Courses

DEEP Spring Seminar Series offers a wide variety of courses to students. Admitted students are asked to select six courses from any of the course offerings. Students will then be scheduled for four of the six courses that they selected during the registration process.

Engineering the Future of Surgery
Instructor: Judy Tran
Stream: Bioengineering and Human Health
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of innovation and design for instruments and equipment in surgery. Students will learn and apply the engineering design process, and gain an appreciation for the successes and challenges faced by biomedical engineers. By solving a variety of engineering design challenges in surgery, they will learn to be innovative, creative, and critical thinkers. Students will also have the opportunity to visit and tour a simulation centre used for training physicians, surgeons, allied health professionals, and researchers.
Lasers, Lenses and Lightbulbs: The Science and Engineering of Optics
Instructor: Moein Shayegannia
Stream: Engineering Physics
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
From the earliest studies of light by Aristocles, to the development of basic optics by Newton, to modern discoveries by Einstein, Born, Wolff and other luminaries, the field of photonics has advanced far beyond the humble light bulb. Lasers are used in the supermarket, military and disc players; optical fibres make the Internet possible; holography is used for entertainment and anti-counterfeit bank notes. This course will focus on the fundamentals of optics, touching on exciting developments in this constantly evolving field. Students will learn how telescopes and microscopes work and how to measure the refractive indices of materials. While building a light fountain, participants will uncover the basic principles of optical fibres, and will learn how polarization is used in real-world applications such as sunglasses and 3D glasses. Students will also learn about lasers and state-of-the-art developments in the field of modern optics.
Drinking Water Treatment
Instructor: Mike McKie
Stream: Sustainability and Transportation
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
Many of our problems cannot be solved analytically, and in the field of physics-based problems, reserachers rely on computational methods in order to explore explore them. In this course, students will have the opportunity to choose and explore a physics problem, with the help of Python. Moreover, this course will introduce students to advanced mathematical and computational techniques commonly used to solve complex problems in modern physics.
Mathematical Modelling of Tissue Growth
Instructor: Nik Kuzmic
Stream: Mathematical and Computational Techniques
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course will introduce students to the field of mathematical biology. Students will study the mathematical models of seashell, fungal, tumour and axon growth. This course will provide an opportunity to build a numerical model for each of the mentioned biological phenomena, and investigate their governing factors. Whether one is interested in studying tumour or plant growth, biologists are always discovering beneficial and detrimental factors fostering and inhibiting growth. Students will gain deeper fundamental understanding of these processes, and investigate potential ways of controlling such factors.
Pharmaceutical Engineering - How to design drugs based on protein structures
Instructor: Shawn Xiong
Stream: Bioengineering and Human Health
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course is a general introduction to the principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics with aims to introduce the synergism of protein structure and function to high school students. Throughout the program, students will learn how to visualize protein structure, how protein structure determines its function, how new drugs are discovered based on protein structure, and the process of bench to bedside transition in drug development.
Driving Forces in Modern Aircraft Design
Instructor: Nikhil Narayanan
Stream: Aerospace Engineering
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course is a comprehensive introduction to aircraft design in the modern world. Students will look at what drives current aircraft design in terms of performance, costs, weight and market demand. Students will spend some time looking at the most important aspect of the modern industry, manufacturing and logistics. Lastly, students will look at the principles of aircraft design and the engineering design process — all with critical consideration to the aspects of aerodynamics and aircraft stability.
Engineering Economics
Instructor: Tony Mayadunne
Stream: Mathematical and Computational Techniques
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course introduces students to key concepts in microeconomics, with an emphasis on applications to managerial decision-making. Course topics include; basic analysis of supply and demand, demand functions and the theory of consumer behaviour, production and costs, market equilibrium, competition between industry participants, and pricing strategies of firms under different market structures. Introductory Finance: time value of money, cash flow analysis. Investment evaluation methods: present worth, annual worth and internal rate of return. Depreciation models and asset replacement analysis. The impact of inflation, taxation, uncertainty and risk on investment decisions.
The Air We Breathe
Instructor: Peter Murphy
Stream: Sustainability and Transportation
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course will educate students on what we breathe, where it comes from, how we measure it, and what we can do to help. Throughout the course, students will work toward contributing different portions of an evaluation/proposal regarding Toronto’s air quality initiatives. This is an interdisciplinary course where the challenge of air pollution is introduced with a focus on urban areas. The interdependencies between transportation, air quality, and health are demonstrated. The city and the behaviour of its inhabitants constitute the context for the study of air pollutants in urban areas, urban air quality monitoring networks, mobile source emissions, air pollution and meteorology, atmospheric dispersion, chemical processes specific to cities, personal mobility and exposure to traffic-related air pollution, and epidemiology of air pollution.
Planning in Transportation Engineering
Instructor: Larry Kei
Stream: Sustainability and Transportation
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
This course follows the life cycle of a construction project and project planning for heavy civil construction in the transportation industry. Students will be introduced to transportation flow theories and trafic planning for congestion control. The course emphasizes the integration of the engineering design cycle and its considereations from a civil engineering perspective.
Rebuilding Lives with Rehabilitation Engineering
Instructor: Philippa Gosine
Stream: Bioengineering and Human Health
Level: Open (grades 9-11)
Rehabilitation engineering uses creative and innovative technologies to improve lives by preventing injury, treating injury and medical conditions and providing solutions to everyday challenges for individuals with disabilities. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn about a range of rehabilitation engineering projects, from prosthetics to mobility aids. Students will visit Toronto Rehab, the world-leading rehabilitation research institute, where they will tour state of the art research facilities and interact with engineers, clinicians and researchers. Through a series of design challenges, students will apply their knowledge and work together to develop their own solutions for a number of real world challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.