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Welcome to the 2014–15 academic year.

This fall, we welcome an outstanding group of new faculty members, 1,254 undergraduate students and 740 graduate students, joining us from over 50 countries. In fact, more than one third of our incoming undergraduates are international students. And more women make up our first-year cohort, rising to 30.6 per cent. With a global reputation for excellence, we are attracting exceptional students from home and abroad who bring their diverse strengths and potential to Skule.

All of these remarkable students were drawn to U of T Engineering not only for our pioneering research, but also for our innovation in education. Our new learning opportunities for undergraduates this year include the Biomedical Engineering Minor and certificates in Engineering Leadership and Renewable Resources Engineering, while graduate students can take advantage of our newly launched collaborative program in Engineering Education.   

As our Faculty begins this academic year, we highlight new initiatives, we reflect on our achievements and we also step back to take a longer view of our future.  So, in this first issue of The Engineering Newsletter, I am pleased to share our sixth Annual Report of Performance Indicators. Included are comprehensive metrics that span ten years, allowing us to examine and add to our notable progress. 

My warm wishes for another rewarding year.  I look forward to moments that will draw us together even more closely in our shared pursuit of excellence.

Cristina Amon, Dean


September 29, 2014

Volume 8, Issue 1

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Spotlight On: Annual Report Performance Indicators 2014


Read the full Annual Report on the Engineering website, or go directly to the report's sections and chapters at the links below.

Academic Plan: Selected Highlights Message from the Dean
1. Undergraduate Studies 6. World Recognition by Rankings
2. Graduate Studies 7. Advancement
3. Research 8. Communications
4. Cross-Faculty Education 9. International Initiatives
5. Awards & Honours 10. Financial and Physical Resources

What's New


Four new faculty members join U of T Engineering

The Faculty welcomes Elodie Passeport (ChemE, CivE), Margaret Hai-Ling Cheng (IBBME, ECE), Kinnor Chattopadhyay (MSE) and Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE)

U of T Engineering welcomes students to new Skule year

1,254 first-year students and 740 graduate students enjoy orientation events

Plenary Lecture with Alumnus Mike Branch (ECE 0T3)

Entrepreneur's challenge to engineering undergraduates: do something game changing

What nature can teach humans about energy: Q&A with Ted Sargent

A look at the upcoming Bio-Inspired Ideas for Sustainable Energy - Connaught Symposium

Ontario's Campus-Linked Accelerator Program gives $3 million boost to U of T entrepreneurs

U of T to receive funding to increase training and support entrepreneurship initiatives like The Entrepreneurship Hatchery

Student startups compete for $42,000 in funding at Entrepreneurship Hatchery demo night

Student groups pitch business ideas to panel of expert judges

Molly Shoichet to lead U of T's science and engineering engagement activities

Expert in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine named new senior advisor on science and engineering engagement

Protecting our water: Q & A with CivE professor Jennifer Drake

Engineering Professor speaks about the importance of water for cities in the 21st century

Fall fashion tips from U of T engineer's personalized pocket stylist app, Blynk

Engineering student Shums Kassam (EngSci 1T5) swipes right into media spotlight

Teaching to learn: Engineering students design educational kits for their peers

Undergraduates teamed up with Dr. Scott Ramsay and Professor Uwe Erb (both MSE) for collaborative summer projects

Engineering safer drugs and skin grafts with Grand Challenges Canada grants

Two groups of U of T researchers develop innovative healthcare technologies

U of T Engineering alumni burn up Indiegogo with first intelligent heated base layer

Two students of the Entrepreneurship Hatchery find commercial success

3D-printed chocolate, DIY robots and more: Toronto Maker Faire

Start-ups from engineering alumni featured at worldwide fair


Honours and Awards


Micah Stickel named to Top 20 Under 40 by American Society for Engineering Education

Engineering lecturer honoured for his experience-based teaching approach and pioneering the "inverted classroom" style

3D skin printer wins engineering students Canada Dyson Award

Arianna McAllister (IBBME MASc 1T4) and Lian Leng (MIE MASc 1T0, PhD 1T5) named the Canadian winners of the 2014 James Dyson Award for their invention, the PrintAlive Bioprinter

