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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

April, and the events and awareness campaigns around Earth Day, shed light on the innumerable ways that the environment touches our lives. Fortunately, U of T Engineers address these challenges by creating technologies that make industry, cities, homes and businesses more sustainable. In this eNews, read about just a few of our Faculty's education and research initiatives and look for the upcoming Skulematters™ that focuses on sustainability initiatives.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Grant Allen as the next Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. On behalf of the Faculty, I thank Doug Reeve for his exemplary commitment and vision for the Department and Engineering leadership education.

The Faculty's undergraduate and graduate curriculum now includes a new Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics and a PhD concentration in Clinical Engineering. Also, we created global engineering opportunities through a number of international initiatives including student exchanges, a CGEN course offering in India and a new Graduate Certificate in Globalization.


April 29, 2011

Volume 4, Issue 8
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Sustainability

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

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Spotlight On: Sustainability


Sustainable Innovation Through Education

U of T Engineering prepares students to be environmental leaders


What's New


First QS World University Rankings by Subject Names U of T Engineering Best in Canada

Global university ranking for 2011 places U of T first in each discipline

Grant Allen Appointed ChemE Chair

Professor Allen will serve as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry beginning July 1, 2011

Advisory Committee: Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Call for Nominations

Faculty community is invited to submit nominations by May 6, 2011

External Review – UTIAS

Reviewers will visit the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) on May 5–6, 2011

Governing Council Approves New Engineering Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics

New program will teach students to render robotic and mechatronic systems into viable consumer products

IBBME to Offer Clinical Engineering PhD Concentration for Fall 2011

U of T approves new concentration that prepares doctoral candidates to meet increasing demand for clinical engineers

Engineering Global Initiatives Take Faculty and Students Around the World

U of T Engineering has established a host of programs that provide students with global perspectives

Peter Halsall (CivE 7T7) Brings Holistic Vision

The Halsalls pledge $100,000 toward a bold new curriculum at Survey Camp

Design Showcases Draw Crowds

Praxis II challenges students to design for Toronto, ECE496 gives glimpse to future technologies

$5 Million Awarded for Regenerative Medicine and Nanomedicine Research

University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME), Professor Gang Zheng (IBBME) receive funds to improve diagnosis and treatment

University of Toronto Researchers "Brighten" the Future of OLED Technology

One-atom-thick chlorine reduces OLED device complexity while enabling record efficiencies

MC–78 Machine Shop Available for Faculty Projects

In addition to engineering, the shop also provides services to the wider U of T community, affiliated research hospitals and private corporations

Two Engineering Alumni Elected to U of T Governing Council

Chirag Variawa (MSE 0T9, MIE doctoral candidate) and Keith Thomas (MechE 8T7) are governors-elect


Honours and Awards


Eight Engineering Staff Members Honoured by the Faculty

John MacDonald (CivE), Ryan Mendell (MIE), Nelly Pietropaolo (CivE), Bruno Korst (ECE), Steve Miszuk (Faculty Director, Facilities and Infrastructure Planning), Joe Wong (ECE), Lesley Mak (Student Success Specialist) and Annie Simpson (Assistant Director, ILead) were recognized for their outstanding contributions to U of T Engineering

Professors Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Professors Sean Hum (ECE) and Jim Wallace (MIE) were honoured at the 4th annual Celebrating Engineering Success reception

IBBME Faculty Honoured for Excellence in Education

Professor Tom Chau and Dr. Albert Yee awarded prestigious teaching awards from U of T's Faculty of Medicine

Two Engineering Alumni Named Canada's Top 40 Under 40™

Som Seif (IndE 9T9) and John Poulos (ElecE 9T7) distinguished as two of the most successful Canadians under 40

Engineering Science Student is Honoured as Ambassador and Role Model for Women

Vivian Hui (EngSci) receives 2011 Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship for Ontario Region




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

Internal deadline: May 6, 2011

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 7

Internal deadline: May 11, 2011

Ontario Post Doctoral Fellowship Program

Internal deadline: June 7, 2011




Faculty Council Meeting Recap

Items approved at April 28 meeting

Mark your calendars! The Faculty Council meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber. The 2011–12 meeting dates are:

  • Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Friday, December 2, 2011
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

Engineering Events

May 3
May 4
May 5
May 7
May 13
May 16

ECE Alumni Lecture: Distinguished Speaker Professor Ted Sargent
Ontario Stem Cell Initiative External Seminar Series: Speaker Dr. Leroy Hood
Educational Technology Workshop
Science Rendezvous at U of T
MIE Research Symposium
Centre for Sustainable Energy Showcase


More Engineering events
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In the News


U of T Civil Engineers Study Energy Efficiency for Apartment Towers

PhD candidate Marianne Touchie (CivE) and her team are working on a plan to increase the efficiency of aging apartment buildings in Toronto

Why We Make Robots Human

Professor Andrew Goldenberg (MIE) sheds light on why researchers replicate the human form

New App Helps Those Who Can't Speak to be Heard

Aakash Sahney (EngSci) is a designer of MyVoice, an assistive communication device that helps users to speak

Praxis II Challenges Students to Design for Toronto

EngSci students present design solutions for the city at showcase

New Utility Project Will Employ CAPE's Power Management System

University of Toronto Centre for Applied Power Electronics will provide real-time control for power transfer between energy storage units and smart grid

More Engineering In the News


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