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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Leadership takes many forms, includes countless qualities and influences infinite results. At the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, we benefit from the vision, passion and talents of many leaders. From our students to our Chairs and Directors, administrative and technical staff to our Vice-Deans, and alumni to faculty, our community members demonstrate many leadership qualities. Among these are collaboration, organizational sensitivity, good listening, trust, encouraging others, dedication, perseverance, patience, problem solving, ambition and a range of capabilities to manage multiple priorities, build consensus, make difficult decisions, all underscored by our deep commitment to excellence.

In this issue, read about some of our dynamic leaders, what they do, what inspires them and how they envision leadership. Take a look at the inaugural issue of the Engineering Leadership Review and learn about the recently approved Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, a first in Canada where research and education will build a synergistic focus for our Faculty’s leadership initiatives.

I am honoured to be a part of our thriving engineering community, and I am inspired to continue as Dean of our Faculty, supported and strengthened by you, my fellow leaders and colleagues.


June 10, 2010

Volume 3, Issue 16
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Academic Leadership

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


Spotlight On: Academic Leadership


Faculty Leaders

Conversations on leadership with some of our Chairs, Directors and Vice-Deans: Grant Allen (ChemE), Chris Damaren (UTIAS), Farid Najm (ECE), Doug Reeve (ChemE), Paul Santerre (IBBME), David Zingg (UTIAS) and Jean Zu (MIE)

Faculty's ILead Established

Faculty Council approves new Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, the first of its kind in Canada

Engineering Leadership Review Debuts

MASc student Paul Kishimoto (UTIAS) and PhD candidate Maygan McGuire (ChemE) launch scholarly journal, forge new engineering leadership forum


What's New


Engineering Dean Emeritus Elected Canadian Academy of Engineering President

With Michael Charles at the helm, two out of three Academy leaders now hail from U of T

Dean Cristina Amon Re-appointed

Professor Amon lauded for increasing Faculty's profile, strengthening community, increasing diversity

Chair Will Cluett's Term Extended Six Months

Dean Cristina Amon thanks EngSci's Will Cluett and Charles Mims for leadership, commitment

Seven Academic Promotions Announced

Congratulations to Ravi Adve (ECE), Chris Damaren (UTIAS), Christopher Kennedy (CivE) and Ali Sheikholeslami (ECE), promoted to full Professor; Alan Chong (EngSci), Jason Foster (EngSci), Graeme Norval (ChemE), promoted to Senior Lecturer

Faculty Welcomes Prestigious Visitors from UTokyo

President Naylor hosts roundtable discussion at U of T Engineering on universities and global competitiveness

Assistant Professor Named a “Scientist to Watch”

Biomedical engineering research earns Milica Radisic (IBBME) notice from The Scientist

First Nations School Visits Faculty for GE Day

GE-sponsored campus tours and hands-on engineering activities engage students

National Concrete Canoe Competition Largest Ever

11 teams and 218 participants gather in Marilyn Bell Park

SAE Central Ontario Students’ Night

U of T Engineering Formula SAE and SAE Aero Designs competed at May 27 event

U of T Engineering Sponsors Team Eclipse

Team manager Benjamin Tran thanks Dean Cristina Amon and Vice-Dean Grant Allen


Honours and Awards


Faculty and Staff Receive NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize

Professors Sanjeev Chandra (MIE), Tom Coyle (MSE) and Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) and Dr. Valerian (Larry) Pershin (MIE) honoured for contributions to thermal spray coating

Eight Professors Inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

U of T professors and alumni account for 35 per cent of this year's new fellows

U of T Receives Six of Nine Engineers Canada Awards

Faculty, students, alumni honoured: Dean Cristina Amon, Constantin Christopoulos (CivE), Jane Chui (EngSci 1T0), Greg Evans (ChemE), Mike Klassen (EngSci 1T0) and Julie Payette (ECE 9T0)

ChemE Professors Honoured by American Oil Chemists Society

Edgar Acosta and Levente Diosady receive awards for exceptional work

PhD Candidate Earns ITF Young Researcher of the Year Award

Hossam Abdelgawad (CivE) wins global award for mass evacuation study from International Transport Forum

U of T Engineering Robot Takes Gold at Robogames

Team Combat Robotics smashes student competitors with robot, TSA Inspected

David Castelino Named to Top 20 Under 20™

ChemE undergraduate recognized for development of thin-film solar tile




May 26 Faculty Council Meeting

Recap of decisions, 2010-11 schedule

Mark your calendars!  The 2010-2011 Faculty Council meetings will take place from Noon - 2:00 pm in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber. The meeting dates are:

  • Thursday, October 7, 2010
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2010
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2011
  • Thursday, April 28, 2011

Engineering Events

Click here for more Engineering events

June 15
June 16
June 16
June 21-27

UTIAS Industry Alumni Student Event: Speaker Julie Payette, Astronaut
APSC Convocation | Time: 10:00 a.m. | CIV, ECE, MIN, MSE
APSC Convocation | Time: 2:30 p.m. | AER, BIOMED, CHEM, ENGSCI, MIE
G20 Summit: No events will be held on the St. George Campus throughout the week


In the News


Quantum Cryptography Cracked

Professor Hoi-Kwong Lo (ECE) contributes to solving commercial quantum cryptography system (Selected links: itweb; Sindh Today; Physics World; Google Gear Guide; Physics Today)

Brockhouse Canada Prize Announced

Award-winning Professors Sanjeev Chandra (MIE), Tom Coyle (MSE) and Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) and Dr. Valerian (Larry) Pershin (MIE) make news in National Post (Selected links: Market Watch;

Milica Radisic Mends Broken Hearts

The Scientist features the work of IBBME Professor

Researcher Makes Synthetic Genome

Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) weighs in on genome breakthrough (Calgary Herald)

Municipal Green Efforts Lacking in the GTA

Professor Chris Kennedy (CivE) measures neighbourhood emissions

U of T Engineer Hits the Jackpot with Shape Collage

PhD student Vincent Cheung (ECE) wins business contests with invention

CivE Professor Emeritus to Transit Leadership: "Put the customer first"

Richard Soberman outlines ideas to improve transit in GTA and across Canada


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