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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

The Engineering researchers who work, study and innovate at U of T share a common focus: unearthing new opportunities for solving the world's most pressing problems. Our reputation helps us to attract exceptional scholars and academically strong students. Recently, we welcomed four new faculty members to our community, and we celebrate seven faculty and lecturers whose remarkable efforts and contributions earned them promotions.

The Faculty's outstanding researchers are also our best educators. Every day, we impart our knowledge and enhance student learning by sharing leading-edge discoveries and innovations. And we influence research even farther afield. Collaborations across the University, with industry, government and in our professional and community organizations locally and internationally broadens – and deepens – our reach and impact.

Through our collective research endeavours, we strengthen engineering knowledge, support our local and national research agendas and inspire innovation in our future engineers.


October 14, 2010

Volume 4, Issue 2
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Research

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

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Spotlight On: Research


Research Mentorship

A look at how Engineering professors mentor students into leading researchers of tomorrow

Research that Can Change the World

Engineers at U of T are conducting research of global significance


What's New


Welcome to New Faculty Members

John Harrison (CivE, Keck Chair), Oh-Sung Kwon (CivE), Oya Mercan (CivE) and Kenneth Tallman (ECP) join Faculty's distinguished scholars

Newly Tenured Faculty Members and Promotions

Congratulations to Professors Edgar Acosta (ChemE), Julie Audet (IBBME), Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), Olivera Kesler (MIE), Craig Simmons (MIE), Michael Grüninger (MIE) and Senior Lecturer Lisa Romkey (EngSci)

THE Global University Ranking Names U of T Engineering as Best in Canada

U of T only Canadian school to make top 15 list of Engineering and Technology programs

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) Honours Father's Memory

Professor's dad "encouraged discovery," and is remembered in the Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture series

BioZone Centre Opens Doors to Students and Faculty

ChemE tour of a unique research facility

French Journalists Tour U of T Engineering Labs

Journalists from Le Monde, Le Figaro and L'Express, among others, get a peek at Engineering research underway


Honours & Awards


Professor Edward (Ted) Davison Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

ECE Emeritus Professor's honour among the highest distinctions accorded to an Engineer

Susan McCahan Receives OCUFA Teaching Award

Professor Susan McCahan (MIE) becomes second Engineering faculty member to be recognized

Four ChemE Staff Win Excellence Through Innovation Award

Administrative staff members Joan Chen, Pauline Martini, Liam Mitchell and Deborah Peart receive U of T Innovation Award

Engineering Professor and Alumnus Selected for Best Paper Award

Professor Stavros Argyropoulos (MSE) and alumnus Dr. Zhi Li (MSE, PhD 0T8) receives award from Metallurgical Society

MIE Student Makes James Dyson Award Global Shortlist

Samuel Melamed makes the top 20 with rain collector invention

Call for Nominations: Staff Awards

Nomination submissions accepted until Jan. 31




Funding Opportunity: Post-doctoral Research Fellowships 2011–12

Deadline for one-year fellowship is Nov. 15

U of T Connaught Fund Programs

Deadlines for new programs that promote research and innovation




Mark your calendars! The 2010–11 Faculty Council meetings will take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber. The meeting dates are:

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

Engineering Events


October 14
October 15
October 16
October 16
October 20
October 21
October 22
November 4
November 5
November 9
November 9


MSE: 5th Annual MSE Industry Day
MIE: Distinguished Speaker Sheldon Weinbaum, The City College of New York
University of Toronto Engineering Graduate Studies Fair
Go ENG Girl!
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker Neil Armstrong, University of Arizona
ECTI Open House
MIE: Speaker Som Seif, CEO, Claymore Investments, Inc.
MSE: Inaugural Winegard Lecture w/ Donald R. Sadoway, MIT
Dean's Town Hall with Students
Fall Convocation
UTIAS: The G.N. Patterson Lecture


More Engineering events


In the News


Commuting Becomes Red-Button Issue in Toronto

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) comments on efficient transportation infrastructure

Robotic Care Will Soon Be Part of Health Care

Professor Mark Chignell (MIE) comments on the role of robots in healthcare provision for elderly

U of T Program Has Engineering Students Help in Plan to Revive Creativity

Professor Jean Zu (MIE) helps form partnership with business and government to increase innovation

Research Demonstrates Single-charge-detection Capability of Nanowire Field-effect Transistors

Professor Harry Ruda (MSE) and group demonstrate the use of nanowire transistors to give comparable charge performance of single electron transistors

Quantum Dot Spin-out from U of T Wins Wall Street Journal Innovation Award

InVisage Technologies Inc., founded by Professor Ted Sargent (ECE), is recognized by WSJ

Human-powered Ornithopter Becomes First Ever to Sustain Flight

Catch reports on UTIAS PhD candidate Todd Reichert's (EngSci,0T5) record-breaking flight from The Star, with second follow-up, The Globe and Mail, BBC News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor

From Building Bridges to Running Bay Street

Sukrit Ganguly (ChemE 0T5, MASc 0T8) is one of a new breed of financial engineers and global innovators

Hot Engineering Jobs

Dean Cristina Amon gives expert comment on in-demand Engineering careers

More Engineering In the News


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