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Supporting our student-athletes

This past summer, two of U of T Engineering’s own competed in the Pan Am Games in Toronto, earning third- and fourth-place finishes respectively. Sasha Gollish ran for Canada in the 1500m and Donna Vakalis in the modern pentathlon. Both hope to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year. However, the future of student-athlete success within our Faculty does not begin or end there.

From Chemical Engineering’s Jeffrey Buttle’s bronze win at the 2006 Olympics to Erica Voss’s 2016 gold medal in the recent Ringette World Championships, our undergrads continue to shine on the international stage. All this while navigating the rigours of a challenging degree program.

With over 100 student-athletes within Engineering, playing 23 Varsity sports, our Faculty is well represented in U of T’s athletics. There are eight Engineering students on the water polo teams alone! It is a feat to excel both in the classroom and on the playing field, yet these students manage to achieve a balance that contributes to the success of both pursuits.

We encourage you to support the Faculty’s student-athletes. Attend a game and celebrate their successes along with them. Updates and game schedules are posted regularly by the Varsity Blues.

In this issue of the Engineering Student e-Newsletter, we put a spotlight on our student-athletes.


January 2016

Volume 7, Issue 5
In this issue:

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




Bronze and gold: Two Engineering undergrads medal at 2016 World Ringette Championships

Two MIE undergrads won bronze and gold for their respective junior teams at the recent world championships in Helsinki, Finland

Sasha Gollish teaches alumni a lesson in perservering on and off the track
Running veteran Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, EngEd PhD Candidate) is pursuing a PhD aimed at advancing engineering education with lessons from the track

Track and Field shines at Fred Foot Meet
James Elson (Year 2, CompE) places first in the men's high jump. Earlier in the month, Riley Alvarez (Year 2 MechE) finished third in the 1000m at the Can Am Classic at the University of Windsor

Blues top Gryphons in OUA tune-up
Engineering undergrads shine at recent dual-meet. Keith Eriks (Year 2 MechE), Nathalin Moy (Year 4 EngSci), Osvald Nitski (Year 1 IndE) and Oliver Straszynski (Year 2 ECE) picked up gold medals

Blues beat Badgers
U of T Varsity Blues Women's Ice Hockey win 4-2 over the Brock Badgers on January 23 in St. Catharines. Fourth-year chemical engineering student Caitlin Maikawa plays defence for the team. See them play against the Western Mustangs on Friday at Varsity Arena

Academic excellence and athletics recognized
Interviews with Tanner Young-Schultz (Year 3 CompE) and Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, EngEd PhD Candidate)

Women's Water Polo wins third straight OUA title and Men's team grabs silver
The McMaster Marauders fell to the Varsity Blues Women's Water Polo team in a 11-6 OUA championship match while Men's Water Polo secured OUA silver in Hamilton

Gollish honoured as one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians
Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, EngEd PhD Candidate) presented with prestigious CIS award by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall


Dates and Deadlines


January 29


Student club funding deadline

February 15


Last day to drop full-year courses without academic penalty

February 15


Family Day: University closed

February 16-19


Reading Week

February 22


Dean's Student Town Hall

  For additional dates, events and deadlines, visit the Undergraduate Engineering Calendar  

Student Services


Post exam-services for 2015 Fall Session Engineering exams

Engineering students may now order exam copies, final mark re-checks and register for exam viewing sessions. Check the undergrad site for available dates and deadlines

Academic advising: years one through four

Have questions about your program, personal matters or what to do about your latest marks? Your academic advisor should be your first stop


Money Matters


3T5 Second Mile Engineering Award

Graduating students: nominate yourself for this prestigious award. Deadline: February 3

Kordellas-Tripp Foundation Engineering Award

This award was established in 2015 through a generous donation by Nicolas Kordellas and Shirley Tripp. Available to third- and fourth-year U of T Engineering students. Deadline: February 5

New external scholarships

Check out and apply for new scholarship opportunities. Questions about eligibility or your application? Contact

Reminder: Tuition fee service charges
New this year, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has mandated a change in tuition billing. Students now have the option to pay fees by term

OSAP repayment workshops
The National Student Loan Service Centre continues to provide webinars on loan repayment. Sign up today

T2202A Certificates
The 2015 Tuition and Education Amount Certificates (T2202A) for income tax purposes will be available on ACORN/ROSI beginning February 21


Engineering Student Life


Godiva's Hymn contest winners unveiled at Cannonball

Tania Albarghouthi (Year 3 ECE) wrote the winning verse of the Godiva's Hymn contest run by EngSoc

Meet seven student interns from U of T Engineering

A record 782 undergrads are spending a year or more working as part of the Professional Experience Year (PEY) program

Summer abroad in South Africa

Are you interested in consulting with micro-enterprises in South Africa for an academic credit? Application fee deadline: February 15, 2016

Designing across cultures: MIE's international capstone course

More than a dozen U of T Engineering students and professors spent four days last month in China, collaborating with colleagues from two universities


In the News


What makes Canada cool? Not what the New York Times thinks

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) leads a lab that combines aspects of engineering, chemistry and biology to create new polymers that may evenutally help patients with strokes or spinal cord injuries (Toronto Star)

Fuelling the future

Professors Steven Thorpe (MSE) and Donald Kirk (ChemE) announce new clean-tech research network (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Single lane reopened but embarrasing damage to $106M "crown jewel" Ontario bridge remains

Forensic engineer Doug Perovic (MSE) on Nipigon bridge (National Post)


Your Faculty


Prime Minister backs regenerative medicine research at U of T Engineering and partners

Trudeau says regenerative medicine is the way of the future for Canadian healthcare

Craig Simmons named U of T Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology

MIE, IBBME professor recognized for exceptional career accomplishments and promise

Q&A with U of T Engineering's newest professor: Lesley Warren

Professor Lesley Warren joined the Department of Civil Engineering and the Lassonde Institute of Mining on January 1, 2016, as the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering


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