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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

This issue of The Engineering Newsletter focuses on the Faculty's outreach, worldwide. Our engineering faculty, students and alumni are providing solutions to global challenges and are making a positive change in developing communities, such as improving human health. We are also strengthening our reputation as world-class researchers and educators. It is a testament to our continued commitment to globalization that we are prominently showcased in U of T's Boundless campaign.

Through our extensive international collaborations, we are inspiring the next generation of global citizens. Our goal is to educate graduates who possess not only a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals, but also a broad, international perspective, which enables them to work across cultures, continents and industries. From Peking University in China, to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, it is through these partnerships with universities abroad that students gain further expertise and a global perspective.

In the past year alone, we have started a Global Engineering certificate and strengthened our support of international students on campus. We have also enhanced opportunities abroad, for student exchange, research and PEY. As we embark on a new year, we will continue to think, and act, globally.


January 31, 2012

Volume 5, Issue 5
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Global Engineering

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

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Spotlight On: Global Engineering


Addressing the World's Most Important Problems

Faculty, alumni and students are making global impact and social difference with their research

  • Improving Human Health – PhD student Bev Bradley (ChemE, Global Engineering) is researching technology that provides hospitals in developing countries with accessible and efficient medical oxygen
  • Reinventing the Toilet – Supported by the Gates Foundation, Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE), CGEN Director, is leading a team of U of T Engineers to reinvent the Western-style toilet
  • Revolutionizing HIV Monitoring – PhD candidate James Dou (ECE) creates an affordable and efficient lab-on-a-chip for HIV monitoring in developing countries
  • Engineering Technology for Social Change – Suneet Tuli (CivE 9T0) is playing a role in making computer technology more accessible to people around the world, including some of the poorest

Global Collaborations

U of T Engineering is fostering innovation and international diversity through work abroad

  • Institute of Earthquake Sciences
  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • The NARETI Initiative
  • Indian Institute of Technology
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Addis Ababa University
  • Peking University

A Q&A with Members of U of T's Engineers Without Borders

Students share their inspiring stories abroad


What's New


Top Industrial Researcher Named NSERC/ P&WC Industrial Research Chair

Dr. Sam Sampath joins UTIAS to support research on reducing environmental impact of aviation

MIE Establishes Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation

New collaboration with industry will create a project-based learning environment for students

UTEK Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Record Participation

Competition allows students, faculty, staff and alumni to share ideas on innovative designs


Honours and Awards


MIE Professor Receives Award from the American Physical Society

Professor Andreas Mandelis (MIE) honoured with the 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award for his contributions to photothermal science

Molly Shoichet Wins Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award

Prestigious award given for outstanding contributions to biomaterials literature

Seven Engineering Researchers Receive U of T's Innovation Award

Professors recognized by Connaught Fund for research excellence

MIE Professor Emeritus Receives Annual Award from British Society of Rheology

David F. James honoured for his contributions to the understanding of flow properties of viscoelastic fluids

Two Engineering Alumni Appointed to Order of Canada

Jeffrey Skoll (ElecE 8T7) and Thomas Jenkins (MASc ElecE 8T5) recognized with Canada's highest honour

Five U of T Engineers Honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada

Professors Dimitrios Hatzinakos (ECE), Javad Mostaghimi (MIE), Brent Sleep (CivE) and Murray Thomson (MIE), as well as alumnus Phillip (Rocky) Simmons (ChemE 6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T9), recognized by EIC

Milos Popovic Elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

IBBME professor recognized for pioneering research in rehabilitation engineering

Last Call for Nominations: Staff Awards

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

Save the Date! Celebrating Engineering Excellence Reception

Dean Cristina Amon invites all faculty and staff to attend the 5th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence Reception on Wed., April 18, 2012, 4-6 pm in GB202. Join us in celebrating another outstanding year for the Faculty, with honours, awards and major research grants.

Rsvp by April 11 to Jeanne Houston
Phone:  416-978-6724  /




Ontario Genomics Institute: Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund

Deadline: February 3, 2012

CIHR Proof of Principle - Phase II (Winter 2012 Competition)

Deadline: February 7, 2012

Call for Proposals: CIHR Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research

Deadline: February 23, 2012

Canada Rising Stars in Global Health – Grand Challenges in Global Health Program

Deadline: March 23, 2012

NSERC 2012 Strategic Project Grants Competition

Deadline: April 1, 2012

IPO Funding Opportunity: FedDev Ontario ARC Initiative Extension

Deadline: May 7, 2012




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

  • Wed., March 7, 2012
  • Thurs., April 26, 2012

Engineering Events

February 1
February 2
February 3
February 10
February 10
February 15

ChemE: Speaker Joy Romero, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
ECE: Speaker Chris Ouslis, Fresco Microchip
MIE: Speaker Ross Ethier, Imperial College
Dean's Student Town Hall Meeting
MIE: Speaker Amy R. Pritchett, Georgia Tech

ChemE: Speaker Tim Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


More Engineering events
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In the News


Hustle and Bustle of Engineering Career Fair Indicative of Success

U of T Engineering student-run event draws a crowd

Creating a Buzz at U of T about Entrepreneurship

As part of ECE's Engineering Entrepreneurship Series lecture, successful entrepreneurs share their stories with students

Could Saudi Arabia Become the Next Solar Market Hotspot?

KAUST partnership and ECE Professor Ted Sargent's leading-edge research cited

White Coat, Black Art

CBC radio listeners ask: How are operating rooms assigned? Professor Dionne Aleman (MIE) explains

More Engineering In the News


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