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Volume 2 // Issue 10 // January 28, 2009::::
In This Issue: Message from Dean, Cristina Amon // Entrepreneurship Centre in Engineering // Encouraging Entrepreneurial Spirit // Formula SAE #4 in World // Entrepreneurship Courses in Engineering // Curriculum Revitalization // Engineering Spin-off Companies // Honours and Awards // Research // Events // In the News // Archives //
Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

Engineers are by nature and training achievers, innovative thinkers and creative doers. We are results oriented, led by our scientific knowledge and inventive spirit to achieve unique solutions to seemingly impossible problems and to create new technologies to meet the needs of our global society. Few professions turn so many ideas into realities and have such a direct influence on our everyday lives.
It is not surprising, therefore, that entrepreneurship is a natural offshoot of the Engineering profession.

Derived from the French entreprendre – to undertake – the word entrepreneur has come to mean a person who envisions, operates and assumes the risk of a new enterprise. In this issue, we present some of the entrepreneurial activities of our Faculty members, both as highly successful innovators and, in the more basic meaning of the word, doers and achievers/movers and shakers ... (more)

The Entrepreneurship Edition

Multidisciplinary Engineering Entrepreneurship Centre Inspires Students
Professor Emeritus Joseph C. Paradi is an example of a prosperous entrepreneur. His merit of distinction, however, lies in his desire to share what he has learned, and he does this through the Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship ... (more)

Encouraging the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Engineers
From starting a software development company in his parents' living room, to a successful company that now employs 10 staff (and has moved out of his parents' house)
ECE graduate Mike Branch (0T3) shares his entrepreneurship secrets with Engineering students at the first lecture of the Entrepreneurship Series of 2009 ... (more)

Entrepreneurship Series 2008-2009
Part of the Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow program, this series was the idea of Jonathan Rose, Chair of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Contributing to a “culture” of entrepreneurism, it is open to all students of the Faculty ... (more)

Educational Opportunities in Engineering Entrepreneurship

OANDA Corporation Attributes Achievements to Strong Products and Employees
OANDA Corporation has been the most comprehensive website for currency exchange rate information since it started in 1996. ECE Professor Michael Stumm created OANDA to fill a market need, but never expected it to take off as quickly as it did ... (more)

5th Annual Civil Engineering Career Fair Sees Record Attendance
The impact of the economic downturn seemed hardly a concern as more companies and students than in previous years attended this annual event in search of employment opportunities ... (more)

imageSample of Engineering Spin-off Companies
With more than 80 companies on file with The Innovations Group, our professors have created companies dating as far back as 1951 ... (more)

Professors Create One of World’s Leading Analog Intellectual Property Suppliers
Two entrepreneurial ECE professors, David Johns and Ken Martin, founded Snowbush IP, a U of T spin-off company that provides technology to make the internet faster ... (more)

Entrepreneurial Achievements of Graduates
From creating the alkaline and lithium batteries to establishing internationally renowned and successful companies like eBay, our Engineering graduates are proven entrepreneurs ... (more)

imageCARGO Cosmetics Company in Hollywood
CivE alumna Hana Zalzal (8T8) created multimillion-dollar cosmetics company, CARGO, in 1996 with a vision to inspire women to play, celebrate, and reinvent. Courtney Cox and Lindsay Lohan are among the celebrities who are using Hana's eco-friendly cosmetics in their own custom lip shades ... (more)

New Player in Wireless Market Asking Canadians for Ideas
ECE alumnus Anthony Lacavera (9T7), founder of Globalive Communications, has launched another entrepreneurial idea and is asking Canadians for their input about our wireless market ... (more)

What's New?

imageFormula SAE Racing Team Ranks No. 4 in the World
Out of 505 student teams that compete in Formula SAE worldwide, U of T’s Formula SAE No. 4 ranked team was the only Canadian team in the top 10 ranking, and second in North America ... (more)

