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A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Last September, U of T Engineering launched its $200-million component of the University’s Boundless Campaign. The core goal of this campaign is the construction of a new building: the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE).

Dean Cristina Amon

I’m pleased to announce that we have selected the architects for this exciting new facility, which will serve as the heart of our interdisciplinary research centres and institutes, provide innovative teaching spaces and house The Entrepreneurship Hatchery.  Simply put, the CEIE will provide an environment that nurtures innovation and creativity and prepares students to lead on a global level.

We look forward to sharing more news about the building—and ways for you to become involved and help to support this important new initiative—in the coming months.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing many of you at Spring Reunion next weekend, and offer an invitation to all of you to come back to the Skule campus to see how we’re evolving to meet the world’s changing needs.


May 2013

Volume 6, Issue 3
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Feature Stories

CEIE map

Architects Drawing Up Plans for Skule’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub
Located next to Convocation Hall, the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will serve as U of T Engineering’s collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research space

Singapore Alumni Reception

Asia-Pacific Skule Alumni Community Grows Stronger
U of T Engineers gathered in six cities across Asia-Pacific this spring to reconnect, hear about the latest news from Skule and share their insights with incoming students


Cornerstones Built by Skule Alumni

Andrew Forde and Oritsetimeyin Agbeyegbe

Andrew Forde Polymath Award Recognizes Achievement Inside and Outside the Classroom
Andrew Forde
(MSE 1T1) presented the inaugural award to Oritsetimeyin “Oti” Agbeyegbe (IndE 1T5 + PEY), who was selected for strong academic performance and involvement in the U of T Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers

MIE dinner

MIE Board Members Give Back to Skule
Som Seif (IndE 9T9, pictured at left with MIE PhD candidate Chirag Variawa), Tom Woods (IndE 7T5), David Poirier (IndE 8T1), John Weber (MechE 7T9) and Dr. Connie Mariano were all recognized for their contributions of time, expertise and financial support at the annual MIE dinner in April


Upcoming Alumni Events

June 1, 2013

Skule Spring Reunion
If you graduated in a year ending in 8 or 3, it’s time to celebrate! Come back to campus to commemorate your Skule days and catch up with classmates
Free Panel Discussions Open to All Alumni
Even if you're not from one of this year's honoured classes, register to join us for panel discussions featuring members of the classes of 0T8, 0T3 and 9T8, as well as alumni and faculty members involved in entrepreneurship and commercialization
Skule Kids Activities
All alumni are invited to bring their kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews to explore science and engineering at hands-on Skule Kids activities during Spring Reunion. Advance registration required

June 4 & 5, 2013

U of T Where You Are Speaker Series:
Small-scale Engineering for Large-scale Energy
Presented in Calgary on June 4 and Vancouver on June 5

MIE Professor David Sinton will discuss his small-scale fluid mechanics research, which provides unique insight into Canadian energy operations and long-term carbon dioxide storage below the earth's surface

June 11, 2013

Biz Skule: Big League Sports, Entertainment and Media
Movies! Media! Miami! Skule alumni bring you insights from the fields of entertainment, media and sports in Toronto, Hollywood, Miami and beyond. This evening panel at the Rosewater is moderated by Paul Godfrey (ChemE 6T2) and features Marc Boyman (IndE 7T1), Nick Di Donato (IndE 8T1) and Steve Mirkopoulos (EngSci 7T4). Register by June 3

July 17, 2013

Calgary Skule Alumni Student Send-off
The Calgary Skule Alumni Chapter invites new and current students, parents and alumni to the annual Student Send-off. Connect with incoming Skule students and share your advice. Register by July 10

Enhance your Engineering Credentials with a Global Professional Master of Laws
The Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) is a 12-month executive-style graduate program. Offered during evenings and weekends, it focuses on Canadian business law from a global perspective. The U of T Faculty of Law welcomes applications from business leaders, engineers, government professionals and lawyers

Calling all musicians:
The Malcolm McGrath Engineering Alumni Orchestra is seeking new members! Rehearsals for the summer concert begin this month, and oboists and string players are especially encouraged to join. Contact the Orchestra or visit to learn more


Alumni News

Arishia Tabrizi

Got a Question? ECE Grad's New Website Taps Professors and Other Experts for the Answers
How can we forgive people who commit atrocities? Is China the new model for state-run capitalism? Do the humanities matter anymore? For answers to questions like these, check out Vidoyen, a new interactive website created by Arshia Tabrizi (CompE 9T5). You can also nominate expert contributors

Philip Yeo

Semiconductor Industry Recognizes Philip Yeo with Lifetime Achievement Award
Global micro- and nano-electronics industry association SEMI awarded Philip Yeo (IndE 7T0), chairman of SPRING Singapore, with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the SEMICON Singapore event on May 7

Chime founders

Startup by Three Skule Undergrads Acquired by HubSpot
Web services aggregator, Chime, launches this January

Edward Levy

Skule Engineer Publishes a History of Toronto Public Transit
Edward J. Levy (CivE 5T7) recently produced an e-book detailing the history of Toronto’s subways in collaboration with the Neptis Foundation, an urban development research organization

Will Walmsley

Grad Invents New Keyboard for Smartphones
The "Minuum," developed by Will Walmsley (IndE MASc 1T2) and computer science professor Khai Truong, is creating a lot of buzz

Faculty News


Researchers Determine Optimal Placement of Defibrillators
Prompt use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, can greatly increase the survival rates of people who suffer a cardiac arrest. Now, MIE Professor Tim Chan has developed a formula to determine where best to place these costly devices

Professor Steve Mann Shares a Glimpse Inside his ‘Augmediated’ Life
ECE professor and father of ‘wearable computing’ Steve Mann has granted readers a rare glimpse behind the glass in a feature article for IEEE Spectrum Tech Alert

New Technique Promises More Efficient Solar Cells
A new technique developed by ECE Professor Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean, Research, and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nano Letters

Pour, Shake and Stir
How gold particles, DNA and water have the potential to shape the future of medicine

Video: Professor Goldie Nejat Showcases Brian the Robot
U of T News profiles Professor Goldie Nejat's (MIE) work on developing 'Brian,' an intelligent, assistive robot prototype



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