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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

As we enter this third year of our Academic Plan 2011-2016, we take great pride in our achievements and use what we have learned over the past two years to galvanize our efforts towards creating a culture of excellence, enhancing the student experience, providing the highest quality of education, advancing innovative research, strengthening our outreach, collaboration, and influence, and pursuing resource stability.

I am pleased to share with you our Year Two: Progress and Achievements Report, which highlights our accomplishments and activities over the past year as we take steps to advance our Academic Plan goals.

We have made measurable progress that has direct impact in key areas of research, broadening the student experience, resources and international standing. Our Faculty is ranked as the top Engineering school in Canada by a significant margin in all international rankings, and we placed #12 on the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This reputation enables us to attract some of the brightest students, as evidenced by our first-year cohort’s record incoming average of 91.8 per cent and the unprecedented number of students entering our graduate studies programs this term. We have provided more opportunities for enriching students’ experiences such as studying abroad and The Entrepreneurship Hatchery. We have also increased the choices and flexibility of the MEng through new programs in Cities Engineering and Management, Advanced Water Technologies and Process Design, Sustainable Aviation, and Financial Engineering. The Faculty has added new Chairs including the NSERC Design Chair, two Junior Chalmers Chairs, and four Canada Research Chairs, these as a direct result of growth in our Tri-Council funding share. And, in response to our pressing space needs, we are actively fundraising for our new building, the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and have secured $50-million to date.

Thank you for your commitment and many contributions towards our Faculty’s pursuit of excellence.

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October 25, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 2
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Year Two Academic Plan Update

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


Spotlight On: Year Two Academic Plan Update


Academic Plan – Year Two: Progress and Achievements

A look at our progress towards our goals during 2012-2013


What's New


$4.9 Million for Greener, Lighter Cars

Automotive Partnership Canada, through its lead agency NSERC, funds U of T-Ford Motor Company collaboration

Centralized Course Evaluations Come to U of T Engineering

Instructors should encourage students to participate – Your Feedback Matters!

Our Energetic Earth – A Free Online Course to be Launched from U of T

Professor Bryan Karney (CivE) leads the Faculty's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting October 28

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

IBBME technique has potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development

Engineering Instructional Innovation Projects Selected for Funding

The Engineering Newsletter sits down with the five EIIP-funded project teams

Dean Welcomes Students to First Town Hall of the Year

Undergraduates and academic staff come together to discuss how to strengthen the student experience

Q&A with Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

Professor Brent Sleep (CivE) is among three new academic leaders The Engineering Newsletter is profiling this academic year

Top 10 Finish for U of T Engineering's Blue Sky Solar Racing in Solar Cup Challenge

Blue Sky Solar Racing's Challenger Class car finishes eighth in race across Australian continent

Entrepreneurship Program Scores Hit with Interngration

Service matches students to potential employers

U of T Engineering Hosts Inaugural Graduate Studies Fair

Students gather to learn about engineering graduate opportunities through the Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium

Go ENG Girl Event a Success

U of T Engineering students inspire young women at outreach event

TEDxToronto Talks Provoke, Stimulate, Engage

U of T Engineering Professors Brendan Frey (ECE) and Steve Mann (ECE) discuss their leading research

Can Plants Teach Us How to Build Better Solar Cells?

Connaught Global Challenge grant seeds ambitious research project

Students from Across Continents and Cultures Converge at U of T Engineering Through International Exchange

U of T Engineering is a top destination for international students, brings boundless opportunities to develop global leaders

Celebrating Success of Camp for Business-savvy, Science-literate Youngsters

U of T Engineering coordinated innovative summer camp for aspiring entrepreneurs

Faces of Sustainability: U of T Engineering's Ekaterina Tzekova

A one-on-one with sustainability leader Ekaterina Tzekova (CivE PhD candidate)

8th Annual MSE Alumni-Industry Day 2013

Materials Science & Engineering alumni, industry associates and current Professional Experience Year (PEY) students gather to network and share professional insights with current students

Spotlight on Startups: Forget Passwords, PIN Codes and Keycards – In Style – with Bionym's 'Nymi' Wristband

Entrepreneurs from Rotman's Creative Destruction Lab, U of T Engineering alumni, launch wearable bio-tech

Company with Roots in U of T Engineering Receives One of Canada's Largest Healthcare Angel Investments

ChipCare Corp. to receive $2.05-million from government and private investors to refine handheld blood tester for monitoring HIV patients in developing world


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations: 2014 Staff Awards

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

Founding Chair of Industrial Engineering Inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame

