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February 7, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 25

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

Chair's Office

Aaron Persad (MechE PhD 1T4) is one of five U of T Engineering alumni under consideration for two upcoming astronaut roles with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Read more.

Undergrads learn how to get involved in research

MIE hosted an information session for students interested in undergraduate research opportunities. Students learned from Professor Matthew Mackay about the best approaches to asking professors for research opportunities, and met with students who participated in NSERC research and MIE 498 Research Thesis. View photos.

New frontiers in health-care innovation

Long wait lists for elective surgeries are a major challenge in the Canadian health care system. According to Professor Dionne Aleman, the problem may not necessarily be a lack of resources, but rather a result of not using the resources we have as efficiently as we could. Read more.

The Maker: George Klein and the first electric wheelchair

In many ways, George Klein (MechE 2T8) rivaled Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and other icons in the scope of his inventiveness and impact. His project areas ranged from aviation, defense systems and nuclear energy to construction safety, communications and space technologies. Read more.


Students take first place at WISE Conference
Amreen Poonawala (IndE 1T6), Anita Tran (MechE 1T6), Christine Nassif (MechE 1T6) and Samantha Mammoliti (MechE 1T6) took home first place at the WISE National Conference Case Competition. The objective of the WISE National Conference Case Competition is to provide students with first-hand experience in management consulting, mentor them in approaching a case, and their ability to provide agile, flexible, and well-conveyed recommendations in a timely manner.


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

UTORG Seminar: Screening Strategies for Patients on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List
Speaker: Steven Shechter
Affiliation: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
Location: MB 128
Date and time: February 16, 11 AM - 12PM 


Research Funding Awarded
Professors Paul Milgram and Greg Jamieson have been awarded a DND/NSERC Research Partnership Project grant in the amount of $250,000 for their proposal, "Human Factors Issues with Mirrored Augmented Reality Displays for Navigation Assistance in Urban Terrain." The DND participant is Defence Research & Development Canada. The industry partner is the Toronto-based information visualization company, Uncharted Software.

Research Grants and Opportunities


MIE Graduate Studies Town Hall Meeting: Improving the Student Experience
At MIE, we care about our students. MIE is inviting graduate students to come voice their concerns about their academic student experience or to suggest improvements. MIE Graduate staff members, department chair and the associate chair will also be participating in the discussion. We encourage new students to participate as well. This will be an open session where you can bring up any topic for discussion. Lunch will also be provided! Topics can include, and are not limited to: Academic/Student Life Resources and Support, Course Selection, Career Development and more. There will be two different sessions offered for the respective graduate program:

Research Town Hall (MASc/PhD)
Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2017
Time: 11:30-1pm
Location: GB202

MEng Town Hall
Date: Friday, Feb 17, 2017
Time: 11:30-1pm
Location: GB202

Please sign up for the event here and indicate which session you will be joining. Your feedback matters and we hope to see you there!

UTORG Coding Month
Time: Thursdays at 5-7pm
Location: SS1073
February 2017 is UTORG Coding Month! If you've always wanted to get a basic/intermediate understanding of another programming language, come to one of our workshops. Our upcoming session on Thursday February 9 is an intermediate level Python workshop. All sessions are open to students from all engineering departments. If you are interested, please sign up so we can send you the tutorial material and preparation instructions.

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.


UTORG Coding Month
Time: Thursdays 5-7pm
Location: SS1073
February 2017 is UTORG Coding Month! If you've always wanted to get a basic/intermediate understanding of another programming language, come to one of our workshops. Our upcoming session on Thursday February 9 is an intermediate level Python workshop. All sessions are open to students from all engineering departments. If you are interested, please sign up so we can send you the tutorial material and preparation instructions.

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
Time: 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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