Student Speak

All about co-ops, internships and placements

Posted by Erin Campbell on March 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Our university is pretty well-known for vast amount of opportunities for experiential learning. In this blog, we’re talking all about our co-op, internship and placement programs for each faculty at the university.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has over 300 industry and community partners dedicated to supporting our students in their learning. Stay tuned for faculty-specific blogs in the future, featuring real students and their experiences in the programs. Let’s get into what experiential learning is, what we offer and why it is so beneficial.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Do you have what it takes to build a robot in three days?

Posted by Kari Clarkson on February 21, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Do you think you could build a robot in just three days? With the knowledge you’ll get from our Engineering programs, you can. Just ask Wayne, the robot built by our university’s Robot in Three Days (Ri3D) team, UOIT Ri3D. 

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

The journey, challenges and discoveries of an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on November 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM


One of my academic goals has been to have the opportunity to study abroad and here I am living my goal. I am currently a second-year student in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Life in Canada has been amazing and has taught me numerous lessons like in the winter, wear heavily warm clothes. Also, self independence can be hard but overall has been a really fun and remarkable experience.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Go Global, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada

Learning about robots at the MARS Lab

Posted by Cristina Mazza on February 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Welcome to the year 2016, where robots are giving dogs and diamonds a run for their money as humanity’s best friend! Robots are used in a diversity of industries and for countless uses, some of which are explored in UOIT’s Mechatronics and Robotic Systems Laboratory, or the MARS Lab for short. Dr. Scott Nokleby founded the MARS Lab in 2005. Since then, it has seen a wide variety of projects from undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students. UOIT’s MARS lab consists of two separate rooms, one in UA and the other in the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) building, and many of the projects involve autonomous robots.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

UOIT Bringing You the Fuel of the Future

Posted by Cristina Mazza on December 14, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Climate change is a hot topic right now (no pun intended)! Nations came together at the 21st International Conference on Climate Change in Paris with one goal in mind: figure out how to keep global warming from rising 2°C.

One possible way to reduce pollution and slow down (or even halt) climate change is to use fuel cells for many of our energy needs. Fuel cells, like batteries, produce electricity. The main difference is that batteries use stored energy inside of them to generate electricity while a fuel cell uses electricity from an external fuel tank of hydrogen gas to do so.

What’s so great about fuel cells, besides the fact that they run on what is literally the number one element on the periodic table, is that fuel cells tend to last longer than batteries, which reduces environmental waste. You can also refill a hydrogen tank in much less time than it would take to charge a battery. However, the best thing about fuel cells is that when you put hydrogen and oxygen gas into a fuel cell, you get water! Can you imagine a car that only emits water?

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Five things you didn't know about engineers

Posted by Maria Roussakis on October 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

UOIT is a university that prides itself on its innovative programs in science and technology. We have two engineering faculties with a wide range of programs: the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science and the Faculty of Energy Systems & Nuclear Science. While engineering is a popular program at UOIT and many other universities across Canada, there are still many misconceptions of engineers and the profession. To remedy this, I have compiled a list of some interesting facts that you may have previously not known about engineers.

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Topics: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Fun Facts, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Is your phone tough enough to withstand the ACE?

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on May 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Think your phone is tough enough to withstand a quick dunk in the toilet or a drop in the snow? Marc Saltzman, host of Cineplex Entertainment’s “Gear Guide” upped the tech ante when he visited UOIT's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Climatic Testing Facility to see how the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, Kyocera Duraforce, Sonim XP7 and Cat B50 fared under intense water pressure, icy blasts and dramatic drops.

Check out the video below!

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Is it really worth it? The great spoiler debate

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on October 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

In the words of Ned Stark from Game of Thrones, winter is coming. It’s the time of year again – the roads get more slippery and I get more concerned that my little-car-that-can just won’t make it through another winter. In my attempt to be prepared for the worst, I’ve been researching cars to find out what my options are if good old Blue (what, don’t you name your car?) conks out on me. For someone who knows nothing about cars, and who up until last week didn’t realize that my car had a window lock (I’ve had my car for six years), trying to figure out what to look for in a car is a huge and daunting task.

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Topics: Local News and Culture, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science