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November 22, 2010 Vol. 02 // No. 21
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MIE Undergraduate Town Hall

On Thursday, November 18th, the department hosted its first undergraduate student town hall meeting.

Prof. Hani Naguib gave a welcome and introduction to the town hall. Prof. Jean Zu gave an update and overview of the department. Prof. Frances, Prof. Munro, and Jason Bazylak, informed students of the new MIE capstone design course, which involves industry participation. Undergraduate counselor, Nicole Treston, gave an update on scholarships and Prof. Bussmann highlighted graduate studies in MIE.

MIE Holiday Buffet Lunch

Date: Friday, December 10
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Hart House, Great Hall

The annual holiday lunch is celebrate the season amongst Faculty, staff, graduate students and research staff. The buffet-style lunch will include vegetarian options.

Click here to RSVP.

Should you have any questions, please contact Eleanor at chair@mie.utoronto.ca.

Awards & Recognition

Prof. Chan interviewed by The Canadian Press

Prof. Timothy Chan was interviewed by The Canadian Press on November 12th, regarding his study on automated external defibrillators (AED) within Toronto and Peel Region, and how optimizing where public AEDs are placed could save more lives. Prof. Chan presented his research on November 15th at the American Heart Association conference in Chicago.

The Canadian Press story on Prof. Chan's research was picked-up and published by more than a dozen media outlets across Canada including The Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star's Healtzone.ca, Lethbridge Herald, Kelowna Daily Courier and CTV.ca.

Prof. Sun joins Editorial Board of T-Ro

Prof. Yu Sun joined the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics journal, known as T-RO, to the Robotics and Automation community. He was invited to join the board by the journal's editor-in-chief.

T-RO is a leading journal in the robotics area, publishing regular and short papers on both fundamental and applied robotics research.

Research Activities

MIE and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Research Collaboration Workshop

On Wednesday, November 17th, MIE hosted a day-long collaborative workshop with DRDC. Profs. Birsen Donmez, Andreas Mandelis, Yu Sun, Hani Naguib, Axel Guenther, Chi-Guhn Lee, Lidan You, Mark Chignell, and Paul Milgram, were all presenters. Click here for the full workshop agenda.

Prof. Thomson, Prof. Sullivan and Carlos Martinez sign Technology License Agreement

On November 4th, Prof. Murray Thomson, Prof. Pierre Sullivan and graduate student Carlos Martinez signed a technology license agreement with Tenova Goodfellow Inc., in order to commercialize their Cross Correlation Flow Sensor technology.

Prof. Mandelis joins NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects Selection Panel

Prof. Andreas Mandelis has been appointed a member of the Collaborative Health Research Projects Selection Panel for a three-year term ending June 30, 2013.

NSERC's success in supporting university research in science and engineering depends on the voluntary participation of members of the research community in its peer review process. The process is highly regarded by the research community and is linked to the participation of some of the best researchers from all sectors.

Invited Talk

Prof. Aimy Bazylak delivered an invited talk entitled Pore-Network Modeling of Transport Phenomena in PEM Fuel Cells at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Vancouver, BC on November 17th.

Peer Review

Prof. Sinclair will be away November 22 - 23 at the University of Waterloo, where he will serve as vice-chair of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) team reviewing the Mechatronics Engineering program


MIE Seminar Series » Optofluidics: A New Approach to Biophotonics and Reconfigurable Optics

Speaker: David Erickson, Assistant Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Date: Friday, November 26
Time: 2:10 PM

Graduate Studies

JDE 1000H Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar

Date: Friday, December 3
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: BA1160

The Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar (JDE 1000H) has been scheduled as per above. MASc and PhD students are required to participate in this seminar during the first-year of their program. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information and how to register, click here.

MIE Graduate Student Travel Grants

Applications due Wednesday, December 1.

Click here for application instruction.

AMIGAS Faculty & Grad Student Soccer Match

Date: Wednesday, November 24
Time: 7 - 8 PM
Location: Hart House lower gym, 7 Hart House Circle

AMIGAS is holding another soccer match between MIE Faculty and grad students! Join your professors and friends!

