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Where it all begins

With a full slate of minors (including the new Minors in Engineering Business and Robotics & Mechatronics,) a new certificate in Global Engineering, an outstanding group of 1T5 first-year students and more international opportunities than ever before, the 2011-12 academic year is shaping up to be the best yet.

To our returning students: welcome back! We hope your summer has been restful and enlightening and that you are ready to take on new and exciting challenges in your academic life.

To our new students: welcome! The Engineering Student e-News, produced once per month throughout the academic year, will be bringing you news and information about your new academic home, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. From the need-to-know dates and deadlines to the good-to-know stories about research, innovations and successes, think of the Engineering Student e-News as your monthly check-in to Engineering.

In between editions, be sure to follow the latest undergraduate news at our website and follow the Office of the Registrar on Twitter at @uofteng_registr.


September 2011

Volume 3, Issue 1
In this issue:

New Students

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


Welcoming New Students


Greetings from Dean Cristina Amon

A new academic year, a remarkable group of students and a chance to reach new heights

A Welcome Message from Faculty Registrar, Barbara McCann

A journey of self-discovery begins

Welcome, First-Year Students

This September, 1,354 undergraduates are beginning a new chapter in their lives – entering their first year at U of T Engineering

First-Year Engineering Students Have Fun With Faculty

First-year students discovered their new campus and met professors and staff at the annual Fun With Faculty event


Dates and Deadlines

September 12  

Start of F (Fall) and Y (Year-long) session Arts & Science courses

September 19  

Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) & Professional Experience Year (PEY) registration begins. See for details

September 25  

Last day for students to add or substitute any Fall session (F) and full-year (Y) courses on SWS

October 10  

Thanksgiving: University offices closed

More important dates and deadlines


Student Services


A New Way to "Follow" the Office of the Registrar

Since July, the Office of the Registrar has been answering short, general student questions on Twitter. Give us a follow!

TTC Post-secondary Metropasses Now Available

The University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) has instructions on how to register for discounted TTC passes. GO Transit discount forms can be obtained at the Office of the Registrar, Galbraith Building, room 157

RESP Forms

If you still need an RESP or Scholarship Fund form filled out by the Office of the Registrar for the 2011-2012 academic year, visit Galbraith Building, room 157. Kindly include your student number on all forms

Follow-up from Previous Sessions

  • The Dean’s Honours list for the Winter 2011 academic session is now posted in the lobby of the Galbraith Building
  • You can still order final exam copies and final mark re-checks for Winter and Summer 2011 courses until October 15 through the Engineering Portal


During your first couple of weeks on campus, you may notice staff and faculty wearing badges that say "ASKme" — these ambassadors are happy to help if you get lost or have any questions about U of T

Opting Out of the UTSU Health and Dental Plan

You may opt-out of the health and dental portion of the University of Toronto Student Union’s health and dental plan and receive a fees refund if you are covered by another comparable plan. For more information, see UTSU’s website

Office of the University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson offers confidential and impartial advice and assistance on university-related problems to students, faculty and staff on all three campuses. Visit the office's website or add the Ombudsperson module to your Blackboard portal page

How Can the Office of the Registrar Help?

  • Advice on rules and regulations
  • Accepting petitions and supporting documents
  • Filling out forms for students (RESPs, Schedule 2)
  • Preparing letters of registration
  • Answering questions about enrolment and registration
  • Providing guidance on student budgeting and financial aid
For more information see the Office of the Registrar


Money Matters


OSAP Distribution

OSAP distribution has begun. As OSAP documents arrive, you will be notified by email at the address listed on ROSI. Click here for instructions on what to bring when you pick up your OSAP

Faculty Grants

The Faculty has grants available for students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and still find themselves in financial difficulty. An email will be sent to all undergraduates in the Faculty by the end of September or early October with details on how to apply

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship and Award recipients: the funds will be deposited into your student account on ROSI before November 15, provided you are registered. If you have any questions about your scholarship, contact or drop by GB 153

The Online Engineering Portfolio

Record your extra-curricular activities and store your resume in your ePortfolio. The Scholarships Committee considers this information in the ePortfolio to assist them when selecting recipients for awards. Leadership qualities are also used to consider potential candidates for awards outside of the Faculty. It's important to keep your ePortfolio up-to-date


Campus Life


Energy Systems in India and Canada Focus of Summer Course in Mumbai

This summer, 14 students travelled to Mumbai, India with Professor Sanjeev Chandra (MIE) and Murray Metcalfe (MIE, Globalization) to learn about "Defining Energy Futures in India and Canada" 

UnERD Showcases Undergrad Summer Research

Six students outline summer research projects

U of T’s Solar Race Car Unveiled

The University's Blue Sky Solar Team will race new car in the World Solar Challenge in Australia

Engineering Students Win Pride Parade Award

A Silver Horse wins Engineering Society the "Shock and Awe" Award at Annual Parade

Student Team Lauded for Bicycle Design

Twelve students create a one-of-a kind human-powered bike that can top 100 km/h

New U of T Map is Live

Navigate the campus with ease thanks to the new, Google-based, searchable U of T campus map

U of T Formula SAE Racing Places 15th in International Competition 

Engineering students faced 77 other teams at Formula Student Germany International Design Competition

Summer Programs Inspire

Engineering's Outreach Office ran a variety of programs to educate and inspire youth

To Get Involved, All You Need is a Blueprint

The Blueprint program offer workshops on academic success, career planning and community engagement


In the News


Incoming First-Year Students Are at the Top of their Class 

Four Greater Toronto students who graduated at the top of their class start U of T Engineering this fall

Students Hope to Change the World One Drop of Blood at a Time 

U of T Engineering students receive the James Dyson Award for their research device, the "Automated Parasite Detection System"

MIE Student Featured on YTV 

Andrew Brown (MechE 1T3) helps YTV host Andy Chapman build and launch his very own rocket

$20 Million for Water Research Benefits U of T Engineering

Federal government invests in Southern Ontario Water Consortium


Your Faculty


47 Engineers Among U of T Recipients of $42-million in NSERC Funding 

Federal Minister of State (Transport) Stephen Fletcher visits U of T to announce results of 2011 NSERC competitions

U of T Engineers Put their Heads Together to Reinvent the Toilet 

Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE) and team awarded Gates Foundation project to create sustainable sanitation solutions for the developing world

Eight Engineering Staff Members Honoured by the Faculty

Administrative and technical staff honoured for their outstanding contributions to U of T Engineering

Professors Recognized for Teaching Excellence 

Professors Sean Hum (ECE) and Jim Wallace (MIE) were honoured by Faculty at the 4th annual Celebrating Engineering Success reception


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