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The Engineering Newsletter
The Engineering Newsletter

A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

We recently concluded a strategic communications exercise and would like to extend our gratitude on behalf of the Faculty to those of you who have already participated in focus groups, an online survey, and one-on-one interviews that led to the results of this exercise. This has enabled us to understand how our Faculty is perceived and to identify gaps between internal realities and external perceptions. I would like to ask for your input once again.

We are now evaluating our positioning statement – ‘talking points’ or ‘branding’, as it is called in the corporate world – intended to describe our uniqueness and set us apart from our peers. We will next build a set of key messages to support the positioning statement. This does not replace the Faculty’s vision or mission statements, rather supports it for communication purposes to external audiences.

I encourage you to critically review this Newsletter and provide input to: dean@ecf.utoronto.ca. The results of this strategic communications exercise will influence the Faculty’s self-study and academic planning, in addition to our communications materials.


October 29, 2009

3, Issue 4

In this issue:

What's New
Honours and Awards


Positioning the Faculty: A strategic communications exercise


The purpose of this exercise was to determine our positioning statement that uniquely sets us apart from our competitors. We received more than 800 internal and external opinions that helped shape the outcome. With this input, we better understood how the Faculty is perceived internally and externally and identified gaps that exist between internal realities and external perceptions. This input served the basis to form our positioning statement. Please review the following for more information:


What's New


Director of Lassonde Institute appointed

MinE Director John Hadjigeorgiou started a two-year term October 1, 2009

U of T researchers define barriers to successful heart cell transplants

Researchers at U of T have developed a novel cell injection test-bed to evaluate the barriers to transplanted cell integration with cardiac tissue. Peter Zandstra (IBBME) and Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) led the research teams

U of T Engineering instrumental in ASEE Global Colloquium

Faculty and students participate in Global Colloquium on Engineering Education in Budapest

Innovation, Globalization and the University

Engineering Professors discuss ideas, solutions, and barriers to notion of innovation research

Engineering student impacts climate change negotiations in Copenhagen

CivE graduate student Robert Stupka to participate in 15th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

U of T Design Team places second in design competition

Award a significant achievement for four Engineering students

ChemE student achievements celebrated

Students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals met for 5th annual ChemE Scholars and Leaders reception

Fall Convocation

All faculty encouraged to attend Fall Convocation of Engineering's 21 undergraduate and 278 graduate students (49 PhDs, 136 MASc, 3 MEnd, 74 MEng, 16 MHSc) November 10 - Undergraduate | November 13 – Graduate

Tech Tip

Make sure digital photos are stored in more than one place


Honours and Awards


CMHC Excellence in Education Award

Kim Pressnail (CivE) gains recognition as educator who has integrated sustainable concepts in housing and community development into academic curriculum

PEO Awards

Greg Evans (ChemE), Nazir Kherani (ECE), Javad Mostaghimi (MIE), and Chul Park (MIE) awarded medals for Research and Development; Lloyd McCoomb (CivE 6T8) awarded medal for Management, and Dwayne Shirley (MSE) won Young Engineers Medal. Recipients to be honoured at gala at Toronto Congress Centre November 21, 2009

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Staff Awards

Four new staff awards announced: Emerging Leader Award; Influential Leader Award; Award for Innovation; and Quality of Student Experience Award





Accelerate | Research Projects | Globalink | Training | Math Outreach


Engineering Events


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Nov. 13
Nov. 13


Frosh Friday: Memory and Concentration Skills
Frosh Friday: The Skoll Program and Rotman Business
Grad Studies Fair
Fall Convocation – Undergraduate
Remembrance Day
Fall Convocation – Graduate
Frosh Friday: PEY & the Engineering Career Centre


Click here for more Engineering events



2009-2010 Faculty Council Meetings

Save the Date: Nov. 25, 2009 | Feb. 24, 2010 | May 26, 2010
Time: 12:10 - 2:00 p.m. | All meetings take place in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202)


Engineering in the News


The Economist runs feature story on CivE Professor-led research

Chris Kennedy and team studied how cities' greenhouse-gas emissions differ and how to learn from carbon footprints comparison

Focal depths expose picture quality

Engineer Online UK featured ongoing collaborated study between MIT researchers and Kiriakos Kutulakos, ECE. Mathematical model determines how to yield sharpest image

ChemE Professor Emma Master speaks at Biotech Week

Annual event raises awareness of technological issues facing today's world food supply

U of T team's 'lab on a chip' may detect breast cancer

Aaron Wheeler (IBBME) and research team developed device for pocket-sized detectors to help diagnose and monitor breast cancer. Original story appeared Oct. 7 on first cover of Science Translational Medicine and has made headlines across the globe

Pledge to reduce Toronto trash by 70 per cent too "lofty"

Phil Byer, CivE Professor and an expert on waste management, cited in the Globe Oct. 20

ECE Associate Professor reviews Windows 7 features/interface

David Lie discusses two broad classes of changes to recent Microsoft interface launch in Toronto Star Oct. 21


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