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Male grad student standing outside model home

Dreaming of greener living

Jamie Fine, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD candidate

Jamie Fine hopes to change the way we live.

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD candidate is the co-founder and president of EcoStudio, external link, the interdisciplinary team behind ZeroHouse, a sustainable townhouse that produces as much energy as it consumes. Built with natural and recycled materials, in partnership with Endeavour Centre, external link, ZeroHouse’s prefabricated design and solar panels make it an attractive, affordable alternative for families looking for an urban dwelling other than a cramped, high-cost, high-carbon condo. ZeroHouse was recently showcased at EDIT, external link (Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology).

Similarly, Fine’s PhD focuses on finding more environmentally friendly and cost-effective ways of heating and purifying water, using alternative energy sources. He received a Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award for his concept for a solar-powered desalination system.

Throughout his graduate studies, Fine has been supported by expert faculty, particularly his co-supervisors Dr. Seth Dworkin, Canada Research Chair in High Performance Computing for Sustainable Energy, and Dr. Jacob Friedman, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

“Ryerson has presented me with incredible opportunities,” says Fine, the recipient of a Department Graduate Excellence award and Ontario Graduate Scholarship. “The experiences and connections I’ve made here are preparing me for the rest of my life.”

At Ryerson, integrated learning enables our students to follow their passions – inside and outside the classroom – and achieve their dreams.

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