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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Since the establishment of our Faculty in 1873, we have earned our place as the top engineering school in the country and one of the best engineering institutions in the world. To continue our pursuit of excellence — and maintain our global stature — we must keep building innovation from the ground up.

I am so pleased that our fundraising effort for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is building momentum. Last month, we selected experienced architects to help turn our vision into reality by creating a hub for our multidisciplinary research and providing dynamic, collaborative learning spaces for our students.

The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of our Faculty's component of Boundless: the Campaign for the University of Toronto. This exciting initiative will foster innovation and entrepreneurship among faculty and students alike. It will strengthen connections between our students, researchers, alumni and industry, accelerating our contributions to the world. I look forward to sharing more news about CEIE, and the many imaginative ways in which we all can help to support this important campaign initiative in the coming months.


May 30, 2013

Volume 6, Issue 8
In this issue:

Spotlight On:
Building Innovation From the Ground Up

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

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Spotlight On: Building Innovation From the Ground Up


Building Innovation From the Ground Up

Robert Davies (Principal) of Montgomery Sisam Architects, and Simon Doody (Partner) of Feilden Clegg Bradley discuss their vision for the landmark Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Building Innovation From the Inside Out

The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be home to a whole new way of teaching, researching and partnering


What's New


Teaching Technology Takes Centre Stage at EdTech Workshop

Second annual Educational Technology workshop showcased leading-edge applications and best practices for innovative teaching and learning

A Weekend Filled with GLEE

Successful female applicants get to meet inspiring women engineers and learn more about life as a U of T Engineering student

New Insights into How Materials Transfer Heat Could Lead to Improved Electronics

U of T Engineering researchers' new insights into how materials transfer heat could eventually lead to smaller, more powerful electronic devices

Open Invitation: March with Engineering Students at Pride Toronto 2013

Students of LGBTQ & Allies in Science and Engineering invite faculty and staff to join them at the annual Pride Parade

Future of Building Envelopes Discussed at U of T Engineering Forum

More than 100 professionals from engineering, architecture, planning, development and academia came to the Sandford Fleming Building recently to discuss the future of building envelopes

Engineering Global Health Symposium Puts Spotlight on Health Strategies and Products

At a one-day conference held at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, researchers from across U of T came together to discuss an issue of global proportions: health

U of T Shares in Federal ecoEnergy Grant Funding

Professor Reza Iravani (ECE) is one of several beneficiaries of federal ecoENERGY funding grant

Researchers Determine Where Best to Place Defibrillators

MIE Professor Tim Chan has developed a formula to determine where best to place automated external defibrillator, which can greatly increase the survival rates of people who suffer a cardiac arrest

New Plastics Research Facility Promises Lighter, Stronger, More Cost-effective Production

The Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics (CIAMP) will focus on developing lighter, stronger and more cost-effective plastic materials for the automotive and construction industries

UTIAS Student Caught Up in Boston Bombing Aftermath

UTIAS PhD student Lana Osusky was attending an MIT symposium as Boston bombing story unfolded at her doorstep

Boundless Dedication

Faculty and staff share their U of T Engineering pride


Honours and Awards


Connaught New Researcher Awards Go to 13 U of T Engineers

Awards help establish research programs, launch careers

CivE and MSE Win International Communications Awards

Alumni magazines The Civilian and Impact honoured with 2013 Hermes Creative Awards

U of T Student Team Takes Top Prize at Green Building Design Challenge

CivE students Amanda Cirinna (1T3) and Steven Goldstine (1T3) take top honours at the Home Sweet Home Challenge

EngSci Students Take Top Prize with Health & Safety App

Engineering Science students Sherri Cui (1T5) and Shen Wang (1T5) have won first prize in a national safe design award competition for their innovative mobile health and safety app

Five Engineers Honoured as U of T's Inventors of the Year

Engineering researchers make up half of this year's award recipients

Engineering Grad Student Wins Top Scholarship

Beverly Bradley, a PhD candidate working in the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN), is the recipient of the 2013 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship

Sixteen Engineering Students Honoured for Outstanding Leadership

U of T recognizes students for their outstanding extracurricular contributions with the 2013 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards




Research Events and Announcements

RAISE Update: My Research – Applications (MRA) Roll-out

The roll-out of MRA will be extended in phases with the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering scheduled to be online by June 4, 2013

Ontario-on-a-Chip and MATCH 2013

The 8th annual conference on microfluidics, microreactors and labs-on-a-chip is fast approaching, but space for registration is still available

Research Grants and Opportunities

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

Deadline: May 31, 2013

Canada-Latin America and Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG)

Deadline: June 14, 2013

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

Deadline to submit Letter of Intent: July 29, 2013

Marie Curie International Fellowships

Deadline: August 9, 2013

Mitacs Current Funding Opportunities

Deadlines for Mitacs Globalink, Mitacs Elevate and more

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the latest set of grant awards for the Grand Challenges Explorations program. Additionally, the Gates Foundation and its partners have a number of currently open opportunities




Mark your calendar! Faculty Council meeting dates for the 2013–2014 academic year are as follows:

  • Friday, October 18, 2013
  • Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  • Friday, April 11, 2014

All meetings take place from 12:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Michael E. Charles Council Chamber (GB202).


Engineering Events

June 1
June 3
June 4 & 5
June 10
June 11
June 18
June 19
June 21
June 25
June 27-29
June 30

Engineering Spring Reunion, including Skule Kids
IBBME: Speaker Heike Daldrup-Link, Stanford University
Speaker Series: David Sinton (MIE); Calgary and Vancouver, respectively
MIE Research Symposium
Biz Skule presents: Big League Sports, Entertainment & Media
UTIAS Industry, Alumni, Student Event
Spring Convocation
ISE: Speaker Mohamed Gamal El-Din, University of Alberta
CREATE DGRC Research Symposium
IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
March with Engineering Students at Pride Toronto 2013


More Engineering events
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In the News


Can Smartphones Make Students Pay Attention?

Engineering lecturer Jason Bazylak (MIE) is using students' love of smartphones to re-engage them in class discussion

Nature Paper on How Materials Transfer Heat Makes Headlines

Dan Sellan (MechE PhD 1T2) and Dean Cristina Amon's research was highlighted in ASM International, Electronics Cooling Magazine and R&D Magazine

Fast, Cheap Methods of Diagnosing Infectious Disease? They're Coming Sooner Than You Think

IBBME PhD student Kyryl Zagorovsky and Professor Warren Chan (IBBME) have devised a cheap and rapid method of testing for numerous infectious diseases

Students' Dosing App Grabs National Headlines

ECE students' prototype app, dubbed Snap'n'Dose, has garnered attention from The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun and CTV News, to name a few

Big Thinkers

Lian Leng (MechE MASc 1T0, PhD candidate) and MIE Professor Goldie Nejat (MIE) make The Grid's cover story on rising stars in research

More Engineering In the News


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