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A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

As part of the new Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV) Quality Assurance Framework process, every publicly assisted Ontario university is responsible for ensuring the quality of all programs. This includes developing quality assurance processes for approval and review of undergraduate and graduate programs, and establishing a new quality assurance body under the direction of the OCAV. This new body is the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (the Quality Council), established in 2009.

Accordingly, we are in the process of developing our own U of T Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) to be submitted to the University governance for approval and to the Quality Council for ratification. Once approved, the University will be responsible for commissioning external reviews for appraisal of new program proposals and cyclical program reviews. The Quality Council will then conduct its subsequent audit of our institutional compliance with our UTQAP.

The February 22nd memorandum to Chairs and Directors provides context, describes our overall process proposed under the new Framework, and outlines next steps for the Faculty’s implementation.

We welcomed Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, to our February 24th Faculty Council to provide an overview of the recent provincial changes in Quality Assurance and to discuss the University of Toronto’s preparations for the new process. Read more on quality assurance for new program approvals and cyclical reviews.


March 12, 2010

Volume 3, Issue 11
In this issue:

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


What's New


Faculty ranks 8th in the world, 1st in Canada in US News & World Report

Faculty enjoys continued success as a top-ranked International Engineering School

Two New Books Published by Engineering Professors

Farid Najm (Chair, ECE), Doug Reeve (Chair, ChemE) and Bryan Karney (Assoc Dean, Cross-Disciplinary; CIV) contribute to engineering education, learning and research

Centre for Sustainable Energy Opens

Inclusive, interdisciplinary centre designed to bring together researchers, student, teachers, industry and government

Student Leaders Recognize Value of Alumni Support

Students call donors to say thank you and share stories of how donations made a difference

Tech-Tip: How to Avoid Website Viruses

Some viruses infect computers appearing as virus warnings


Honours and Awards


Save the date: Celebrating Engineering 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:

Two Engineering Professors Honoured by IEEE Canada

Davison and Leon-Garcia recognized for outstanding contributions to electrical and electronics engineering

Fifteen Engineering Students Receive Gordon Cressy Awards from UofT

Early engineering leaders recognized for involvement at the University

Four U of T Engineering Teams Win at 2010 Ontario Engineering Competition

U of T Engineering’s Junior Design Team won first place at 2010 Ontario Engineering Competition




Engineering Professors Receive Major Grants from Ontario Research Excellence Program

Nine faculty receive $8.2M provincial funding to support collaborative, leading-edge research projects

Reminder: NSERC Strategic Project Grants – 2010 Competition

NSERC Deadline: April 15, 2010

2010 National Aboriginal Arthritis Research Initiative (NAARI) – RFA

Deadlines: March 16, 2010 - Registration of Interest, March 30, 2010 - Full Applications

NSERC Revisions – Program Guide for Professors

NSERC has revised its program literature for four programs; read about new opportunities

Innovation and Commercialization Seminar Series

You are invited to join the Toronto Innovations Group, Innovation and Commercialization Seminar Series




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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March 13
March 13
March 15
March 15
March 17
March 17
March 24
March 26

March Break Applicant Event
March Break Open House – ECE, ChemE, MIE
Dean's Town Hall
MSE Undergraduate Town Hall
Lectures at the Leading Edge – Paul Yager
Skule™Nite 2010 Alumni Reception
Lectures at the Leading Edge – Claire Fraser-Liggett
25th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner


In the News


Toronto Star features IBBME Prof research

Warren Chan's research in nanoparticles could result cancer drugs that minimize damaging effects on patients

Engineering Jobs increase after Economic Downturn

Jose Pereira discusses students' growing opportunities to become global engineers through PEY and Career Centre

EngSci Alumna among 2010 Juno Nominees

Isabel Bayrakdarian in vocal performance list for Gomidas Songs


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