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Season's Greetings

It's December, and that means the Fall Session is coming to a close. The Faculty wishes you good luck on your final exams and an enjoyable, well-deserved break.

In this month's Engineering Student e-News, find the room locations of your final exams, nominate yourself for a position on Governing Council or a Permanent Class Leader, get familiar with the new bike boxes, have your toughest housing questions answered and discover a mentor in our First-in-the-Family program.


December 2010

Volume 2, Issue 4
In this issue:

We Remember
Dates and Deadlines
Student Services
Money Matters
Campus Life
In the News
Your Faculty


We Remember


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the murder of 14 female students at l'École Polytechnique in Montréal. Universities and colleges across Canada, as well as U of T, will hold events to commemorate, and to focus attention on the broader issue of violence against women. St. George's event will be held on Mon. Dec. 6. in Room 548, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street West from 12:15 - 1 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please visit the Status of Women Office.

Violence Against Women: What Has Changed?

Professor Connie Guberman of the Status of Women Office and Special Advisor on Equity Issues, and a Senior Lecturer in women and gender studies at U of T Scarborough comments on the incidence of violence against women and what has changed in research in the field.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Dec. 8 to 21  

Final exam period for Engineering courses

Dec. 10 to 21  

Final exam period for Arts & Science courses

Dec. 22 to Jan. 2  

University closed

Jan. 3  

University offices open

Jan. 5  

Lectures begin in S courses and resume in Y Session Engineering courses

Jan. 10  

Lectures begin in S courses and resume in Y Session Arts & Science courses


Student Services


Final examination schedule with room locations

The final examination schedule with room locations is now posted on the undergraduate website. Look for your last name on the undergrad website to find your exam schedule and location. Full schedule listed on the bulletin board across from the Office of the Registrar in GB 157.

University Closure

The University will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 2 for the winter holidays. For ROSI hours of operation, check ROSI. Winter session classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 5 for Engineering courses and Monday, Jan., 10 for Arts & Science courses.

Course and Option Selection in 2011

Will you be a full-time student in third or fourth year (ECE students excepted) or participate in PEY in 2011-2012? In late February, the Faculty will invite you to participate in a Course and Option Selection (COS) survey to inform the Faculty of your intention to participate in PEY, choose a program option if applicable, and choose technical electives. This pre-registration survey assists in scheduling courses that students want and need for the next academic year, giving you the best chance to get the courses you want!


Money Matters


Reminder: OSAP Distribution & Pick-Up

OSAP distribution for Winter 2011 will begin on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. As OSAP documents arrive, you will be notified by email at the address listed on ROSI.

You will be instructed where to pick up your loan documents. Representatives from the National Student Loan Service Centre will be available to process student loans. You must bring your Social Insurance Card (SIN) and a valid government-issued photo ID. Please also bring a void cheque or your banking information if you would like to have your loan deposited directly into your bank account.

Please note: loan documents will not be released without a valid government-issued photo ID and SIN card. Remember to bring them with you!

Service Charge on Tuition Balances

Remember that outstanding balances on fees for this year are subject to a monthly service charge of 1.5% compounded (19.56% per annum) that is first assessed as of Nov. 15 and as of the 15th of every month thereafter until paid in full. Outstanding charges on your account from prior sessions are subject to a service charge as well. Check your account on ROSI.


Campus Life


Dean's Student Town Hall Draws Crowd

Dean Cristina Amon (MIE, IBBME), Vice-Dean Grant Allen (ChemE) and Engineering Society meet with students to hear input and answer questions

U of T Engineering Hosts Professional Engineers Ontario Student Conference

Conference theme was "Engineering—Yours to Discover"

2011 Governing Council Student Nominations Open

Contribute to university governance and gain valuable leadership experience by running for U of T's Governing Council

Graduating Students: Become a Permanent Class Executive or Leader

Still time to nominate yourself to represent your alumni class

Legacies Begin with the First-in-the-Family Mentoring Program

Connect with an upper-year peer mentor, learn academic skills to help you succeed, engage in U of T's vibrant student life and gain access to bursaries and other financial support for students who are first in their family to attend university

Home Ranger Service

Stop by the Student Housing Service at the Koffler Centre in 214 College Street to meet one-on-one with staff to answer questions about conducting an effective housing search, dealing with landlord/tenant issues or tenant rights and responsibilities

Bike Boxes Improve Cycling Safety

St. George bicylists benefit from icons painted on the street at the St. George and Harbord/Hoskin intersection; City of Toronto increases efforts to prevent discord between cyclists and right-turning motorists


In the News


CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks Asks Scientists to Discuss Extraordinary Achievements in their Fields 

Aimy Bazylak (MIE) speaks on renewable energy

Engineering Student Named Global Graduate Student Entrepreneur of the Year 

Vincent Cheung (PhD candidate, ECE) is creator of Shape Collage, an automatic photo collage maker

State-of-the-art Facial Recognition System Unveiled by OLGC 

Professor Kostas Plataniotis (ECE) and team develop biometrics encryption technology for use in casinos

Conflicting Theories on Explosion at Mexican Hotel

Professor Emeritus Olev Trass (ChemE) comments on gas build-up resulting in fatal resort accident

Researchers Plot Locations Where Defibrillators Can Save Lives

Professor Timothy Chan (MIE) has researched where automated external defibrillators can best be used

Counterfeit Tokens Are Used Daily on Toronto's Transit System, Engineering Analysis Finds

Professor Zhirui Wang (MSE) oversaw analysis of TTC tokens


Your Faculty


Two Engineering Professors Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada

Stewart Aitchison (ECE) and Harry Ruda (MSE) selected for outstanding achievement

U of T Engineers Receive Six of Nine Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

Mansoor Barati (MSE), Jeffrey Packer (CivE), Andrew Goldenberg (MIE), Joseph Paradi (ChemE), Stephen Armstrong and alumna Deborah Goodings (CivE 7T5) honoured


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