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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

U of T Engineering has a wealth of talented faculty members who make tremendous contributions through their education and research activities. We work across disciplines to offer meaningful solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and enrich people’s lives. Our innovations have a direct impact on society and our quality of life, from reducing air pollution to modeling the impact of transit changes on our urban landscape, from improving driver safety to saving lives through tissue regeneration.

We are making remarkable progress towards achieving our Academic Plan goals. Our Tri-Council funding continues to increase, in part due to our growth in Industrial Research Partnerships and CREATE Programs. This funding further enables us to attract and retain top talent from around the globe, particularly through the Canada Research Chairs program, of which we received four new allocations in 2013.

In 2014, we will accelerate our trajectory towards achieving excellence. As we move forward with our plans to build the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), we continue to identify opportunities to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration among our research and education centres and institutes. The CEIE will bring together recently-launched initiatives in advanced manufacturing, global engineering, robotics, sustainable energy, water, infrastructure, leadership and The Entrepreneurship Hatchery. Our goal is to create a world-class environment that inspires faculty, students, staff and alumni to come together to create the next innovations in Engineering. I look forward to seeing you all at the groundbreaking this fall.


January 31, 2014

Volume 7, Issue 5
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Research

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

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Spotlight On: Research


Research That Has Impact

From tissue regeneration to vehicles that critique your driving, research at U of T Engineering doesn't stop at the lab. Read six examples of how our researchers are making a difference


What's New


Alumnus Gerald Heffernan Contributes $5 Million Toward CEIE Entrepreneurship Programs at U of T Engineering

New gift supports commercialization fellowships and The Entrepreneurship Hatchery

Q&A With Professor Goldie Nejat

Professor Goldie Nejat (MIE) has been appointed as Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics

Advancing Leadership in Engineering: U of T Students and Industry Leaders Spark New Cross-generational Dialogue

Collaboration creates conversation on engineering leadership

DNA-built Nanoparticles Safely Target Cancer Tumours

Professor Warren Chan (IBBME) leads research team in discovery of a new cancer medication vehicle

Failure is an Option: Reddit Co-founder Talks With Aspiring U of T Entrepreneurs

Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder, joins AeroFS co-founder Yuri Sagalov (EngSci 0T8 + PEY) for a panel on entrepreneurship, Internet innovation and failure


Honours and Awards


Adel Sedra Appointed to Order of Ontario

Ontario's top official honour recognizes the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field

ChemE Professor Awarded PAPTAC's John S. Bates Medal

Professor Honghi Tran recognized for long-term contribution to the science and technology of pulp and paper industry

ChemE Chair Wins LeSueur Memorial Award

Professor Grant Allen recognized for technical excellence

Bernard Etkin Honoured by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Former Engineering Dean receives the AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award

Three U of T Engineers Elected Fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada

Engineering professors to be honoured at upcoming EIC gala

A Great Way to Start 2014: $3.6 Million for Research that Impacts Society

Six of eight NSERC strategic project grants to U of T research teams go to Engineering

Canada Foundation for Innovation Awards 17 Grants to Engineering

Engineering receives over $1.7-million towards research

The Innovations and Partnerships Office: 2014 Inventors of the Year Awards

Deadline: February 3, 2014





Invitation to the Canada-Brazil Mission in Ocean Observation Technology

Date: February 10-14, 2014

Grants and Opportunities

OCE: David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence Round 7

Deadline: February 5, 2014

Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG)

Internal Deadline: February 11, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: February 18, 2014

CIHR Proof of Principle: Phase II (Winter 2014 Competition)

Internal Deadline: February 11, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: February 18, 2014

Ontario Centres of Excellence: "Made in Ontario" Advanced Manufacturing R&D Challenge

Internal Deadline: February 19, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: February 26, 2014

CIHR: Industry Partnered Collaborative Research (Winter 2014 Competition)

Internal Deadline: February 24, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: March 3, 2014

Canada-Israel Energy S&T Fund (CIEST Fund): Call for Proposals

Internal Deadline: March 7, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2014

Grand Challenges Canada: Stars in Global Health

Deadline: March 10, 2014

Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation: Call for Proposals for Ontario-Israel Collaborative R&D Projects

Internal Deadline: March 24, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 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

February 4
February 5
February 6
February 6
February 7
February 17
Feb. 18 - Feb. 21
February 21
February 24
February 27
February 27
February 28

Hatchery Speaker Series: Adam Froman
Emerging Leaders Speaker Series: Eduardo Asselin
Dean's Town Hall
Hatchery Speaker Series: Hana Zalzal
MIE Seminar Series: John Birge
Family Day: University Closed
Reading Week: No Lectures, Tutorials or Laboratories
MIE Seminar Series: Ali Dolatabadi
MEng Information Session
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Ness Shroff
Hatchery Speaker Series: Sep Seyedi
MIE Seminar Series: David A. Weitz


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In the News


How Would You Like Your Car to Speak to You? Experts Want to Know

Assistant Professor Birsen Donmez (MIE) discusses vehicle to passenger communication with Metro Toronto

Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s Entrepreneurial Advice? Be Tenacious

Social news site founder hosts talk with Yuri Sagalov (EngSci oT8 + PEY) on entrepreneurship at Hatchery event, featured in the Toronto Star

This Home has 19th-Century Bones and 21st-Century Guts

The Globe and Mail profiles 'Gemini House', an eco-friendly retrofit designed by Professor Kim Pressnail (CivE) and PhD student Ekaterina Tzekova (CivE)

Smart Phones May Not Work in Extreme Cold Weather

Global Toronto looks at the effects of cold weather on touch screens and battery life with Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE)

Canadian Startup Award Nominee Bionym Develops Heartbeat-sensing Wristband Key

Karl Martin (EngSci BASc 0T1, ECE MASc 0T3, PhD 1T0) and Foteini Agrafioti's (ElecE MASc 0T7, PhD 1T1) startup nominated in Accelerator Graduate of the Year category

MetaPro Augmented Reality Glasses May Make Iron Man Technology A Reality

RedOrbit looks at the future of wearable computing and MetaPro, a company including Steve Mann (ECE) and Raymond Lo (ECE PhD)

Mobile User Interfaces: A Look at the Future

Professor Parham Aarabi (ECE) highlights the keys to developing innovative mobile user interfaces in Wired

'You've Served Your Purpose and Now You're Trash'

The Tyee examines the impact of technology on Canadian social cohesion with Professor Emerita Ursula Franklin (MSE)


More Engineering In the News


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