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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

I am pleased to share the 2010 Annual Report, which builds upon last year's inaugural report, and presents the Faculty's historical data to assess our progress. We also highlight last year's initiatives, and include new chapters on Advancement and Communications, and a combined Financial and Physical Resources chapter.

Last year, we critically reflected on the inaugural report's data through our comprehensive Self-Study and External Review. This year's report will also serve as an important resource as we complete and implement our Academic Plan to guide us over the next five to seven years.

We have much to celebrate: two new Foreign Associates of the National Academy of Engineering; seventeen Engineering students will receive Cressy Awards for outstanding leadership; ten scholars received Connaught Innovation Awards, with three more researchers invited to vie for the Connaught Global Challenge Fund; and the Faculty has developed a Robotics and Mechatronics Minor and a PhD concentration in Clinical Engineering. A great turn-out at last week's Dean's Student Town Hall, provided direct input on ways we can continue this positive trajectory and improve student experience.

As we continue to strengthen our Faculty, I invite you to provide input. Your efforts ensure our vibrant community of students, faculty, alumni and staff flourishes as Canada's premier Engineering school with a proud tradition of pre-eminence in engineering education, innovation and research.


February 17, 2011

Volume 4, Issue 6
In this issue:

Spotlight On –
Annual Report 2010: Performance Indicators

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

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Spotlight On – Annual Report 2010: Performance Indicators


To read the full report, please download the PDF: Annual Report 2010.
To read each of the report's chapters, kindly select from the links below.

Introduction & Message from the Dean    

Comparisons and Rankings
Awards and Honours
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
6. 7.
Cross-Faculty Education and Research

Financial and Physical Resources

Glossary / Appendix / Data Sources


What's New


Opening the Floor for Discussion at Dean's Student Town Hall

Dean Cristina Amon, EngSoc and students deliberated on ways to strengthen U of T Engineering experience

IBBME PhD with Clinical Engineering to be Considered

Concentration will meet the increasing demand for clinical engineers as leaders in research and innovation

Engineering Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics Proposed

On March 8, Faculty Council will consider the establishment of new minor; IRM leads the way

New U of T Workload Policy and Procedures for Faculty and Librarians

Principles governing the establishment of assignments for faculty and librarians outlined

Engineering Students Develop a Global Perspective through Cyber-Mentoring

EngSci students such as Marina Freire-Gormaly (1T0 + PEY) are connecting with students from Asian University for Women

Leaders of Tomorrow Event Encourages Students to Step Up and Speak Out

On January 25, LOT distinguished guests James Orbinski, Dave Meslin and Natalia Lizon shared their experiences for turning ideas into effective, global action


Honours and Awards


ECE Student Takes NSERC André Hamer Postgraduate Prize

Audrey C. Kertesz (ElecE, MASc 1T2) receives award for planned control-theory research on photovoltaic arrays

Two U of T Engineers Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Alumnus Prabha Kundur (ElecE MASc 6T5, PhD 6T7) and ECE Professor Jonathan Rose named Foreign Associates of NAE

Connaught Fund Announces Innovation and Summer Institute Awards

Engineering Faculty nearly sweeps renewed awards program

Engineering Students Receive Cressy Awards for Outstanding Leadership

Seventeen undergraduates from across the Faculty receive 2011 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

Celebrating Engineering Success 2011

SAVE THE DATE: April 27, 2011

Faculty and staff are invited to join us for the 4th annual Celebrating Engineering Success Reception on Wednesday, April 27, to mark another outstanding year for Engineering in terms of honours, awards and major research grants. We will also honour the recipients of our staff and faculty teaching awards.

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

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




Grand Challenges Canada – Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health

Deadline: March 7, 2011

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity: Tuberculosis Biomarkers

Deadline: March 31, 2011

2011 NSERC Strategic Project Grants Program: Timelines and Support

Internal deadline: April 4, 2011

2011 Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Research Fellowship

Internal deadline: May 9, 2011




ChemE Senior Lecturer Elected to U of T Academic Board

On February 14, U of T announced that Dr. Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, will serve on the Academic Board from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014

Items to be Considered at Faculty Council Meeting

An overview of major items going forward on March 8

Mark your calendars! The 2011 Faculty Council meetings will 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

February 18
February 21–25
February 25
February 26
February 26
February 28
March 2
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 5
March 8
March 12

MIE: Distinguished Speaker Andrew de Mello, Imperial College London
Engineering Science Reading Week Mentorship Program 2011
Faculty Day 2011: Reconnecting
National Engineering Month begins: "Design the Future"
Saturday Science & Engineering Academy
ECE: Distinguished Speaker Supratik Guha, Director, Physical Sciences, IBM

ChemE: Distinguished Speaker Kevin Healy, University of California, Berkeley
ECE: Distinguished Speakers Stephen Forrest and William Gould, U of Michigan
National Engineering Month: Rube Goldberg event at U of T Engineering, CN Tower
National Engineering Month: Girl Guide Engineering Badge Day
National Engineering Month: Hi-Skule Annual Designapolooza
Faculty Council Meeting
March Break Applicant Event


More Engineering events
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In the News


Study Shows Benefits of Electrical Stimulation Therapy for People Paralyzed by Spinal-Cord Injury

Professor Milos R. Popovic (IBBME) develops new treatment approach using tiny bursts of electricity to reawaken paralyzed muscles "significantly"

Managing Disability in the Digital Age

Eric Wan (CompE 1T0) develops research in computer-based technology that enables disabled children to communicate and engage electronically

InVisage Secures C Venture Funding

Professor Ted Sargent's (ECE) QuantumFilm technology could be in smartphones and camera phones next year

Suburbs Found to be Bigger Greenhouse Gas Emitters

Study led by Professor Chris Kennedy (CivE) showed that suburbs emitted more gas than inner city

Dean Addresses University of Texas – Arlington College on Heat Transport

Dean Cristina Amon (MIE) participates in Engineering Distinguished Speaker series

New iPhone App Could Help NHL All-Star Game

Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) helps develop TeamChooser to select players for a balanced team

Facebook-like Traffic Site Launched

Professor Baher Abdulhai (CivE) helps people share information about city traffic through development of On-Line Network-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems

'Talking Photos' Tell Success Story

Kamal Shah (MechE 8T9, MASc 9T2) runs Fotobabble in Silicon Valley

More Engineering In the News


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