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January 24, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 23

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Chair's Office

U of T Magazine: A better life for children with heart defects
Research by MIE professor Craig Simmons at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, supported by a visionary gift from the Rogers family, could one day eliminate the need for infants with heart defects to have more than one surgery. Read more.

U of T Magazine: Improving the quality of health care in Kenya

IndE student and U of T MasterCard Foundation scholar Sylvia Mwangi hopes to improve health care in Kenya. Read more.

MIE helps students ace the interview

On January 17, 30 students had the opportunity to take part in mock one-on-one job interviews with MIE alumni from industry. The event was a safe and supportive environment where students practiced their interview skills for PEY and new graduate employment positions. View photos.

Nagoya University Exchange Info Session: February 3

MIE undergrads and grad students: Want to study abroad or spend 40 days in Japan this summer? Join us on February 3 at 5 p.m. in RS211. Professor Shaker A. Meguid will give a presentation and answer all your questions.


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

Production of Flexible Transparent Conducting Films of Self-Fused Nanowires via One-Step Supersonic Spraying
Speaker: Sam Sukgoo Yoon
Affiliation: Korea University
Location: MC 102
Date and time: February 3, 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

Seminar on Computational Science & Engineering

Speakers: Graduate students: Xingqi Zhang,Nan Ge, Xinyue Zhang,Gurjot Dhaliwa, Keyi Ni
Location: MC331
Date and time: January 26, 3-5 PM


Research Funding Awarded
Professor Jean Zu, Chair of MIE, was recently awarded a VIP I program grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) for the project, "Development of Thermal Analysis for the Design of a Fibre Reinforced Polymer Drive Pulley."

Research Grants and Opportunities


AMIGAS and MIE host etiquette lunch
MIE graduate students got to practice their dining, etiquette and communication skills on January 17 at The Faculty Club. The etiquette lunch was led by Leanne Pepper, General Manager of the Faculty Club, University of Toronto Etiquette and Protocol Consultant.

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

Stop, Drop & Write - That Thesis
Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires? Do you find it challenging to maintain a consistent academic writing schedule? Join a community of peers who share your experience, while getting your writing done. Based on the Shut-Up and Write model, Stop, Drop & Write (That Thesis) turns a solitary task into a social experience. The sessions are organized around structured times to write, punctuated by breaks to encourage socializing and de-stressing with free tea available. This is a social version of the Graduate Writing Groups, offering a relaxing space to meet and work with others in the same grad space as you. Bring your lunch, a mug, and join us! Sessions are held at Hart House, in the South Sitting Room, Tuesdays from 11:00-1:30. Winter 2017 sessions run from January 24 to April 4 No registration is required.

Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics (CANCAM 2017): Call for Papers
CANCAM 2017 will be held on May 29 - June 1, 2017, in Victoria, BC. It is to create a forum for scientists and engineers to present the latest research findings and ideas in general and wide areas of mechanics. Submission of Papers: Authors should submit their manuscripts online through the conference website. General inquiries should be addressed directly to Program Chair, Professor Ben Nadler, at the University of Victoria.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Manuscript Submissions: Feb. 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2017
Submission of Final Manuscripts: April 5, 2017 

2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care
The 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care will be held March 5-8 in New Orleans. Registration for the symposium is now open. The symposium program covers: Handoff Communication, Device and Facility Design, EHRs and Health Apps, and a lot more. The 2.5-day program features more than 180 presentations by health and safety researchers, policy makers, physicians and other health-care providers, medical device designers, health IT professionals, and biomedical engineers. Browse the preliminary program. Register here.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Reza Rezaey
, "Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer in Laser Sintered and Wire Mesh Heat Exchangers"
Date: Friday, January 27
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Sanjeev Chandra (supervisor), Javad Mostaghimi, Stavros Argyropoulos, Aimy Bazylak External Examiner: Professor Bertrand Jodoin, University of Ottawa


How to get involved in research
Interested in undergraduate research opportunities and don't know where to start? Join MIE on Monday, January 30 at 6: p.m. in GB 202 to learn more. In this informal setting you'll get to get to hear from students who have participated in NSERC research and MIE 498 Research Thesis about what their experience was like. To learn more, please email Pizza will be served.

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.

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.

Grants available for service learning program
Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world! If you're into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by March 1 to secure an interview for one of your top choice programs! Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible! *Financial assistance is available for all students on our 35- or 40-day programs. Check out where we go:

Professional Development

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.

Academic Success Centre - Robarts Library Workshop Series for Winter 2017
All workshops are in the Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library. All workshops are on Wednesdays, from 5:15-6:45.

WorkShop topics:
January 18: Time Management
January 25: Reading & Note-Taking
February 1: Avoiding Procrastination
February 8: Effective Writing: Planning & Process
February 15: Exam Preparation & Anxiety
February 22: Effective Writing: Space and Time
March 1: Critical Thinking: From Observation to Critique
March 8: Effective Writing: Structure & Sources
March 15: Critical Thinking: From Critique to Response
March 22: Giving Effective Presentations
March 29: Managing Stress to Increase Learning
April 5: Exam Preparation & Anxiety


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