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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

I am pleased to share with you our fourth annual report of performance indicators.

The report provides us with the metrics to assess progress in achieving our goals. It also highlights some of our key accomplishments over the past year, including our highest historical entrance average of incoming undergraduates; the increase of graduate students by 10.4 per cent to 1,842, taking us that much closer to realizing our goal of 2,000 graduate students by 2015; and our rise in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by six positions to 13th in the world. I am proud of what we have achieved together and look forward to what we will accomplish in the future.

Many of you attended the launch of our Engineering Boundless Campaign in September, your continued commitment to U of T Engineering is moving us ahead at a crucial time, and your support of our philanthropic effort ensures that we continue our boundless innovation, influence and impact.

This month we welcomed visitors from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). I would like to express my gratitude to all of you – faculty, staff and students – for your tremendous dedication and hard work in preparation for this accreditation visit.


November 5, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 2
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Annual Report 2012

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

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Spotlight On: Annual Report 2012


To read the full Annual Report, please download the following PDF: Annual Report 2012. To go directly to one of the report's sections or chapters, select from the links below.

Introduction (Academic Plan: Selected Highlights) 6. World Recognition by Rankings
1. Undergraduate Studies 7. Advancement
2. Graduate Studies 8. Communications
3. Research 9. International Initiatives
4. Cross-Faculty Education & Research 10. Space
5. Awards & Honours 11. Finances



What's New


U of T Engineering Launches $200-million Campaign to Nurture Innovation and the Next Generation of Engineers

Faculty announces record-setting $200-million campaign at 'Afternoon of Engineering Innovation' event

Faculty Shares Vision of New Engineering Building

Dean Amon holds town hall to share the Faculty’s common vision for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Students Driven to Compete for Most Fuel-efficient Vehicle in the Americas

Engineering's Supermileage team becomes the first from U of T to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Dean Welcomes Students to First Town Hall of the Skule Year

Students, Engineering Society and faculty members come together to discuss how to strengthen the student experience

Faculty Welcomes Dr. Micah Stickel as First Year Chair

Q & A with Micah Stickel on his priorities to strengthen the first-year engineering experience

Today's Discoveries, Tomorrow's Cures

Regenerative medicine takes the spotlight at IBBME's 50th Anniversary events

U of T Engineering Talks Leadership Education with Top North American Institutions

Educators gather at U of T to share best practices for instilling a leadership culture in engineering

Remembering Harpreet Dhariwal

U of T Engineering’s Instructional Technology Specialist brought enthusiasm and passion to his role, which used innovative technology to support student learning

Three Engineering Professors Get Boost from Coveted Health Research Grants

Three U of T engineers have been awarded research grants by Canada’s Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program

MIE Energy Lab and New Workshop Spaces Open

Three crucial facilities receive extensive physical upgrades for student learning and research

Forging Friendships, Fostering Innovation

International engineering students arrive ready to collaborate


Video Showcase


An Exchange Would Do You Good

The Faculty is working in co-operation with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) to offer our undergraduates exciting opportunities to study at more than 150 top-tier institutions in 40 countries


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations – Administrative Staff Awards Program

Deadline: February 1, 2013

Call for Nominations – 2013 McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Professor Honoured with Prestigious UBC Award

Eric Miller (CivE) receives University of British Columbia Margolese National Design for Living Prize

Students Repeat 2nd-place Finish at Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Competition

U of T Engineering once again edges out teams from Yale and UPenn

Thirteen Engineering Volunteers Honoured with 2012 Arbor Awards

Awards recognize outstanding service at U of T

Engineering Staff Members Receive U of T Excellence Through Innovation Awards

Staff members from ECE and the Office of the Registrar recognized for innovations to improve student experience

ChemE Graduate Wins Prestigious International Undergraduate Award

Sami Khan (ChemE 1T1 + PEY) receives 2012 Undergraduate Award

Five Engineering Students Awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Scholars receive $50,000 annually towards doctoral studies

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Inducts ChemE Professor

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) made Fellow of the CAHS

ChemE Professor Named Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology

Professor Emeritus Levente Diosady (ChemE) becomes first chemical engineer inducted




Research Events

Panel Discussion and Team Lunch: Writing a Successful NSERC Strategic Project Grant

November 9, 2012, 11 am-2 pm

Reception for Industry Partners

November 19, 2012, 5 pm-7 pm

Research Grants and Opportunities

ISTP Canada-China – Human Vaccine Research and Development

Joint initiative to be established, funding collaborative research in vaccines against infectious diseases in humans

Networks of Centres of Excellence – Mobilization Competition

Deadline: November 6, 2012

Integrated Research on Ecosystems Services – Call for Proposals

Deadline: November 13, 2012

2012-13 New Directions Research Program Call for Letters of Intent

Deadline: November 14, 2012

2012 Simulation Research & Innovation Grant

Deadline: November 30, 2012

2012-13 Connaught Program Application Deadlines

Connaught New Researcher Award deadline: December 3, 2012;
McLean Award deadline: January 15, 2013

Research Program in Applied Sport Sciences

Deadline: December 14, 2012

Merck Serono Launches €1 Million Research Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation

Deadline: February 14, 2013




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

The remaining 2012-13 meeting dates are:

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

Engineering Events

November 6-8
November 7
November 7
November 13
November 19
November 21
November 29
  25th Annual Energy & Chemical Recovery Research Review Meeting

IBBME: Speaker Enrico Gratton, University of California, Irvine
Leaders of Tomorrow: Event and Program Management
Fall Convocation
Calgary Skule Alumni Reception
ChemE: Speaker Richard Berry, FPInnovations
Faculty Council Meeting


More Engineering events
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In the News


A Human-Powered Helicopter: Straight Up Difficult

Todd Reichert (EngSci 0T5, AeroE PhD 1T2) talks to NPR about his team's quest for the Sikorsky Prize

Alumna Draws on U of T Engineering Experience to Advance Treatments for Autism

Azadeh Kushki's (ElecE 0T2, MASc 0T3, PhD 0T8) research focuses on improving access to care

U of T Magazine Spotlights Engineering in Fall Issue

Engineering's 'Reinvent the Toilet' team makes cover story; magazine also highlights the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mining Engineers Strike Gold

Graduating with a degree in mining from an engineering school like U of T seems to be a ticket to a successful career, reports Macleans

More Engineering In the News


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