Professor Arthur Porter (MIE) recognized posthumously for his tremendous contributions to engineering, science and industry

Till & McCulloch Award Goes to IBBME's Peter Zandstra

Using stem cells, cord blood to fight leukemia

Dean Amon Inducted into the HENAAC Hall of Fame

North American award recognizes achievements that open minds to the contribution of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and math

11 Engineering Staff Members Receive U of T Excellence Through Innovation Awards

Staff members from ECE, MIE and the Office of the Registrar recognized for innovation

10 Engineering Volunteers Honoured with 2013 Arbor Awards

Awards recognize outstanding service at U of T

U of T Engineering Professor Elected ASME Fellow

Professor Yu Sun (MIE) recognized for outstanding engineering achievements by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Professor Elected INFORMS Fellow

Professor Michael Carter (MIE) recognized for outstanding lifetime achievement by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

ECE Grad Wins City of Toronto Entrepreneurship Award

Award won by Hargun Suri (CompE 1T3) recognizes the significant contributions international students make to Toronto's economic and cultural development

Students Repeat Second Place Win at Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Competition

For the third time, U of T Engineering edges out teams from Harvard and Northwestern

ChemE Postdoc Receives Banting Fellowship

Dr. Benoit Lessard (ChemE) receives prestigious fellowship

ECE Post-doctoral Fellow Wins 2013 Colton Award

Dr. Muhammad Alam (ECE) wins Douglas R. Colton medal for research excellence

University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG) Recognized by INFORMS

MIE student chapter is the only active group in Canada to join international society for operations research

MIE Human Factors Interest Group (HFIG) Receives Gold Award

HFIG recognized by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) for their contributions and achievements in advancing human factors

Two Second-year Students' Photography Lighting System Wins the $20,000 Lacavera Prize at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery's Demo Day

Nine student teams from the Hatchery presented innovative product and service ideas




Research Grants and Opportunities

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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

International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada Two Calls for Proposals for Ontario (Canada)-India

Internal deadline: November 12, 2013

Sponsor deadline: November 19, 2013

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards

Internal deadline for preproposal: November 14, 2013

Sponsor deadline for preproposal: November 18, 2013

The France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF)

Deadline: November 18, 2013

2013-14 Connaught Program Application Deadlines

Connaught New Researcher Award deadline: December 2, 2013

McLean Award deadline: January 15, 2014




Faculty Council Recap

A review of items approved and discussed on October 18, 2013

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

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


Engineering Events

October 25-27
October 26
October 28
October 28
October 29
October 29
October 30
November 1
November 6
November 6
November 8
November 12
November 7-17

UTIAS Students' Aerospace Conference
Girls' Jr. DEEP Saturdays
UT-IMDI: An Evening of Recognition and Celebration
MOOC: OEE101x: Our Energetic Earth (edX) with Professor Bryan Karney (CivE)
Civil & Mineral Engineering Scholarship and Awards Reception
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Probal Lala
IBBME Lecture: Juan Carlos Zuniga-Pflucker
MIE Seminar Series: Scott Sink
Emerging Leaders Speaker Series: Javid Rzayev
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Russell Verbeeten
MIE Seminar Series: Kevin Kit Parker
Fall Convocation
Instructor Window for Engineering Course Evaluations


More Engineering events
To submit events, please contact: ryan.mallough@utoronto.ca


In the News


There Is An Amazing New Way to Value Hockey Players, But The NHL Isn't Buying

Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) brings 'moneyball' style metrics to hockey in Canadian Business

Inside the Growing Field of Forensic Engineering

Maclean's magazine: Professor Doug Perovic (MSE) works backwards to find out what went wrong

Professor Kundur Talks Cyber-security in Canada

Professor Deepa Kundar (ECE) featured panelist on CBC's "Turning Point" on The National

No Quick Fix for Toronto's Traffic Problems: Expert

Global Toronto talks commuter traffic with Professor Khandker Nurul Habib (CivE)

University of Toronto Grads Market Heartbeat-based Biometrics

SC Magazine: Canadian firm Bionym has launched a wearable device offering heartbeat-based biometrics

Shock Absorber Designed to Reduce Building Vibration

Device developed by Professor Constantin Christopoulos (CivE) featured in The Globe and Mail and Daily Commercial News

U of T Engineering Professor Highlighted in Canadian University Report

The Globe and Mail covers why students should choose U of T, including studying with

Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE), Director, Centre for Global Engineering

‘Planning by Press Conference’: What’s with Toronto’s Transit Indecision?

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) talks Toronto transit with Global News

More Engineering In the News


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