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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

As the premier Engineering school in Canada, and among the very best in the world, our facilities need to support our excellence in research, collaboration and education. In this issue of The Engineering Newsletter, we highlight how we are rethinking space to meet current and future needs.

We have added more than 2,000 Net Assignable Square Meters (NASMs) and spent approximately $30 million in the creation of three key spaces: 1) The Lassonde Mining Building attic was transformed into a space for undergraduate labs, graduate students and seminars; 2) BioZone has renovated lab space and added a fourth-floor rooftop in Wallberg; and, 3) the UTIAS Microsatellite Science and Technology Centre is a new facility that will accommodate research, fabrication and education activities. These are just a few examples of how the Faculty is strategically adding to our space.

The Faculty space audit conducted in 2009 highlighted that approximately 70% of our facilities required some sort of upgrade. Since that time, we have worked to improve the quality of our space as well as increase its functionality. Examples include the creation of a Student Services Centre for MIE; the remodelling of SF1105 (Lecture Theatre); and the IBBME Undergraduate Bio-Engineering Teaching Lab. Additional infrastructure renovations in Galbraith, Mechanical, as well as other buildings are underway. We are working diligently to bring our facilities up to the standards expected of a world-class institution.

In an effort to create more space for our growing U of T Engineering community, we are also working toward a plan to construct a new engineering building on the parking lot behind Simcoe/Convocation Hall. While still in the early stages, this exciting opportunity will be a cornerstone of our Boundless philanthropic campaign.

I look forward to working with you as we continue to improve our infrastructure and space.


March 1, 2012

Volume 5, Issue 6
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Space

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

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Spotlight On: Space


Site 10: Faculty Seeks to Construct Engineering Building

U of T Engineering to break ground on new building in the next five years

Room for Innovation

Learn how the Faculty is renewing its infrastructure


What's New


Engineering Professor Develops Microfluidic Chips For Bitumen Gas Analysis

Device created by Professor David Sinton (MIE) could save time and money for oil/gas industry

Students Share Ideas and Insights at Dean's Student Town Hall

Students and members of the Faculty come together to improve undergraduate learning and experience

Eight Ways to Improve Society, the Economy and the Environment

NSERC Strategic Project Grants support environmentally friendly plastic and light sources that make computers 1,000 times faster

Two U of T Engineers Recognized as Rising Stars in Global Health

Grand Challenges Canada award $100,000 grants to support international health projects

NSBE Inspires the Next Generation of Black Engineers

Members of U of T's National Society of Black Engineers discuss how they are engaging engineers of tomorrow

Students Elect New Engineering Society Officers

U of T Engineering welcomes new leaders for student government

IBBME Professor Appointed Vice-President of Research and Director of the Bloorview Research Institute

Tom Chau (IBBME) to lead research program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

OEC Brings Out Engineering Students from Across Ontario to U of T

Top Ontario engineering students challenged in design, innovation and communication at Ontario Engineering Competition


Honours and Awards


University of Toronto Professors Win John C. Polanyi Award

Professors Brendan Frey (ECE) and Ben Blencowe (Medicine) recognized for cracking the genetic code

Professor Elected ASME Fellow

Professor David A. Steinman (MIE/IBBME) honoured for exceptional engineering achievements by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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

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  /




2012 CFCAS Grants Competition – Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 2, 2012

Panel Discussion and Open Forum on CIHR

On March 8, 2012, Professor Paul Young (CivE), Vice-President, Research, invites members the research community to learn more about programs and strategic initiatives

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Letter of Inquiry

Deadline: March 27, 2012

New Industrial R&D Fellowships

Deadline: March 31, 2012

Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap – Call for Proposals

Academia, industry and government to propose R&D and technology solutions




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


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March 3
March 7
March 7
March 8
March 9

March 10
March 11
March 12-16
March 14
March 14
March 16
March 21
March 22
March 22


MIE: Speaker Dongqing Li, University of Waterloo
Saturday Science and Engineering Academy
Iron Ring Ceremony
Faculty Council Meeting
ChemE: Speaker Johannes Lercher, Technische Universitat Munchen
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Speaker Ryan Gilliam, Calera Corporation
MIE: Speaker Matthew M. Mench, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
March Break Applicant Event
National Engineering Month: Designapolooza 2012
March Break Engineering and Medicine Program
ChemE: Speaker Jonah Erlebacher, Johns Hopkins University
Skule™ Nite Reception
MIE: Gareth McKinley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ChemE: Karl Linden, University of Colorado at Boulder
IBBME: Speaker Patricia Trbovich, Assistant Professor, IBBME
MSE Winegard Visiting Lectureship 2012: Sir Colin Humphreys

Save the Date!
Spring 2012 Convocation
On June 20, 2012, join us in celebrating our outstanding 1T2 graduates


More Engineering events
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In the News


U of T Engineers Spotlighted in The Toronto Star and The National Post

Make sure to pick up today's Toronto Star to read about the engineering innovations of Professors Goldie Nejat (MIE), David Zingg (Director, UTIAS), PhD candidate James Dou (ECE) and PhD graduate Michael Montgomery (CivE). And look out for more U of T Engineering news in tomorrow's National Post, in celebration of National Engineering Month

Use of Microfluidic Chips A First in Bitumen-Gas Analysis

U of T researchers develop a process to analyze the behaviour of bitumen in reservoirs using a microfluidic chip, a tool commonly used in medical diagnostics

U of T Engineering Professor Leads Development of Next Generation Battery

Professor Aleksandar Prodic (ECE) partners with Sendyne Corporation to create more sustainable battery storage systems

Toronto Transit: Lessons from the Past

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) gives expert comment on the TTC

Making the Healthcare System More Efficient

Professor Michael Carter (MIE) gives expert comment to the Business News Network

More Engineering In the News


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