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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to the new academic year at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. This year, 1,354 undergraduate and over 650 graduate students – with diverse talents and backgrounds – join us from 57 countries. Our undergraduates come to us with the highest Ontario Secondary School average in the history of the Faculty – a remarkable 90.6%. We have also made strides in terms of geographic diversity and gender balance with 30% of new students joining us from countries around the world and 24% of new students being female.

Building upon and reinforcing our strong curriculum, U of T Engineering continues to prepare students to become leaders in their chosen fields. That is why we have launched new minors and certificates in Engineering Business, Robotics & Mechatronics, and Global Engineering to offer additional opportunities in an ever competitive marketplace.

Warm wishes for another rewarding and exciting year at our Faculty.


September 12, 2011

Volume 5, Issue 1
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Welcome Back to Skule™

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

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Spotlight On: Welcome Back to Skule™


Welcome, First-Year Students

Learn about some of our phenomenal first-year students and their aspirations

Faculty Gears Up for New Skule™ Year

2011 academic year kicks off with new educational programs


What's New


Accomplished Alum Talks Global Engineering to First-Year Students

Paul Cadario (CivE 7T3) gives inaugural lecture on how engineers are creating solutions to the world's most pressing problems

U of T Engineering Ranks Number One in Canada

ARWU and QS World Ranking rank Faculty 21st in the world

Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure Launches

New Centre, led by CivE Professors Michael Collins, Constantin Christopoulos and Jeffrey Packer, launches on September 15

Professor Kim Pressnail Appointed Chair, First Year

Pressnail (CivE) to serve as Chair, First Year, for a three-year term, beginning October 1, 2011

Newly Tenured and Promoted Faculty

Congratulations to Professors Baher Abdulhai (CivE), Ramin Farnood (ChemE), Keryn Lian (MSE), Heather MacLean (CivE), Krishna Mahadevan (ChemE), Emma Master (ChemE), Matthew Roorda (CivE), Andreas Veneris (ECE) and Senior Lecturer Deborah Tihanyi (ECP)

Faculty Welcomes New Executive Director of Advancement and Director, Office of the Dean

U of T Engineering is proud to welcome Jim Dawson and Christina da Rocha-Feeley

First-Year Engineering Students Have Fun With Faculty

Students discovered their new campus, met professors and staff at the annual Fun With Faculty event

Summer Outreach Programs Inspire

This summer, U of T's Engineering Student Outreach Office ran a variety of programs meant to inspire and educate youth

New CFI Grants Benefit Three Engineers

Funds allow Professors Cathy Chin (ChemE), Daman Panesar (CivE) and Arun Ramchandran (ChemE) to purchase new research equipment

Discovery by U of T Researchers Could Create Retinas from "Jello"

Team led by Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) identifies new method for creating hydrogels

Meet Engineering's 2011 Vanier Scholars

Four Engineering graduate students are among this year's recipients of Canada's prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship

Students Hope to Change the World One Drop of Blood at a Time

U of T Engineering students receive the James Dyson Award for research device called the Automated Parasite Detection System (APDS)

$20 Million for Water Research Benefits U of T Engineering

Federal government invests in Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Undergrads Show Off their Research at 2011 UnERD

U of T Engineering students present summer research projects at Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD)

Energy Systems in India and Canada Focus of Summer Course in Mumbai

This summer, U of T Engineering students learned first-hand about energy needs of the developing world

CivE Professor to Advise Governments on Proposed New Mine

Phil Byer named to join federal-provincial environmental assessment review panel for proposed mine and mill in Northern Ontario

Blue Sky Solar Racing Team Unveils New Car

On August 17, after four years of hard work, the Blue Sky Solar Racing team revealed next-generation vehicle

U of T Engineering Mourns Passing of Professor Lavers

Professor J. Douglas Lavers (ECE) dies tragically in canoeing accident

47 Engineers Among U of T Recipients of $42-Million in NSERC Funding

Federal Minister of State (Transport) Stephen Fletcher visits U of T to announce results of 2011 NSERC competitions

U of T Engineers Put Heads Together to Reinvent the Toilet

Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE) and team awarded Phase-One Gates Foundation project to create sustainable sanitation solutions for the developing world

IBBME Professor's Start-Up Earns $2-Million Licence Fee

U of T spinoff company founded by Director Paul Santerre lands lucrative licensing agreement

U of T Researchers Benefit from Nearly $11.2 Million in ORF-RE Grants

Professors Alberto Leon-Garcia (ECE), Emma Master (ChemE), Paul Santerre (IBBME) and John Hadjigeorgiou (MinE) awarded Ontario Resarch Funds

