The University of Ottawa has received a total of $3M in gifts to support initiatives related to engineering and the arts & social sciences. The largest of the gifts was a $1.5M donation to support UOttawa’s Project Integration and Team Space, a centre where engineering students at the university can work on a variety of team-based projects in fields as diverse as bionics, robotics, rocketry, and automotive fuel efficiency. A UOttawa release states that the gift will specifically provide student teams at the centre with direct support, mentoring, new technology and equipment. “To me it sounded like a great way to develop students into engineers. These are things we didn’t have when I was a student,” said donor John McEntyre of the Team Space. The university says that it has also received a $650K donation from Simon Nehme to support three related projects, as well as a $1M anonymous donation to support the school’s Venture Program in Arts and Social Sciences.