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Engineering for the World

What does it mean to be a Global Faculty? At U of T Engineering, we are embedding global themes, examples and issues into our curriculum, giving students opportunities to work on major international design projects, pursue internships overseas and study abroad. As an undergraduate, you are exposed to innovative ways to approach international challenges, like our Blue Sky Solar Racing Team (pictured above) who are putting solar energy technology to the test with a 3,000-kilometre race across Australia. We encourage to build your experiences by looking outward, at the world around you and to become a global leader.

In this month's Engineering Student e-News, we get to know some of the international connections at U of T Engineering: we welcome 45 international exchange students, 280 students from Brazil's Science Without Borders program and show you how you can study for a semester or summer abroad. We also check in with U of T’s ‘Build Your Experience’ month, where you can find opportunities to get involved with your campus, your community and your world.


October 2013

Volume 5, Issue 2
In this issue:

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


International Exchange


Students from Across Continents and Cultures Converge at U of T Engineering Through International Exchange

U of T Engineering is a top destination for international students, brings boundless opportunities to develop global leaders

An Exchange Would Do You Good

In collaboration with the Centre for International Experience, U of T Engineering offers fantastic study opportunities at more than 150 top-tier universities in 40 countries

Study Abroad This Summer

Would you like to study internationally for a shorter period of time? The Summer Abroad Program, offered by Woodsworth College, may be a perfect fit. Many of the credits offered can be used to meet Engineering elective requirements


Dates and Deadlines

October 10  

Dean’s Town Hall; pizza lunch and discussion, noon in GB 202

October 14  

Thanksgiving Day: University closed

October 15  

Last day for students to request 2013 Winter & Summer Final Exam Services

October 18  

Examination timetable for Fall Session (F) courses posted

October 23 & 24  

100 Years of Materials Innovation: 1913-2013

November 4  

Last day to drop Fall Session (F) courses without academic penalty; last day to transfer to part-time studies or withdraw from the Fall Session (F) without academic penalty

More important dates and deadlines


Student Services


UTMail+ Shutdown for Thanksgiving Weekend

Due to a system upgrade, student email will be inaccessible starting Friday, October 11 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday evening (if not sooner). You will not be able to send, retrieve or view your emails during that time

Grief Sharing and Support

Everyone grieves in his or her own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty and lonely. This grief circle is a drop-in support group for students, men and women, with mixed types of loss. Suited for University of Toronto students who have experienced the death of a grandparent, parent, spouse/partner, close friend, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief

Letters of Registration & Verification of Enrolment Forms

If you need to confirm your registration as an undergraduate for a third party, the Office of the Registrar can assist

International Student Transition Counselling

A transition counsellor can help you make a smooth and effective passage into academic and cultural life

Learning Skills Sessions Available

Learning Skills Strategist available to students whose study habits could use improvement

Dean’s Honours List Certificates for 2012-2013

Students who were on the Dean’s Honours List in 2012-2013 will receive a Dean’s Honours List Certificate by the end of this month. Congratulations! Check your email for details

Safety on Campus

Keeping students safe is a priority at U of T. Find out about safety initiatives on campus


Money Matters


Faculty Grants

The Faculty has grants available for students who have exhausted all other sources of funding and still find themselves in financial difficulty

University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS)

University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS) is a financial aid program for certain full-time students eligible for need-based government student assistance

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. This month, 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

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

Find Your Way on Financial Aid

These websites can help you navigate the world of scholarships and financial aid opportunities:


Campus Life


Successful Students Get Involved

By getting involved, you will meet friends, have fun and develop skills that will help you in whatever career you choose. The new Co-Curricular Record can help you find opportunities, and more importantly, understand the skills and abilities that you have acquired just by doing what you love

U of T Solar Car Ready to Race 3,000km Across Australia

Blue Sky Solar preps for Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Two Second-year Students’ Photography Lighting System Wins the $20,000 Lacavera Prize at the Entrepreneurship Hatchery’s Demo Day

Nine student teams from the Hatchery presented their innovative product and service ideas on September 12

Got Ideas? Make Them Happen with the Student Initiative Fund

Have an idea for an activity at U of T and need some funds to make it happen? The Student Initiative Fund offers financial support to a maximum of $5,000 for projects that enhance the student experience and foster a sense of community at the University of Toronto

October is ‘Build On Your Strengths’ Month

Student Life invites you to be assertive, be grateful, be mindful, celebrate, connect, create, dream, forgive, lead, manage stress, move, unplug and share this month with strength-building events and exhibitions all around campus

Snapshots from Frosh 2013

Take a look back at last month’s Frosh Week with these fun photo highlights from all three U of T campuses


In the News


ECE Grad Wins City of Toronto Entrepreneurship Award

Hargun Suri's (CompE 1T3) award recognizes the significant contributions international students make to Toronto's economic and cultural development

TEDx Toronto 2013: Genetic Recipes and Spaceglasses

U of T professors, Professors Brendan Frey (ECE) and Steve Mann (ECE), discussed their leading research

Spotlight on Startups: Forget Passwords, PIN Codes and Key Cards – In Style – With Bionym's 'Nymi' Wristband

Entrepreneurs from Rotman's Creative Destruction Lab, U of T Engineering alumni, launch wearable bio-tech

Company With Roots in U of T Engineering Receives One of Canada’s Largest Healthcare Angel Investments

ChipCare Corp. to receive $2.05 million from government and private investors to refine handheld blood tester for monitoring HIV patients in developing world

IBBME Student Debuted Documentary at Toronto International Film Festival

A directorial debut for U of T PhD candidate, and former pro baseball player, Drew Taylor


Your Faculty


Dean Amon Inducted into Hall of Fame

North American award recognizes achievements that open minds to the contribution of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and math

Till & McCulloch Award Goes to IBBME’s Peter Zandstra

Professor’s research stem cells, cord blood to fight leukemia

Can Plants Help Build Better Solar Cells?

Connaught Global Challenge seeds ambitious research project, led by Professor Ted Sargent (ECE, Vice-Dean, Research)

11 Engineering Staff Members Receive U of T Excellence Through Innovation Awards

Staff members from ECE, MIE and the Office of the Registrar recognized for innovation

Professor Doug Hooton to Receive Robert E. Philleo Award

Civil engineering professor recognized for exemplary teaching and research in durability and sustainability of cement

University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG) Recognized by INFORMS

MIE student chapter is the only active group in Canada to join international society for operations research


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