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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Our Faculty is a place of creativity where engineers put innovation to work. Our faculty and students apply their engineering knowledge to assess, analyze, and solve problems, and to create novel devices, products, processes and technologies. Many establish and lead companies and organizations around the world.

In this issue, read about the entrepreneurial activities of four faculty members – and one PhD candidate – who share their insights on what it takes to turn innovative research into commercialized products. These enterprises represent just a few of the Faculty's more than 100 spin-off companies. Led by Engineering and in collaboration with the Rotman School of Management, we developed an Engineering Business Minor and Certificate, approved by Faculty Council to begin next year. These programs bridge our students' creativity and innovation in engineering with the skills of managing a technology-based business.

We are proud to tell the story of five of our undergraduates who have been selected from across Canada to compete in The Next 36, a program that aims to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

I thank you for your dedication and outstanding contributions on behalf of everyone at our Faculty. I wish you and your families a joyful holiday season and a rewarding 2011.


December 15, 2010

Volume 4, Issue 4
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Entrepreneurship

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

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Spotlight On: Entrepreneurship


Professor, Researcher, Entrepreneur

Andrew Goldenberg (MIE), Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME), Joseph C. Paradi (ChemE) and Ted Sargent (ECE) are just a few U of T Engineers starting their own companies

Engineers Get into the Startup Game

The entrepreneurial culture in Engineering picks up steam

Five Students Selected for The Next 36: Canada's Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative

EngSci students Shahed Al-Haque (1T1), Shane Gu (1T3), Saksham Uppal (1T1 + PEY) as well as ECE students Michael Del Balso (1T2) and Tulika Gupta (1T2) among undergraduates chosen for new entrepreneur-oriented program


What's New


U of T-hosted Regenerative Medicine Project Awarded $15 Million from Federal Government

Initiative will focus on turning biomedical research and engineering into treatments for diseases; Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME) named Chief Scientific Officer

Engineering Business Minor and Certificate Approved by Faculty Council

Option and certificate approved on Dec. 1; Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) appointed Director

Faculty Council Approves New Global Engineering Certificate

Certificate builds on Faculty's Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN)

State-of-the-art Facial Recognition System Unveiled

ECE Professor Kostas Plataniotis and team develop biometrics encryption technology for use in casinos

Joint Venture Achieves First Field Application of Portland Limestone Cement

Holcim Canada, CivE Professor Doug Hooton and Ministry of Transportation join forces to promote innovative and sustainable construction solutions

Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Appointed

Professor Sanjeev Chandra (MIE) to serve as Vice-Dean from Jan. to June 2011

BioZone Established as an Extra-departmental Unit C

New centre approved by Faculty Council will advance environmental microbiology research

Gravy Train Makes Stop at City Hall and U of T

Built by Engineering students, in hopes of kick-starting a public food drive

Full-Scale Earthquake Testing of New Seismic Protection System Goes Off Without a Hitch

CivE Professors Constantin Christopoulos and Jeffrey Packer supervised PhD research of Michael Gray

Movember Campaign Reaches Goal, Professor Grant Allen Shaves Mo

Skule™ team successfully raises money for prostate cancer research

Regent Park Girls Visit Google's Toronto Offices for Learning, Sharing

U of T Engineering undergraduates assist girls in design challenge


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations: Staff Awards

Nominate staff for five awards initiated last year; open until Jan. 31

U of T Engineers Receive Six of Nine Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Mansoor Barati (MSE), Jeffrey Packer (CivE), Andrew Goldenberg (MIE), Joseph C. Paradi (ChemE), Stephen Armstrong and alumna Deborah Goodings (CivE 7T5) honoured

Engineering Awarded Five Canada Research Chairs

Professors Zheng Hong Lu (MSE), Ted Sargent (ECE) and Peter Zandstra (IBBME) take bulk of U of T's CRC appointments; Tier II Chairs renewed for Professors Hani Naguib (MIE) and Craig Simmons (MIE)

Two Engineering Alumnae Named as Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

Anne Sado (MIE, 7T7) and Dawn Tattle (CivE, 8T5) recognized for outstanding career achievements

Two Professors Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada

Stewart Aitchison (ECE) and Harry Ruda (MSE) honoured

PhD Candidate Named Global Graduate Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Vincent Cheung (ECE) is creator of Shape Collage, an automatic photo collage maker

Founder of U of T Startup Wins University of Waterloo Alumni Award

Carlos de Oliveira (CivE, 0T6) was awarded for his startup company, Cast Connex




Two New Ontario-India Calls for Proposals for Collaborative R&D Projects

Expression of interest deadline is Jan. 21

Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects

Application deadline for Canadian submissions is March 31

U of T Connaught Fund Programs

Upcoming deadlines for new programs that promote research and innovation




Dec. 1 Faculty Council Meeting

Recap of decisions made

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:

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2011
  • Thursday, April 28, 2011

Engineering Events

Dec. 22–Jan. 2
January 3
January 4
January 5
January 12
January 13
January 14
January 21


U of T closed for holidays
University re-opens
George Brown College: Machining Courses Enrolment
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University
ECE: Engineering Entrepreneurship Series; Speaker Vincent Cheung, Shape Collage
You're Next! Science and Engineering Career Fair 2011
Engineering Science Education Conference 2011
MIE: Distinguished Speaker Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow


More Engineering events


In the News


Phys Ed: Why Wii Fit is Best for Grandparents

Assistant Professor Elaine Biddiss (IBBME) comments on exergames in The New York Times

Mineral Engineering Instructor Named to EurOmax Advisory Board

Roger Moss (Geol 0T8) to provide technical expertise

Fuel Consumption: Toronto Star Measured it Right in 1960

The late Professor William A. Wallace (MIE) helped Toronto Star test cars in seven classes for fuel consumption

CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks Asks Researchers to Discuss Extraordinary Achievements in Their Fields

Assistant Professor Aimy Bazylak (MIE) speaks on renewable energy

Conflicting Theories on Explosion at Mexican Hotel

Professor Emeritus Olev Trass (ChemE) comments on gas build-up resulting in fatal resort accident

Researchers Plot Locations Where Defibrillators Can Save Lives

Assistant Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) has researched where automated external defibrillators can best be used

Conterfeit Tokens Are Used Daily on Toronto's Transit System, Engineering Analysis Finds

Professor Zhirui Wang (MSE) oversaw analysis of TTC tokens

More Engineering In the News


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