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January 17, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 22

Awards   |   Seminars   |   Research   |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Student Success   |   Jobs

Chair's Office

TVO: Why tiny robots are a big deal for one Ontario
TVO recently interviewed MIE PhD student Justin Kim, who is supervised by Professors Beno Benhabib and Goldie Nejat, to learn more about his engineering passions and his swarming robots research. Swarm robotics is a potentially lifesaving technology, and U of T's Justin Kim is leading the field. Read more.

Professor Andrew Goldenberg gives generous donation

Professor Emeritus Andrew Goldenberg and his wife Aviva Goldenberg, both alumni of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, recently gave a generous donation of $6.7 million to the Technion. The gift will go towards creating the Dr. Andrew and Aviva Goldenberg Architecture Studio Pavillion and Fellowships in Advanced Robotics Engineering.

WISE National Conference: January 21-22 

Women and Science and Engineering is proud to present to you our prestigious 5th Annual National Conference! The WISE National Conference serves as a catalyst to inspire and empower individuals to pursue their passions, broaden their horizons, and form meaningful connections.

MIE student wins women's pole vault Varsity meet 

Congratulations to fourth-year MIE student Amina Sherif, who won women's pole vault at the Sharon Anderson Memorial Meet, hosted by U of T Varsity Blues. Read more.


Professor Hani Naguib elected as SPIE Fellow
Professor Hani Naguib has been elected as a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE. The Fellowship of SPIE is awarded for outstanding leaders in the scientific community who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in optics, photonics, imaging, and related fields. Professor Naguib was recognized for his major contributions in smart materials based sensors and actuators in particular for artificial muscles and electronic skins applications.


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

Examining cellular signaling in complex environments with microscale systems
Speaker: Professor Asheleigh Theberge
Affiliation: University of Washington
Location: MC 102
Date and time: January 20, 2-3 PM

IRM Seminar: Symbiotic Autonomous Robots

Speaker: Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor
Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University
Location: MSB 2158
Date and time: January 25, 4-5 PM


Research Grants and Opportunities


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:, by January 18.

Final day to ADD Winter session courses: January 23
Monday, January 23 is the final day to add winter session courses. SGS Sessional Dates are posted here.

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

PhD Final Oral
Exam Kavin Kowsari
, "Flow Fields and Particle Trajectories in Abrasive Slurry-jet Micro-machining of Sintered Ceramics and Metallic-layered Structures"
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Jan Spelt (supervisor), Marcello Papini (co-supervisor), Nasser Ashgriz, Markus Bussmann, David Sinton External Examiner: Professor Nikil Kapur, University of Leeds


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.

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.

University of Toronto's Sustainable Engineer's Association Sustainability Conference
Date: January 28
Time: 9-5:30pm
Location: Enercare Centre
University of Toronto's Sustainable Engineer's Association (SEA) is hosting its annual University of Toronto Sustainability Conference under the theme "From Policy to Practice", aiming to showcase how various sustainable projects, ventures and policies are currently being applied within industry practice. The conference brings together and connects individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds: government, university, corporate, and more.

Student Success

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.

The Entrepreneurship Hatchery Accelerator Weekend 2017 feat. Y Combinator: January 20
Want to experience the life of an entrepreneur in 28 hours? As part of the Hatchery’s yearly tradition, Accelerator Weekend is U of T’s biggest 28-hour business competition. All students are invited to join this challenge that brings together multidisciplinary teams who, with guidance from successful entrepreneurs and technical mentors, develop a business model around an idea and pitch to a panel of judges. The focus is to provide an entrepreneurial experiential learning opportunity.


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