December 1, 2014  |  Volume 8, Issue 3

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

Engineering a healthy heart

A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

There has never been a more exciting time for health-care engineering innovation in Canada. From research laboratories to hospitals, U of T engineers are creating cutting-edge technologies and processes that benefit society and impact people’s lives around the world.
In this issue of The Engineering Newsletter, we describe some of our Faculty’s groundbreaking research in health care, including:
  • The Centre for Healthcare Engineering, where researchers are pioneering data-driven approaches to make health-care systems more efficient, while also educating the next generation of engineers in the field.
  • Two different research groups at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) who are developing new medical technologies that could prevent blood clot formation, including one that repels bacteria.
  • The Centre for Global Engineering, where faculty and graduate students are leading health-care initiatives in the developing world to improve water quality and sanitation.
Last week, the Rogers family gave a historic $130-million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research—a new multidisciplinary initiative that unites research expertise from U of T, the University Health Network and SickKids. This announcement has transformative impact on health-care engineering in our Faculty. The gift enables U of T Engineering to expand state-of-the-art biomedical engineering laboratories into the MaRS2 building, creates two endowed research chairs and introduces an innovation fund to accelerate commercialization of new technologies.
The tremendous talents and determination of our researchers, combined with the generosity of our donors, are creating more opportunities than ever for us to provide innovative health-care solutions. I offer my deepest thanks to our dynamic community for your passion, vision and dedication as we help improve health care for millions, together.

Spotlight: Health-care Engineering



Engineering a healthy heart: a closer look at the Roger's family
$130-million gift

Donation advances research and commercialization in health-care and biomedical engineering

Optimizing health care: Professor Timothy Chan on the Centre for Healthcare Engineering

Centre leads interdisciplinary research in health-care engineering to help hospitals and other industry clients make significant and long-lasting improvements

Six ways U of T researchers are engineering your health

A look at six pioneering projects that are improving health care across Canada

Newly engineered surface repels blood clots and bacteria

Professor Ben Hatton's (MSE) medical innovation published in Nature Biotechnology and featured on CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks

What's New

Celebrating U of T Engineering's latest grads
Photo gallery of this fall's 20 undergraduate and 366 graduate students who crossed the stage at Convocation Hall on November 18

Engineering grad to watch: Aaron Persad, astronaut for hire
"Reach for the stars" is more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card for PhD graduate Aaron Persad (EngSci 0T6, MechE MASc 1T1, PhD 1T4)

Engineering grad to watch: William Luo, city builder
Structural engineer and MASc graduate William Luo (CivE 1T2, MASc 1T4) shares his passion for concrete
Engineering Education

Engineering professor opens new Icewire Makerspace for
youth and adults

Professor David John's (ECE) Toronto facility provides workshops in robotics, electronics, 3D printing and more

Engineering education gets hands-on with futuristic TEAL classrooms

A look at innovative new learning spaces with Professor Steven Thorpe (MSE) 

The engineer who became a best-selling Canadian writer:
Terry Fallis comes to U of T Engineering

Author of The Best Laid Plans visits campus to explore unconventional career paths for engineering grads and the value of an engineering degree

Advancement & Industry Partnerships

U of T Engineering records banner fundraising year as University's Boundless campaign surpasses $1.5 billion
Alumni, students, faculty and friends from around the world continue to rally behind Engineering's ambitious $200-million Boundless campaign goal and the forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Better together: U of T Engineering celebrates its industry partners
Alumnus Ted Maulucci (MechE 8T9) shares three reasons to partner with Engineering at the Faculty's third annual industry partner's reception 

Honours & Awards  

Professor Emeritus Ezra Hauer awarded outstanding career award from Transportation Association of Canada
The CivE "Father of Road Safety Science" garners the 2014 Outstanding Career Centennial Road Safety Award

Professor Hani Naguib (MIE) elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within the ASME

Call for nominations: 2015 Administrative Staff Awards
Submission deadline: January 30, 2015


Grants and Opportunities

Discovery Frontiers call for proposals: New Materials for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
Internal deadline: February 9, 2015
Sponsor deadline: March 2, 2015

Preliminary applications for 2015 NSERC Strategic Network Grants competition
Internal deadline: March 1, 2015
Sponsor deadline: April 1, 2015

BioFuelNet Canada – Accepting applications for Phase II funding
Internal deadline: December 12, 2014
Sponsor deadline: December 19, 2014

U of T and FAPESP (Brazil) Joint call for proposals: Global Cities
Deadline: January 26, 2015

Ontario Centres of Excellence – call for Expressions of Interest for Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program Round 2
EOI deadline: February 13, 2015

TandemLaunch – Fall 2014 call for technology proposals
Sponsor deadline: December 3, 2014

IC-IMPACTS call for proposals – India-Canada Cooperative Science Programme
Internal deadline: January 8, 2015
Sponsor deadline: January 15, 2015

Fulbright Arctic Initiative – Competition now open
Internal deadline: January 26, 2015
Application deadline: February 2, 2015

Reminder: Webinar on how to prepare the Letter of Intent (LOI) for the 2015 Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) competition
Date: December 4, 2014


Faculty Council recap
Summary of the items approved and discussed on November 25, 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

Dec. 1  Parent and Alumni Dean's Reception: Dubai
Dec. 3 – Lectures at the Leading Edge: Carolyn Bertozzi
Dec. 4 – Entrepreneurship Hatchery Circle Panel: Building a Business
Dec. 5 – MIE Seminar Series: Youngjie Jessica Zhang
Dec. 10 –
 Skule Lunch & Learn Speaker Series
Dec. 22 – Holidays Begin

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

In the Media

Selected U of T Engineering-related news articles from over 760 media stories this month.

Riding an E-bike built like a GoKart is as fun as it sounds (Gizmodo
U of T Engineering startup Sojourn Lab's new invention is set to bridge the gap between cars and bikes, and is a pleasure to ride

How 3D printing could revolutionize burn treatment (CBS News
Printing skin in U of T researchers' PrintAlive 3D printer is a safe and accessible alternative to skin grafting

A PhD & master's program to teach you to teach engineering (
A look at U of T Engineering's new collaborative program in engineering education, the EngEd

Rogers family donates $130 million to heart research (Maclean's
The single largest monetary gift in Canadian history will bring together research expertise from the University of Toronto, UHN and SickKids


CivE and MinE scholars honoured at Lassonde Reception

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