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A Message from Acting Dean Yu-Ling Cheng

U of T Engineering researchers aim to explore and address the world's most pressing challenges. The research that we undertake is, by design, rooted in collaboration. This wide and inclusive consultation amongst colleagues that span across our diverse engineering disciplines has led to a wealth of innovations: from designing socially assistive robots for an aging population, engineering safer drinking water systems to address future world needs, or revolutionizing how we study genes – across genomes and across species, we continue to demonstrate and prove that through engineering there are no limits.

With more new faculty joining us this year our community is expanding, and our Faculty's reputation as a premier engineering institution continues to gather strength as our expertise deepens.

With the Academic Plan in motion, and under the leadership of Professor Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean, Research, we are vigorously pursuing research excellence on a global level. This means broadening our multidisciplinary research programs, improving our interface with industry, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, and ensuring that our faculty members are proactive in taking advantage of funding opportunities, both nationally and internationally.

This issue of the newsletter will provide a brief snapshot of the compelling engineering work taking place within our research labs and teaching facilities, work that addresses our health, quality of life, and well-being in the world around us as well as the skies above. With a new year before us, let us continue in our aspirations to innovate and build new relationships in support of our universal research interests and goals.


January 31, 2013

Volume 6, Issue 4
In this issue:

Spotlight On:

What's New

Honours and Awards
Engineering Events
In the News

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Spotlight On: Research


Q&A with Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean, Research

Professor Ted Sargent (ECE) shares his goals, priorities and how U of T Engineering research sets us apart

Research that Moves Us Forward

A look at our breadth of impact


What's New


U of T Engineering Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

A list of recent additions to the U of T Engineering community

Corrosion? There's an App for That!

Corrosion iPhone app developed by Jason Tam (MSE 1T2 + PEY) is finding a grateful audience among professional engineers and engineering students

Ideas Ignite at Entrepreneurship Weekend Event

U of T students team up to develop business ideas at the first-ever U of T Idea Ignition Weekend, presented by The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and the Nspire Innovation Network

CFI Gives Over $10 Million for Engineering Projects

Three U of T Engineering projects have been awarded more than $10 million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

You're Next Career Fair Bursting at the Seams

Almost 3,000 students attended the IT and engineering career fair to meet with 81 potential employers

Bionym: Software that Gets to the Heart of Computer Security

Toronto-based tech start-up founded by Foteini Agrafioti (ElecE PhD 1T2) and Karl Martin (ElecE PhD 1T2) may change the way we secure our digital information in the near future

Life in Orbit: Tales from the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman visits U of T Engineering to share her out-of-this-world stories


Honours and Awards


Eight U of T Engineers Win U of T Connaught Innovation Award

Engineering researchers among 12 recognized by Connaught Fund for research excellence

Lassonde Inducted into Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Dr. Pierre Lassonde, a generous benefactor of mineral engineering at the University of Toronto, was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Engineering Student Takes Sunnybrook Prize with Biomaterials Discovery

Ben Ouyang (EngSci 1T2 + PEY) wins national research competition

Professor Shoichet Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) honoured for her contributions to the scientific community. She is also the first to receive fellowships in three prestigious academic societies

Professor Cheng One of Toronto Star's People to Watch in 2013

Chemical Engineering Professor Yu-Ling Cheng, Director of the Centre for Global Engineering and Acting Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, has been named one of the Toronto Star's 12 'People to Watch' in 2013

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

Call for Nominations – Faculty Research Leader Award

Deadline: March 18, 2013




Research Events

Designing for the Future: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Town Hall Meeting

Date: February 8, 2013

Research Grants and Opportunities

CIHR Operating Grant: Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research (Winter 2013)

Deadlines: February 1, 2013, Registration; February 22, 2013, Internal deadline

University of São Paulo and U of T Joint Call for Research Proposal

Deadline: February 8, 2013

Partnerships with Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc.

Deadline: February 8, 2013

Notification of Intent (NOI): 2014 Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

Deadlines: February 15, 2013, NOI to the NCE Secretariat; April 15, 2013 – Letter of Intent

Ontario Ministry of Transportation: Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program

Deadline: February 26, 2013

Call for Proposals: Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Participants Needed for Air-quality Research

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

Renewed Canadian Common CV (CCV) for CIHR

Guidelines for applicants to CIHR's upcoming competitions




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

The remaining meeting dates for the academic year are:

  • February 14, 2013
  • April 18, 2013

Engineering Events

February 1
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February 2
February 5
February 6
February 8
February 8
February 14
February 15
February 19
February 20
February 27

Co-Curricular Record Town Hall Meeting
MIE: Speaker Petros Koumoutsakos, ETH Zurich
Skule: Sustainable Engineers Association Conference (SEAC) 2013
ECE Entrepreneurship Series: Raif Barbaros, MavenSay and fooddel
ChemE: Speaker Tim Jones, University of Warwick
Dean's Student Town Hall
CivE/GeoE/MinE Alumni Dinner
Faculty Council Meeting
MIE: Speaker Stanley R. Pliska, University of Illinois at Chicago
San Francisco Skule Alumni Reception
Mountain View Biz Skule Alumni Networking Lecture
ECE Entrepreneurship Series: Allen Lau, Wattpad


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In the News


A 3-D Machine that Prints Skin? How U of T Engineers Are Revolutionizing Burn Care

Lian Leng (MechE PhD candidate) is developing a printing device to create sheets of soft tissue

U of T Engineering Start-up Helps Rebuild Haitian School

Cast Connex Corporation's earthquake-resistant technology is playing a key role in post-earthquake Haiti

UTIAS Graduate Talks Women in Engineering to 'TEDxYouth@Toronto'

Natalie Panek (AeroE MASc 0T9) shares her desire to see more women taking engineering and science

More Engineering In the News


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