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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

The exceptional quality of our research and, as a consequence, our ability to attract graduate students and faculty of the highest caliber, continues to rise. These past few years, we have focused on both growing and enhancing our graduate programs as we work towards our Academic Plan goal of balancing the graduate-undergraduate ratio to 40:60. We have made tremendous progress by keeping undergraduate enrolments to target and by reaching 2,046 graduate students in 2013, already surpassing our goal of 2,000 by 2015.

The number of our PhD candidates has risen by almost 50 per cent since 2006, from 562 to 838 students and, based on this year’s applications, this trend will continue. Not only do we offer the opportunity to conduct research with some of the brightest minds in their fields but we also create options to attract talented engineers currently working in industry. One such option is the flex-time PhD, already in place in MIE and available to ChemE and UTIAS students in the fall. Another recent addition is the Collaborative Program (MASc and PhD) with OISE in Engineering Education.

Our links to engineering professionals have been further strengthened by the rapid growth of our MEng enrolment, which has more than doubled since 2006. We have enhanced the MEng programs with the introduction of the ELITE certificate in 2007 and since then, have added eleven certificates and emphases. This past year alone we introduced three emphases in Advanced Water Technologies & Process Design, Financial Engineering, and Sustainable Aviation.

We take great pride in the accomplishments of our students. As a Faculty, we strive to enrich their experience with opportunities to conduct leading edge research as we work together to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We also benefit immensely from the ideas and innovations generated through this process. These students are the next generation of academics, industry leaders and entrepreneurs and we will continue to encourage them in their pursuit of excellence.


February 28, 2014

Volume 7, Issue 6
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Grad Studies

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

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Spotlight On: Grad Studies


Flex your PhD Interest with the Expanding Flex-time PhD Program

Meet Paul Galantai (MIE), one of the Faculty’s newest flex-time PhD students. After a successful debut in MIE, the flex-time program is now available for ChemE & UTIAS graduate students

ELITE Engineers

U of T Engineering's ELITE certificate courses offer MEng students the opportunity to diversify their skill-set while earning their degree

U of T Engineering Launches Canada's First Cross-disciplinary Engineering Education (EngEd) Program

This September, Engineering launches a new MASc and PhD-level program in Engineering Education


What's New


U of T Engineering Bounds Forward With New Building

U of T’s Governing Council approves The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

U of T Engineering Receives Record Breaking Application Rates for Fall 2014

The Faculty experiences an unprecedented level of applications for its many graduate and undergraduate programs

U of T Engineering Leads New University-wide Transportation Institute

New University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) opens to tackle cross-disciplinary transportation challenges

Welcoming Two New Faculty Members

View the academic appointment videos for Assistant Professors Amy Bilton (MIE) and Eric Diller (MIE)

Hybrid Chew Toy/Robot Wins Global Startup Battle for Engineering Students

Chewable prototype beat out thousands of other projects

World's First Hybrid Plasmonic Waveguide Proposed in ECE

ECE post-doctoral fellow Muhammad Alam's groundbreaking research spurs new design

Students, Faculty and Staff Come Together for Dean's Town Hall

Students discuss key issues, including course evaluations, first year curriculum and academic advising with Engineering faculty and staff

3D Microgels "On-demand" Offer New Potential for Cell Research, the Future of Personalized Medicine

A new digital microfluidics platform from researchers at IBBME can help study cell cultures in cost-efficient, 3-D microgels

Tenova Goodfellow and U of T Engineering Celebrate 20-year Anniversary

Partnership has lead to innovation, commercialization and impact in engineering industry

ChemE Hosts First-ever Industry Open House

Open House aims to spark new collaborations between industry and U of T Engineering

Student Contributes Business Plan Prize Winnings to The Entrepreneurship Hatchery

Michael Zhang gives back to support future student prizes and a summer fellowship

Collective Migration Study Suggests That Cells Move Like School of Fish

Groundbreaking research could change understanding of cells

Bitcoin Meets Bionym as U of T Alumni Use Your Heartbeat to Unlock Virtual Currency

U of T Engineering alumni add new Bitcoin wallet feature to wearable, password-eliminating device

Turning Back the Clock on Aging Muscles? New Study Supports the Possibility of Localized Rejuvenation

IBBME Assistant Professor Penney Gilbert looks to restore skeletal muscle strength of the elderly

U of T Engineering Launches Academic Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Certificate offers courses for undergraduate Engineering students to enhance team-building and leadership skills

U of T Alumnus Shares his Entrepreneurial Journey with Engineering Undergraduates

Adam Froman, CEO of digital strategy firm Delvinia, shares advice on overcoming adversity as an entrepreneur

U of T Engineer Seeks To Solve the Sitting Dilemma

A collaboration between IBBME and SensiMAT Systems develops wheelchair sensory device that could save lives

U of T Engineering Competition Sees Record Involvement in 2014

Nearly 300 engineering students and 50+ judges participate in the 12th annual University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (UTEK)

Front Campus Hockey Rink

Engineering students take to the ice


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Honours and Awards


Milica Radisic Wins NSERC Steacie Fellowship

Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), who created beating heart tissue, wins prestigious NSERC Steacie Fellowship

U of T's Connaught Fund Supports Six U of T Engineers for Society-Changing Research

Six U of T Engineers receive research funding from university for projects that tackle major societal challenges





Contact Canada: Growing the Ag-Based Bioeconomy, Conference & Exhibition

Event Date: March 3 & 4, 2014

Grants and Opportunities

TandemLaunch: March 2014 Call for Proposals

Internal Deadline: March 7, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: March 14, 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

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation: Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases

Deadline: March 19, 2014

Grand Challenges Canada: Saving Lives at Birth

Internal Deadline: March 24, 2014
External Deadline: March 27, 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

Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation

Deadline: April 1, 2014

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation: 2014 Early Phase Clinical Trials Program

Deadline: April 4, 2014

2015 NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience

Internal Deadline: April 8, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2014

University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Program (UTEST)

Deadline: April 17, 2014

Ontario Centres of Excellence: Open call for Ontario's Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge

Internal Deadline: May 1, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: May 8, 2014




Faculty Council Recap

A review of items approved and discussed on February 25, 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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March 14
March 17
March 19
March 20
March 28

National Engineering Month Begins
EngSci: Iron Ring Ceremony & Reception
Leading Canada's Largest Conservation Effort: WWF Canada CEO David Miller
IBBME Special Lecture: Steven Prescott
OSCI Stem Cell Rounds 2014: David Hess
Civil & Mineral Engineering Top Applicant Dinner
MIE Seminar Series: Tzyh Jong Tarn
March Break Applicant Event
MIE Seminar Series: Tony Jun Huang
IBBME Distinguished Lecture: Stephen F. Badylak
Emerging Leaders Speaker Series: Todd Squires
MIE Research Spotlight: Engineering Robots to be Effective Human Assistants
MIE Seminar Series: Helmut Mausser


More Engineering events
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In the News


Wearable Technology as a Human Right

Hostility to the use of wearable computers and cameras threatens to limit their benefits, says Professor Steve Mann (ECE) in the MIT Technology Review

Not So Fast, Warn Experts about Gardiner Demolition

Professor Baher Abdulhai (CivE) talks Toronto traffic with the Toronto Star

Startup Invents Heartbeat-sensing Wristband to Store Passwords, Bitcoin

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

Glasshole or Not? Seven Urgent Ethical Dilemmas for Wearable Tech

Professor Steve Mann (ECE) answers ethical questions around wearable computers


More Engineering In the News


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