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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

As we move forward with our Academic Plan, we focus on a key strategic area – Graduate Studies. Our aim is to further enrich graduate students' learning, while preparing them to be world-class researchers and innovators. Graduate Studies continues to provide a wide array of opportunities to our students – from the new IBBME Clinical Engineering PhD concentration, to a certificate in Engineering and Globalization, to the ever-growing certificate options in the MEng program.

And with the new year nearly upon us, 2011 has wrapped up with two momentous events for U of T Engineering and the university. Recently, we unveiled the new addition to the Lassonde Mining Building, which will serve as a space for innovation and learning for undergraduates and graduate students.

Also, U of T officially launched 'Boundless,' the largest philanthropic campaign in Canadian university history. We will play a key role in the campaign, ensuring that U of T, and our Faculty, continues to be a global leader, showcasing boundless innovation and excellence.

As we get set for the holiday break, I would like to express my gratitude for your contributions to the Faculty. I wish you and your families a rewarding and joyous holiday and new year.


December 16, 2011

Volume 5, Issue 4
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Graduate Studies

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

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Spotlight On: Graduate Studies


A Video Q&A with Professor Chris Damaren

The Engineering Newsletter sits down with Professor Damaren (UTIAS), Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies to discuss Graduate Studies, and what the future holds for the program

Diversifying Skills: The Evolution of the MEng Program

A look at new and unique opportunities available in the Master of Engineering degree at the University of Toronto


What's New


Global Outreach: U of T Engineering Partners with USACH

Faculty signs memorandum of agreement with Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH)

Transformed Lassonde Mining Building Celebrated

New space supports student learning and adds sustainable features to heritage building

U of T Launches 'Boundless'

A look at U of T Engineering's role in the university's fundraising campaign

U of T Engineering Alumnus is Engineering Social Change

Suneet Tuli (CivE 9T0), the man behind the world's cheapest tablet, visits U of T to discuss how technology can change the world

Lab-on-a-Chip Revolutionizes HIV Monitoring in Developing Countries

ECE PhD candidate James Dou invents lab-on-chip that makes blood testing accessible and efficient

Eight Engineering Students Make The Next 36

Undergraduates among 36 chosen nationwide for prestigious entrepreneurship program

Interface Biologics Inc. Announces $1-Million Investment by IAF-LS

Company founded by Professor Paul Santerre (IBBME) receives boost in commercializing biomaterial and biomedical technology

ChemE and ECE Appoint New Associate Chairs, Graduate Studies

Professor Charles Jia (ChemE) and Associate Professor David Lie (ECE) appointed


Honours and Awards


Five Engineering Professors Elected Fellows of AAAS

Professors Sanjeev Chandra (MIE), Andrew Goldenberg (MIE), Chul Park (MIE), Michael Sefton (ChemE/IBBME) and Paul Young (CivE) elected Fellows of the American Association for Advancement of Science

CivE Grad Student Named Rob MacIsaac Fellow by Metrolinx

MASc candidate Keith Cochrane to apply research to improve transportation in Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

ChemE Alumnus Wins White House Award

Ali Khademhosseini (ChemE 9T9, MASc 0T1) awarded a 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama

Engineering Students Place 2nd at Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Competition

U of T edges out teams from Harvard and UPenn

U of T Named Canada's Top Research University

Re$earch Infosource Inc. ranks U of T first in list of Canada's University Innovation Leaders

Gerald Hatch Inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

Hatch Ltd. founder and key industrial partner to the Faculty honoured for outstanding achievements

Call for Nominations: Staff Awards

Awards celebrate outstanding contributions of Faculty community; submissions due January 31, 2012

Engineering Newsletter Receives Silver Award

CASE District II Accolades Awards program recognizes Engineering Newsletter for quality, creativity and innovation




Genome Canada Genomics and Personalized Health Competition

Tentative deadlines for Genome Canada funding competition

TandemLaunch Call for Proposal - Winter 2012 Multimedia Projects

Internal deadline: January 13, 2012

2011-2012 McLean Award Competition

Deadline: January 16, 2012

Grand Challenges: Preventing Pre-term Birth Initiative

LOI deadline: January 31, 2012




Faculty Council Recap

An overview of items discussed at the December 2, 2011 meeting

Mark your calendars! The Faculty Council meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 pm in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber. The 2012 meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

Engineering Events

Dec. 21–Jan. 1
January 11
January 13
January 17
January 18
January 20
January 20

University Closed: Winter Holidays
ChemE: Speaker Sanjay Kumar, University of California, Berkeley
MIE: Speaker Ronald S. Fearing, University of California, Berkeley
ECE: Speaker Paul Ip, former CEO (China), AVEBE
ChemE: Speaker Professor Doug Reeve (ChemE)
You're Next! 2012 Career Fair
Engineering Science Education Conference


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In the News


Battling the Traffic Bulge

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) gives expert comment on how to improve traffic congestion and commuter quality of life

Do Cellphones Pose Threat to Airplanes?

ECE Professor Sean Victor Hum explains the potential dangers after celebrity removed from aircraft for cellphone use

An Electronic Fireside Chat with Dean Cristina Amon

Product Design & Development profiles Dean Amon

The Future of Stem Cell Research

The Globe and Mail holds Q&A with Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME)

Solar Innovations by U of T Engineers Featured in Postmedia

National newspaper chain features groundbreaking research by Ted Sargent (ECE) and PhD Candidate Graham Morse (ChemE)

Karney Warns Wasted Water Weakens Infrastructure

Professor Bryan Karney (CivE) tells CBC News that failure to fix problems in the short term can lead to higher costs in the long term

Students Discuss Women in Engineering on CBC's The National

Twenty-two years after the École Polytechnique tragedy, The National talks to U of T Engineering students about women in engineering today

Documentary Follows Ornithopter Team's Journey to Aviation History

PhD candidate Todd Reichert (UTIAS) and his team's record-breaking ornithopter flight is subject of doc, When Dreams Take Flight

Nanocomposites Provide Early Warning Against Failure for Next-generation Aircrafts

Professor Shaker Meguid (MIE) and team look to improve aircraft design and safety

Toronto Lab Mimics Challenges of Age, Disability and Disease

Geoff Fernie (IBBME, MIE), Vice-President of Research at Toronto Rehab introduces 13 state-of-the-art virtual labs

More Engineering In the News


Video Showcase



Cheryl Cui (EngSci 1T1 + PEY) shares her PEY journey


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