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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

It is my pleasure to present our third annual report which outlines our initiatives and programs developed in 2010-2011, rigorously tracks our performance metrics and helps us measure progress in our unwavering pursuit of excellence.

The release of the report coincides with the approval of our Academic Plan for 2011-2016, which will be posted online in the coming weeks. The plan is the result of two years of thorough consultation and strategic planning. It summarizes our academic and related administrative aspirations for the next five years. Together we will work to achieve our goals which include strengthening a research-intensive culture and heightening excellence in student experience, among other key priorities.

We continue to seek opportunities to improve as a Faculty through dialogue with faculty members and students alike. Examples this month include a successful and informative Dean's Student Town Hall meeting and our first Faculty Council Meeting of the academic year.

On behalf of the Faculty, I also extend a warm welcome to our remarkable new faculty members.


October 19, 2011

Volume 5, Issue 2
In this issue:

Spotlight On: 2011 Annual Report – Performance Indicators

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

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Spotlight On: 2011 Annual Report – Performance Indicators


To read the full Annual Report, please download the following PDF: Annual Report 2011. To link to directly to one of the report's chapters, select the links below.

1.  Undergraduate Studies 7.  Advancement
2.  Graduate Studies 8.  Communications
3.  Research 9.  International Initiatives
4.  Cross-Faculty Education and Research 10.  Diversity
5.  Awards and Honours 11.  Financial and Physical Resources
6.  World Recognition by Rankings    


What's New


Professor Emeritus Gordon R. Slemon Passes Away

Faculty mourns the passing of ECE Professor and former Dean

Welcome to New Faculty Members

Ten distinguished faculty members join U of T Engineering

CivE Professor Brings Earthquake Expertise to Haiti

Constantin Christopoulos joins international team to offer three-week seminar on earthquake engineering

Students and Faculty Come Together for Dean's Student Town Hall Meeting

Undergrads discuss opportunities to strengthen their experience at U of T Engineering

Let Our Students Solve Your Workplace and Environmental Challenges

Engineering Strategies and Practices course seeking clients to challenge students

IBBME Communications Officer Shortlisted for Governor General's Literary Award

Sachiko Murakami's The Invisibility Exhibit is a finalist; literary achievements of IBBME Communications Officer profiled

Bicycle Built by Students Reaches 117 km/h

U of T Engineering team places third at 2011 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge

MSE Industry Day: Connecting Alumni with Students to Share Experiences

Alumni return to their alma mater for an annual event that connects students with the materials engineering community

Girls Get New Understanding of Engineering at Go ENG Girl

Province-wide event showcases caring profession of engineering to young women

Industrial Engineering Celebrates 50th Anniversary

IndE marked its 50th anniversary with a number exciting events throughout the year

Professor Emeritus Awarded Ig Nobel Prize for "Improbable Research"

John Senders (MIE) wins in "public safety" category; Ig Nobel Prize proves research can be fun – and funny

U of T Engineering-KAUST Host International Symposium

Professor Ted Sargent (ECE) welcomes world's top scholars on nanomaterials for energy

U of T Town Hall – Towards 2030: The View from 2012

The University to host Town Hall on U of T's long-term plan November 4 at 2 pm


Honours and Awards


Dean Receives the Society of Women Engineers' Highest Honour

Cristina Amon (MIE) recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of engineering for more than 20 years

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

Alumnus Prabha Kundur and Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) inducted as Foreign Associates of NAE

Recent CivE Grad Converts PhD Research into Company

Michael Montgomery (CivE, PhD 1T1) wins NSERC Innovation Challenge

Engineering Professor Named Canada Research Chair

Prasanth Nair (UTIAS) awarded Canada Research Chair in Computational Modeling and Design Optimization Under Uncertainty

U of T Engineering Student Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Michael Beeler (IndE MASc candidate) is one of 15 students worldwide to receive a Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship for doctoral studies in the U.S.




Connaught Program Application

Details on the Connaught Global Challenge, New Researcher and McLean awards

Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Faculty Research Exchange Program

Deadline: November 1, 2011

European Union Programs' Information Session

Learn about European Union program opportunities on November 8, 2011

Post Doctoral Research Fellowships for 2012–2013

Internal Deadline: November 12, 2011

SSHRC Public Outreach Grants

Internal Deadline: November 25, 2011

Changes to Tri-Agency Financial Administrative Guideline

NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR revises the Tri-Agency Financial Administrative Guideline




What is Faculty Council?


Faculty Council is the highest intra-Faculty legislative and judicial authority, overseeing the work of the Standing Committees, which influence Faculty Departments, Divisions and Institutes. It provides the opportunity for us to participate in Faculty governance and to obtain information about key issues. It also provides a quarterly opportunity for the members of the Faculty to assemble as a body. Visit the Faculty Council web page for the Faculty's Constitution, by-laws and past meeting documents.

Chairs of the Standing Committees and the Academic Appeals Board, 2011–2012

Evan Bentz (CivE) – Academic Appeals Board
Tom Coyle
(MSE) – Examinations
Chris Damaren
(UTIAS) – Engineering Graduate Education
Greg Jamieson
(MIE) – Teaching Methods and Resources
Don Kirk
(ChemE) – Community Affairs and Gender Issues
Graeme Norval
(ChemE) – Undergraduate Curriculum and Scholarships and Awards
Christopher Yip
(ChemE, IBBME) – Admissions

October 6 Faculty Council Recap

A overview of items discussed and approved by Faculty Council

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:

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

Engineering Events

October 20
October 20
October 21
October 24
Oct. 25–Nov. 5
October 26
October 26
October 27
October 28
November 1
November 2
November 3
November 4
November 9
November 10
November 11
November 12
November 14

Skule™ Mentorship Meet and Greet
Skule™ Comes to Asia: Beijing
MIE: Speaker Nassad Youssef, Pratt & Whitney Canada
NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel Visits U of T
Girls' Science & Engineering Saturdays
IBBME Alumni and Awards Dinner
ChemE: Speaker Peter Tielman, University of Calgary
Sustainability Education Symposium
MIE: Speaker Tamas Terlaky, Lehigh University
2011 Engineering-IT Career Fair
Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Awards
ECE Entrepreneurship Series: Speaker John Paul Morgan, Morgan Solar
MIE: Speaker Nadine Aubry, Carnegie Mellon University
ChemE: Speaker John Watts, University of Surrey
Fall Convocation
MIE: Speaker Alex Kirlik, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ontario Professional Engineers Awards
Calgary Skule™ Alumni Chapter Fall Reception


More Engineering events
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In the News


IBBME Professor Gives Quadriplegic Patients a Hand

Milos Popovic's electrifying research now being applied in national clinical trial

Alumnus' Invention Brings Clean Water to the Developing World

Water filtration device made by Bradley Pierik (MechE 0T9) profiled in The Globe & Mail

U of T Engineer Named Chair of SERA Technical Advisory Group

Brenda McCabe (CivE) heads Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregates' (SERA) expert panel

Engineering Alumnus Praised for Entrepreneurial Success

Som Seif (IndE 9T9) recognized for leadership success and celebrated in the latest issue of The Globe and Mail

More Engineering In the News


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