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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

At U of T Engineering, we encourage and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. This issue of the Engineering Newsletter examines how we support these innovators through strategic initiatives that develop competencies and provide opportunities for entrepreneurial endeavours.

Within the last decade, the Faculty introduced the engineering Entrepreneurship Seminar Series as well as courses that lead to the undergraduate certificate in Entrepreneurship. We strengthened these initiatives by the creation of the graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE), the undergraduate Engineering Business Minor, and the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).  

More recently, we launched the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, which provides students with experiential learning to transform ideas into prototypes and these prototypes, along with business plans, into start-up ventures. To further embed a culture of entrepreneurism, we established the Heffernan Commercialization Fellowships for graduate students to commercialize research outcomes and spark new technology companies.

Our Faculty’s next major initiative is the forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), designed to stimulate collaborations amongst our student and research communities. The CEIE will become a vibrant hub for faculty, students, alumni and industry partners to come together, create the next engineering innovations, strengthen entrepreneurial activities and enhance collaborative learning.

Thank you for your inspiring commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration across U of T Engineering and beyond. Your contributions are enabling the transformative research and ideas that will impact our future.


May 29, 2014

Volume 7, Issue 9
In this issue:

Spotlight On: Entrepreneurship

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

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Spotlight On: Entrepreneurship


Five Heffernan Commercialization Fellowships spark tomorrow's brightest technology companies

This year's fellowships enable the development of a “glove” game controller, organic microchips, a headset for MRIs and more

Entrepreneurs are no accident: Perspectives from two U of T Engineering professors

Jonathan Rose (ECE) and Joseph Paradi (ChemE) discuss how U of T Engineering is shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship Hatchery kicks off with record-breaking year

From bossy showerheads to a new type of insulated clothing, the Hatchery launches 37 new student teams for 2014



What's New




Registrar retires after 40 years of service to U of T Engineering

Faculty bids Barbara McCann farewell

Remembering Professor Robert Jervis (ChemE)

The Faculty remembers a Canadian pioneer

PURE green machine proves U of T engineers more than just design wizards

Sustainable harvester wins multidisciplinary design course competition

Is powdered alcohol really possible?

Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) shares how alcohol and other beverages could be produced in the future

U of T Supermileage Team develops car that travels 1,152 kilometres on a single litre of fuel

Student-designed eco-car gets accolades at fuel efficiency competition in Houston, TX

Teaching flying robots to learn

Angela Schoellig (UTIAS) shares her research on autonomous flying robots at upcoming science writer’s conference

U of T engineers use "Sperm Olympics" to help couples get pregnant faster

A Q&A with QSperm researcher Lise Eamer (MechE 0T8, MASc 1T3)

Engineering a smarter STEM education

U of T Engineering hosts Ontario physics teachers

The future of flight: Leaders in aviation predict big things at BizSkule

Think checking your email on a plane is cool? Just wait until you hear what's coming next

Why isn't wired glass safe in schools?

Student enlists U of T professor's expertise on $5 million lawsuit

Creating a clean water supply, using light to save lives

Stewart Aitchison (ECE) on research that is helping people in Canada, India and around the world


Honours and Awards


Big dreams win major award for engineering leadership institute

ILead garners 2014 Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Teaching

Three U of T engineers honoured by Engineers Canada

Professor, student and alumnus receive prestigious national engineering awards

U of T Engineering student wins provincial essay competition

Connor Smith (ECE) wins OCEPP Essay Competition for paper on the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, ON

Award-winning chemical engineering student keeps it safe

Larissa Rodo (ChemE) wants lab accidents to be a thing of the past





Grants and Opportunities

NSERC's 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Applications will be accepted at any time

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) – TalentEdge program

Applications will be accepted at any time

Funding and mobility opportunities for all disciplines with Mitacs Globalink

Internship Deadline: June 18, 2014
Research Award Deadline: June 13, 2014

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - The Quest For Cures

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 3, 2014
Full Application Deadline: July 15, 2014

Mitacs Globalink opportunity with Sorbonne Universités

Application Deadline: June 9, 2014

"CQDM/CIHR Collaborative Funding Program in Personalized Medicine to Accelerate Drug Discovery" – Call for proposals

Internal Deadline: June 20, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: June 27, 2014

"Mitacs Accelerate" PhD Fellowship

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

Neuroscience funding: 2014 Targeted Disease – Frontotemporal dementia and progressive supranuclear palsy

Application Deadline: June 6, 2014

2014 SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program

Internal Deadline: June 6, 2014
Sponsor Deadline: June 13, 2014

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program

Internal Deadline: June 2, 2014
External Deadline: June 9, 2014




Mark your calendar! Faculty Council meeting dates for the 2014–2015 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

June 1-4
June 2-6
June 4
June 7
June 12
June 14
June 18
June 18
June 20
June 21
June 25
June 26
June 30-July 1


CSME International Congress
Connaught Summer Institute on Synthetic Biology
2014 UTIAS Industry-Alumni-Student Event
The Engineering Science Spring Reunion Luncheon
safeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) Workshop
Advanced CAD Workshop
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering: Morning Convocation Ceremony
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering: Afternoon Convocation Ceremony
Student Development Workshop
Class of 9T4 - Spring Reunion
Engineering Pride & Diversity: A Panel Discussion
Engagement & Development Network Planning Meeting
President's Holiday and Canada Day: University Closed


More Engineering events
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In the Media


Glowing nanoparticles make mice light up (ABC News)

U of T researcher Warren Chan (IBBME) tracks nanoparticle buildup in mice, suggesting the ubiquitous material may be harmful in large quantites

Kill the password. And the PIN number. And the car key (CNN)

Turn off your lights, pay your bills and lock your front door with Bionym, a heartrate monitor developed by Karl Martin (MASc ECE 0T3, PhD ECE 1T0) and Foteini Agrafioti (MASc ECE 0T7, PhD ECE 1T1) that revolutionizes security technology

Now you see it: The reality of invisibility (Brisbane Times)

Harry Potter's invisibility cloak may become a reality thanks to new research from U of T's George Eleftheriades (ECE)


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