Outreach Task Force
An Outreach Task Force has been appointed to define pre-university outreach activities within the Faculty, identify the goals, resources, and funding of outreach activities, and identify metrics for assessing these activities ... (PDF)

Professional Development Centre Partnership with SCS
As of May 1, 2009, Engineering's Professional Development Centre will partner with the School of
Continuing Studies (SCS) for the delivery of our public professional development courses ... (PDF)

Internship Feedback Website Created by U of T Engineering Students
Three entrepreneurial Engineering students created a website called internSHARE to enable university students to share their experiences about internships and summer jobs ... (more)

10 Questions with Paul Young
Does former Chair of CivE, now Vice-President (Research), prefer classic rock or heavy metal? Learn which book is at his bedside table and learn about his research in rock fractures ... (more)

Curriculum Revitalization
Two new minors in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering and the merging of the Engineering Science Majors in Electrical and Computer Engineering were both approved at the Academic Policy and Programs Committee meeting on Jan. 20, 2009 ... (more)

Honours and Awards

Call for Nominations: Engineering Alumni Awards of Distinction 2009
The Engineering Alumni Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to Engineering and society by Engineering alumni. Nominate one of our distinguished alumni by Jan. 30, 2009 ... (more)

Four Engineering Professors Named Fellows of EIC
Professors Barry Adams (CivE), Michael Collins, (CivE), Mark Fox (MIE) and Jim Wallace (MIE) have been elected Fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada ... (more)

Emeritus Professor Receives IEEE Award
ECE Professor Emeritus Ken (K.C.) Smith has been awarded the Computer Engineering and Science Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for lasting technical and educational contributions ... (more)

Three Alumni Receive SCI Awards
In recognition of their outstanding achievement and leadership in the industry, Dr. Stephen Dunn, Dr. Larry Seeley, and Mr. Brian Wastle received awards from the Society of Chemical Industry ... (more)

Jonathan Rose Elected Fellow of ACM
One of three people in Canada elected to this prestigious organization, Professor and Chair Jonathan Rose (ECE) is a pioneer and world leader in the area of field-programmable gate arrays ... (more)

SAVE THE DATE: Celebrating Success 2009 Reception
In celebration of an extraordinary year for Engineering in terms of honours, awards and major research grants, join us Wednesday, April 22 in GB 202 from 4 to 7 p.m. to recognize and honour the outstanding achievements of our Faculty. Please watch upcoming newsletters for more information.


Funding Opportunities

Jan. 28 to 29, 2009 Engineering Career Fair
Jan. 29 & Feb. 5 EngSci Option Talks
Jan. 30 Engineering Globalization Seminar Series:
Fortification as a Method to Prevent and Treat Micronutrient Malnutrition (Hidden Hunger)
Feb. 6 - 12 - 1 p.m. Dean's Town Hall Meeting with Undergraduate Students, SF1105
Feb. 12 Engineering Globalization Seminar Series:
Global Water - The Human, Physical and Educational Challenges
Feb. 13 CivE and MinE/GEO/Mining Alumni Dinner
  Engineering Events Calendar for more events
In the News

City Lead Testing Garners Praise
Drinking-water expert Professor Bob Andrews, CivE, was quoted in a story about the provincially mandated testing of 100 homes for lead levels in drinking water ... Toronto Star

Research on Cloaking
ECE Professor George Eleftheriades was on the news talking about his research on invisibility cloaking for medical imaging ... CBC News (video is no longer available)

A Finessed Romance: Not Everyone Can Speak the Language of Love ...
EngSoc President and EngSci Biomedical Engineering student Jonathan Asmis was quoted in a story about an Engineering program near Berlin that has introduced a new social course on "flirting" ... National Post

The Sports Fix
MSE alumnus Gino Palumbo talks about his entrepreneurial spirit in establishing one of North America's most successful nanostructured materials research companies: Integran ... Globe and Mail

Newsletter Archives

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