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February 14, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 26

IN THIS ISSUE:
Awards   |   Seminars   |   Research   |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Professional Development   |   Jobs

Chair's Office

Six engineering students whose project for a first-year Engineering Strategies and Practices (ESP) course has led to retrofits at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Teammates include MIE fourth-year students Michael Lancaster and Alice Wolfe. The course is taught by Professor Jason Bazylak. Read more.

Goldie Nejat addresses Canadian Senate Committee

Professor Goldie Nejat recently addressed the Canadian Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science & Technology in Ottawa about robotics applications in healthcare. Watch it here.

Research grad students share ideas at town hall

On February 10, the MIE Graduate Office held a town hall for MASc/PhD students. The meeting was an opportunity for students to voice their thoughts about their academic student experience and suggest improvements. A town hall for MEng students is scheduled for February 17. View photos.

Students attend Nagoya exchange info session

On February 3, students interested in getting a global perspective through their studies, attended an information session on the Nagoya University summer exchange program, presented by Professor Shaker Meguid.

Awards

MIE graduate students win Best Poster Presentation
Bryan Gellner and Pengzhou Lu won Best Poster Presentation at the Engineering World Health Symposium for "Normothermic Ex-Vivo Heart Perfusion." The research is a collaboration between MIE and UHN, under the supervision of Professor Jean Zu and Dr. Mitesh Badiwala. In addition to Gellner and Lu, the poster was a collaborative effort by Dr. Liming Xin, Payam Tavakoli, Roberto Ribeiro and UHN students, staff and researchers.

Seminars

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

Village Drill: A Case Study in Engineering for Global Development
Speaker: Christopher A. Mattson
Affiliation: Brigham Young University
Location: MC 102
Date and time: February 24, 2-3 PM


Black History Month Seminar

Speaker: Kimberly Tull, Manager, Community Development and Engagement at UTSC, Ndija Anderson-Yantha, Lawyer
Location: Waters Lounge, WW Residence (321 Bloor Street West)
Date and time: February 16, 2:30-4 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

Research Grants and Opportunities

Graduate 

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:

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!


CSME opens free membership to all students
The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) has opened free student membership to all students, both undergraduate and graduate students. The CSME aims to have all Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students in Canada belong to the society so that you can directly learn about opportunities, network, participate in National Design competitions and apply for funding for student chapter activities. And much much more! It takes less than two minutes to apply and membership is free! Please sign-up today!

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.
 
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.

Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School: July 23 to 28
The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

MASc Oral Exam
Michele Bergevin
: "Development and Characterization of a Microfluidic System to Model the Transendothelial Migration Mechanism of the Lyme Disease Pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi"
Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Fitzgerald building, 2nd floor
Exam committee: Craig Simmons, Tara Moriarty, Edmond Young, David Sinton

Undergraduate

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.

Information session: Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy Minors
Date: Thursday, Feb 16,
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: BA1130
Presented by Prof Bryan Karney

CSME opens free membership to all students

The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) has opened free student membership to all students, both undergraduate and graduate students. The CSME aims to have all Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students in Canada belong to the society so that you can directly learn about opportunities, network, participate in National Design competitions and apply for funding for student chapter activities. And much much more! It takes less than two minutes to apply and membership is free! Please sign-up today!

Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School: July 23 to 28
The annual Dunlap Institute Summer School includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

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: www.operationgroundswell.com

Ascension 2017 - Canada's Space Conference for Students
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-Canada) is pleased to announce Ascension 2017, Canada's national space conference for students, hosted this year by our local chapter, the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) at the University of Toronto, St. George campus from March 3 to 5. Our conference theme for this year is "Paving the Way Beyond Earth."

Professional Development

University of Toronto Industry Insights
UTII (University of Toronto Industry Insights) is back and ready to aid in your future career decisions with our upcoming Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry event set on February 27! An excellent chance to learn about Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry, to explore career paths that can be pursued in this industry, and to network and engage with alumni and fellow peers!
Time: February 27, 6- 8 p.m.
Location: SS0183


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

Jobs

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