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A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

Diversity among our students, staff and faculty enriches curricula, stimulates intellectual discourse both within and beyond the academic setting, and is inextricably linked to excellence. Through education and research, we aim to support the learning for internationally minded, diverse and academically strong future engineers. Our engineering alumni compete and collaborate in a global environment and have the exceptional opportunity and responsibility to address the world’s issues.

We attract top students from all ten Canadian provinces and from 45 countries. Students, faculty and staff bring an extraordinary diversity in perspectives and backgrounds which deepens the learning experiences of future global engineers. The Centre for Global Engineering, in particular, highlights the importance of international, culturally diverse education and learning environments.

As a Faculty, we continue our efforts to strengthen the education that prepares students who will work across cultures and disciplines and play fundamental roles in advancing our country’s economic and social growth.


May 20, 2010

Volume 3, Issue 15
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Outreach and Diversity

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


Spotlight On: Outreach and Diversity


U of T Engineering Runs Outreach Programs for Under-represented Communities

Starting this summer – the Jr. Deep Aboriginal Program and ENGAGE

World-Class Students

U of T Engineering Recruitment Office: increasing enrolment of international applicants and women

U of T's National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Wins Remarkable Award

An interview with two student presidents


What's New


Researchers Around the World Applaud U of T Genetics Discovery

U of T researchers Brendan Frey (ECE) and Benjamin Blencowe make international headlines with groundbreaking research

To the Omni-focus Video Camera, the Whole World Looks Sharp

Prof. Keigo Iizuka (ECE) produces camera with infinite depth of field

PhD Candidates Earn Prestigious Awards

Lana Olague (UTIAS) honoured with Amelia Earhart Fellowship; Michelle Xu (ECE) receives award from the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers

ECE Students Paint the Town

PhD candidate Michelle Xu (ECE) leads student group with laser graffiti

U of T Engineering Students Place First in Google Case Challenge

U of T Engineering students beat out 23 other Canadian engineering teams with proposal for smart-phone application

Third Annual Science Rendezvous

Applied Science & Engineering pavilions dazzle public at this one-day science festival

The Lure of Innovation

Over 150 attendees, presenters and designers fill Bahen Centre for ICUE 2010


Honours and Awards


ChemE Professor Receives the Babcock-Hart Award

Levente Diosady recognized for contributions to food technology

MIE Professor Honoured by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Yu Sun receives Early Career award for remarkable contributions

Electrochemical Society Honours ChemE Professor

Roger Newman recognized for contributions to electrochemistry and solid-state sciences




NSERC: Over $3 Million in New Funding for Engineering Grad Research

Support helps produce the next generation of research leaders – read up on research of seven of our own

Genomics Funding Opportunities and Ontario Genomics Institute Info Session

Tues., May 18, 2010 | 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. (presentation) | 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. (discussion)

Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program (2010) – Call for Applications

Deadline: Mon., June 7, 2010




Pencil it in! Final Faculty Council of the Academic Year

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

Full May 26 Faculty Council Agenda

Members encouraged to attend, hear latest news, vote, make a difference at Faculty


Engineering Events

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June 01
June 15
June 16
June 16
June 16

Ontario on a Chip (OOAC)
2010 SAE Central Ontario Students’ Night
MIE Spring Reunion
Division of Engineering Science Spring Reunion Luncheon
ChemE Alumni Spring Reunion Lunch and Tour
Engineering Leadership Review journal launch
Annual UTIAS Industry Alumni Student Event
ChemE Pre-Convocation Lunch
APSC Convocation | Time: 10:00 a.m. | CIV, ECE, MIN, MSE
APSC Convocation | Time: 2:30 p.m. | AER, BIOMED, CHEM, ENGSCI, MIE


In the News


Single Genes Generate Many Messages

Researchers Brendan Frey (ECE) and Benjamin Blencowe decipher inner workings of human genome (Selected links: National Post; CBC; Hamilton Spectator;; Softpedia;; Canadian Bio Technologist 2.0;

Omni-focus Set to Sweep Industry

Prof. Keigo Iizuka (ECE) produces video camera with infinite depth of field (Selected links:; Security Systems News)

Turning Sweat into Green Energy

Prof. Olivier Trescases (ECE), finalist in Green Innovation Award (Selected links: Yonge Street;; City of Toronto website; Green Innovation Awards)

Blog Behaviours

Prof. Mark Chignell (MIE) & Alumnus Jamy Li (MIE) investigate personality through blogs

Making Mecca Move

Prof. Amer Shalaby (CivE) & Prof. Eric Miller (CivE) work to improve transport for Mecca’s growing pilgrimage (Related news: CTV)

Working for Peace

Prof. Emerita Ursula Franklin (MSE) interviewed on CBC radio's The Current

University of Toronto Professor Awarded Concrete-Research Chair

Prof. Doug Hooton (CivE) receives chair in concrete durability and sustainability

U of T Robot Crushes Competition in RoboGames

U of T Engineering students win gold in robot battle (Related link: UTRA)

U of T PhD Student's Entrepreneurial Endeavours Continue to Reap Rewards

Vincent Cheung (ECE) sweeps top spots in national competition

11 Engineering Teams Compete in Concrete Canoe Competition

U of T Engineering’s Concrete Canoe races in Lake Ontario


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