Seven Professors Awarded Innovation Grants

Ontario government to support projects that will improve the lives of people around the world and create skilled jobs in Ontario

CivE Professor Awarded $3 Million Ontario Research Fund Grant

Brent Sleep and team to investigate new water technologies to restore contaminated groundwater and soil

Engineering Career Centre Advisory Board Established

ECC Advisory Board to explore new strategies and models that build upon the quality of U of T Engineering student experience


Honours and Awards


Four Professors Elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Dean Cristina Amon (MIE), Professors Michael Collins (CivE), Chul Park (MIE) and Peter Stangeby (UTIAS) elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)

Eleven Engineering Staff Members Receive U of T Excellence through Innovation Awards

Engineering staff recognized by U of T for their "above and beyond" contributions to the university and its mandate

CivE Professor Receives AWWA George Warren Fuller Award

Susan Andrews recognized for distinguished service to the water supply field

MIE Professor Elected to Prestigious Fellowship

Sanjeev Chandra named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

IBBME Professor Wins Analytical Chemistry 2011 Young Innovator Award

Award recognizes the exceptional early career of Aaron Wheeler

U of T Engineers Win Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Seven members of the U of T Engineering community recognized by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)


Research Funding Opportunities


EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative

Demonstration Projects' deadline, September 23, 2011; Research and Development, October 3, 2011

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants

Category 1 application deadline, October 19, 2011; Category 2 & 3, September 22, 2011

Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements Program

Internal deadline: October 26, 2011




Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) has been re-acclaimed as Faculty Council Speaker for 2011–12.

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

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September 17
September 20
September 23
September 24
September 27
September 28
September 30
October 4
October 6
October 6

Skule™ Mentorship Program – Info session for mentors and students
MIE: Distinguished speaker Professor Milos Popovic (IBBME), U of T
Gull Lake Survey Camp
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Som Seif, Claymore Investments Inc.
MIE: Distinguished speaker Dr. Noel Perkins, University of Michigan
Industrial Engineering 50th Anniversary Symposium
IBBME Lecture: Photo-Activated Localization Microscopy
Biz Skule™: Erol Uzumeri, Searchlight Capital Partners
MIE: Distinguished speaker Dr. John D.W. Madden, University of British Columbia
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Raj Jaswa, Dyyno Inc.
Faculty Council Meeting
6th Annual MSE Industry Day 2011


More Engineering events
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In the News


U of T Engineering Student Featured on YTV

Outreach ENGage camp instructor, Ryan Udugampola (MechE 0T8) uses metal weights to demonstrate the strength of lasagna noodles

Digital Microfluidics Opens Way to Revolution in Blood Sampling

Lab-on-a-chip developed by Professor Aaron Wheeler (IBBME) automates blood analysis

Engineer Explains How Tequila Can Be Turned into Diamonds

Professor Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) describes how researchers created high-quality diamond films using ordinary, run-of-the-mill tequila

Michael Stumm Featured in Tech Magazine

The ECE professor sat down with Future Magazine to talk technology, innovation, regulation and traders' rights

Engineering Students Lauded for Bicycle Design

Twelve students create a one-of-a kind human-powered bike that can top 100 km/h

Incoming First-Year Students Are at the Top of Their Class

Four Greater Toronto students who graduated at the top of their class are attending U of T Engineering this fall

U of T Engineer Provides Expert Comment on Recent "Glass Bombs"

Professor Doug Perovic (MSE) featured in Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CBC News and Global TV

Professor Comments on Engineering Breakthrough

University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) discusses new technology that could lead to better drug delivery

Producing Plastics from Plant

Professor Emma Master (ChemE) is using enzymes to create new plant-based polymers

ECE Course Offers Unique Education in Nanotechnology

Dr. Aju Jugessur of U of T's Nanolithography Facility outlines course advantages in IEEE newsletter, reaching the world's largest association for the advancement of technology

U of T Engineer Reflects on the End of NASA Shuttle Program

Professor Chris Damaren (UTIAS) offers insight into what the future of space exploration may look like

Professor Recognized for Green Research

UTIAS Director David Zingg is featured in the latest issue of Wings Magazine for his environmentally conscious aviation work

Engineers Help Build an Antenna for Light

Team led by Professors Ted Sargent (ECE) and Shana Kelley has engineered nanomaterials that control and direct the energy absorbed from light

More Engineering In the News


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