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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

With a new school year comes a renewed sense of excitement, but this year it is particularly special. The world has never needed more the innovation, invention and stewardship engineers can offer. Great challenges lie open to our best thinking and we must, as a profession and as individuals, step up to the opportunity and exert thoughtful leadership.

I believe the kind of engineers U of T attracts and educates are extraordinarily well suited to the challenges that lie ahead: in health, sustainability, communications and energy. That is why I am so proud of the upcoming Afternoon of Engineering Innovation we will be highlighting in this issue. I invite you to attend and see the groundbreaking work we have done together – and our boundless potential. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about our important fundraising effort as a cornerstone of U of T's Boundless campaign.

Our Faculty is at a pivotal point, where strategic, targeted philanthropic support has the potential to build on our excellence, making us one of the world's very best Engineering Faculties.

What better way to begin a new season of learning? Welcome back, and welcome to our opportunity to look forward, together, on September 15.


September 10, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 1
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Celebrate Engineering Innovation

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

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Spotlight On: Celebrate Engineering Innovation


U of T Engineering to Showcase Rich History of Innovation

Join the Faculty in an Afternoon of Engineering Innovation on September 15


What's New


WIND Mobile Founder and Engineering Alumnus Shares His Wisdom with First Years

The Faculty was proud to present Anthony Lacavera (CompE 9T7) as guest speaker of this year's plenary lecture

U of T Engineers Win Third Place at Gates Foundation's International Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

Team led by Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE) identifies new solution for global health challenge

Joyce Poon Named one of Technology Review's 'Top 35 Under 35'

ECE professor selected as one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for 2012

UTIAS Establishes Centre for Research in Sustainable Aviation

Led by Professor David Zingg (UTIAS, Director), the Centre will promote collaborative research in sustainable aviation

U of T Engineering Leaps Forward in International Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities places Faculty first in Canada and 13th in the world

Breakthrough by U of T-led Research Team Leads to Record Efficiency for Next-Generation Solar Cells

Team directed by Professor Ted Sargent (ECE), Vice-Dean, Research, creates colloidal quantum dot film with world-record 7 per cent efficiency


Honours and Awards


Women of Influence Magazine Honours Engineering Dean

Dean Cristina Amon recognized as one of Canada's 25 most influential women

Three Engineering Professors Named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE), Frank Kschischang (ECE) and Jonathan Rose (ECE) to be inducted into the RSC

MIE Human Factors Interest Group (HFIG) Receives Bronze Award

HFIG recognized by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) for their contributions and achievements in advancing human factors

MSE Professor Named Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Professor Harry E. Ruda receives distinguished membership in the Institute of Physics (UK) for significant contributions in the field of semiconductor materials

MIE Professor Receives Award from European Society for Experimental Mechanics

Professor Shaker A. Meguid (MIE) honoured with 2012 EURASEM Robert Hooke Award for contributions to experimental mechanics

Alberto Leon-Garcia Appointed U of T Distinguished Professor

ECE professor named Distinguished Professor in Application Platforms and Smart Infrastructure

Two U of T Engineering Professors Win the 2012 McLean Award

Professors Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME) and Craig Simmons (MIE, IBBME) recognized as emerging research leaders




Research Events

NSERC Discovery Grant Panel Discussion

Event date: September 19, 2012, 11 am–12 pm; Galbraith Building, Room 202

Research Grants and Opportunities

NSERC PromoScience

Deadline: September 10, 2012

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Career Development Program

Deadline: September, 28, 2012

CIHR Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 1, 2012

Mitacs Call for Nominations

Deadline: October 12, 2012

University Research Association's Visiting Scholars Program

Deadline: February 21, 2013

CIHR – Analysis of Feedback on the Design Discussion Document

CIHR has now published What CIHR Heard: Analysis of Feedback on the Design Discussion Document

Research Alerts – Accessing and Changing Preferences at U of T

Information on how to manage your research alerts




Faculty Council Recap

A summary of items approved and discussed at September 7 meeting

The Faculty Council meetings take place from 12:10 to 2 pm in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber. Professor Tony Sinclair (MIE) serves as the new Faculty Council Speaker.

The remaining 2012-13 meeting dates are:

  • Thurs., November 29, 2012
  • Thurs., February 14, 2013
  • Thurs., April 18, 2013

Engineering Events

September 11

September 14
September 14
September 15
September 19
September 19-20
September 20
September 21
September 28

Save the Date! Dean's Town Hall

Dean Cristina Amon will discuss the common vision for the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, provide an update on the status of the project and answer questions. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Engineering Career Centre Open House
MIE: Speaker Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University
An Afternoon of Engineering Innovation
ChemE: Speaker Anthony Atala, Wake Forest University
U of T Career Information Days
ECE: Speaker Jean Walrand, UC Berkeley
MIE: Speaker Thomas Coleman, University of Waterloo
MIE: Speaker Mark J. Kushner, Michigan State University


More Engineering events
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In the News


Why Things Fall Apart

Professors Doug Hooton (CivE) and Doug Perovic (MSE) give insight into how structures can turn into structural disasters

Human-powered Helicopter: Toronto Engineers Aiming to Win Elusive Sikorsky Prize

Toronto Star profiles UTIAS team's quest for the highly-competitive $250,000 Igor I. Sikorsky Prize

Joyce Poon's 'Top 35 Under 35' Honour Makes News

Read about Professor Poon's achievement in The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

Game of Thrones: U of T's Reinvented Toilet Takes Third in Gates Foundation Contest

Toronto Star reports on how U of T Engineering wiped out the competition in an international contest to design a new toilet

Engineers Perfect Artificial Skin Growth

The Daily Mail profiles Professors Axel Guenther (MIE, IBBME) and Milica Radisic's (IBBME, ChemE) collaboration to create a printing press for human tissue

More Engineering In the News


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