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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Welcome to the 2013–2014 academic year.

Our U of T Engineering community continues to flourish as we welcome 16 new faculty members, two of whom will start in January, 1,241 first-year students and 809 new graduate students, joining us from almost 50 different countries. This, coupled with the fact that our first-year students have set a new record for our Faculty with an Ontario Secondary School average of 91.8 per cent, further demonstrates our ability to attract diverse and tremendously talented students.

In the months ahead, I look forward to sharing with you the progress we have made on our Boundless campaign and, in particular, unveiling the architectural design for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

As we begin this academic year, we reflect on our accomplishments over the past year and continue our progress towards achieving our goals. I am pleased to share with you our fifth Annual Report of Performance Indicators. This report is an overview of our progress and initiatives launched in 2012–2013, provides 10 years of meaningful data, and outlines the advancement of our Academic Plan goals.

The report further articulates our commitment to engineering excellence and highlights our more recent accomplishments in offering high-quality educational and co-curricular experiences, conducting innovative research, increasing our international academic influence and the breadth of awards and honours, as well as continuing our Boundless fundraising successes.

Our reputation as a world-class engineering school would not be possible without your commitment and contributions, and I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the coming year.


September 12, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 1
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Annual Report 2013

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

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Spotlight On: Annual Report 2013


To read the full Annual Report, please download the following PDF: Annual Report 2013 – Performance Indicators. To go directly to one of the report's sections or chapters, select from the links below.

Introduction (Academic Plan: Selected Highlights)  
1. Undergraduate Studies 6. World Recognition by Rankings
2. Graduate Studies 7. Advancement
3. Research 8. Communications
4. Cross-Faculty Education & Research 9. International Initiatives
5. Awards & Honours 10. Space
  11. Finance



What's New


Canadian Entrepreneur and Engineering Graduate Shares Inspiring Words with First Years

U of T Engineering was proud to present Som Seif (IndE 9T9) as guest speaker at this year's plenary lecture

U of T Engineering Rises in International Ranking

Faculty named 12th in the world, strengthens its standing as the top engineering school in Canada

Q&A with Markus Bussmann, Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies

Professor Markus Bussmann (MIE), Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, is among three new academic leaders The Engineering Newsletter will be profiling throughout the academic year

New State-of-the-Art Materials Engineering Lab Opens at U of T Engineering

The Walter Curlook Materials Characterization & Processing Laboratory officially opens in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

IBBME Student Debuts Documentary at Toronto International Film Festival

A directorial debut for U of T PhD candidate, and former pro baseball player, Drew Taylor

Alumna Julie Payette to Open Inaugural Toronto Science Festival

Canadian astronaut Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0) to deliver keynote address

Technology from IBBME Spin-off Receives 2nd Nod from FDA

Interface Biologics, Inc., the spin-off company started by Professor Paul Santerre (IBBME) receives its second FDA clearance in less than a year for its innovative catheter

Engineering Grads Make Aeronautical History

An aerospace team with strong U of T Engineering connections has made history by winning the $250,000 AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize, for the first-ever sustained flight of a human-powered helicopter

Hundreds of Students to Benefit from $6.6 Million in Training Funds

Two U of T engineers among four to receive NSERC CREATE funding; program also benefits Canadian industry

Bio-inspired Design May Lead to More Energy Efficient Windows

Professor Ben Hatton (MSE) is turning to nature to find a way to cut down on the energy leaks from windows

ChemE Professor Brews a Life-saving Tea

Professor Emeritus Levente Diosady plans to develop iron-fortified tea leaves to help reduce perinatal and maternal death rate in developing countries


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations: 2014 Staff Awards

The Faculty is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Staff Awards. Deadline: December 6, 2013

Professor Doug Hooton to Receive Robert E. Philleo Award

Civil engineering professor recognized for exemplary teaching and research in durability and sustainability of cement

MIE Professor Elected ASME Fellow

Professor David Sinton (MIE) recognized for outstanding engineering achievements by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

U of T Engineering Students Win National Auto Research Poster Prize

Two U of T Engineering graduate students were nationally recognized at the annual AUTO21 Conference in Toronto for contributions to Canadian automotive research and development

U of T Engineers Honoured by ASME

Dean Cristina Amon and Professor Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) were recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with the 75th Anniversary Medal by the ASME Heat Transfer Division

U of T Engineering Alumna Inducted into Order of Canada

Engineering graduate Anne Sado (IndE 7T7), President of George Brown College, honoured for enhancing the role of colleges in the education sector




Research Events

NSERC Discovery Grant Information Session

Date: September 13, 2013

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) – Virtual Incubator Funding Workshop

Date: September 16, 2013

Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium

Date: October 2, 2013

Research Grants and Opportunities

2013–14 Connaught Program Application Deadlines

Professor Paul Young (CivE), Chair of the Connaught Committee and Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is pleased to announce the 2013–14 Connaught program application deadlines

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funding Opportunities

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

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 28, 2013

The France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF)

Deadline: November 18, 2013




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

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

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


Engineering Events

September 11-15
September 13
September 14
September 18
September 20
September 25
September 26
September 27
September 28
October 2
October 2
October 3
October 3

Shell International Engineering Competition
MIE: Speaker Steven L. Girshick, University of Minnesota
CivE: 94th Anniversary Survey Camp Reunion 2013
ChemE: Speaker Jeffrey A. Hubbell, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
MIE: Speaker Peyman Givi, University of Pittsburgh
ChemE: Sam Marcuson, Vale Canada Limited
TEDxToronto 2013, with Professor Steve Mann and Brendan Frey (ECE)
MIE: Speaker Kripa Varanasi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City of Toronto International Student Excellence Awards
Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium
Skule Mentorship Program – Speed-matching & Networking Event
8th MSE Industry Day
ECE: Speaker Harel Shouval, University of Texas Medical


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In the News


Three U of T Professors Share Their Thoughts on Great Teaching and Learning

U of T News asked three prominent educators, including Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE), what they loved about teaching and what advice they would give to students and teachers just embarking on their academic careers

Five U of T Programs That Strengthen the Toronto Community

Engineering Strategies and Practices (ESP) highlighted by U of T News as a learning opportunity that benefits, and promotes, community involvement

A Wearable Computer More Powerful Than Glass

Start-up makes 3-D glasses that stand out, in part, by including ECE Professor Steve Mann on its team

Life-saving Brew Makes Headlines

Professor Emeritus Levente Diosady's (ChemE) innovative, iron-fortified tea was also covered by The Globe and Mail, GOV.UK and Toronto Star, among others

Alberta Has Potential to be Canada's Biggest Biofuel Producer

The province could lead the country toward replacing transportation fuel with non-petroleum; Professor Bradley Saville (ChemE) gives expert comment

Circulatory System Keeps Sunny Windows Cool

Professor Ben Hatton's (MSE) 'Superglass' design also covered in the Harvard Gazette and

More Engineering In the News


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