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A New Academic Year Begins

Welcome, all first-year students and a hearty welcome back to our returning students. The 2013-2014 academic year has begun and campus is abuzz with activity. We hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to take on new, exciting challenges in your academic careers.

The Engineering Student e-News, produced monthly throughout the academic year, will bring you the best news and information from around the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the greater U of T community. Be sure to check in with us for stories about our (and your!) successes in academic and research innovation. We’ll also share important dates, deadlines and enrolment information to ensure you are always aware and ready for what’s next.

In between editions, we will share all the latest news on our website and on Twitter at: @uofteng_registr.


September 2013

Volume 5, Issue 1
In this issue:

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


Welcome to Engineering


U of T Engineering Welcomes Class of 1T7

Another school year has started with 1,241 new first-year undergraduates and 809 graduate students arriving on campus to begin their journey towards a U of T Engineering degree

Canadian Entrepreneur and Engineering Alum Talks Secrets to Success with First Years

U of T Engineering was proud to present Som Seif (IndE 9T9) as guest speaker of this year’s plenary lecture

A Welcome Message from Faculty Registrar, Barbara McCann

Exciting challenges and opportunities for self-discovery begin


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

Find Your Way with U of T Maps

Our searchable, layered maps provide directions to places on campus from anywhere


Dates and Deadlines

September 13  

eSIP & PEY registration begins

September 15  

Last day waiting lists are operational for F (fall) session courses. Enrolment becomes first-to-add until September 22

September 22  

Last day for students to add or substitute any Fall session (F) or Full-year (Y) courses

October 14  

Thanksgiving Day: University offices closed

More important dates and deadlines


Student Services


Degree Explorer Tracks Your Academic Process

New U of T tool, available to most second-, third- and fourth-year students, helps plan and review academic program requirements

TTC Post-secondary Metropasses Now Available

The University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) has instructions on how full-time students can register for discounted TTC passes

GO Transit Discount Passes

New GO passes will be available for full-time students from the TCard Office starting September 30. Remember: 2012-2013 passes are still valid until October 31

RESP Forms

If you still need an RESP or scholarship fund form filled out by the Office of the Registrar, visit Galbraith Building, room 157. Kindly include your student number on all forms

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; and
  • Providing guidance on student budgeting and financial aid.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar

Follow-up from 2012-2013

  • Exam Viewing Returns! There is a limited, two day-only, Exam Viewing session on September 25 and 26;
  • The Dean’s Honours list for the Winter 2013 academic session is now posted in the lobby of the Galbraith Building; and
  • You can still order final exam copies and final mark re-checks for Engineering Winter and Summer 2013 courses until October 15 through the Engineering Portal.

Money Matters


Online OSAP Distribution

Qualified for OSAP? Submitted your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to a designated Canada Post outlet? U of T will confirm your registration and OSAP will deposit your funds directly into your bank account. In October, a ‘Confirmation of Income’ form will be made available on your online OSAP account. This form must be completed if you have a change in income to report

Direct Deposit on ROSI

Access your awards, grants and refunds quicker with the Direct Deposit option

Ontario Tuition Grant

To find out if you’re eligible for a grant worth up to 30 per cent of tuition and instructions on how to apply visit the OSAP website

Work/Study Program

Applications to part-time, on-campus positions are open to all undergraduate students with at least 2.0 credits over the fall and winter terms. Please see for details and positions available

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 extracurricular activities and store your resume in your ePortfolio. The Scholarships Committee considers this information 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


Join First-in-the-Family Mentoring Program

Are you the first in your family to attend university? The First-in-the-Family program offers you a mentor in your academic field who can help you to be a successful student

A Purple Rainbow at Toronto Pride

U of T Engineering purple was prominent among the rainbow of colours on display at the 33rd annual Toronto Pride parade on June 30, as Engineering students, faculty, staff and supporters, including the Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad (sic), proudly marched behind their float

Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium Comes to U of T Engineering

It’s never too early to think about graduate school. Join admissions experts, faculty and alumni from five universities and find out what grad school is all about at this event, Wednesday, October 2


In the News


U of T Engineering Rises in International Ranking

Faculty named 12th in the world, strengthens its standing as the top engineering school in Canada

Bio-inspired Design May Lead to More Energy Efficient Windows

University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ben Hatton (MSE) is turning to nature to find a way to cut down on the energy leaks from windows

Pilotless Planes May Hold Key to Spotting Forest Fires

Spotting forest fires is a daunting task, but UTIAS Professor Hugh Liu thinks he may have a solution – pilotless airplanes armed with thermal cameras

ChemE Prof Brews a Life-saving Tea

Professor Emeritus Levente Diosady plans to develop iron-fortified tea leaves to help reduce perinatal and maternal death rates in developing countries


Your Faculty


Engineering Profs to Speak at TEDx Toronto 2013

Professors Steve Mann, Brendan Frey (ECE) chosen to present at Canada's largest TED event

U of T Engineers Honoured by ASME

Dean Cristina Amon and Professor Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) were recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with the 75th Anniversary Medal by the ASME Heat Transfer Division

Hundreds of Students to Benefit from $6.6 Million in Training Funds

Two U of T engineers among four to receive NSERC CREATE funding; program also benefits Canadian industry

U of T Engineering Grads Make Aeronautical History

An aerospace team with strong U of T Engineering connections has made history by winning the $250,000 AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize, for the first-ever sustained flight of a human-powered helicopter.

U of T Engineering Undergrads Recognized by OSPE with Personal Scholarship

Stefan Hadjis (EngSci 1T3 + PEY) and Lorne Mlotek (CivE 1T3) named the 2013 winners of the Personal Scholarship, a $5,000 award offered by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)


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