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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

On April 24, we launched the Faculty and Staff component of Boundless at the Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception. With your boundless dedication and full participation, we can build on our reputation for excellence and meet our campaign goals.

Our core goal is to construct the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which will serve as the hub of U of T Engineering's collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. I am pleased to announce that we recently chose the architects to design our building – I look forward to sharing building plans and other related news over the coming months.

This Faculty and Staff campaign is an opportunity to show our pride. Skule pride is what connects us all – not only those of us on campus, but also our alumni and friends around the world. I had the privilege to see this firsthand during Skule Comes to Asia events in late March and April, including several events hosted by Canadian Trade Commissioners, where we are actively strengthening ties. It was inspiring to see such loyalty from our alumni, prospective students, their parents and friends in Shanghai, Taipei, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.

I was just as inspired after I returned to U of T Engineering. Whether you teach, conduct research, work for a department, run our labs or counsel our students – you are an essential part of the Faculty and our success. Together as a team, we can achieve more, raising the bar and becoming the pacesetter for the University for faculty and staff campaigns.


April 30, 2013

Volume 6, Issue 7
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Boundless Dedication – Faculty and Staff Campaign

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

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Spotlight On: Boundless Dedication – Faculty and Staff Campaign


U of T Engineering Launches Faculty and Staff Campaign

An overview of our goals and how you can participate

Boundless Dedication

Faculty and staff share their U of T Engineering pride


What's New


U of T Engineering Selects Architects for new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Toronto-based Montgomery Sisam Architects and U.K.-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios will be the architects for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Fellowship Opportunity: Help Bring Novel U of T Technologies to the Marketplace

Deadline: May 31, 2013; see more opportunities in the Research section below

Markus Bussmann Appointed Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies

Professor Bussmann (MIE) has been appointed the new Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2013

Christopher Yip Appointed Director, IBBME

Professor Yip (ChemE, IBBME) has been appointed Director of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering for a five-year term, begnning July 1, 2013

UTIAS Invaded by Crawling, Swimming, Flying Robots!

Robots of all shapes and sizes were showcased during NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN) field trials at U of T's Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and York University

Students Offer Practical Solutions to Toronto Problems at Praxis

First-year EngSci students display innovative solutions to urban issues

Robots Help Celebrate the Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics

The appetizers may have been organic, but the server was mechanical at a reception held April 15 to celebrate U of T Engineering's Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics

Intelligent Community Forum Visits Steve Mann's Lab

Delegates were treated to a water show when they visited ECE Professor Mann's lab

Students Prep and De-stress at Engineering Exam Jam

U of T Engineering holds first-ever 'Exam Jam' to help students fight stress

Supermileage Team Determined to Make an Impact in 2014

High expectations. That's what Mengqi Wang (ECE 1T3) has for the University of Toronto Supermileage Team in 2014

Showing a 'LOT' of Appreciation

Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) celebrate emerging U of T Engineering student leaders

Next Generation of Inventors Lights Up Design Fair

Futuristic concepts were brought to life by enterprising fourth-year undergraduates at ECE Design Fair

Inspiring Inclusiveness – One Pink Shirt at a Time

A look at how U of T Engineering is standing up against bullying, and creating a positive space through events like Pink Shirt Day, and much more

ChemE Researchers' Accidental Discovery May Lead to Improved Polymers

Tim Bender and Benoit Lessard's discovery may have implications for the manufacture of commercial polymers


Honours and Awards


Nine Engineering Staff Members Honoured by the Faculty

Administrative and technical staff recognized for their leadership and contributions

Four Engineering Professors Honoured by the Faculty for their Research Contributions

Professors from ChemE and ECE receive engineering research awards

Five Engineers Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Professors from CivE, ECE and MIE honoured for their contributions to engineering education

Professor Brenda McCabe Receives the SWAAC Recognition Award

CivE Chair honoured by the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada

U of T Engineering Student Wins Health Innovation Challenge

Mary Qiu (IndE 1T3 + PEY) places first in the individual category of the Health Council of Canada's nationwide Health Innovation Challenge




Research Events and Announcements

Video: Ministry of Research and Innovation ERA Information Session

Recording of March 26 session now available

2013 Sustainable Chemistry Summit

Date: June 5-7, 2013

Research Grants and Opportunities

2014 NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects

Deadline for Notice of Intent: May 2, 2013

Skills Development for Future Needs of the Canadian Labour Market

Deadline: May 10, 2013

Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG)

Deadline: May 16, 2013

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) – Smart Drinking Water Distribution Systems

Deadline for Notice of Intent: May 24, 2013

Mitacs – 2014 Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline for Notice of Intent: May 29, 2013

2015 Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) Competition

Deadline for Internal Review: July 5, 2013

Mitacs – 2014 Globalink Faculty Application

Deadline: July 31, 2013

Marie Curie International Fellowships

Deadline: August 9, 2013




Faculty Council Recap

Review of items approved and discussed on April 18, 2013


Engineering Events

May 2
May 2
May 3
May 7
May 9
May 11
May 16
May 20
May 25-26
May 26
May 28

Grand Opening of the Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics
IBBME Career Fair Day
IBBME Scientific Day 2013
BioZone: Green Gene Revolution
BioZone Research Symposium: Frontiers in Biotechnology
Science Rendezvous
MIE: Professor Dionne Aleman's LaTeX Tutorial
Victoria Day: University Closed
GLEE – The Girls' Leadership in Engineering Experience
Welcome to Engineering
2nd Annual EdTech Workshop


More Engineering events
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In the News


Communitech and UTIAS: Tapping the Potential of Space

At UTIAS, business and government partners are collaborating to create cheaper, quicker-to-launch space missions using small satellites

Got a Question? ECE Grad's New Website Taps Professors and Other Experts for the Answers

Vidoyen is a new interactive website created by ECE alumnus Arshia Tabrizi (CompE 9T5).

Two Teams, One Dream: The Human-powered Helicopter

No one has claimed the Sikorsky Prize in 32 years. But two teams are very, very close – one of them is led by UTIAS graduate, Todd Reichert (EngSci 0T5, PhD 1T1)

Goodbye to Plastic?

U of T Magazine profiles Professor Emma Master's (ChemE) research in new organic materials to replace plastic

More Engineering In the News


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