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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Welcome to the 2010–2011 academic year!

We are now in the exciting phase of collaborating and strengthening our 137 years of engineering excellence as we develop our new Academic Plan. Your engagement, contributions and commitment to our Faculty ensures that we are building upon a very solid foundation.

Thank you to those who participated in our recent Engineering Newsletter survey. We will incorporate your input to enhance this monthly communication to provide timely information about our Faculty's activities, accomplishments and community news.


September 15, 2010

Volume 4, Issue 1
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
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What's New
Honours & Awards
Engineering Events
In the News

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Spotlight On: Back to Skule™


Welcome, Class of 1T4

A look at the exemplary new students of Engineering

Career Prospects Are Strong for Class of 1T1

Opportunities for newly graduated students are on the rise



What's New


ARWU Ranks U of T Engineering First in Canada, 19th in World

U of T is only Canadian school to place in top 50 in 2010 ARWU Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences rankings

Professor Doug Reeve Appointed Director of ILead

Institute launches this fall with ChemE Chair at the helm

Staff Collaborate to Enhance Engineering Student Experience

Engineering Student Engagement Group hosts workshop to boost awareness on issues facing students

Students Shine on Undergraduate Research Day

Engineering students present their summer research accomplishments

Engineering Graduate Students Complete Harvest

Sky Garden brings focus to urban sustainability

Newsletter Survey Results Are In

Key findings of The Engineering Newsletter readership survey


Honours & Awards


Professor Donald Mackay Awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal

Donald Mackay (ChemE) lauded for pioneering work in environmental chemistry

Two Engineering Professors Named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Stewart Aitchison (ECE) and Harry Ruda (MSE) recognized for their extensive contributions

U of T Engineering Receives Seven Ontario Research Awards

Multiple funding awards given to Engineering faculty

Professor Jeffrey Packer (CivE) Receives H.A. Krentz Award

Research investigates welded hollow structural section connections

Four Faculty Members Receive Collaborative Health Grants

Engineering Professors among the seven grant recipients at U of T

Two Engineering Researchers Win NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grants

Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) and Murray Thomson (MIE) awarded

U of T Wins Five of Nine Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Stephen Armstrong (ELITE program), Mansoor Barati (MSE), Jeffrey Packer (CivE), Andrew Goldenberg (MIE) and Joseph Paradi (ChemE) recognized for Engineering excellence and community service




Research Administration Improvement and Systems Enhancement – Project RAISE

Research & Innovation welcomes input for Project RAISE

National Institutes of Health (NIH): New R01 Research Grants

New NIH grant internal deadline: Sept. 28

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations, Round Six

Initiative encourages innovative and unconventional global health solutions

Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Opportunities for investigators at the Assistant Professor level to study pathogenesis




Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) was acclaimed as Faculty Council Speaker for 2010–11.

Mark your calendars! The Faculty Council meetings will take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. 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

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November 9

MIE: Distinguished Speaker Karl F. Böhringer, University of Washington
Biz Skule™ with Som Seif, Claymore Investments

CIBC Run for the Cure: University Challenge
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker John Kilner, Imperial College London
Faculty Council Meeting
MIE: Distinguished Speaker Christophe Pierre, McGill University
ChemE: The Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture w/Robert Langer, MIT
5th Annual MSE Industry Day
Fall Convocation


In the News


Space: A Canadian Frontier?

Professor Robert Zee (UTIAS) notes Canada's "numerous contributions to the international effort in space"

Toronto Filmmaker Strives to Perfect Prosthetic Eye Camera

Filmmaker Rob Spence to build on Professor Steve Mann's (ECE) research

Paralyzed Computer Engineer Helps Develop Technology for Children with Disabilities

ECE 1T0 Alum, Eric Wan, inspires the creation of Virtual Music Instrument

Calgary Scientists to Create Human 'Neurochip'

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) offers expert comment

Brian the Robot: The Future of Senior Care

Professor Goldie Nejat (MIE) and team develops interactive robot that assists the elderly living in long-term facilities

Improved Wing Design Inspired by Bird World

Professor Shaker Meguid (MIE) heads morphed-wing research program

An Affordable Alternative for Solar Cell Design

Ted Sargent (ECE) leads way for inexpensive development of solar photovoltaic cells using nickel

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