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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

It takes our dedicated, engaged community of staff, faculty, alumni and students to maintain our Faculty's standing as Canada's premier engineering school. Around the world, we are renowned for our excellence in education and innovative research, supported by our staff who "collaborate for excellence."

Nominations are still open for our recently launched five staff awards – now in its second year – in addition to two revitalized teaching awards and a new teaching assistant award. Read about our colleagues' direct and positive impact on our students' experiences. This issue also highlights some of our Faculty's initiatives that support students' engagement, learning and their growth as future global engineers and leaders in society.

Your outstanding contribution to our Faculty's mission is inspiring – and our collective efforts are being rewarded. Six of our professors were elected to AAAS, six more honoured by EIC, another named as one of 25 transformational Canadians, and one will receive the Order of Ontario – results of our scholars' commitment to engineering excellence.

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating these, among others' successes in April.


January 25, 2011

Volume 4, Issue 5
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Faculty Initiatives

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

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Spotlight On: Faculty Initiatives


Staff, TA and Teaching Awards Acknowledge Excellence within Faculty Community

Springtime awards will celebrate outstanding contributions

Faculty Initiatives Seek to Enhance Student Experience

A look at recent efforts that strengthen student experience and broaden learning opportunities


What's New


UTIAS Advisory Committee – Call for Nominations

Members of UTIAS and Faculty community invited to nominate committee members by Feb. 4

U of T Engineering Launches Unique Engineering Business Minor, New Certificate Programs

Engineering Business Minor, Engineering Business Certificate and Global Engineering Certificate get final approval

Seven Principal Investigators Awarded NSERC Strategic Project Grants

Professors Greg Evans (ChemE), Roman Genov (ECE), Peter Herman (ECE), Radhakrishan Mahadevan (ChemE), Emma Master (ChemE), Joyce Poon (ECE) and Torstein Utigard (MSE) receive funding for early-stage project research

Administrative Strategic Plan Released

A glimpse at the seven key strategies outlined in new administrative strategic plan

IBBME Professors Receive Nearly $6.5 Million in Funding from CIHR

Shana Kelley, Michael Sefton and Gang Zhen are Tri-Council recipients

Lecture Capture and Online Teaching Initiatives Facilitate Student Learning

Instructional Technology Specialist, Harpreet Dhariwal, leads efforts to record lectures for student viewing online

Students Take Part in You're Next! 2011 Career Fair

More than 2,000 U of T students attended Jan. 13 event

U of T Engineering Collaborates with George Brown College on Machining Courses

Students can enrol in unique, voluntary program to gain experience in metal machining and welding


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations: Staff Awards

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

Molly Shoichet Named to the Order of Ontario

Professor Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) is among 30 new appointments to the province's highest honour

Six Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Professors J. Stewart Aitchison (ECE), Nasser Ashgriz (MIE), Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE), Jun Nogami (MSE), J. Paul Santerre (IBBME) and Molly Shoichet (ChemE) are elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science

Six Engineering Professors Honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada

Professors Grant Allen (ChemE), Robert Andrews (CivE), Mark Fox (MIE), Doug Hooton (CivE), Shaker Meguid (MIE) and Professor and Dean Emeritus Gordon Slemon (ECE) recognized by EIC

IBBME Professor Tom Chau Named a Transformational Canadian

Chau selected as one of "25 Transformational Canadians" by Globe and Mail

Celebrating Engineering Success 2011

SAVE THE DATE: April 27, 2011

Please join us for the 4th annual Celebrating Engineering Success Reception on Wednesday, April 27, in celebration of another outstanding year for Engineering in terms of honours, awards and major research grants. We will also take this opportunity to honour the recipients of our staff and teaching awards.

Time: 4-6 p.m. | Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202)

RSVP by Wednesday, April 20 to Carolyn Farrell
Phone: 416-978-8666 / Email:





March 2011 – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Grant Competition

Registration pages must be submitted to CIHR by Feb. 1, 2011

Ministry of Transportation of Ontario – Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program 2011

Internal deadline is Feb. 9, 2011

NSERC Strategy Grants

Deadline is Apr. 15, 2011




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

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

Engineering Events


January 25
January 27
January 28
January 28
January 31
February 2
February 11
February 14


Leaders of Tomorrow: Step Up, Speak Out
ECE Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Daniel Kaute, SDAZ Investments
CivE, CGEN: Mapping Local Landscapes: Community Approaches to Peace
MIE: Distinguished Speaker Cameron Tropea, University of Darmstadt
Deadline for Staff Awards Nominations
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker James Liao, University of California
Dean's Student Town Hall Meeting
Boris P. Stoicheff Lecture: Core Sunlighting


More Engineering events
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In the News


Systems Whiz Helped Develop Virtual Brain Surgery

Sujoy Ghosh Hajra (ECE 0T8) has developed new tools for neurosurgery

OLG Set to Launch Facial Recognition Biometrics System in Casinos

Privacy component of new facial recognition system was designed by Professor Kostas Plataniotis (ECE) and team

Orchestral Musicians Face Unhealthy Sound Levels, Study Finds

PhD candidate Cheng Liang Quan (ECE) led research on tinnitus in musicians

Offer Deadlines Extended for Baffinland Iron Mines

Professor John Hadjigeorgiou (LME) expects mining project to go ahead

Former Lost Boys See Bright Future for South Sudan

Thon Simon Kuany (LME 1T1) will cast vote in Sudanese elections

Brainwave-Controlled Technology May Have Use in Treating Epilepsy

Professor Berj Bardakjian (IBBME) helps develop technology that can detect seizures in epileptics

Space Agency, DND Seek to Launch Rockets for Canada

Professor Robert Zee (UTIAS) says Canada can build a rocket to put small spacecraft into orbit

"Snowbird" Ornithopter a Top 10 Toronto Viral Video of the Year

UTIAS PhD candidate Todd Reichert (EngSci 0T5) and Professor Emeritus James DeLaurier are cited in viral story of 2010

Solar-Panel Firm Led by MSE Alumnus Returns to its Canadian Roots

Shawn Qu (MSE, PhD 9T5) helps bring big business back to Canada

More Engineering In the News


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