Shoshanna Saxe

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shoshanna Saxe is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering. She investigates the relationship between the infrastructure we build and the society we create to identify opportunities – and pathways – to better align infrastructure provision with sustainability. Saxe is a former Action Canada fellow, sits on Waterfront Toronto’s Capital Peer Review Panel and the board of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. She was recently recognized by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s emerging environmental leaders and will be awarded The Engineering Medal – Young Engineer in November 2019. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The BBC, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, and Wired, including “What We Really Need Are Good ‘Dumb’ Cities” (New York Times, July 2019). Saxe received a Bachelor of Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill University, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College).

Schedule

Mon, Sept 23

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Tues, Sept 24

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Wed, Sept 25

11:35am

11:35am - 12:00pm

Smart Cities

Why Are We Even Doing This? with Dr. Shoshanna Saxe & Bilal Khan

On everything from public transit to waste collection, cities have functioned for centuries. Some say smart cities tech is a series of solutions in search of a problem. Others say it is the next step in the evolution of more efficient communities. A top smart cities sceptic meets a top data strategist to hash out if this is all worth it.

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Thurs, Sept 26

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