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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Each year, National Engineering Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous contributions of engineers throughout the world. At U of T Engineering, it also allows us to highlight the innovation and impact of our faculty and students.

Since 2009, the Faculty has created nine Extra-Departmental Units (EDU:Cs) that capitalize on emerging research areas and our multidisciplinary strengths. These centres and institutes spur new collaborations across our Faculty, the University, industrial partners and beyond:

The wealth of collaborations at U of T Engineering continues to enrich our environment by encouraging diverse perspectives and innovative thinking. The recent Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) National Conference stimulated dialogue to inspire women in our field. Groups like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) celebrate diversity on campus. And our Faculty's involvement in the Brazilian Science without Borders (SwB) program – which just expanded to include PhD students for next year – help forge international bonds.

As this year's National Engineering Month comes to a close, I would like to express my great pride in the accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni and the impact they are making on the world today and in the future.


March 28, 2014

Volume 7, Issue 7
In this issue:

Spotlight On: National Engineering Month

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

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Spotlight On: National Engineering Month


This Year's NEM in Photos

See firsthand how U of T Engineering celebrated NEM 2014: Making a World of Difference


What's New


U of T Expands Brazil's Science without Borders Program to PhD Students

Learn more about SwB opportunities for graduate students

Introducing Althea Blackburn-Evans: Executive Director, Communications for U of T Engineering

Faculty welcomes new head of Engineering Strategic Communications team

Leaving No Child Hungry in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Multidisciplinary course brings together students from science, business and engineering address global challenges

A WISE Weekend for Women in Science & Engineering

Second Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) national conference inspires over 200 participants

Turbulence: New Research Ends Decade-Long Physics Debate

Professor Philippe Lavoie (UTIAS) shares why understanding turbulence is critical to engineering as we know it

Jedi Wars: High-flying Stunts Wow at Robotics Competition

Engineering students compete head-to-head in gesture-controlled helicopter competitions

From Bio-fuels to Molten Steel: How U of T Engineers Are Curbing Carbon Emissions

Professor Murray Thomson (MIE) shares new ways that engineers are reducing our environmental impact

David Miller: What Students Need to be Non-Profit and Political Leaders

WWF-Canada CEO and former Toronto Mayor shares his leadership journey with U of T Engineering students

A Tale of Two Guts: Joint Study Discovers Digestion Mechanisms

Findings could lead to new treatments for bowel disorders

Engineering Professors and Alumni Wow at TEDxUofT

U of T engineers' talks range from invisibility cloaking to human powered flight

A Black History Month Affair

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) U of T Chapter celebrates Black History Month on campus

An End To Bullying, One Pink Shirt at a Time

Students, staff and faculty gather in the Sandford Fleming Atrium to celebrate Pink Shirt Day


Our Website Needs Your Help!


We are planning a new and improved website for U of T Engineering. Please help us by sharing your feedback on the existing website by completing a short online survey (5 minutes). Thank you.


Honours and Awards


Jonathan Rose Receives University of Toronto Faculty Award

Award recognizes excellence in both teaching and research endeavours

Stewart Aitchison Elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

ECE professor one of only 62 Corresponding Fellows of the Society worldwide

Four Engineering Professors Honoured by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering

MIE professors recognized for contributions in areas ranging from clean energy to biomedical research





Information Session: Upcoming Funding Opportunity in Agri-Food/Aquaculture and Omics with Genome Canada

Date: April 11, 2014

Grants and Opportunities

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

Government of Canada and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC): The SD Tech Fund™ is open for applications

Internal Deadline: Apr 09, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: Apr 16, 2014

University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Program (UTEST)

Deadline: April 17, 2014

2015 March of Dimes Research Program Request for Proposals

Deadline for Online Letter of Intent: April 30, 2014
Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) 2015 Program: Deadline for Online Letter of Intent: April 15, 2014

Mitacs Converge Pilot Connects Faculty with International & Canadian Industry

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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

Internal Deadline: May 01, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: May 08, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline: The Discovery Fast Track Challenge: An Opportunity to Partner with GSK

Internal deadline: May 9, 2014
External deadline: May 16, 2014

UNITAID Call for LOI for its 2013-2016 Strategic Period

Full project proposals will be due in early September 2014

NCE IC-IMPACTS Launches Open Call for Collaborative Research Projects Between Canada and India

Researchers across Canada are invited to propose projects that align with IC-IMPACTS focal research themes




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

Please note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Friday, April 11.

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


Engineering Events

April 1-3
April 2
April 3
April 4
April 4
April 4
April 4
April 7
April 9
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 11
April 15
April 25

ECE Annual Design Fair
Lectures at the Leading Edge: Pamela Silver
MIE Design, Research & Innovation Showcase
ECE Design Showcase
MIE Seminar Series: Martin Puterman
14th Annual Engineering Science Alumni Dinner
ECE Fourth-Year & Alumni Reception
Faculty Council Meeting
Emerging Leaders Speaker Series: Chris Cappa
Skule Lunch & Learn: Gemini House: The Little House with Huge Green Potential
ECE Distinguished Lecture Series: Jessy Grizzle
Praxis II Design Showcase
MIE Seminar Series: Emmanuel Villermaux
Reception to Celebrate the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics
BioZone Research Discussions (BiRD): Quartz Crystal Microbalance


More Engineering events
To submit events, please contact:


In the Media


How tiny robots could help make babies (Globe and Mail)

Professor Yu Sun (MIE) discusses Robotic Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (RICSI) with the Globe and Mail

Students Think Outside the Box to Tackle TTC Problems (Toronto Star)

The Toronto Star sits in as students propose route trackers, free tickets and a way to ease congestion when changing subways during Andy Byford's talk at U of T Engineering

New research ends decade-long physics debate about turbulence (Phys.Org)

A web story produced by U of T Engineering that featured Professor Philippe Lavoie (UTIAS) was aggregated to

Fingerprint Scanners on Smartphones are SO Last Year (USA Today)

Bionym, founded by Karl Martin (EngSci BASc 0T1 MASc 0T3 PhD 1T0) and Foteini Agrafioti (ElecE MASc 0T7 PhD 1T1) featured at SXSW

Worries About Funding Transit Projects (Toronto Sun)

Professor Eric Miller (CivE) talks money for transit support with the Toronto Sun


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