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February 21, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 27

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

Chair's Office

Canada will spend $125 billion on infrastructure maintenance and expansion in the next 10 years. Professor Fae Azhari is helping stretch those dollars farther by keeping our buildings, bridges, roads and reservoirs safe and structurally sound for longer. Read more.

Professor Mark Fox receives Connaught Global Challenge Award

Professor Mark Fox's team is among three from U of T Engineering sharing $750,000 in funding from the recently relaunched Connaught Global Challenge Award. Read more.

MEng students share insights on academic experience at town hall

On February 17, the MIE Graduate Office held a town hall for MEng students to gather their thoughts on how the department can improve their academic student experience. View photos.

MIE hosts pub night & curriculum info session for PEY students

On February 17, MIE hosted a curriculum and capstone talk for students currently on PEY. After the session, students in attendance were invited to a special pub night at O'Grady's. View photos.

Seminars

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

Research

Research Grants and Opportunities

Graduate 

Deadline to drop full-year and winter session courses: Monday, February 27
The final date to DROP full-year and winter session courses without academic penalty is Monday, February 27 SGS Sessional Dates are posted here.

JDE1000H Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar
It is mandatory for all MASc and PhD students to attend one Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar, JDE1000H, to meet their degree requirement. The seminar is offered twice a year - Fall and Winter. Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Banting Institute, BI #131, University of Toronto, 100 College Street

2017-2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship for international students: Tuesday, February 28
OGS application must be submitted on the U of T OGS on-line application system, by Tuesday, February 28, 5 pm. Full details of OGS scholarship, eligibility criteria and application process are posted on the SGS website.

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.

 
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


NSERC USRA & MIE SRA
If you are interested in working on a project with a clear research goal, under the supervision of a professor who is active at the forefront of his or her field, please consider submitting an application for either the NSERC USRA (minimum value: $4,500) or the MIE SRA (minimum value: $4,025). Deadline: February 24. For additional information, please contact the MIE Undergraduate Office (undergrad@mie.utoronto.ca or MC109).

Course and Option Selection
Course and Option Selection (COS) is a pre-registration process, which is completed in Degree Explorer. Each year the Department asks you to indicate which stream and technical elective courses you plan to take in the coming year, to assist in measuring demand. Completion COS will guarantee you enrollment in the stream and technical elective courses you select. The COS pre-registration period will be active from February 13 to March 3, 2017. Students planning on going on PEY for 2017-18 should still complete COS.


Master of Engineering (MEng) Information Session

Date and Time: Monday, February 27, 5 p.m.
Location: BA1160
Thinking about a Graduate School? Maybe a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree from the University of Toronto. You’ll take advanced technical courses, and be able to choose from a variety of specializations that take you well beyond what you learned as an undergraduate. Plus, we offer a professional development curriculum you won’t get from any other school. We provide a depth and breadth of education that might open new career possibilities. Please join us for an orientation session! The event will begin with an overview presentation on the MEng, the technical course options available to students in the different departments, and discuss complementary courses and certificates in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation, Finance and Business. Following the presentation, representatives from the departments and institutes will be on hand in the Bahen Centre Atrium to provide you discipline-specific information, and answer your questions. Pizza and pop will be served.

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.

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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