AMIGAS Etiquette Lunch

Date: Monday, November 29
Time: 12 - 2 PM
Location: Faculty Club, 41 Willcoks Street

Join your fellow MIE members at this luncheon event with certified etiquette consultant, Leanne Pepper. Come learn proper dining techniques for business and formal meals in this informative and entertaining seminar, while enjoying a 3 course vegetarian meal (soup, pasta entree, and dessert) at the prestigious Faculty Club.

Tickets are just $10 each for MIE graduate students, Faculty, and staff (click here to buy online with your credit card or PayPal account). A limited number of $20 tickets are also available for non-MIE friends and family members (click here).

PhD Oral Exam

Mohamad Saeid Emami Naeini presents: Discrete Element Modeling of Granular Flows in Vibrationally-Fluidized Beds
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 1 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. J.K. Spelt (supervisor and exam chair); Prof. N. Ashgriz; and Prof. A. Mandelis.

PhD Qualifying Exam

Rakesh Dhote presents: Thermo-Mechanical Modeling and Control of Shape Memory Alloy Systems for Nanoscale Applications
Date: Tuesday, November 23
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: Prof. J.W. Zu (co-supervisor); Prof. R. Melnik (co-supervisor); Prof. H. Naguib; Prof. S. Meguid; and Prof. Bussmann (exam chair).

PhD Qualifying Exam

Emily King presents: Development and Evaluation of Technologies to Reduce the Burden of Care at Home
Date: Wednesday, November 24
Time: 2 PM
Location: Conference room at 180 Elm Street
Exam committee: Prof. G. Fernie (supervisor); Prof. M. Chignell (exam chair); and Prof. A. Mihailidis.

MASc Oral Exam

Chi-Hang Kwan presents: Acoustic Streaming Pump for Microfluidic Applications
Date: Wednesday, November 24
Time: 2 PM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: Prof. A.N. Sinclair (co-supervisor and exam chair); Prof. A. Guenther (co-supervisor); Prof. P.E. Sullivan; and Prof. Y. Sun.

PhD Thesis Seminar

Winnie Chen presents: Using Visual Occlusion as a Means of Modeling Human Dynamic Information Processing
Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: 10 AM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. P. Milgram (supervisor); Prof. B. Donmez (exam chair); Prof. J. Senders; and Prof. J. Pratt.

Student Affairs

Skule Movember 2010 » Support Prostate Cancer Canada

Prof. Beno Benhabib and lecturer, Jason Bazylak, are members of the Movember Skule team raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada. Prof. Benhabib has agreed to shave his latest moustache, while Mr. Bazylak has been growing his movember 'stache all month long.

If you want to support the cause by donating, go to ca.movember.com and click donate. Select donate to a Team, and search for "Skule".

Skule Night 1T1

Save-the-date for the world famous engineering musical comedy revue. Five non-stop laughter filled performances will be held from March 16 - 19. Tickets go on sale in mid-February at UofT Tix.


MC-78 Machine Shop Update

The machine shop has replaced their 30-year old Vertical CNC Mill, with a new HAAS VF-2SS Vertical CNC Mill (pictured above).

The new machine features more travel than the old machine (allowing the shop to make larger parts). Also it has a higher 12,000 rpm spindle so machinists can work with smaller cutters, which our customers require.

Furthermore, the shop has done some tests, and machinists now have limited capability to machine ceramic and glass (features that are 4mm or greater).

To find out more please feel free to come down to MC-78 shop. The staff have completed training on the new machine and within a week or two, the shop will be caught-up on the back-log, from when the old machine failed.

For further information please contact Ryan Mendell.

Job Opportunities

Solutions Development Facilities Specialist » Colleges & Universities (Energy Performance Contracting Division)

Golden Mile Management is advertising a great opportunity with a global leading Fortune 100 employer in Toronto.

The company is seeking a top Mechanical Engineer who is familiar with HVAC systems, to support their sales team from a technical expertise standpoint, as to central plant facilities, boilers, chillers, etc., for major College and University campuses across Canada.

The successful candidate will have board room presence, great interpersonal skills, is technically sound from a Mechanical Engineering and facilities standpoint, has design experience (evaluate and assess HVAC systems/building assets, etc.) and has major contacts in the College and University business community across Canada.

For more information contact Ted Tyczka, president Golden Mile Management – Consulting Services.

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