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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

In March, we celebrate engineering researchers, educators and students who apply their creativity to innovate technologies, systems and devices that address the world's most pressing concerns and improve our lives. From micro-electromechanical systems applied within the clinical and life sciences industry, to critical infrastructure that withstands catastrophic and seismic events, to robots that help our aging population, the Faculty continues to evolve, redefining leading-edge research.

This month, we sparked new ideas and inspired future engineers with National Engineering Month events. Our curriculum is advancing with the new Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics and the Clinical Engineering concentration in the IBBME PhD. On behalf of the Faculty, I am also proud to announce the appointment of BioZone's inaugural Director.

We have a lot to celebrate: six Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Awards; two U of T Chancellor's Awards; two inventors of the year and the 2011 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal. We look forward to celebrating these as well as the teaching and staff awards on April 27 at the fourth annual Celebrating Engineering Success event.


March 22, 2011

Volume 4, Issue 7
In this issue:

Spotlight On: National Engineering Month

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

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National Engineering Month


Faculty Celebrates National Engineering Month

A roundup of the exciting events that celebrated NEM: The Rube Goldberg Machine event, Girl Guide Badge Day and Designapolooza

U of T Engineers Are Designing the Future

A look at how engineering research leads to inventions that revolutionize society


What's New


Record Number of Students Apply to U of T Engineering for Fall 2011

18% more Ontario applicants made the Faculty their first choice

Faculty Council Approves Engineering Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics

New minor was approved by Council, with plans to be available starting autumn 2011

Energy Minister Gives Keynote at Meeting on Ontario's Electricity Future

Dean Cristina Amon (MIE) urges universities to respond to changing needs of power sector

Elizabeth Edwards Appointed Inaugural Director of BioZone

ChemE Professor will oversee multidisciplinary bioengineering research centre

Reconnecting as a Faculty

On February 25, staff and faculty participated in sessions geared at highlighting departmental priorities and challenges, research and the art of influential communication


Honours and Awards


MIE Professors Sweep the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Awards

Aimy Bazylak, Markus Bussmann, Javad Mostaghimi, James Wallace, Lidan You and Jean Zu are honoured

Engineering Staff Receive U of T Chancellor's Awards

Catherine Gagne and Helen Bright honoured for outstanding contributions as administrative staff members

Engineering Professors Honoured with First Inventor of the Year Award

Professors Yu Sun (MIE) and Constantin Christopoulos (CivE) are recognized for societal impact of inventions

Dean Recognized with YWCA Woman of Distinction Award

Dean Cristina Amon (MIE) receives award for her contributions to improving the lives of girls and women

Professor Michael Sefton Awarded the 2011 Acta Bio-materialia Gold Medal

IBBME/ChemE Professor is recognized for his leadership in biomaterials research

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 Wed., 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 Wed., April 20 to Carolyn Farrell
Phone: 416-978-8666 / Email:




Canadian Space Agency (CSA): Flights for the Advancement of Science & Technology (FAST)

Internal deadline: April 8, 2011

2012 NSERC Collaborative Research Training Experience (CREATE) Program

Internal deadline: April 11, 2011

University of Toronto – Research Completion Award (UT-RCA) Program

Internal deadline: April 15, 2011

WSIB RAC 2011 Request for Research Proposals

Internal deadline: April 18, 2011

Research Funding: Prometeo Program

Opportunities to research in Ecuador, working full time on scientific and academic activities




Faculty Council Meeting Recap

Items approved at March 8 meeting

Become Involved in U of T Governance – 2011 Call for Applicants

Opportunities for staff, faculty, students and alumni to serve as appointed members on a Governing Council Board; application deadline: April 8, 2011

Mark your calendars! The last 2011 Faculty Council meeting will take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber on Thurs., April 28, 2011.


Engineering Events

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April 6
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April 14
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ChemE: Speaker Hidde Brongersma, Imperial College
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker John Anthony, University of Kentucky
LOT: A Chemical Engineer's Impact on the World
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker, Dave Mooney, Harvard University
ECE: Distinguished Speaker, Asad Abidi, University of California
MIE: Distinguished Speaker, Linda V. Green, Columbia University
EngSci: 11th Annual Engineering Science Alumni Dinner
ChemE: Distinguished Speaker, Howard Stone, Princeton University
IE 50th Anniversary Seminar: Industrial Engineering in Healthcare
Centre for Sustainable Energy Showcase
Biz Skule™ Spring 2011


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In the News


University of Toronto Competes for New York Research Program Opportunity

Schools from around the world vie for the chance to develop and operate an applied science and engineering research campus extension at New York University

Toronto Researchers Create Organic, Non-Toxic Nanoparticle to Find and Treat Tumors

IBBME Professors Gang Zheng, Warren Chan and PhD candidate Jonathan Lovell are among researchers of nanoparticle that lights up, uses sound and heat

Researcher Envisions Technological Leaps in Multiple Medical Specialties

Victor Yang (EngSci 9T7, MASc ECE 9T8) develops new techniques to image the human body, and novel tools for minimally invasive procedures

Radiation Worries Likely Overblown, Says Chemical Engineering Professor

Greg Evans (ChemE) explains danger level of radiation leaks in Japan

Engineering Student's Photo Business is Shaping Up Nicely

Doctoral candidate Vincent Cheung (ECE) continues his entrepreneurial success with Shape Collage

Pedal Really Means Power at Hart House

Assistant Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE) and U of T's Hart House explore a new source of energy with the Green Gym

Business Women Celebrate Achievements on International Women's Day

Hana Zalzal (CivE 8T8) turned a teenage love of cosmetics into a successful business

Government Announces Investment in Clean Energy Projects Across Canada

Professor Reza Iravani (ECE) leads U of T Centres for Applied Power Electronics, which will receive funds for utility energy storage project

eBay Founder Makes List of Canada's Most Rich and Powerful

Jeffery Skoll (ECE 8T7) is noted for his Giving Pledge, promising to donate half of his worth to charity

Hey Kids, How About a Vocation Vacation?

U of T Engineering's DEEP Summer Academy listed as one of the exciting summer programs that offer children a glimpse of their future careers

Canadian Supercomputers Assigned their Homework on Global Problems

U of T's SciNet receives funding award to research combustion and air pollution

Canadian Truckers Violate U.S. Safety Rules: Data

Adjunct Professor Alison Smiley (MIE) gives expert comment on driver fatigue

uBuddy Brings Students Together

Engineering student Charles Qu and team develop social networking platform just for students

Universities and the Energy Sector Advance New Ways of Innovating

Professor Heather MacLean (CivE) is faculty member of Life Cycle Assessment of Oil Sands Technologies

BCIT Named to Lead Advanced Smart-Grid Research Project in B.C.

U of T Engineering is one of eight universities collaborating at Burnaby campus to fine-tune modern power supply system

New York Cyborg Artist Visits Engineering Professor

Steve Mann (ECE) called "the godfather of cyborg art"

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