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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

I just returned from a rewarding trip to Asia where I met with our alumni in Seoul, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Taipei. It was truly inspiring to see alumni as engaged and Skule spirit as high on the other side of the globe. While there, we officially launched each country’s campaign to raise funds for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). I am pleased to announce that Hong Kong is very close to realizing its $5 million goal, with over $4 million secured through commitments. I look forward to returning in the spring and continuing to build on the momentum we have established.

While our alumni continue to be active worldwide, so, too, are our faculty and students. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research agenda has never been more determined. One example is the multidisciplinary research on Ambulance Emergency Response Optimization (AERO), carried out by the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN). Another is the research the Pulp & Paper Centre is conducting on energy and chemical recovery, with more than 22 partners in seven countries. And, there is a myriad of other research endeavours, as well. Through each, U of T Engineering contributes to improving the lives of people throughout the world.

Our Faculty is dedicated to educating global engineers and enriching our student experience. This coming semester, 249 students from Brazil’s Science without Borders program (SwB) will be enrolled in our classes. Last month, 16 MIE students travelled to China to meet with their counterparts at Peking University and collaborate on cross-cultural capstone design projects. And, while we are privileged to have students here with us from around the world, we can do even more to encourage our undergraduates to learn abroad. To that end, we established a working group to develop strategies that increase participation in, and address barriers to, international exchanges.

As we look ahead to sharing time with family and friends over the upcoming break, we can feel a sense of great pride in the work we accomplished this year — and in our impact around the world.

Thank you for your continuing pursuit of excellence. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and rewarding 2014!


December 13, 2013

Volume 7, Issue 4
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Global Engineering

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

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Spotlight On: Global Engineering


Engineering Researchers Influence the Globe

Our international research tackles challenges in industries ranging from pulp and paper to aviation

Educating Engineers for the World

A variety of programs prepare students for a global environment

Engineering Alumni Across Asia-Pacific Show Support for the CEIE

Graduates in five countries joined Dean Cristina Amon for the Asia-Pacific launch of the campaign for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship


What's New


U of T Engineering Students Take Ten of The Next 36 Positions

Program helps students turn ideas into business ventures

New Metamaterial Lens Allows for Lighter, Thinner Solar Panels

Technology described by Professor George Eleftheriades (ECE) and Mohammad Memarian (PhD ECE) has applications in photovoltaics and optical imaging

Industry Takes Challenges to U of T Engineers

Companies ranging from telecom and software to biotech and sustainable energy bring some of their most difficult and important tasks to faculty and students

New Algorithm Finds You, Even in Untagged Photos

Professor Parham Aarabi (ECE) develops innovative photo-tagging search tool

Connect6 Competition a Hit with U of T Engineering Students

New game project teaches important skills

First Living 3D Model of Arrhythmic Heart Made from Stem Cells

IBBME's Peter Zandstra, Milica Radisic and PhD student Nimalan Thavandiran developed a novel recipe for making models of healthy, diseased heart tissue


Honours and Awards


U of T Engineers Win Grants from Grand Challenges Canada

Four of eight university-wide recipients are from Engineering. Grants are for health-related projects in developing countries

2014 Staff Awards – Deadline Extended to January 10

The deadline to submit nominations for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering's Staff Awards has been extended to January 10, 2014

Engineering Alumna Samantha Espley Named a 'Global Inspiration'

Women in Mining association releases list of top 100 inspirational women





Important Update on Research-related Policies

Inventions Policy revised and new Research Administration Policy released for U of T

Grants and Opportunities

NSERC – Idea to Innovation Grants

Internal Deadline: December 12, 2013
External Deadline: January 6, 2014

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC): Call for Proposals

Internal Deadline: December 17, 2013
External Deadline: January 6, 2014

Grand Challenges Canada – Saving Brains

Internal Deadline: January 14, 2014
Proposal Deadline: January 16, 2014

Connaught Program Application Deadline

McLean Award Deadline: January 15, 2014




Faculty Council Recap

A review of items approved and discussed on December 11, 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

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January 25
January 31

Winter Holidays Begin: University Closed
Winter Holidays End: University Reopens
Skule Lunch & Learn: On the Front Lines of Humanitarianism
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Civil & Mineral Engineering Career Fair
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Professor Peter Asbeck
MIE Seminar Series: Cynthia Barnhart
9th Annual Engineering Science Education Conference
You're Next! 2014 Career Fair
MIE Seminar Series: Cate Brinson
ECE Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Larry Tricinci
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Professor David J. Perreault
MIE Seminar Series: Kit Parker
12th Annual University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition
MIE Seminar Series: Nakhiah Goulbourne


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In the News


How A Simple Strip of Silk Could Save the Lives of Thousands of Children

Indian biotech firm co-founded by Dhananjaya Dendukuri (ChemE MASc 0T1), awarded $100,000 grant to develop strip that can diagnose rotavirus, as featured in the Toronto Star

The High Price of Commuting from Durham

Professor Baher Abdulhai (CivE) talks about the cost of heavy traffic with

Heartbeat as a Password? Four Canadian Startup Ideas that Wow Silicon Valley

The Globe and Mail profiles startup Bionym, founded by Karl Martin (EngSci BASc 0T1 MASc 0T3 PhD 1T0) and Foteini Agrafioti (ElecE MASc 0T7 PhD 1T1)

Seismic Sounds

Professor Paul Young (CivE) describes in International Innovation how the sounds rocks make under stress reveal the processes that lead to earthquakes

Picture This: Leveraging Big Data to Bolster Social Image Search

Wired takes a look at Professor Parham Aarabi's (ECE) new photo-tagging search tool, also profiled in CNN Money and The Times of India


More Engineering In the News


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