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October 25, 2010 Vol. 02 // No. 17
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Fall Campus Day at MIE

On Saturday October 23, 2010, UofT hosted its annual Fall Campus Day. Each year, the event brings hundreds of high school students and their families from Ontario and abroad to the campus to learn more about the university.

Prof. Hani Naguib made a presentation to two groups of approximately 150 students and their parents about the department. MIE also set-up a booth where potential students could ask current MIE students more about the program and what it's like.

Special thanks to volunteers Filza Mazahir, Vijay Unnithan, Blair Antcliffe, Andrew Curran, Justin Kirkey, Tsuey Ho and Anna Sheu who helped out at the MIE booth and to Prof. Guenther's lab for hosting tours through their lab.

MIE Academic Staff Meeting

Date: Thursdsay, October 28
Time: 12:10 PM
Location: MC 331

The main theme of the meeting will be to discuss the newly proposed ME Capstone design course and the associated curriculum change.

MIE Faculty-Staff Mixer

Last Friday, October 22 the department hosted its first ever Faculty-Staff Mixer at Molly Bloom's Pub on College Street.

The event was an opportunity for faculty and staff to get to know each other outside of the stresses of the workplace. There was an impressive turnout from both faculty and staff and overall the event was a great success.

We look forward to hosting another similar event sometime in the early new year.

Awards & Recognition

Prof. Goldenberg named Life Fellow of IEEE

In recognition of the many years of loyal membership and support of the activities of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) on January 1, 2011, Prof. Andrew Goldenberg has achieved the status of Life Fellow.

Congratulations, Prof. Goldenberg!

Prof. Carter quoted in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business

Prof. Michael Carter from the MIE Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering was quoted in a lead story in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business on Thursday October 21, 2010. The story focused on recent advances by Telus into the healthcare sector. Click here to read it.

MIE students winning at 11th International Bone Fluid Flow Workshop

Correction to last week's newsletter announcement of the following student awards:

Paper: Jason Li (UofT, Prof. Sun and Prof. You labs)
Poster: Saja Al-Dujaili (UofT, Prof. Guenther and Prof. You labs)

Research Activities

Call for Papers » 23rd Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics (CANCAM)

Date: Sunday, June 5 to Thursday, June 9, 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC

CANCAM 2011 will be hosted by Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia. Original papers (four pages) are sought from all areas of applied mechanics, including but not limited to the following: Biomechanics, Civil Engineering - all relevant topics, Computational Mechanics, Dynamics and Vibration, Education in Applied Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Solid Mechanics and Materials, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, and Robotics and Control.

Papers in all other areas of Applied Mechanics are also welcome.

Please visit the conference website, or go directly to the paper submission website.

More Info

Funding Opportunity » Team Grant: Chronic Disease Risk and Intervention Strategies

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) – in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Lung Association – are pleased to announce the Team Grant: Chronic Disease Risk and Intervention Strategies funding opportunity in support of the creation or development of expert teams comprising investigators undertaking collaborative, team-based research in one or more of the research areas under the ICRH’s mandate (see website).

Additional details regarding this funding opportunity, scheduled to be launched in November 2010, are available in the attached document.

Funding Opportunity » Networks of Centres of Excellence Competition

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program invests in Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent to translate and apply knowledge to produce economic and social benefits for Canadians. The program plays an important role in mobilizing some of Canada's best research talent found in the Canadian academic community, and in engaging Canadian and international partners of the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Together, they expand the global knowledge frontier to generate and implement multifaceted solutions to complex Canadian issues, which increases the benefit of research and research training for the benefit of society.

New networks will be eligible to receive funding for up to two five-year terms for a total of ten years. Progress for each new network will be assessed annually, and may result in continued funding, conditional funding, or the phasing out of a network before the end of the award.

Click here to download the application form or for for further information about the program click here.

Please note the internal deadline to submit drafts is November 7, 2010 at midnight. Please advise Colleen Burke immediately of plans to submit an NCE application.


