athletes. UOIT also offers intramurals, extramurals, and multiple other athletic services for students.
As of the 2017/2018 academic year students of UOIT are represented by the UOIT Student Union (UOITSU) This organization provides advocacy and student services for the students across several campuses. Pre 2017 the student of UOIT were represented by the UOIT DC Student Association; in early 2017 UOIT students voted in a court mandated referendum in favour of forming their own representative body separate of Durham College The services provided by the UOITSU and previously the UOIT-DC SA include:
- The Campus Food Centre
- Pride + LGBTQ Centre
- Sexual Health Resource Centre
- Women's Centre
- Intramural and extramural leagues
- Riot Radio (campus radio station)
- Campus Emergency Response Team
- E.P. Taylor's Pub & Restaurant
- Tuck Shop
- Student Insurance Plan
- Legal Services
- Study Spaces
- Campus clubs and societies
Student clubs and societies
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - UOIT Chapter
- UOIT Engineering Students' Society (ENGSOC)
- UOIT IEEE Student
- UOIT Computer Science Club (USCS)
- UOIT Social Science and Humanities Student Society (SSHSS)
- UOIT Business and Information Technology Society (BITSIC)
- Networking and IT Security Student Society (NETsoc)
- UOIT Science Council
- UOIT Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA)
- UOIT Graduate Studies Council (GSC)
- UOIT Accounting Association (UOAA)
- UOIT Finance Society (UOFS)
- Math Club at DC & UOIT
- UOIT-DC Outdoors Club
- UOIT Software & Electrical Engineering Klub/Club (SEEK)
The Student Association is known for the annual CampusFest events including the CampusFest concert. Past concert performers include Avicii, 20 Amp Soundchild, Monster Truck (band), Tommy Trash, The Chainsmokers, and Wolfgang Gartner.
UOIT has a growing "Greek" community: there are several fraternities and sororities on campus, even though they are not recognized by the university. These Greek organizations host events for students and do philanthropy work for the surrounding community, Tau Kappa Epsilon has an annual charity event known as "Teke in a box" where they raise money for the campus food centre. Zeta Psi has an annual charity event known as "Zete car push" where they raise money by pushing a car.
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Alpha Sigma Chi (inactive as of 2017)
- Delta Psi Delta
- Delta Phi Nu
- Kappa Sigma Psi
Automotive Centre of Excellence
The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is the first testing and research centre of its kind in Canada, and in many respects the world. It is owned by UOIT and is located on the university’s north campus location.
ACE is a multi-purpose centre with an area of approximately 16,300 square metres. It is divided into two distinct sections: a core research facility (CRF) and an integrated research and training facility (IRTF).
The CRF offers full-size chambers that allow for full climatic, structural durability and life cycle testing including one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels on the planet. In this test chamber, wind speeds can exceed 240 kilometres per hour, temperatures range from -40 to +60 °C and relative humidity ranges from 5 to 95 per cent. The climatic wind tunnel has a unique variable nozzle that can optimize the airflow from 7 to 13 square metres (and larger) allowing for an unprecedented range of vehicle and test property sizes. Coupled with this feature is a large flexible chassis dynamometer that is integrated into an 11.5-metre turntable. Now, for the first time anywhere, vehicles and test properties can be turned into the airstream under full operating conditions to facilitate crosswind development. The large open chamber has a readily reconfigurable solar array that will replicate the effects of the sun and is hydrogen-capable, allowing for alternative fuels and fuel cell development.
The IRTF spans five floors with space dedicated for research, education and training. It has offices, laboratories, conference rooms and common work areas that are available to rent. This facility will foster an environment for collaboration and interaction between industry, researchers and students.
ACE is an independent test facility that is commercially available to customers who are seeking to bring their ideas into a proof of concept and ready for market. In addition to conventional automotive applications, ACE is suitable for testing alternative fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles. It is large enough to accommodate trucks, tandem drive systems, full coach buses, light rail transit, aerospace, military and agricultural applications, wind turbines and solar panels. ACE could be used to train military personnel, rescue crews or competitive athletes, to carry out performance testing of outdoor survival gear. ACE can assist the movie industry or test products that are subject to severe wind, humidity, snow, icing or desert heat.
ACE is available to rent by manufacturers, start-up companies and researchers. Clients can rent the entire facility or specific chambers at an hourly rate.
ACE was developed in partnership with UOIT, General Motors of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE). The total cost of the facility is approximately $100 million.
Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre
The Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) is a 9,290-square-metre facility that houses UOIT's unique-in-Canada education programs and research in geothermal, hydraulic, hydrogen, natural gas, nuclear solar and wind energy technologies. The ERC enables research in clean and green energies and technologies, and promotes Canada's entrepreneurial advantage through public-private research and commercialization partnerships.
Undergraduate, graduate and second-career training enrolment of energy scientists and nuclear engineers is projected to climb from 364 students in 2009-2010 to approximately 650 in 2012. These programs are complemented by Energy and Environmental options in UOIT’s Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Science programs.
- The ERC is the result of a joint $45.4-million investment from the federal and provincial governments as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Full ERC operations commenced with the 2011-2012 academic year;
- The construction phase of the ERC November 2009 through August 2011 created 225 direct and 315 spinoff jobs;
- The ERC is home to UOIT’s Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS). In addition to providing administrative space and offices for staff and faculty, the ERC features a network of teaching and research labs of various configurations, which support the Cameco Research Chair in Nuclear Fuels and UOIT’s membership in the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering;
- The four-storey ERC has a glass-covered atrium, a 72-seat lecture theatre, three 50-seat classrooms, two 30-seat tutorial rooms with flexible seating, 12 labs, 11 student-study (breakout) rooms, dedicated working stations for graduate students and offices for faculty and administration;
- The ERC has indoor connections to the adjacent Faculty of Business and Information Technology building on the second, third and fourth floors;
- Teaching space within the ERC is equipped with multimedia capabilities that provide opportunities to expand the current roster of programs, allowing for future growth in new energy-related programs, further development of part-time distance learning opportunities and the expansion of the online degree completion option now offered;
- UOIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering program is the first accredited program of its kind in Canada;
- UOIT’s Nuclear Engineering program features the most extensive nuclear power plant computer simulation of any engineering program in Ontario;
- UOIT is located in Durham Region, which is home to 10 nuclear generating units;
- FESNS professors Dr. Igor Pioro and Dr. Glenn Harvel are working on creating a fuel-channel conceptual design for a Generation IV Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor, which will increase the efficiency of current technologies and lower energy production costs; and
- FESNS has a close relationship with industry partners in provincial, national and international programs including: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; Bruce Power; Cameco Corporation; Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; Ontario Power Generation; and SNC–Lavalin.
- Campus Library 2004
- Business and Information Technology 2005
- Gordon Wiley Building
- Science Building 2004
- Simcoe Building
- Ontario Power Generation Engineering building 2006
- University Pavilion (UP Building)
- Campus Tennis Centre 2003
- Campus Ice Centre 2005
- Campus Athletic Centre
- Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre 2007
- Polonsky Commons
- General Motors Automotive Centre of Excellence (2011)
- Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (2011)
- Software and Informatics Research Centre (2017)
- Dr Gary Polonsky 2002-2006
- Dr Ronald Bordessa 2006–2011
- Dr Tim McTiernan 2011–2017
- Dr Steven Murphy 2017-Present
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