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Volume 1 // Issue 9 // April 9, 2008::::
In This Issue: Message from Dean, Cristina Amon // What's New? // U of T Mech. Students Visit RWDI // Honours and Awards // Research Update // Events // New Faces // In the News // Newsletter Archives //
Message from Dean, Cristina Amon

The Engineering community strives to provide an exceptional student experience and a nurturing environment that fosters creative and problem-solving skills to prepare our Engineering graduates to embark into leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government and reasearch careers in a global environment. As a top priority for our Faculty, I am delighted to announce the support of two projects through U of T's Student Experience Fund -- projects that directly link to the Faculty's goal to enhance student learning experiences in academic programs.

Our students are exceptional leaders in academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Eight outstanding students were recognized on Apr. 8 as recipients of the U of T Cressy Awards. Read their brief bios to learn how some of our students are leading by example and making their marks on the world. Our students are highly engaged in academics and recently took a trip to Guelph to tour the world-leading wind engineering company RWDI, which is led by three-time graduate Anton Davies. An outstanding student experience often leads to an excellent relationship after graduation. With over 4,400 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students currently in Engineering, we are constantly striving to ensure the best possible learning environment under the leadership of our Vicec-Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Grant Allen, and our Chair, First Year, Susan McCahan.
In an issue on student experience within the Faculty, I would be remiss not to recognize the dedication and very hard work of the leadership of the Engineering Society and to extend the Faculty’s gratitude to Alaina Lagrou, President, and her colleagues, Evan Jones, Vice-President, Finance; Edward On, Vice-President, Academic; Robert Jackiewicz, Vice-President, Communications; Eamon McDermott, Vice-President, External; and George Missios, Vice-President, Student Life. It has been a pleasure working with such a talented and committed group of individuals and we look forward to a productive relationship with their successors.
We continue to work together to create a unique and enriching environment, which enables our students to grow and become world leaders. I am grateful to our staff, faculty and students for your commitment to enhance our student's experience. I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

Enhancing the Student Experience
What's New?

Engineering Student Leaders Honoured with Prestigious Cressy Awards
Eight Engineering students received the prestigious 2008 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards in recognition of outstanding extracurricular contributions to the University and community .... (more)

New Initiatives for Improved Student Experience
The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, with support from U of T's Student Experience Fund, will be making improvements to both the Engineering and Computer Science Library and the Engineering Computer Facility (ECF) in an effort to enhance the student experience in our Faculty .... (more)

Crystal Clear: An interview with Ray Cantwell, (PhD Civil 0T7)

Recent PhD graduate, Ray Cantwell, talks with the Engineering Newsletter about providing the rural community of Toul Prasat--near Poipet, Cambodia--with improved access to safe drinking water .... (more)

Forum on Interdisciplinary Urban Solutions Led By Students
The first Interdisciplinary Urban Solutions Forum, coordinated by Civil Engineering students, was held at Hart House on Friday, Mar. 28 .... (more)

Honours and Awards

Professor Emeritus David Boocock Winner of LeSeur Memorial Award
Professor Emeritus David Boocock received the Society of Chemical Industry's LeSeur Memorial Award. Boocock received the award in recognition of research that led to the commercialization of the Biox process for producing synthetic diesel fuel from waste oils. The award was presented at the awards banquet Mar. 4 in Toronto.

U of T Alumnus Sean Dowling Receives Award from NASA
U of T alumnus Sean Dowling (MEng Aerospace 0T4) recently received NASA's prestigious Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award for his work on Dextre, the third and final component of the Mobile Servicing System developed by Canada for the International Space Station .... (more)

Professor Greg Evans Recipient of Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award

Professor Greg Evans, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, will receive the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award, from the U of T Alumni Association on Apr. 16. The award recognizes the efforts of a member of the University community who has made a distinct and lasting contribution to the enhancement of the quality of the undergraduate or graduate student experience at U of T.

U of T Alumnus Kenneth Lopez (Civil 5T5; MASc 5T9) Admitted to PEO's Order of Honour
The Order is an honorary society of Professional Engineers Ontario. It honours those professional engineers and others who have rendered conspicuous service to the engineering profession .... (more)

Research Update

Apr. 23 - Energy at the Turning Point: Hydrogen or Electricity?
Apr. 24 - Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Please visit: Faculty's Events Calendar for all of our events.

New Faces

New Faces

In the News

Experts Unfazed by Drugs in Water
Professor Robert Andrews, Department of Civil Engineering
Toronto Star ... (more)

Stepping Up to Improve Healthcare
Professor Michael Carter, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Globe and Mail ... (more)

Lead Levels in Children's Jewelry Equal to that in Car Batteries
Professor Doug Perovic, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Ottawa Citizen ... (more)

Newsletter Archives

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

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: couture@ecf.utoronto.ca.

Sarah Cowan Adam Fox Kelly Hayward Trisha Hosein Stanislav Pejovic RWDI