MIE Seminar Series » Applications and Challenges for Optimization in Competitive Electricity Markets

Distinguished Speaker: Shmuel S. Oren, The Earl J. Isaac Chair Professor, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, University of California at Berkeley
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: MC102

CRHE Seminar » Computational Modeling for Public Health with Implications to Policy Making: Two Case Studies

Speaker: Prof. Jiming Liu, Chair and Head of Computer Science Department, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong
Date: Monday, November 15
Time: 5 PM
Location: MC311


Graduate Studies

Graduate Students needed » MIE Research Symposium

Graduate students are needed to organize and run the 2nd annual MIE Research Symposium to be held in spring 2011. An informational meeting for potential volunteers is being held on Monday, November 1st at 12 PM in RS207. If you are interested in helping in any capacity, come to the meeting. Lunch will be provided.

The MIE Research Symposium provides a great opportunity for graduate students to present their work and learn about other research happening in MIE. The first symposium featured more than 60 outstanding oral and poster presentations. The keynote address was delivered by Subra Suresh (Dean of the School of Engineering at MIT), and the day finished with a wine & cheese awards ceremony.

The second symposium can be even better than the first, but not without the help of MIE graduate students.

For more information, click here or contact symposium@mie.utoronto.ca.

PhD Qualifying Exam

Brandon Chen presents: MEMS-Based SEM Nanomanipulation of Sub-Cellular Structures for Genetic Research
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 4:10 PM
Location: RS207
Exam committee: Prof. Y. Sun (Supervisor), Prof. F. Ben Amara (Exam Chair), Professor L. You.

PhD Qualifying Exam

Reza Rizvi presents: Smart Material Sensors for Biomedical Tactile and Strain Measurements
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 1 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. H. Naguib (Supervisor), Prof. O. Kesler (Exam Chair), Dr. E. Biddiss (Co-supervisor) and Dr. F. Dawson.

PhD Qualifying Exam

Sarina Turner presents: Inverse Optimization Used as an Assessment Tool for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 10 AM
Location: RS207
Exam committee: Prof. T. Chan (Supervisor), Prof. D. Frances (Exam Chair), and Prof. C. Beck.

Deadline » Masters Tuition Fees Bursary

The deadline for the Masters Tuition Fees Bursaries for Fall 2010 is Thursday, October 29.

For more information click here.

Deadline » Course Drop

The final date to drop a full-year or September half-course without academic penalty is Wednesday, November 3.

CIHR Scholarship for Masters Students

Submit an application electronically on ResearchNet before 9:00 AM on Friday, November 5.
Print the application and submit it with an official transcript to the MIE Graduate Office by Monday November 8.

Click here for more detailed information.


Student Affairs

UTORG Bi-weekly Operations Research Lunches

UTORG has started bi-weekly Operations Research Lunches where students can meet and informally discuss topics in OR and/or mathematics over lunch. This will be a good opportunity to make new friends and learn directly from "student-specialists" in current areas of OR. At every meeting, a volunteer will be chosen to facilitate the discussion. Tentatively, we will meet in the Rosebrugh building Room 207 on Wednesday October 27 at noon. The upcoming one is about financial engineering (optimization) given by IE PhD student, Jonathan Li. All are welcome. Lunches are "brown bag" i.e. bring your own lunch.

For more information, click here.

Job Opportunities

University of Manitoba

Faculty Positions » Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering

The University of Manitoba is in the process of searching for an Assistant Professor in the area of Materials Science and a Tier II Canada Research Chair at the Assistant Professor/Associate Professor level in Biomedical Engineering Materials.

Click here and here for how to apply.

Ohio State University

Tenure Track Faculty Positions » Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Ohio State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is now seeking nominations or applications for a tenure track faculty position in dynamic systems or mechanical design. Research specialization areas include (but are not limited to): design issues in power transmission/gearing, smart materials and structures, mechanical vibrations, structural dynamics, and structural health monitoring and diagnostics. Interested candidates should send a complete curriculum vitae, a 2-3 page statement of research and teaching goals, and the names, address, and e-mail addresses of four references to the Department Chair.

Click here for more information about the position

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