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TISED is an innovative think tank propelling forward new ideas in sustainable engineering and design. TISED creates forums and encourages discourse on how manufacturing, transportation, information technology, architecture, and urban planning can be greener and more efficient. Researchers, students, and partners with McGill University’s Faculty of Engineering are taking bold steps in education and outreach, influencing public policy, and pioneering research to build a sustainable planet.

TISED aims to connect thousands of students, researchers, innovators and inventors in all disciplines by giving them a platform to do better for our world. We strive to lead discussions today, thereby creating solutions of tomorrow around developing technology with increased efficiency in energy and manufacturing, to developing sustainable transit and aviation, and encouraging radical green-design in architecture and city planning. Discovering eco-technology and practices is part of what we do but we are also actively engaging the public on a sustainable fact-based environmental vision by hosting an annual symposium and by publishing white papers.

TISED strives to become a hub of green innovation both here in Montréal, Québec, and around the world. By integrating an environmentally conscious approach into all areas of study and teaching at McGill, we are mentoring future engineers, designers, architects, and city planners to strive for a sustainable planet.

We work with our partners to train the next generation of engineers to perform high quality research. We provide objective information to the public, the media, and policy makers on emerging technologies to meet these challenges. We aim to help establish our city and province as one of the world’s centers of excellence in sustainability.

TISED works partly to benefit McGill professors, graduate and undergraduate students alike, enabling positive change in the world. Funding for TISED includes an Endowed Chair, a Scholars-in-Residence program, administrative support for teaching and research projects, Faculty Scholar Awards to attract and retain outstanding junior professors, master's and doctoral fellowships, "Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (S•U•R•E)" awards, and support for undergraduate student competitions and design projects.

Some of TISED's activities rely on donors' matching funds (specifically the Faculty Scholar Awards, graduate fellowships, "Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (S•U•R•E)" awards and student design competitions). If you would like more information about the Trottier Matching Funds program, please contact McGill Engineering Development Director, Krish Dasgupta at: 514-398-2016 or krishanu [dot] dasgupta [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

The 21st century is demanding a lot from our planet. We believe it’s time for our planet to demand more from us. Science and technology is a foundation of our society, and it is vital to provide green solutions to be implemented by current and future generations. We see great feats of engineering everywhere we look...From the buildings that shape our skylines, to mass transit that make our commutes quick and hassle free. However, at the current rate our environment won’t be able to keep pace with global development. This is why TISED is reforming the nature of how we build, use, and move through our world.