University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP)

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Welcome to ESP

ESP is a foundational course, offered in first year engineering at the University of Toronto, that uses the engineering design process as a context for developing skills in Professional Communication, Problem Solving, Independent Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Team Dynamics.


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About the Course

The role of engineering in society, our relationship with the environment, and the potential and importance that our work holds for people, are themes in Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP). 

This innovative course is designed to foster excitement for engineering through projects that combine creativity and logical methodology.  Effective use of written, oral, and graphic professional communication is developed as the term progresses.


Read about how five U of T programs, including ESP, strengthen the Toronto community.

See how a team of ESP students came to the rescue of priceless books for the Fisher Rare Book Library:  U of T articleToronto Star article; and CBC article.

Two ESP teams designed solutions for the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's Kyudo (Japanese archery) club, as highlighted on page 11 of the Centre's August 2019 newsletter.

ESP teams designed solutions for road safety: two redesigned the West Bend community intersection to be safer and more effective, and one designed solutions to deter wrong-way driving on one-way streets in Harbord Village.

Let our first-year engineering students design solutions for your projects/problems/challenges for free!

See some examples of past projects to spark ideas. Submit your project by early December for the January-April term. We're looking for 190 projects!

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Student design teams tackle real design problems for real clients at no cost to the client.  We are always looking for clients to propose projects.

Volunteer Seminar Leaders facilitate student discussion of the technical, social, ethical, and/or political issues associated with a topic selected by the Seminar Leader.  We are always looking for volunteer Seminar Leaders.

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Engineering Strategies & Practice Office

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
35 St. George Street, Room 149
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

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