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A Message from Acting Dean Yu-Ling Cheng

National Engineering Month (NEM) is an opportunity for the engineering community to celebrate and take pride in the countless accomplishments and innovations of our researchers, educators and students.

The Faculty's roster of NEM events served as testament to the many ways the U of T Engineering community is contributing toward the shape and design of our future. The beams of 'Purple Power' radiating from the CN Tower on March 26 showcased the innovative and creative minds of our future engineers. The WISE National Conference held on March 16 and 17 reflected our dedication to inspiring women to pursue engineering as their chosen profession. And the Global Engineering Innovation Challenge & Symposium that took place on March 23 generated fruitful discussion on how we, as engineers, can help to create solutions to the world's most complex challenges.

As National Engineering Month draws to a close, we must reflect upon our contribution to engineering excellence and take this forward as we continue to build the future through our creativity and hard work, and through meeting the priorities of our Academic Plan and Boundless campaign goals.


March 28, 2013

Volume 6, Issue 6
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
National Engineering Month

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

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Spotlight On: National Engineering Month


U of T Engineering Celebrates NEM

An overview of National Engineering Month events, from lighting the CN Tower purple, to celebrating women in engineering


What's New


Aggregator Startup by Three U of T Undergrads Acquired by HubSpot

Web services aggregator, Chime, launches this January

Grad Invents Smart Keyboard for Smartphones

The 'Minuum,' a new keyboard developed by Will Walmsley (MASc IndE 1T2) and computer science assistant professor Khai Truong, is creating a lot of buzz

Seven U of T Engineers Among New, Renewed Canada Research Chairs

Federal government invests $18.7 million in U of T research

U of T Engineering Researchers Benefit from CFI, ORF Awards

Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, announced $35 million in matching funding from the Ontario Research Funding for U of T researchers

New Technique Promises More Efficient Solar Cells, Say U of T Engineering Researchers

A new technique developed by ECE Professor Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean, Research, and his group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells

Igniting the Flame for Operations Research

The Operations Research Challenge (TORCH) introduces high school students to the OR field

U of T Supermileage Heads to Houston for Eco-marathon Challenge

800 kilometres on 1 litre of gas? Not a problem for this group of U of T Engineering students

Spreading the Word

IBBME PhD students Nika Shakiba and David Lee spin the ethics and science of stem cells into a Canada-wide conversation

EngSci Students to Compete in International Engineering Competition

Four EngSci students are heading to Calgary for the first-ever International Engineering Competition in September

U of T Engineering Student a Finalist in Health Innovation Challenge

Mary Qiu (IndE 1T4 + PEY) named a finalist in the Health Council of Canada's Health Innovation Challenge, an annual contest to find the best papers from university and college students about innovative practices in Canadian health care

No Robots? No Problem!

When UTIAS Professor Reza Emami began teaching a new AER525 Robotics course, he had a problem: No robots. But he didn't let that stop him

From the Diamond to the Ice Rink

MIE Professor Timothy Chan plays with sports analytics research

Professor Steve Mann Shares a Glimpse Inside his 'Augmediated' Life

ECE Professor and father of 'wearable computing' Steve Mann has granted readers a rare glimpse behind the glass in a feature article for IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert


Honours and Awards


MIE Professor Honoured by CSME

Javad Mostaghimi awarded Robert W. Angus Medal

Five U of T Engineers Honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada

Professors to be awarded fellowships and medals at May 28 gala

Save the Date! Celebrating Engineering Excellence Reception

Dean Cristina Amon invites all faculty and staff to attend the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering's 6th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence Reception on Wednesday, April 24, 4-6 p.m. in GB202.

Join us in celebrating another outstanding academic year, recognizing the recipients of major honours, awards and research grants. This reception will feature the presentation of the Faculty's staff, research and teaching awards.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 17, to Carrie Laughlin at:
View the invitation online.




Research Events and Announcements

Acting President for NSERC Appointed

The Honourable James Edwards, Vice-President and Chair of NSERC's Council, will work with Janet Walden, Vice-President of NSERC's Research Partnerships Programs Directorate, leading up to the appointment of a new president

US Federal Government Sequestration: Impact on US Government Research Funding

On March 1, the US Budget Control Bill (2011) resulted in a sequestration order mandating $84 billion in reduced spending across all US Government Departments and Agencies for the remainder of the US government's fiscal year

Information Session on Global Opportunities in Drug Research

Event Date: April 8, 2013

Science Leadership Program (SLP)

Event Date: May 2-4, 2013

Energy Experts Gathering in Sarnia, Ont., for National Conference

Event Date: May 21-22, 2013

Ontario Centres of Excellence's Annual Discovery Conference: Student Video Competition

Event Date: May 27-28, 2013

Research Grants and Opportunities

SOSCIP Call for Collaborative Project Proposals: Academic Stream

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and Its Partners

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for three new grant opportunities

SGS Conference Grant

Deadline: April 5, 2013

TandemLaunch Technologies Call for Proposals: Display Technology

Deadline: April 5, 2013

Killam Research Fellowship

Deadline: May 3, 2013




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

April 1
April 2-4
April 3
April 4
April 5
April 5
April 8
April 10
April 11
April 11
April 12
April 12
April 15
April 16
April 18
April 22
April 25

Skule Comes to Asia: Taipei
ECE Annual Design Fair
ChemE: Speaker David Graves, University of California at Berkeley
Skule Comes to Asia: Kuala Lumpur
MIE: Speaker David Graves, University of California at Berkeley (repeated lecture)
13th Annual Engineering Science Alumni Dinner
Skule Comes to Asia: Singapore
ChemE: Speaker R. Paul Singh, University of California at Davis
Skule Comes to Asia: Hong Kong
MIE Capstone Design Showcase
MIE: Joseph C. Mello Professor Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Institute of Technology
MIE Momentum: An Evening of Celebration with Alumni & Industry
Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) Reception
EngSci: Praxis Design Showcase 2013
Faculty Council Meeting
Engineering Global Health
IBBME: Speaker Gang Zheng (IBBME)


More Engineering events
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In the News


Accidental Discovery Leads to Process Improvements

An unexpected discovery by ChemE Professor Tim Bender and Postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Lessard may lead to improvements in polymer synthesis

U of T Engineers Map the Road Out of Gridlock City

Traffic lights that think. Apps that use drivers' input. U of T Engineering experts offer bright ideas for easing gridlock

U of T Startup Aims to Reinvent Smartphone Keyboard

Read about the 'Minuum' keyboard in The Financial Post, Co.Design, CNET Australia, CTV News and Gizmodo

Design Your Future

U of T Engineering was featured in a special NEM supplement in the Toronto Star. In the February 28 issue, you can read about our impact – from Lian Leng's (MechE MASc student) 3-D skin grafts, to the creation of Bionym, a tech start-up founded by graduates Foteini Agrafioti (ElecE PhD 1T2) and Karl Martin (ElecE PhD 1T2). The supplement also includes interviews with Janet Hunter, Associate Director of the Engineering Student Recruitment & Retention Office, and Dr. Micah Stickel, First Year Chair.

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