Milica Radisic named to Royal Society of Canada's new interdisciplinary college

Professor inducted into the RSC's College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists

First-year engineering student wins Schulich Leaders Scholarship

First-year engineering student Quinton Lowe (EngSci 1T8) honoured for outstanding leadership

Students design innovative, low-cost solution for tricky tracheal intubation

Design by Qian (Linda) Liu (EngSci 1T3 + PEY) and Kaiyin (Cathy) Zhu (EngSci 1T3 + PEY) garners this year's John W. Senders Award for Imaginative Design

Ted Sargent and Peter Zandstra named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Two U of T Engineering professors honoured for advances in energy and biomedical engineering

Four U of T Engineering students awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Four students awarded for innovation in cancer, climate change, aging infrastructure and heart disease

U of T engineer wins Syncrude Canada Innovation Award

Professor Radhakrishnan Mahadevan (ChemE) specializes in the utilization of micro-organisms

U of T Engineering's Wei Yu among world's most influential researchers

Professor named to Thomson Reuters' rankings of the most highly cited scientific researchers

Using tiny technology to aid in the fight against cancer

Professor Aaron Wheeler (IBBME) wins annual $100,000 McLean Award, part of U of T's Connaught Fund

Oil-spill sponges and a future manufacturing leader

Ali Rizvi (MIE PhD 1T4) named one of the "Top 30 under 30 Future Leaders in Manufacturing"





Conference: The Arctic: Societies, Sustainability, and Safety

October 27–29, the Norwegian Government is holding its 13th annual Transatlantic Science Week (TSW) at the MaRS Centre in Toronto

U of T Engineering Industry Partners Reception

November 19, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Industry Partners Reception

Grants and Opportunities

Ontario Centres of Excellence: Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle (CVAV) Research Program

This program is a partnership between the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

2014–15 Connaught Program application deadlines

The Connaught Committee is pleased to announce the 2014–15 Connaught program application deadlines

2014–15 OMAFRA New Directions Research Program - Letter of Intent

Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2014

Genome Canada: Round 4 Genomic Applications Partnerships Program (GAPP)

Internal Deadline: October 14, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: October 21, 2014




Mark your calendar! Faculty Council meeting dates for the 2014–15 academic year are as follows:

All Council meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202).


Engineering Events

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Oct 8-9
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Oct 17
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Oct 22
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Oct 24
Oct 29
Oct 29

MIE Industry Spotlight: Management Consulting
MIE Seminar Series: Sushanta K. Mitra
Bio-Inspired Ideas for Sustainable Energy - Connaught Symposium
Skule Lunch & Learn Speaker Series
University of Toronto Graduate Engineering Fair
Public lecture: Sir Richard Friend, Cambridge University
Dean's Town Hall
MIE Seminar Series: John R. Birge
MIE Seminar Series: G. M. "Bud" Homsy
Fall Campus Day
Go ENG Girl
Research Partnership Lecture: Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos
MIE Research Spotlight: Engineering Moneyball in hockey, baseball and beyond
MIE Seminar Series: Miguel F. Anjos
BizSkule – Mobility 3.0: Re-thinking the future of transportation
Emerging Leaders: Carlo Visconti, University of Milan


More Engineering events
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In the Media


The race to capture solar energy at U of T (CBC News)

A look at Professor and Vice Dean, Research Ted Sargent's (ECE) innovative nanotechnology with CBC News

Real tremors, or drug-seeking patient? New app can tell (Toronto Star)

U of T researchers develop novel method for gauging alcohol withdrawal symptoms

New smart phone app 'Blynk' is Tinder of the fashion world (Global News)

Engineering student Shums Kassam (EngSci 1T5) sees media spotlight in Toronto Life, Global TV and Toronto Star

Jenn & Winston live at University of Toronto for Orientation Week (Breakfast Television)

Breakfast Television chats with Blue Sky Solar, Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE) and more at orientation on Front Campus


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