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The Engineering Newsletter
The Engineering Newsletter

A Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

Earlier this month we celebrated our newest alumni as they passed through Convocation Hall during fall graduation ceremonies. This new cohort of alumni join a distinguished and strong community of leaders who continue to build upon their Skule education and experiences.

This Newsletter edition presents 12 such celebrated alumni whose recognized contributions in industry, to society and within our Engineering community push the boundaries of innovation, commitment and vision. From greenhouse gas emission controls to diversity advocacy, from international airport design to global humanitarian causes, our alumni redefine engineering excellence in the fields they pursue and address the ever-expanding global challenges.

I would like to express gratitude to staff and faculty whose hard work and tireless dedication to providing an exceptional education has played a vital role in our graduating students’ future careers as they grow to become Engineering leaders, innovators, and contributors.


November 25, 2009

Volume 3, Issue 6
In this issue:

Distinctive Alumni
What's New
Honours and Awards


Distinctive Alumni: Celebrating our legacy of excellence


Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Awards Ceremony Honours and Awards Dinner

Nov. 5, more than 170 alumni, faculty, staff, and student leaders gathered in Hart House's Great Hall for EAA Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to 12 Engineering alumni award recipients:

Alessandro Ariza
EngSci 0T9
L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction

Allan Carswell
EngPhys 5T6
Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award

Steve Dennis
CivE 9T9
7T6 Early Career Award

Henry “Hank” Edamura
CivE 6T0
Engineering Alumni Medal

Howard Goodfellow
ChemE 6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T8
Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award

Peter Halsall
CivE 7T7, MASc 8T0
Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award


Mark Jeffrey
EngSci 0T8 + PEY
L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction

Ali Khademhosseini
ChemE 9T9, MASc 0T1
7T6 Early Career Award

Johanne Picard-Thompson
EngSci 8T4
2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award

Som Seif
7T6 Early Career Award

Richard Venn
EngSci 7T3
Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award

Neville Wesson
ECE 5T3, MASc 6T0
Malcolm R. McGrath Alumni Achievement Award

Engineering alumni receive medals at OSPE/PEO Awards Gala

Two Engineering alumni awarded medals at Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Nov. 21, 2009

Lloyd Alexander McCoomb
CivE 6T8, Adjunct Professor
Engineering Medal – Management Category

Dwayne R. Shirley
MSE 0T1, MASc 0T3, PhD 0T9
Engineering Medal – Young Engineer


What's New


Toronto Life magazine highlights U of T research

Faculty lays claim to four of 10 world-changing ideas. Congratulations to Professors Mohini Sain (ChemE), Ted Sargent (ECE), Tom Chau and PhD student Sheena Luu (IBBME), and Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE)

IBBME Alumni and Awards Banquet

New event celebrates yearly recognitions, includes NSERC CREATE grant, Top 40 Under 40 award, and countless students awards

Expert panelists weigh in on climate change

CivE Professor Chris Kennedy and MASc student Robert Stupka among U of T speakers

MIE students place third at 2009 ASME Student Design Competition Final

Student design team represented U of T and Canada with new rover i87 at international event

Four Engineering faculty receive Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Professors Greg Evans (ChemE), Nazir Kherani (ECE/MSE), Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) and Chul Park (MIE) awarded medals in Research and Development category at OSPE/PEO event Nov. 21, 2009

Vote for CivE student and help a family

Vote for CivE PhD student Davis Doan online to compete for funding to build Habitat for Humanity home with fellow students

Tech Tip: Print with gridlines in Microsoft Excel

Ensure printed spreadsheets look same on-screen and in print


Honours and Awards


Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

Nomination process redesigned in 2008-09; please review procedures for completing and submitting nominations. Central, University and Campus-wide – Deadline: Dec. 3, 2009 | Divisions, Faculties and Colleges – Deadline: Jan. 18, 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. Call for nominations deadline: Jan. 15, 2010

EAA Honours and Awards

Award honours the many alumni who have been recognized for outstanding achievements. Call for nominations deadline: Jan. 29, 2010

President’s Teaching Award

Nominations of colleagues encouraged whose achievements are truly outstanding for this very special form of recognition by U of T by Feb. 12, 2010

2010 Awards of Excellence – Call for Nominations

UTAA now accepting nominations for program that recognizes and celebrates achievements and contributions of exemplary members of the University community – deadlines in Feb. 2010

Chancellor’s Award

Nomination forms now available, due Feb. 16, 2010. Awards recognize administrative staff members for exceptional leadership in advancing the University's mission

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




Funding Opportunities and Awards


Engineering Events


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Dec. 4
Dec. 17


MIE Seminar: Sedimentation Equilibrium of Suspensions in Centrifugal Field
Skule™ Music Concert
Town Hall Meeting with Dean Amon and the Engineering Society
MIE Seminar: Sedimentation Equilibrium of Suspensions in Centrifugal Field
ChemE Lecture: Climate Change and What We Can Do About It
Christmas Choir Concert/Sing-a-long
Nat'l Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women – Campus Memorials
MIE Seminar: Michael Carter, MIE
EngSci's 75th Anniversary Concert & Dinner


Click here for more Engineering events



2009-2010 Faculty Council Meetings

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


Engineering students build robotic “submarine”

U of T Magazine highlights unique summer project "aquabot"


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