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January 10, 2017

Volume 8, Issue 21
In this issue:

Research Activities
Graduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies
Job Opportunities


A Q&A with Fulbright winner and alumna Caroline Cao

MIE alumna Caroline Cao (IndE PhD 0T2) was recently honoured with a Fulbright US Scholar Fellowship, and hopes to use the grant to introduce human factors engineering to local academic communities in Vietnam.

New faculty appointment

Merve Bodur joined MIE this January as an Assistant Professor in industrial engineering. Her research interests include integer programming, stochastic programming, multiobjective integer programming and combinatorial optimization with applications in service systems staffing and scheduling and network interdiction problems.

The Peri Family endows two awards for IndE students

MIE would like to thank John Peri (IndE 8T4) and his family for their generous donation of $250,000, which will go towards supporting MIE industrial engineering students:

Industrial Engineering Design Award (Endowed $50,000)
The Peri Family Industrial Engineering Design Award will be awarded to the team that demonstrates exceptional design capabilities in the Fourth Year Industrial Engineering Capstone Design Course.

The Peri Family Graduate Scholarship in Healthcare Engineering (Endowed $200,000)
The Peri Family Graduate Scholarship in Healthcare Engineering will award one or more graduate student(s) enrolled in MIE who are undertaking advanced research in the field of healthcare engineering. The candidate will be selected based on exceptional academic performance and strong commitment to pursing innovative solutions for the healthcare sector or the field.

The Department is also pleased to announce that John Peri has joined the MIE Board of Advisors, as of December 15, 2016.

John H. Weber Scholarship

The John H. Weber Scholarship is in recognition of John Weber’s (MechE 7T9) induction into the Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2016, and to celebrate his dedicated service to MIE as Vice-Chair, MIE Board of Advisors. The John H. Weber Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering (five-year term - $2,500 annually) will be awarded to a student, or team of MechE students, who demonstrate an interest in automotive and/or aviation design through their Capstone project. The award will be given to the team rated highest by the MIE Capstone Showcase judges.

James A. Peers Meeting Room

MIE Board of Advisors member Jim Peers (IndE 7T3) has generously donated a meeting room in the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Located on the fifth floor, the James A. Peers Meeting Room will be open to undergrads and graduate students for projects and to meet with faculty and industry partners.

Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory Research Fund

Rich Great International Industries Ltd. has generously donated $100,000 towards the research of Professor Yu Sun through a general donation to his lab. Professor Sun, Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems, is the Director of the Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (AMNL). Founded in 2004, AMNL focuses on the development and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems. AMNL’s research ranges from fundamental science, to applied biotechnology, to emerging engineering issues.

Office hours change: Undergraduate and Graduate Office

To increase the hours of service for students, both the Undergraduate Office and Graduate Office are now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Thursdays for the Graduate Office (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.).


Research Activities


Research Grants and Opportunities




The schedule for MIE's Distinguished Seminar Series for Winter 2017 is now available. Please check regularly for updates.

New Generation of High Resolution Acoustical Imaging Techniques for Material Characterization and NDT In Automotive and Aircraft Manufacturing

Professor Roman Maev, University of Windsor
Date: Friday, January 13
Location: MC102
Time: 2 p.m.

UTORG seminar: Approximating the Gittins Index for Bayesian Bandits
Professor Michael Jong Kim, MIE
Date: Wednesday, January 11
Location: RS207
Time: 12 p.m.


Graduate Studies


MIE welcomes new graduate students

On January 6, MIE welcomed new graduate students, who enjoyed a full day of activities including: orientation sessions, building tours and a social mixer. View photos.





Master's students intending to graduate spring 2017

Master's students who intend to graduate in March 2017 (in absentia) or June 2017 (Convocation)
without fees being charged for WINTER 2017 must complete their degree requirements by Wednesday, January 18, 2017. To request graduation, please send an email to: brenda@mie.utoronto.ca, by January 18.

DEEP 2017: Accepting applications
The Engineering Outreach Office has opened up a Request for Proposals (RFP) for DEEP instructors for the 2017 summer program. The office is looking for graduate students interested in sharing their research and providing a unique, hands-on experience for the high school students who participate in DEEP. The RFP closes January 24, 2017. Any questions may be directed to outreach.engineering.utoronto.ca.

