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January 31, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 24

Awards   |   Seminars   |   Research   |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Professional Development   |   Jobs

Chair's Office

MIE community celebrates Chinese New Year
On January 30, AMIGAS hosted a lunch in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The event included music, a surprise performance from MIE Chair Jean Zu,  and delicious food to ring in the year of the rooster. View photos.

Marianne Touchie and the complexity of multi-unit residential buildings

In cities from coast to coast, condominium towers are being constructed at an unprecedented rate. With a background in building science, Professor Marianne Touchie studies the relationships between energy efficiency and indoor environment quality parameters, such as thermal comfort, in these high-density buildings. Read more.

Cristina Amon reappointed Dean of
U of T Engineering

Professor Cristina Amon has been reappointed as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto for a special third term to June 30, 2019. Read more.

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.


Two MIE educators recognized with Faculty Teaching Awards
Professor Matthew Mackay garnered the Early Career Teaching Award, for exceptional teaching by a faculty member who has taught at U of T for less than six years.
Professor Craig Simmons received the Faculty Teaching Award, for a teacher who demonstrates outstanding classroom instruction and develops innovative teaching methods.


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

The role of analytics in improving the efficiency of Cancer Treatment Facilities
Speaker: Louis-Martin Rousseau
Affiliation: Polytechnique de Montreal
Location: MC 102
Date and time: February 10, 2-3 PM

Engineering Entrepreneurship Series: Engineer to Social Entrepreneur

Speaker: Chakameh Shafii (MechE 1T2)
Location: SF 1105
Date and time: February 16, 5-6 PM


Research Grants and Opportunities


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.

UTORG Writing workshop: A brief blitz of scientific writing tips

Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 6:10-8:00p.m.
Location: MS2173
UTORG is hosting a workshop on scientific writing instructed by Professor Dionne M. Aleman. This workshop will help you understand what makes a manuscript good and how to streamline the number of iterations between you and your advisor (or journal reviewers). Writers at any stage of experience and comfort are welcome. Please RSVP and review the workshop documents in advance.

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
Scott Pierobon
, "Materials for Improved Light and Carbon Supply in Microalgal Photobioreactors"
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors David Sinton (supervisor), Olivera Kesler, John Coleman, D. Grant Allen External Examiner: Professor Rene Wijffels, Wageningen University and Research 


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.

Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub has been talking to students about their experiences at the University. We've also met with a number of faculty and staff to discuss their perceptions and insights about student experiences. We need your insights. Innovation Hub teams have crafted project ideas to meet student needs. We would like to invite staff, students, and faculty to our upcoming Innovation Hours to learn about some of our ideas and provide insight and feedback. We hope to see you there!

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

Food Design Challenge
Looking for a summer internship or research position in Food Industry? Have a big idea that will impact the Food Industry? Interested in what food engineering is all about and how the food industry works? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAFE Design Expo is for you!! This is your chance to share ideas for shaping the future Food Industry. You will be competing in teams of two/three against fellow students from all Faculties (that's right, not just engineering!) in the hopes of winning a summer internship position with the University's Food Engineering department or one of our sponsors. You have the freedom to choose whichever topic/issue you wish to focus on from our suggested list or youmay simply provide your own. Our team of judges will be in charge of choosing the winner of the competition.

HFIG Industry Panel
Date: Tuesday March 7th 5:30-8:00pm Room GB202 Dinner will be provided for this informative evening that brings together engineering students and a panel of 4 human factors professionals from a variety of fields, including healthcare, banking, consulting, and defence. The panelists will provide presentations, discuss the state of the industry and provide advice to students, and participate in a question and answer session. Networking to follow.

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:
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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