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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

We have made great strides in progressing towards the goals defined in our Academic Plan, which was approved in October 2011. As our collaborative efforts continue into 2013 and through 2016, this issue of The Engineering Newsletter shares our achievements from the past year.

At our Faculty Council meeting on November 29, I presented a brief overview of the full Academic Plan – Year One: Progress and Achievements included in this newsletter. We have much to be proud of, including our increased student diversity, enhanced global reputation, innovative academic programming, upgraded facilities and record-setting graduate student enrolment. This report also highlights our initiatives to foster multidisciplinary work, cultivate and support research excellence, and broaden our influence, engagement and collaboration across Canada and the world. I extend my heartfelt thanks to faculty, staff and students for the collective efforts that have brought us this far.

As a new year is upon us, I look forward to continuing our work together in our unwavering pursuit of excellence. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a joyous holiday and boundless blessings for 2013.


December 18, 2012

Volume 6, Issue 3
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Year One Academic Plan Update

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

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Spotlight On: Year One Academic Plan Update


Academic Plan – Year One: Progress and Achievements

A look at our progress since the approval of the Academic Plan in October 2011


What's New


Global Longevity Not Fairly Distributed, say U of T Researchers

ChemE student uses 100-year-old chemical formula to determine that the global rise in life expectancy is not benefiting everybody equally

Engineering Students Are Five of The Next 36

U of T Engineering students selected as part of The Next 36, an annual program aimed at promoting Canadian entrepreneurship among undergraduate youth

Researchers Explore Heat-recycling House Design

U of T Engineering and Ryerson University researchers team up to cut down energy consumption in homes through thermal-envelope design

BioZone's Renovated and Expanded Space Opens

Dean Cristina Amon, ChemE Chair Grant Allen and BioZone Director Elizabeth Edwards officially open the expanded and renovated BioZone facilities

A Better Toilet for the World

U of T Engineering continues to design a toilet for the developing world after another boost in funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A Q&A with the Faculty's New Director of Corporate Partnerships

Dr. Marcius Extavour (EngSci 0T2 + PEY) returns to his alma mater to further industry partnerships

Combined Program Approved – Environmental Science (BSc) and Master of Engineering (MEng)

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)-U of T Engineering combined program will enhance the environmental offerings at the University of Toronto

Task Force Created for Research-based, Post-graduate Program

The Faculty has established a Task Force to consider the creation of a research-based, post-graduate program in engineering education

Engineering Instructional Innovation Program: Call for Proposals

The focus of the program is to create, or substantially renovate, a specific undergraduate course, closely related group of courses, or learning experience

On the Road to Safer Drivers

Professor Birsen Donmez (MIE) is the first Canadian researcher to receive funding from the Toyota Collaborative Safety and Research Center to design systems that help drivers stay safe behind the wheel

International Aviation Body Confirms Human-powered Ornithopter Achievement

Historic ornithopter flight in 2010 has been certified as a world record first by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)

Pulp and Paper Centre Celebrates 25 Years of Industry Partnership

Centre's nearly 30 years of collaboration unique to U of T, and the world

Students Step Out of Convocation Hall as New Alumni

Twenty-five undergraduates and 369 graduate students earn degrees at Fall Convocation

A Beacon of Hope for Engineering Entrepreneurs

U of T alumni Taylor Martin (MechE 0T7 + PEY) and Steve Tam bring anti-theft bicycle light to market

New Institute Gives Students Practice in Design and Innovation

University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) takes flight in its inaugural year


Honours and Awards


Ted Sargent wins Steacie Prize for Outstanding Young Canadian Researcher

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Edward (Ted) Sargent is the winner of the 2012 Steacie Prize

Three U of T Engineers Elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professors from ECE, MIE and MSE honoured by the world's largest international scientific organization

Professor Awarded Korea's Highest Honour for Science and Technology

Chul B. Park (MIE) inducted as fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology

U of T Engineers Inducted into Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

U of T Engineering Professor Emerita Ursula Franklin and alumnus John A.D. McCurdy inducted into Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

Javad Mostaghimi Appointed to A Second Term as University of Toronto Distinguished Professor

MIE professor awarded another five-year term as Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering

Engineering Students Awarded National Scholarship

Two ECE undergraduates receive funding support from Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship

Engineering Strategic Communications Recognized with MarCom Awards

ESC win one platinum, two golds and receive three honourable mentions for engineering marketing and communications materials

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




U of T Engineering Gives Thanks to Industry Support

Researchers and industry partners mix and mingle at first-ever reception on November 19

Participants Needed for Air Quality Research

ChemE's SOCAAR is looking for volunteers to take part in an air quality monitoring study




Faculty Council Recap

An overview of items approved and discussed at November 29 meeting

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

The remaining meeting dates are:

  • February 14, 2013
  • April 18, 2013

Engineering Events

Dec. 24-Jan. 4
January 9
January 16
January 18
January 25
February 1

University Closed: Winter Holidays
ChemE: Speaker Catherine Coleman, NASA
ChemE: Speaker David Colcleugh, former CEO of Dupont Canada
You're Next! 2013 Career Fair
8th Annual Engineering Science Education Conference
MIE: Speaker Petros Koumoutsakos, ETH Zurich


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In the News


Ted Sargent Talks Steacie Prize Win with CBC

Professor Sargent (ECE), Vice-Dean, Research, and wife Professor Shana Kelley interviewed on CBC Radio's Fresh Air about their consecutive wins

Canadian-made Toilet Aims to Lay Waste to Sanitation Diseases

Professor Mark Kortschot (ChemE) explains to CTV News why his team is working to reinvent the toilet

Susan McCahan on Women in Engineering

Professor Susan McCahan, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, and fourth-year MIE student Huda Idrees discuss how to encourage more women to enrol in engineering on CBC's Metro Morning

Engineering Students Mark Remembrance Day with Impromptu Cenotaph

U of T News reports on a U of T Engineering Remembrance Day tradition that has been taking place since 2005

One Step Closer to Creating Youthful Heart Patches from Old Cells

Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) and her colleagues in IBBME are creating a 'fountain of youth' reaction within tissue culture

World Record Human-powered Flight Confirmed

Phys.Org profiles UTIAS team's certified record flight

More Engineering In the News


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