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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Last autumn, we launched our component of the Boundless Campaign and announced our ambitious fundraising goal of $200-million. Our Campaign will harness the creativity of faculty, students and alumni to firmly establish U of T Engineering as one of the world’s leading institutions in engineering research, teaching and innovation.

Through the generous support of our alumni, faculty, staff, and students we will be able to provide the resources and facilities needed to excel, and to create innovations that will address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Our case for support outlines the specific opportunities created to invest in human capital, education, research and infrastructure. In particular, a cornerstone of our Campaign is the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), a new building that will foster collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research.

I am pleased to announce that we have crossed the $100-million mark towards our $200-million goal and secured more than $50-million for the CEIE, including gifts from donors around the world and here at home. Our very own undergraduate Engineering Society has committed $1-million towards the building. In addition, our alumni groups in Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia have established fundraising committees with a goal of raising $5-million.

Our Skule spirit is high. In addition to our Faculty goals, each department and institute has established its own priorities for giving. I encourage you to support the priority area that inspires you most. Thank you for your continued commitment to fostering innovation and excellence within our Faculty.

*Schematic design of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Final design is being developed in consultation with the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, the University of Toronto, the City of Toronto and their respective representatives. Image courtesy of Montgomery Sisam Architects + Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.  


November 18, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 3
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Campaign Update

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

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Spotlight On: Campaign Update


Faculty and Staff Campaign Widens its Scope

Inspiring opportunities to give to Engineering

U of T Engineering's New Space for Next Solutions a Step Closer to Reality

The conceptual design for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship creates an open environment to enhance student collaborative learning, research innovation and multidisciplinary thinking


What's New


100 Years of Materials Innovation, 1913–2013

U of T's top-ranked Department of Materials Science & Engineering celebrates a century of achievement

'Invisibility Cloak' Demonstrated for First Time

Series of antennae make objects invisible from radar

Cross-cultural Capstone Teams Meet in Beijing, China

MIE students and faculty visit Peking University as part of the capstone design course

Q&A with Christopher Yip, Director, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Professor Christopher Yip (ChemE, IBBME) is the final of three new academic leaders profiled in The Engineering Newsletter this academic year

U of T Researcher Talks Trash in Nature Commentary

Civil Engineering Professor Chris Kennedy and colleagues warn waste production will peak this century

A Tribute to Professor Emeritus E. Stewart Lee

Respected professor remembered for influential contributions to teaching and research

Students Design and Innovate with Industry Support

Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) celebrates its second year of project-based learning

Got a Challenge in Your Home or Office?

Students with the Engineering Strategies & Practice design course are standing by with solutions

Blue Moustaches Come to Engineering

Blue Movember campaign to help raise awareness about mental health

ILead Leads the Way

The Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering's programs inspire the next generation of leaders


Honours and Awards


Call for Nominations: 2014 Staff Awards

The Faculty is now accepting nominations for this year's Staff Awards. Deadline: December 6, 2013

MIE Professor Emeritus Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

Professor Emeritus Andrew K.S. Jardine honoured by the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM)

Civil Engineering Grad Honoured for Research on Smart Traffic Lights

Samah El-Tantawy's (CivE PhD 1T3), system helps traffic lights think and 'talk' to each other, learning in real time how to create optimum traffic patterns

Celebrating the 2013 J. Edgar McAllister Scholars

This year, the trust will support 44 scholarships and sponsor a new student meeting room

U of T Engineering Honours Outstanding Alumni at EAA Awards

Eleven distinguished alumni recognized for achievements and dedication to advancing the engineering profession

U of T Engineering Wins Platinum and Gold MarCom 2013 Awards

Faculty’s communications efforts recognized among more than 6,500 global entries




Research Events

Panel Discussion: Impactful Research

Date: November 27, 2013

Research Grants and Opportunities

MaRS Innovation Industrial Partnership Program (MI-IPP)

Deadline for Submission of Statements of Interest: November 15, 2013

Deadline for Submission of Full Applications: December 9, 2013

Networks of Centres of Excellence – Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network: the Catalyst Grant Program

Internal Deadline: November 18, 2013

Sponsor Deadline: November 25, 2013

2013–14 Connaught Program Application Deadlines

Connaught New Researcher Award Deadline: December 2, 2013

McLean Award Deadline: January 15, 2014

Call for Applications – Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery Life Sciences R&D Challenge

Internal Deadline: December 13, 2013

Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2014




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

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December 11

Lectures at the Leading Edge: Michael E. Mackay
U of T Engineering Reception for Industry Partners
Student Window for University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Course Evaluations
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Cameron Robertson & Todd Reichert
U of T Alumni Dinner in Seoul
100th Anniversary of the Birth of Professor Emeritus Leon J. Rubin (1913-1993)
MIE Seminar Series: Tianhong Cui
Ontario Professional Engineers Awards
Skule Alumni Dinner in Hong Kong
U of T Alumni Dinner in Jakarta
Impactful Research Panel
Lectures at the Leading Edge: David Julian McClements
U of T Alumni Dinner in Singapore
Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Karl Martin
Memorial Reception for Professor Emeritus E. Stewart Lee
MIE Seminar Series: Sunghoon Kwon
Blue Movember SUDS Event
U of T Alumni Lunch in Taipei
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Professor Jason Nieh
Faculty Council Meeting


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In the News


U of T Researchers Create a Homemade 'Invisibility Cloak’

Professor George Eleftheriades (ECE) and PhD student Michael Selvanayagam (ECE) have their innovative cloaking research profiled in the Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun,, and the Science World Report

Humans on Course to Triple Daily Waste by 2100

Paper co-authored by Professor Chris Kennedy (CivE) garners international attention on, and Phys Org

Design of New Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) Unveiled

Canadian Architect and Yonge Street Media highlight the conceptual design for U of T Engineering's CEIE

Research Sheds Light on Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

Emanuel Nazareth (BioMedE PhD) speaks to advances in stem cell research in the lab of Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME) with Medindia

Mitacs-Accelerate Funds Major Research Collaboration into Cloud Computing

Webwire talks with Professor Alberto Leon-Garcia (ECE) who is bringing students from nine universities together as part of the Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure (SAVI) Network

Toronto University Researcher Creates 'Intelligent' Traffic Lights to Cut Jams

Samah El-Tantawy's (CivE PhD 1T3) award-winning research is profiled in The Telegraph, and Yahoo! News

Integran Awarded Patent Protection for its Water-Repellent Metal Surface Technology

Yahoo! Finance reports on patent for new technology developed by Professor Uwe Erb (MIE) and U of T alum Gino Palumbo (MSE 8T3, MASc 8T5, PhD 8T9), President & CEO of Integran Technologies Inc.

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