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Year in Review

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to a close, we would like to commend you for your hard work and contributions to U of T Engineering. Whether it was your first year in the Faculty or your fourth, we hope your experience was memorable, challenging, and ultimately enjoyable.

To our graduating students, we congratulate you on your enthusiasm and dedication and wish you every success with your future. We hope that you will remain connected with the Skule community in the years ahead. To our returning students, have a restful and fulfilling summer and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

While the Engineering Student e-News will break for the summer, the Office of the Registrar will remain open to assist you.

Lastly, we have assembled highlights from the past year for you to enjoy and information on post-exam services, taxes, Summer Session enrolment and more.

Thank you for another great year!


April 2016

Volume 7, Issue 8
In this issue:

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


Highlights from the 2015-2016 Academic Year


MechE student named Varsity Blues Male Rookie of the Year

Varsity Blues swimmer Osvald Nitski (Year 1 MechE) recognized for outstanding performance

Skule a "sea of pink" on Pink Shirt Day

On February 24, U of T Engineering wore pink to help put an end to bullying (photo gallery)

Epic snowball fight at U of T

Students from three campuses flocked to the front campus for the annual U of T Snow Battle

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

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

U of T Engineers design windmills for Nicaragua

Led by Professor Amy Bilton (MIE) and part of the MIE491: Capstone Design course, three different teams of undergrads have worked closely with members of the community to make the windmill a reality

Meet one of U of T Engineering's MasterCard Foundation Scholars

Sylvia Mwangi, a second-year U of T Engineering student, is one of 23 MasterCard Foundation Scholars at the University

World's fastest bike created by U of T Engineering alumni and students

Eta, built by U of T Engineering alumni and students, is the world's fastest human-powered vehicle



Dates and Deadlines


April 28


Last day to pay or defer fees for the Summer Session

May 2


F Session Engineering minor courses begin

May 9


First-year T-Program classes begin

May 9


Arts & Science F and Y classes begin

May 23


Victoria Day: University closed

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

Student Services


Post-exam services

The Office of the Registrar offers several post-exam services to Engineering undergrads: exam copies, final mark re-checks and exam viewing

When things don't go as planned

A petition is your formal request for an exception to a Faculty or University rule, regulation or deadline

2016 Winter Session grades

Toward the end of April, marks, as they are submitted, will be posted in ACORN. Sessional averages and academic statuses will not be available until mid-May after all marks are reviewed by the Committee on Examinations. Until that time, minor changes may occur

Summer course enrolment and registration

Important dates, deadlines and information on the 2016 Summer Session

Engineering & Computer Science Library closure

This summer, the Engineering & Computer Science Library (ECSL) will be closed from May 9-July 4 for renovations to improve and expand their space. Have questions about the closure? Visit their FAQ


Money Matters


Reminder: Service charges on tuition balances

Outstanding balances for fees from the 2015-2016 academic year will continue to be subjected to a monthly service charge of 1.5% compounded interest (19.56%) until paid in full. Outstanding charges on your account from prior sessions are subject to service charges as well. To review your account, log into ACORN

External scholarship opportunities

Several new external scholarship opportunities have been added to the Current Engineering Undergraduates website

Tax help for students
The University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) offers clinics to help students learn how to file their taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has information for students on their website as well. International students may receive tax advice from the Centre for International Experience (CIE). Reminder: 2015 Tuition and Education Amount Certificates (T2202A) for income tax purposes are available in ACORN

ePortfolio deadline: June 5
Would you like to be considered for Faculty scholarships? Updating your e-Portfolio allows the Faculty to help match your extracurricular activities to available scholarships


Engineering Student Life


15 U of T Engineering students honoured with 2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

On April 20, 15 engineering students were honoured with awards to recognize their leadership and commitment to improve the world around them

U of T Engineering students bring design solutions to challenges in Toronto communities

Praxis II Showcase event unveils innovative answers to nine problems plaguing local community leaders, businesses and agencies

Astronaut Jeremy Hansen inspires students at U of T Engineering

On April 8, Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen met with undergrads and students from local elementary and high schools to talk about the past, present and future of space exploration and the importance of goal-setting and teamwork

U of T Seismic Design Team wins fourth overall at Seismic Design Competition

The 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition was held in conjunction with the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California from April 5-8. Thirty-three teams from across the globe competed in the event


In the News


Two experts say Justin Trudeau's description of quantum computing was pretty good

Professor Amr Helmy (ElecE) helps BuzzFeed assess the Prime Minister's explanation of quantum computing (BuzzFeed News)

Air pollution poses a risk to Toronto cyclists

Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou (CivE) says that cars' tailpipes are nearly as dangerous as their fenders (Metro Toronto)

Protecting high-rises from natural disasters

Kinetica, which grew out U of T Engineering's Civil Engineering department, has developed ground-breaking earthquake and wind-resistant technology to safeguard tall buildings (Canadian Business Journal)


Your Faculty


ChemE professor wins Killam Prize

Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) is one of the five recipients of this year's Killam Prizes presented by the Canada Council for the Arts

U of T Engineering honours 10 faculty and staff at 9th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence event

The event recognizes exceptional leadership, citizenship, innovation and commitment to the Faculty's teaching and research mission

Professor Adam Steinberg receives the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

Professor Adam Steinberg's (UTIAS) team studies the complex physical and chemical reactions that take place inside the combustion engines used in jet aircraft or large power plants


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