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A Message from Acting Dean Yu-Ling Cheng

The last issue of The Engineering Newsletter focused on the significant global impacts our faculty researchers are making. We could not achieve this standard of research excellence without them, nor can we sustain our exemplary level of innovation without the intelligent, inquisitive passion for knowledge and discovery of our emerging researchers and industry leaders – our graduate students.

Through our combined recruitment efforts, we are attracting top graduate students from all corners of the world to U of T Engineering. Our Graduate Studies program is flourishing and well on track to meeting the goal outlined in our Academic Plan of enrolling 2,000 highly-qualified graduate students by 2015.

As our doctoral stream Graduate Studies program grows stronger, our MEng program continues to evolve to better meet the needs of our students and industry partners. We are very pleased to commence several new program options this coming September, such as the extended full-time program option, the Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM) program, and an MEng in Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design is currently in development.

We are proud to acknowledge that our current graduate-student population is the most diverse in the history of our Faculty: the percentage of international graduate students is the highest we have reached in 10 years, and more than 25 per cent of our graduate students are women. Increasing our diversity is a Faculty priority, and we will continue to pursue this goal in order to enrich our collective student experience, as well as to graduate socially responsible global citizens.


February 27, 2013

Volume 6, Issue 5
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Graduate Studies

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

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Spotlight On: Graduate Studies


Diversity Matters

Meet some of the top international and female graduate students at U of T Engineering

The Right MEng for Every Student

The MEng continues to enhance its offerings to meet the needs of students and industry


What's New


UTIAS Shines BRITE with World's Smallest Space Telescopes

A pair of space telescope satellites, designed by U of T Engineering's Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), are now circling the Earth, prepared to find and study the brightest stars in the sky

Students Share Ideas and Insights at Dean's Town Hall

Engineering community comes together to discuss student experience and Skule opportunities

U of T Spinoff Company Gets $1-million Federal Backing

Healthcare diagnostics company co-founded by U of T Engineering Professor Ted Sargent (ECE), Vice-Dean, Research, receives almost $1 million from the federal government's Investing in Business Innovation initiative

Game On at Biomedical Engineering Competition

Lego prosthetics the focus of intense competition at U of T's annual Biomedical Engineering Competition (BMEC)

Cities Can Affect Climate Change, Says U of T Engineering Study

Toronto – and other cities around the world – can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by implementing aggressive but practical policy changes

Engineering Researchers Awarded NSERC Grants

Five U of T Engineering researchers are among U of T recipients of NSERC Strategic Project Grants programs

The Potential and Perils of Wearable Technology

Conference on wearable computing and augmented reality comes to U of T Engineering in June

Carbon Dioxide Detection Research Given a Boost

A detector so sensitive it can register a single molecule of carbon dioxide: that's the goal that Professor Harry Ruda (MSE) and his colleagues are working towards


Honours and Awards


U of T Leads in National Science Awards

Professors Warren Chan (IBBME), Paul Santerre (IBBME) and Yu Sun (MIE), as well as PhD student Graham Carey (ECE), among recipients

Greg Evans Receives the University of Toronto Northrop Frye Award

ChemE professor honoured for excellence in the integration of teaching and research

Engineering Professors Recognized with Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal

Professors Alex McLean (MSE), Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME) and Paul Young (CivE), Vice-President, Research & Innovation, are latest medal recipients

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 and Announcements

PBIO 2013: The 7th Plant Bio-Industrial Oils Workshop

Event Date: March 6-7, 2013

European Commission: Seeking Experts for Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups

Deadline: March 6, 2013

Invitation to the Canada-Israel Energy R&D Workshop and Technology Partnering Meeting

Event Date: March 21, 2013

ERA Round 9 Information Session

Event Date: March 26, 2013

Staffing Update from R. Paul Young (CivE), Vice-President of Research & Innovation

Update on some changes in key positions within the Division of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI)

Research Grants and Opportunities

OCE/NSERC: Integration of Ontario's Natural Gas and Electricity Infrastructure

Deadline: March 4, 2013

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation: New Transformational Request for Proposals

Deadline: March 25, 2013

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

Deadline: March 25, 2013

MERX-Ontario Ministry of Energy: Energy Storage Request for Information

Deadline: March 28, 2013

2014 NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)

Deadline: April 10, 2013

U of T Research Completion Award Application

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF): Round Three

Submission Period Begins: May 1-31, 2013

SSHRC: Digging into Data Challenge

Deadline: May 15, 2013

Paris Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowships

The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) is welcoming fellowship applications




Faculty Council Meeting Recap

An overview of approved items and discussions

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

The remaining meeting date for the academic year is:

  • April 18, 2013

Engineering Events

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March 16
March 16-17
March 19
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March 21
March 22
March 27
March 29

National Engineering Month Begins
Leaders of Tomorrow – MBTI: Using your Leadership Strengths Part One
Engineering Hatchery: Speaker Nigel Stokes, AppZero
ChemE: Speaker James Rawlins, University of Southern Mississippi
2013 CSCA National Conference
Entrepreneurship Series: Speaker Somen Mondal (CompE 0T2), Field ID
Leaders of Tomorrow – MBTI: Using your Leadership Strengths Part Two
Engineering Hatchery: Speaker Sarah Liberatore, STLTO Wine
ChemE: Speaker Charles Haynes, University of British Columbia
Skule Nite
The Operations Research Challenge (TORCH)
WISE National Conference
Engineering Hatchery: Speaker Bijan Vaez, EventMobi
Entrepreneurship Series: Speaker Suneet Tuli (CivE 9T0), DataWind
ECE: Speaker Fredrico Capasso, Harvard University
28th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner
ChemE: Speaker Joachim Kohn, Rutgers University
Good Friday: University Closed


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In the News


Video: Professor Goldie Nejat Showcases Brian the Robot

U of T News profiles Professor Nejat's (MIE) work on developing 'Brian,' an intelligent, assistive robot prototype

U of T Engineering Grads Invent World's Most Energy-efficient Light Bulb

Three engineering alumni create the 'NanoLight,' which uses only 12 watts of electricity yet generates the equivalent output of a 100-watt incandescent bulb

More Engineering In the News


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