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A Message from Acting Dean Yu-Ling Cheng

As we mark the significant milestone of 10 years of leadership education at U of T Engineering, we are reminded that leadership takes a variety of forms and originates in many different places. As a Faculty, we are proud of our students, staff and faculty who demonstrate leadership and cultivate excellence in a myriad of ways.

In recent weeks, we had the opportunity to celebrate the diverse members of our community who have contributed to our excellence. Professor Jim Wallace (MIE), was honoured with the University's President's Teaching Award, an impressive accolade and a testament to his – and our – commitment to the highest quality of education. Our tremendous student leaders were also recognized this month, with Cressy Awards and awards from the Engineering Society. Our innovators in the classrooms, labs and administrative offices were also celebrated for driving our academic mission forward at our annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception.

The announcement this month of the Faculty's two newest NSERC Chairs will only further our reach, impact and leadership. Professors Kamran Behdinan and Vaughn Betz were named respectively as the NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design and the NSERC-Altera Industrial Research Chair in Programmable Silicon. We take great pride in this recognition of their work.

As we continue to pursue the key priorities outlined in our Academic Plan, we are confident in that the high quality of our engineering community will ensure we achieve our aims.


April 30, 2012

Volume 5, Issue 8
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Leadership

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

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Spotlight On: Leadership


10 Years and a LOT of Leadership

U of T Engineering celebrates 10 years of leadership education

Faculty Celebrates Another Year of Engineering Excellence

5th Annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception recognizes accomplishments of faculty and staff


What's New


U of T Engineering Benefits from Historic New York City Partnership

Center for Urban Science and Progress will be new global hub dedicated to urban engineering

U of T Engineering Welcomes New NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Design

Professor Kamran Behdinan (MIE) to establish real-world multidisciplinary senior design projects, utilizing industrial collaboration and support

Faculty Welcomes New NSERC/Altera Industrial Research Chair in Programmable Silicon

The five-year renewable chair provides support for Professor Vaughn Betz's (ECE) research on programmable computer chips

U of T Engineering Sisters Win Scholarships, Honoured as Role Models for Women Engineers Nationally

Hanna Janossy (IndE 1T3) and Lea Janossy (IndE 1T4) receive $10,000 and $5,000 scholarships from Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF)

Alumnus Named One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, 2012

Donald R. Sadoway, Engineering Science and Materials Science & Engineering graduate, makes the prestigious Time 100 list

Engineering Mourns Passing of Professor Torstein A. Utigard

Respected MSE professor remembered for prolific contributions to industry and research

Engineering Science Students Offer City New Solutions

Praxis II Design Showcase gives first-year students opportunities to test design skills

New Mobile App Lab First in Canada

Lab led by ECE Professors Parham Aarabi and Jonathan Rose welcomes participation from U of T community

U of T Engineers Contribute More than Half of Top 25 Papers on Programmable Computer Chips

Field-programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) considered 'chameleons' of the computer world

Graduate Students with App-titude

U of T Engineering course brings together students from a variety of disciplines to build smartphone apps

Students Give A Peek into the Future at Capstone Design Showcase

Fourth-year ECE students share their innovative apps and algorithms

ECE Leaders of Tomorrow Event Inspires Future Innovators

Engineering students get a crash-course on innovation and commercialization from Ontario cabinet minister, the Honourable Glen Murray, as well as business leaders

Shedding New Light on Neural Imaging Research

Professor Ofer Levi (IBBME, ECE) and students unveil new, cost-effective neural imaging system

U of T-led Research Team Discovers New Quantum Encryption Method to Foil Hackers

Research by Professor Hoi-Kwong Lo (ECE) and associates could end computer hacking


Honours and Awards


U of T Engineering's Next Generation of Researchers Boosted with Early Researcher Awards

Ontario awards $2.9 million to support fresh U of T researchers

Professor Jim Wallace (MIE) Receives President's Teaching Award

Outstanding engineering professor recognized for sustained excellence in teaching

Faculty Honours Five Engineering Staff Members

Administrative and technical staff members recognized at 5th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception

MIE Professors Honoured by Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering

Professors Chul B. Park and Jean Zu among award winners; Professors David Sinton, Pierre E. Sullivan and Murray J. Thomson named Fellows

Engineering Society Celebrates Student Leaders

Annual award ceremony expanded to recognize contributions of student clubs

U of T Engineering Students Honoured by 2012 Cressy Awards

Seventeen students celebrated for their leadership




2012 NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects Program

Deadline: May 2, 2012 – Notice of Intent

Killam Research Fellowship

Deadline: May 3, 2012




Faculty Council Meeting Recap

Overview of items discussed and approved on April 26


Engineering Events

May 7
May 8-9
May 17-18
May 21
May 26-27
May 31-June 2
June 2
June 20

IBBME Scientific Day 2012
Beyond Borders: Lyon Sachs Symposium on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Ontario-on-a-Chip and MATCH Annual Symposium
Victoria Day: University Closed
Spring Reunion 2012
Spring Reunion 2012: Celebrate Your Leadership Story
Spring 2012 Convocation


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In the News


U of T Engineering Partners with NYU to Launch CUSP

Read selected coverage of the historic partnership in the The Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg

Mining Engineering Graduates Are in Demand

Postmedia examines the mining industry's growing need for engineers and how U of T Engineering is responding

Engineering Professor Analyzes Titanic's Structural Failures

Professor Doug Perovic (MSE) gives expert comment on the design flaws of the famous sunken ship

Civil Engineering Professor Offers Defence of Older Drivers

Professor Emeritus Ezra Hauer (CivE) explains how elderly drivers get bum rap in Canadian Medical Association Journal

More Engineering In the News


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