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A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

It is my privilege to introduce the Faculty’s inaugural report of performance indicators, metrics, and statistics which marks the beginning of an annual reporting practice that will assist us in assessing our progress in our pursuit of academic excellence. During the preparation of the report, a number of stories about our Faculty emerged as described in each of the chapters.

The Annual Report summarizes our 2008-2009 data, compares it with historical data as well as peer institutions. It also serves as a foundation for our self-study and academic planning endeavours, which we are implementing within the University’s Towards 2030 vision. Reflecting on our stories of the past couple years, we have achieved remarkable advances in curriculum, innovation and contributions to our local and global communities.

Most recently in the 2009 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), U of T Engineering moved up two spots to #19 in the world. We remain the premier institution in Canada for the third consecutive year. ARWU bases its rankings on internationally comparable third-party quantitative data, for highly cited research, published articles, percentage of articles published in top journals, and engineering research expenditure.

Our pre-eminence in rankings illustrates the impact of our collective efforts and achievements. While the ARWU methodology differs from that of the Times Higher Education, which is based on reputation, they are complimentary rankings. Yet they only tell part of our story. This annual report fills in the gaps and tells of our vibrant, diverse community constantly striving for excellence.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to each member of the Faculty whose collaborative efforts have shaped this report. We have made great progress and will have many more stories yet to tell.


November 12, 2009

Volume 3, Issue 5
In this issue:

Annual Report
What's New
Honours and Awards


Annual Report


To read the full Annual Report, please download the following PDF: Annual Report 2009. To link directly to each of the Report's chapters, select the links below


Comparisons and Rankings
Awards and Honours
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students


Multidisciplinary Education and Research
Physical Infrastructure

What's New


U of T Engineering rises in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking

Engineering rises two places in Academic Ranking of World Universities to #19 in the world, remains first in Canada

EWB Global Engineer Speaker Series kicks off

CivE alumnus Paul Cadario inspired Engineering students Nov. 4

Fourth Annual MSE Industry Day

Nov. 5 event brought together industry associates, MSE undergraduate, graduate student leaders

Appointment of Acting Chair, First Year

Professor Mark Kortschot appointed for six-month term starting Jan. 1, 2010

Final Task Force on Globalization

Read key findings, recommendations, and activities since Interim Report

Fall Convocation

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

Christmas Concert voices Engineering’s musical history

The Skule™ Choir and the Brass Ring quartet bring festive sounds to Knox College Chapel Dec. 3

Tech Tip: Reduce eye strain with LCD monitors

Bulky tube-based monitors traded in for flat panel monitors to reduce eye strain. Find out how to optimize this technology


Honours and Awards


Hani Naguib named Fellow of U.K. institute

Professor Hani Naguib (MIE/MSE) named Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction

Call for nominations for early career faculty member due March 5, 2010; medal and $25,000 to be awarded in April 2010

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

HFES/HFIG Awarded 2009 Silver Level Award by HFES

U of T chapter of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), or HFIG (the Human Factors Interest Group), in MIE, recognized for outstanding accomplishments and activities


Engineering Events


Nov. 12
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Nov. 16
Nov. 20
Nov. 25
Nov. 25 Nov. 27
Nov. 27


Panel Discussion: Climate Change: What You Need to Know
Fall Convocation – Graduate Degrees
Frosh Friday PEY & the Engineering Career Centre
Leadership Training Day
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Farhad Shafai
MIE Seminar: Global Optimization Methods
ChemE Lecture: Molecular Gastronomy: Eggs, Texture & Energies of Activation
Faculty Council Meeting
MIE Seminar: Sedimentation Equilibrium of Suspensions in Centrifugal Field
Skule™ Music Concert


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2009-2010 Faculty Council Meetings

Next meeting: Nov. 25, 2009

Save the Date: 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


Toronto Star cites Faculty's research in cell phone usage and driving

Columnist says research contradicts local government's reasoning to gradually ban hand-held communications devices


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