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From SPS to FASE


The original School of Practical Science sign in the entrance of the Galbraith Building, 2019. Photo credit: Evelyn Feldman.

In 1906, the School of Practical Science was incorporated into the University of Toronto's governance as the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE), as part of a move to improve efficiency in the University's governance structure. [1] Though no longer called the SPS, the school continued to be known colloquially as the School of Practical Science for many years.

Within FASE, John Galbraith shifted from being "Principal" of the school, to "Dean" of the faculty, but course content, class structures, professors, and general school activity remained the same. However, from 1900 to 1908, the Engineering student population tripled from 223 to 754.[1]

In 2018-19, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering had 5,235 undergraduate and 2,498 graduate students, with over a dozen buildings, including the most recently completed Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship.The student experience and population has changed considerably since the early years of the SPS. Today, FASE consistently welcomes first-year classes of 40% female students and students from many different cultural and religious backgrounds. As well several student clubs and teams are dedicated to identified communities within the Faculty, as FASE is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusivity both within U of T Engineering and the engineering profession.

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On the left, the SPS building ca. 1909. On the right, the entrance to Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 2019. UTARMS, A1965-0004/033 (6.101) (left); photo credit: Evelyn Feldman (right).

From SPS to FASE