MASc Oral Exam
Nasif Addnan
: "Design of Mobile Application Using Location Based Adaptive Automation"
Date: Friday, January 13
Time: 9:30 am
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Dr. Greg Jamieson, Dr. Mark Chignell, Dr. Olivier St-Cyr

MASc Oral Exam
Yetian Wang
: "City Indicator Consistency Analysis: An Approach to Inconsistency Detection"
Date: Monday, January 16
Time: 2:30 p.m
Location: TBD
Exam committee: Mark Fox, Mark Fox, Michael Gruninger, Renee Miller


Undergraduate Studies


UT-IMDI Info Night: January 19

Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: MC102
UT-IMDI is hosting an information session with industry partners and former UT-IMDI student interns, to exchange knowledge, experience and insight into respective industries and careers. Industry partners will be able to meet prospective interns and discuss opportunities on upcoming summer Collaborative & Sponsored Projects. Light refreshment will be served.

UTEK is looking for volunteers

University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (UTEK) is looking for volunteers who will be available on January 21 or 22! ESP students get 3 PD points for volunteering! If you want to get involved with organizing UTEK and helping participants, this opportunity is for you. To sign up, fill out this form.

Leadership Labs winter schedule
Launch yourself at Skule™ and after Skule™. Leadership Labs offer you personal and professional development to kick-start your success in a fun environment. You’ll cover practical topics such as networking, goal setting, making the most of meetings, dealing with difficult team members, public speaking, and other skills that make you a better engineer.

Spirit Singers: Celebrating Diversity and Our Common Humanity

6 p.m. Mondays, starting Mon, January 9. All Welcome. Centre for International Experience, Baldwin Room. Join a non-auditioned choral ensemble for U of T students to celebrate diversity and foster intercultural and interfaith understanding. The Spirit Singers affirms our common humanity in the quest for peace and justice. Come make a new friend along the way!

Rotman Master of Financial Risk Management: info session

Interested in a career in Financial Risk Management? Come to an Information Session to learn how your background in engineering combined with Rotman’s Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM) can help you enter the exciting world of finance. You’ll get a chance to meet Professor John Hull, Maple Financial Group Chair in Derivatives and Risk Management, and Alexandra McKay, Academic Director of the MFRM program.
Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: MC254

Upcoming Exchange Application Deadline

Thinking about studying abroad? Outbound exchange application deadline is January 13, 2017.
U of T degree-seeking students have access to a variety of international exchange opportunities. You can spend a semester, a year or a summer in a different country while earning a U of T credit. Exchange is U of T's traditional program for students looking to go abroad, offering 140 + partner institutions in 40+ countries.

Y Combinator at U of T
Join Y Combinator partners and alumni at the University of Toronto on Friday, January 20. Hear their stories, ask questions, and find out what it’s really like to start a startup. All are welcome to attend! Sign up for the event here. They are also hosting one-on-one office hours with teams on 1/21. Sign up for office hours here. If you’re selected for office hours, we’ll reach out with your time slot and the location by end of day on Friday, January 13.

Isaac Operations Information & Testing Session

Date: Monday, January 23
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bahen 1170
Recruiting Engineers! Newton North America is returning to U of T, but under our new dynamic branding to Isaac Operations. Come and join us at our Information and Testing Session for pizza and pop and see how you could make a difference with Isaac. Recruiting for 2017 and 2018 graduates, our entry level positions start at $58,000 - $68,000. Register on CLN.

Application open: 2017 U of T SURP in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Application deadline: January 30, 2017. The annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in astronomy & astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in astronomy, physics or engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.

Alternative Reading Week
Join the Centre for Community Partnerships for Alternative Reading Week February 21 to 23, 2017.
Hundreds of U of T students will immerse themselves in three days of volunteering on various projects with local community organizations. Students make meaningful contributions, build relationships, and learn more about the City of Toronto. All team registrations, please email: elvis.ibrahimovic@utoronto.ca.

The GREEN Program 2017
The GREEN programs are catered to students who are curious about the world and seek opportunities to adventure, break outside of their comfort zones, and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens. Take a look at the various program available for 2017.

Upcoming events and announcements:


Job Opportunities


Quality Improvement Specialist - North York General Hospital

Mechatronics Engineer - Aerospace and Nuclear Sector

Academic Team Leader - Engineering Outreach Office, FASE

Tenure-track faculty position in Solid Mechanics - Western University

Tenure-track faculty positions - University of Nevada, Reno



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