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A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

This past fall we initiated our Faculty's Academic Planning process to renew our Stepping Up Plan which draws to a close in 2010. In conjunction with the Academic Planning Steering Committee, we developed a planning Framework that aligns with the University's Towards 2030 strategic initiative.

The Faculty's Academic Planning Framework guides the development of our Departments', Institutes’, Divisions’ and Administrative Units' Plans. Within the Framework, we build on recently-launched initiatives and consider different topics from Culture of Excellence to Student Experience, Research Foci and Collaboration to Resource Allocation and Influence. Together, these Plans will create the foundation of the Faculty’s Academic Plan for the next five to seven years.

A vital aspect of the planning process is our current Faculty's Self-Study. We are grateful to those who have responded to our request for input and we welcome your further feedback.

Building on our achievements, we critically reflect on the Faculty and plan for its future. I look forward to this exciting time of renewal and to collectively envisioning an academic plan which will propel our Faculty to the next level of excellence.


February 26, 2010

Volume 3, Issue 10
In this issue:

Academic Planning
What's New
Honours and Awards
Engineering Events
In the News


Academic Planning


The current Faculty strategic plan, Stepping Up, draws to a close in 2010. This is an appropriate time to reflect on our achievements accomplished and initiatives underway, to consolidate our thinking and to renew our academic plan to guide us for the next five to seven years.

Accordingly, Dean Amon initiated a Faculty-wide academic planning process, with concentrated activity during the fall 2009 and winter 2010. It aligns with the University’s overarching goals and takes into account the larger university environment within Towards 2030, as it relates to our Faculty. These goals include our research-intensive culture, academic rigor, global reputation, enrolment, excellence in students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom, funding models and our internal and external collaboration, outreach and influence.

In support of our continued pursuit of excellence, we have recently launched many initiatives, such as:

To guide the Faculty’s planning process activities, a Steering Committee with representatives from our major constituencies was struck to develop a Draft Academic Planning Framework. The membership is:

Cristina Amon, Dean
Grant Allen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Erika Bailey, Director, Office of the Dean
Catherine Gagne, Chief Administrative Officer
Jason Grenier, Graduate Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Greg Jamieson, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering & Curriculum Committee Chair
Wayne Lin, VP, Student Life, Engineering Society & Undergraduate Student, Industrial Engineering
Brenda McCabe, Chair, Civil Engineering
Eugene Polistuk, Alumnus, Member, Dean’s Advisory Board
Paul Santerre, Director, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering & Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Ted Sargent, Associate Chair, Research & Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Faculty’s Academic Planning Framework was developed in consultation with Chairs and Directors and members of the Faculty’s senior administrative team. This Framework guides Departments, Institutes, Divisions and Administrative Units during their current development of respective units’ Academic Plans. The synthesis of Units’ Academic Plans at the Faculty level will then form the Faculty’s Academic Plan. The target date for completion of the Plan is by summer 2010.

The Framework asks Academic and Administrative Units to consider: Positioning; Culture of Excellence; Educating Future Engineers; Student Experience; Research Foci; Research Collaboration, Outreach and Influence; and Resource Allocation. It also asks us to reflect critically on our priorities, weaknesses and the implications of our Plan. Within the Framework, Units have the opportunity to incorporate plans related to their uniqueness.

Academic Planning relies heavily on our Faculty’s Self-Study, and External Review processes. As a result of our broad-based, reflective Self-Study, cross-Faculty themes may emerge that could then be incorporated into the Faculty’s Academic Plan. The Reviewers’ visit will provide a vital, external and critical analysis of our Faculty which will also strengthen our Academic Planning.


What's New


Administrative and Technical Staff Work Together to Define Excellence at Faculty Day

Over 140 staff network, share thoughts on excellence in administration; Academic Plan to incorporate outcomes

New Centre is the Green Feather in Lassonde Institute's Cap

Research organization dedicated to making $20-million expansion of historic downtown Mining Building safer, cleaner, more sustainable

ECE Alumnus has GRADitude

Miro Forest (ECE 6T9) will match each dollar raised by the class of 1T0 Electrical and Computer Engineers and challenges fellow alumni to do the same

Tech-Tip: Tidy Your Desktop Quickly

Too many applications and documents open? Need to get to your Desktop quickly?

Collaboration established with Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Professor Peter Herman (ECE) optimizes education and training in photonics through agreement with international colleagues


Honours and Awards


Professor Edward (Ted) Davison Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

ECE prof only Canadian of nine foreign associates elected this year to NAE; recognized as pioneer and world-leader in control systems design theory

Four Engineering Professors inducted Fellows of AAAS

Will Cluett (ChemE), Bryan Karney (CivE), Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) and Edward (Ted) Sargent (ECE) elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Save the date: Celebrating Success 2010

Dean Cristina Amon invites all staff and faculty members to join her on April 22, 2010 for a reception to recognize the outstanding achievements of our Faculty and celebrate another successful academic year. We will also take this opportunity to honour the recipients of our staff and teaching awards, as well as the new McCharles Fellow.

April 22, 2010 | 4-6 p.m. | Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202)

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to Carolyn Farrell
Phone: 416-978-8666 / Email:




Ontario Ministry of Transportation – 2010 Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program (HIIFP)

Sponsor Deadline: March 4, 2010

CFI/ORF Post Award Information Session – March 2, 2010, 1–2 pm

Research Services invites CFI/ORF awardees and support staff to attend an information session regarding updated information on post-award activities. 




Council Approves Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics

February 24 Faculty Council voted in favour of IRM, future home to Faculty-wide initiatives in robotics and Mechatronics

Reminder to place future Faculty Council dates in your calendar

May 26, 2010 | Time: 12:10 - 2:00 p.m. | Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202)


Engineering Events

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Engineering Sports - How EngSci prepared me to Run a NFL Franchise
MIE Grand Opening of the Center for Sustainable Energy
ECE Engineering Entrepreneurship Series, Sandro Di Pede
MIE Open House/Graduate Applicant Event
MSE Grad School Meet-and-Greet Event
ECE Engineering Entrepreneurship Series, Terry Matthew
Roadshow 2010: Nanoindentation Seminar and Practical Demonstration
March Break Applicant EventECE, ChemE, MIE
ECE Distinguished Lectures Series, David B. Mitzi
Skule™Nite 2010 Alumni Reception
ChemE Lectures at the Leading Edge – Paul Yager


In the News


CBC considers driver distraction; Globe and Mail explores A Better Way

Civil Engineering’s Eric Miller’s expertise in GTA traffic patterns and urban transportation solutions adds to discussion on commuters’ car-bound lives and essential public transportation services

Two Lassonde Mineral Engineering features in Globe and Mail

Julie Lassonde, new CIV advisory board member shares enthusiasm with prospective engineering girls; fourth-year Andrew Kearns (MIN) explores family history and mining future

Mass-market electric cars possible with affordable batteries

Reza Irvani (ECE) confirms with NUVO new technology been industry’s goal for long time

Wood Pellets challenges traditional coal use

Professor Heather MacLean’s (CIV) research discussed within alternative fuel communities, throughout Thunder Bay and with industry

Professor provides expert perspective on small business

National Post asks Centre for Management Technology and Entrepreneurship’s Joe Paradi (ChemE) about government support for start-up companies


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