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Boundless Possibilities

Next month is National Engineering Month: an opportunity to celebrate our profession. It is also an occasion to recall how the profession has evolved. At every step of that evolution, in every field of engineering, our faculty, students and alumni have been in the vanguard, driving innovation. This issue gives a glimpse of the new frontiers our engineers are imaging—and realizing—in human health. This progress is a testament to our Boundless commitment to preparing global leaders who will address the challenges of the 21st century.

At U of T Engineering, we are advancing regenerative medicine research, designing neuroprostheses for retraining brain functions following strokes and lab-on-a-chip HIV monitoring devices. Our faculty and students collaborate with hospitals to improve health care; pioneering medical solutions such as breakthrough facial reconstruction treatments for patients suffering fractures.

As you read through some of these research discoveries, please remember that our progress is due in great measure to your generous financial support. I am pleased to share these examples of our accomplishments and am deeply grateful for your continued involvement in your alma mater.

Best regards

Cristina Amon


February, 2012

Volume 5, Issue 3
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Feature Stories


Lab-on-a-Chip Revolutionizes HIV Monitoring in Developing Countries

ECE PhD candidate James Dou invents lab-on-chip that makes blood testing accessible and efficient

PhD Student Takes Facial Reconstruction in a New Direction

Marriage of engineering and human health explores medical challenges that can be addressed through engineering approaches



Skule™ News


UTEK Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Record Participation

Competition allows students, faculty and alumni to share ideas on innovative designs for real-world problems

Private Equity Hot Topic Among Engineers on Bay Street

Sold-out Biz Skule™ PE Panel reception leaves young alumni wanting more

Skule™ Has Heart in San Francisco

U of T engineering graduates take time out to help those less fortunate in California


Cornerstones built by Skule™ Alumni


Fellowship Established in Honour of Former Chair K.C. Smith

Donation from former student establishes financial support for Engineering Science students


Upcoming Alumni Events

Feb 21-22, 2012

California Skule™ Alumni Events

Feb 25, 2012

Saturday Science & Engineering Academy

Mar 3, 2012

Iron Ring Ceremonies

Mar 14, 2012

Mentorship Closing Reception

Mar 12 - 16, 2012

March Break Program

Mar 14 - 17, 2012

Skule™ Nite Musical Comedy Revue and Alumni Reception

Mar 15, 2012

Alumnus Shawn Qu: Canadian Solar Lecture

Mar 16, 2012

Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry Alumni Dinner

Apr 13, 2012

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Alumni Dinner

Apr 18, 2012

Biz Skule™ Speaker Series

May 31 - June 2, 2012

Spring Reunion Events


Faculty News


Two Engineering Alumni Appointed to Order of Canada

Jeffrey Skoll (ElecE 8T7) and Thomas Jenkins (MASc ElecE 8T5) recognized with Canada's highest honour

Five U of T Engineers Honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada

Professors Dimitrios Hatzinakos (ECE), Javad Mostaghimi (MIE), Brent Sleep (CivE) and Murray Thomson (MIE), as well as alumnus Phillip (Rocky) Simmons (ChemE 6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T9), recognized by EIC

MIE Establishes Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation

New collaboration with industry will create a project-based learning environment for students

Global Collaborations

U of T Engineering is fostering innovation and international diversity through work abroad

Seven Engineering Researchers Receive U of T's Innovation Award

Professors recognized by Connaught Fund for research excellence


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