November 3, 2014  |  Volume 8, Issue 2

The Engineering Newsletter
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto 


A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

This fall, as we enter the fourth year of our Academic Plan 2011–16, I am pleased to share that we are making remarkable progress on our ambitious goals. This issue of The Engineering Newsletter features our Academic Plan – Year Three: Progress and Achievements, a report that outlines our achievements and activities over the past year, along with our updated goals.

Together, as a Faculty and a community, we have much to be proud of. Through our unwavering pursuit of excellence, we have enhanced our multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment, added innovative new academic programming, improved student and faculty diversity, upgraded our facilities and attracted some of the world’s brightest to study here and conduct research with us.

For example, last year we surpassed our goal for graduate student enrolment well ahead of schedule. This achievement moves us closer to our longer-term goal of reaching a 60:40 undergraduate to graduate student ratio. We also exceeded our Tri-Council research funding goal, which had a direct impact on our share of Canada Research Chairs, increasing our allocation by four Tier II equivalent CRCs.

Our Faculty has also made progress in realizing our transformational vision for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). This building will be a collaborative hub, offering crucial space for our Faculty to implement innovative learning pedagogies, while enhancing multidisciplinary research and fostering entrepreneurial activities among students, faculty, alumni and industry partners. I am grateful for the tremendous support we continue to receive for this important milestone in our Faculty’s history.

Thank you for your ongoing contributions and commitment to our vibrant engineering community. I welcome your feedback on the Year Three progress report and look forward to celebrating our many accomplishments to come.

Spotlight On


Academic Plan – Year Three: Progress Report 

A look at our progress towards our Academic Plan goals in 2013-14 

What's New

Engineering Education

U of T Engineering launches unique collaborative program in engineering education
U of T Engineering and OISE launch Canada's first collaborative program in engineering education for master and Phd students

U of T Engineering pilots innovative classroom design
Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room enables collaborative, hands-on learning, assisted by technology and strategic design

Dispelling myths about grad studies at  U of T Engineering Graduate Fair
Prospective students gathered to explore graduate engineering programs at Canadian universities

Cultures converge at U of T Engineering's annual international breakfast
This year, the Faculty welcomes 57 international exchange and 301 Science without Borders students

Dean welcomes students to this year's first Town Hall
Faculty and students explore topics such as career services and first-year experience

Cities and Urban Issues

U of T Engineering signs agreement with CAF to advance sustainable development in Latin America
Senior CAF officials visited U of T Engineering to explore opportunities for research collaboration

The third urban revolution: BizSkule event to explore the future of travel
Q & A with transit expert Professor Eric Miller (CivE) on the future of urban transportation

U of T Cities podcast: the future of transit
New audio series featuring professors Eric Miller (CivE) and Baher Abdulhai (CivE), researcher Samah El-Tantawy (CivE), OTI Lumionics and more


Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million donation
Francis Shen (UTIAS MASc 8T3) contributes to new aerospace incubator for graduate students

Fertility startup: a year in the life of the engineer entrepreneur
Q & A with Lisa Eamer (MechE 0T8, MASc 1T3) of QSperm, a startup that uses “Sperm Olympics” to help couples get pregnant faster

Engineering alumni build the world's first consumer-ready OLED lamp
U of T Engineering startup OTI Lumionics makes OLED technology affordable and accessible

Bionym raises $14 million for wearable, password-replacing tech
"Nymi" is a bracelet-style product that uses your unique heart rhythm to unlock your car, your phone and more

Honours & Awards 

Three new Canada Research Chairs for U of T Engineering
Professors Aimy Bazylak (MIE), Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) and Goldie Nejat (MIE) awarded Canada Research Chairs

Tissue engineering pioneer Michael Sefton inducted to the U.S. Institute of Medicine
University Professor honoured as one of only a few Canadians ever inducted into the United States Institute of Medicine

Frank Kschischang named U of T Distinguished Professor
Professor Kschischang (ECE) honoured for new subspace codes for network coding that prevent errors in digital communication systems

U of T inventor wins $100K Manning Award for anti-clotting medical innovation
Professor Paul Santerre (IBBME) recognized for developing and commercializing Surface Modifying Macromolecules for catheter tubes 

U of T Engineering alumni celebrated at 25th annual Arbor Awards
The University of Toronto honoured 11 Engineering alumni for their ongoing dedication and generosity to the University

Engineers take aim at childhood hunger and unclean water with Grand Challenges Canada grants
Two U of T Engineering projects receive seed funding to implement their innovative products in the developing world

Announcements and Appointments

U of T Engineering welcomes Catherine Riddell, executive director, communications 
Catherine joins the Faculty with energy, enthusiasm and over a decade of U of T strategic communications experience


Grants and Opportunities

Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) – Early-career faculty development grants
Sponsor deadline: Nov. 7, 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Explorations 
Internal deadline: Nov. 5, 2014
Sponsor deadline: Nov. 7, 2014 

The France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF) – New Scientific Collaborations Support Program
Sponsor deadline: Nov. 21


Faculty Council Recap
Review of the items approved and discussed on October 8, 2014

Mark your calendar! Faculty council meeting dates for the 2014-15 year are as follows: All meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202)

Engineering Events

Nov. 5  Emerging Leaders: Claudia Fischbach-Teschl on cancer research
Nov. 6 – Up Close & Personal with Author, Terry Fallis
Nov. 7 – MIE Seminar Series: Peter C. W. Kim
Nov. 11 – IBBME Distinguished Lecture: Thomas Stieglitz
Nov. 12 – Emerging Leaders: Abraham Duncan Stroock
Nov. 12 – Skule Lunch & Learn Speaker Series
Nov. 12 – Dean's Roundtable
Nov. 13 – NSERC Strategic Grant (SPG) Panel Session
Nov. 14 – MIE Seminar Series: Brian C. Williams
Nov. 18 – Fall Convocation
Nov. 19 – ECE Entrepreneurship Series: Farhad Shafai
Nov. 19 – U of T Engineering Industry Partners Reception
Nov. 21 – MIE Seminar Series: Marcelo Dapino
Nov. 26 – ECE Entrepreneurship Series: Leor Grebler
Nov. 26 – Emerging Leaders: Shaily Mahendra on the biodegradation of contaminants
Nov. 27 – ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Rudolf E. Kalman
Nov. 27 – EAA Hong Kong Chapter: Holiday Party
Nov. 28 – MIE Seminar Series: Caroline G.L. Cao

More Engineering events
To submit events, please contact Engineering Communications.

In the Media

Researchers aim to harvest the sun's energy in cheap, new ways (Globe and Mail)
A look at bio-inspired ideas for sustainable energy with Professor Ted Sargent (ECE), vice dean, research, at the 2014 Connaught Global Challenge Symposium

The scientific solutions for Toronto's traffic congestion (Globe and Mail)
Professor Eric Miller (CivE) discusses smart traffic lights, cars that communicate with each other and more

Is this electric car-bike the answer to our transit woes? (Toronto Star)
U of T Engineering students developed a hybrid electric vehicle that syncs with your smartphone

Skin printing just got faster, cheaper and smaller (Fast Company)
PrintAlive, a 3D skin printer developed by U of T Engineering students, makes 3D skin printing more accessible, garnering the 2014 James Dyson Award for Canada


Engineering Strategies & Practice is Recruiting Clients for the Winter 2015 Semester

Tell your students: The Undergraduate Engineering Journal call for submissions

New this issue - the Engineering Bulletin is an area to share U of T Engineering community news and announcements not found on our news site or Faculty calendar. Please send all submissions to Engineering Communications.

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