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Volume 2 // Issue 7 // December 4, 2008::::
In This Issue: Message from Dean, Cristina Amon // New Minors: Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering // EngSci Curriculum Changes // 2009-2010 Timetable // Town Hall Report // Honours and Awards // Research // Events // In the News // Archives //
Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

This issue focuses on the revitalization of our curriculum and changes approved last week by Faculty Council. These initiatives are part of our ongoing effort to provide a forward-looking education to the next generation of engineers and to foster the multi-disciplinarity of Engineering education, research and practice. Challenges facing contemporary society require an approach to problem-solving, critical thinking and education that spans disciplinary boundaries. Engineers will lead in achieving breakthroughs that impact upon global issues such as finding environmentally sustainable sources of energy to meet the needs of an expanding population. The unique learning opportunities provided by our curriculum, as illustrated by the minor programs in Sustainable Energy and in Environmental Engineering being introduced in 2009, will help equip our graduates to provide this leadership ...(more)


Q & A About Recent Changes to Engineering Curriculum
Award-winning educator, ECE Professor Frank Kschischang, Chair of the Engineering Curriculum Committee, talks about the importance of curriculum revitalization and summarizes the changes recently approved by Faculty Council ... (more)

Two New Minors in Engineering
Two new minors will be introduced in 2009, subject to approval by the U of T Committee on Academic Policy and Programs: Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy … (more)

Curriculum Changes in EngSci
Changes to EngSci's years I and II were approved at Faculty Council, including removing the labs component from Praxis, eliminating quarter courses, and adding innovative new courses ... (more)

New Courses for 2009-2010
Fourteen new Engineering undergraduate courses will be introduced, including a 500-level course 'Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems' in addition to four new courses for the MEng ELITE ... (more)

Timetable for 2009-2010 Approved
Classes are set to begin Thurs. Sept. 10, 2009 for fall and Mon. Jan. 4, 2010 for the winter session ... (more)

Q & A with a Student in the New Energy Option
EngSci student Mike Klassen talks about how he plans to make a difference in the world with his education and experience ... (more)

What's New?

Engineering Town Hall Report
More than 50 students joined the Dean and her leadership team on Nov. 28 to learn more about the Faculty's priorities for undergraduate students and to voice their input ... (more)

Fall Exam Schedule Announced
Dates and times for fall undergraduate exams have been announced. Visit the exams website for the timetable, past exams, and other critical information ... (more)

U of T Flu Shot Clinic
Did you know the flu vaccine is 70%-90% effective in preventing influenza in healthy adults and children? Get your flu shot at 263 McCaul St., 2nd floor Dec. 4 or 11 from 1:45 to 5:15 p.m. ... (more)

Engineering Community Awareness
MSE grad students and Professor Steven Thorpe give back to the community through oUTreach...

Honours and Awards

Andreas Mandelis Receives ASME Yeram S. Touloukian Award
MIE Professor Andreas Mandelis is the 2009 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers award for his contributions in the field of thermophysical properties... (more)


Congratulations to Engineering Recipients of NSERC Strategic Grants:

  • Stewart Aitchison, ECE
  • Levente Diosady, ChemE (received two strategic project grants)
  • Glenn Hibbard, MSE
  • Baochun Li, ECE
  • Chul Park, MIE
  • Yu Sun,  MIE
Dec. 4, 2008 Flu Shot Clinic
Dec. 5, 2008 - 12:00 p.m. National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Great Hall, Hart House)
Dec. 11, 2008 Flu Shot Clinic
Dec. 22, 2008 to Jan. 2, 2009 University Closure for the Holidays
Jan. 8, 2009 Civil and Mineral Engineering Career Fair
Jan. 16, 2009 EngSci Education Conference (ESEC)
Jan. 19 to 23, 2009 Skule™ Arts Festival
Jan. 28 to 29, 2009 Engineering Career Fair
  Engineering Events Calendar for more events
In the News

Bionic Wing Design to Revolutionise Flight
MIE Professor Shaker Meguid talks about his new wing design for aircraft that copies the flight of birds ... WebIndia.

Ted Rogers Remembered as a Visionary
Benefactor to ECE and friend of the Faculty, Ted Rogers - one of Canada's greatest business leaders - died Tues. Dec 2 from congestive heart failure ... National Post ... Toronto Star ... Globe.

New Technology Could Reduce Thefts of MP3 Players
ECE Professor Ashvin Goel provides expert commentary that appeared in a number of newspapers across Ontario, in addition to CBC radio ... Sarnia Observer ... Peterborough Examiner ... Telegraph-Journal ... Beacon Herald.

Wind Farm Stirs up Tempest
Jim Prall, Systems Administrator in ECE talks about how Canada is falling behind the rest of the world in renewable energy ... Toronto Star.

Filmmaker's 'Bionic Eye Camera' Vision Becoming Reality
Professor Steve Mann, ECE, is referenced as the inventor of wearable computers ... Monterey Herald.

Toronto Leading the Way in Stem Cell Research
IBBME Professor Bill Stanford's research and collaborations with Kyoto University places U of T as a leader in stem cell research ... Toronto Star ... Star Phoenix.

Nanotechnology no Longer Just for Star Trek
IBBME Professor Warren Chan is featured on City TV news, talking about safety concerns surrounding nano materials ... CityTV.

Toronto Zoo to Turn Animal Waste into Fuel
Expert commentary by ECE Professor Reza Iravani about the idea and technology to implement this concept ... CBC News.

A Ray of Sunshine for Solar Energy
EngSci grad John Paul Morgan and brother Nicolas Morgan, who has a graduate degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, talk about their path to create Morgan Solar Inc ... Toronto Star.

Newsletter Archives

Did you miss out on a past issue of the Engineering Newsletter? Revisit past articles and catch up on great Faculty news any time … (more)

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The Engineering Newsletter is a twice-monthly summary of key headlines, events and opportunities for faculty and staff in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. If you have questions or comments, please contact us: kate@ecf.utoronto.ca.

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