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February 28, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 28

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

Chair's Office

From February 23-25, MIE welcomed more than 35 top prospective graduate students to U of T. Students got to meet one-on-one with professors and learn more about the academic and student life at U of T Engineering. View photos.

Led by Mark Fox, U of T's distinguished professor of urban systems engineering, the Urban Genome Project is trying to unravel the urban tangle, with its arterial transportation systems, its cultural and social networks and its sedimentary layers of history, to chart a better way forward for cities in the future. Read more.
U of T President Meric Gertler recently saluted the university's 52 MasterCard Foundation Scholars. IndE student Sylvia Mwangi, will soon be one of the first U of T students to graduate thanks to a MasterCard Foundation scholarship. Read more.
Professor Chirag Variawa, (IndE 1T4) is a project manager for APS 112, where students work together on projects proposed by community partners. MechE PhD candidates Carmen Chui, Justin Boutilier and Bahar Memarian are working with undergrads to make mathematics instruction more engaging for students and teachers. Read more.

Seminars

The Science of Lithium-Ion Battery Safety
Speaker: Karen Swider-Lyons
Affiliation: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Location: MC 102
Date and time: March 10, 2-3 PM

Research

Four MIE researchers awarded EMHSeed funding
  • Kamran Behdinan: "Harnessing additive manufacturing to produce intelligent prostheses with biosensing"
  • Eric Diller: "Magnetic Actuation for Robotic Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery Tools"
  • Scott Sanner: " "Machine Learning Technologies to Predict Readmissions after Acute Coronary Syndrome Hospitalization"
  • Jean Zu: "Development of an Ex-vivo Heart Perfusion and Assessment System"

Goldie Nejat to speak on robotics research at Parliament
Professor Goldie Nejat has been invited to give a talk to parliamentarians by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) on March 9. PAGSE, in partnership with NSERC, sponsors a monthly breakfast meeting, "Bacon and Eggheads," to inform parliamentarians about recent advances in science and engineering.

Research Grants and Opportunities

Graduate 

Microfluidics Professional Course: May 15
The Microfluidics Professional Course will provide participants from industry, government laboratories, and academia, with a state-of-the-art overview and hands-on training of current and emerging microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip technologies. The course will be taught by international leaders from academia and industry. No prior microfluidics knowledge is required. Lecture modules will discuss microfluidic device fabrication, fluid handling, imaging in microfluidic channels, 2D and 3D formats for perfusion culture of cells, micro tissues and organs, micro-physiological systems, microfluidic 3D bioprinting, and microfluidic synthesis. Hands-on laboratory modules will focus on microfluidic device design, cleanroom fabrication techniques (soft lithography, photolithography, hot embossing, micro-milling) and device testing.

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!

 
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. 

Undergraduate

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.


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

The City Game with Shakil Choudhury
Do you want to unravel and tackle issues in today’s society? Do you want to meet and collaborate with like-minded engineering students?Join us for The City Game! In this hands-on activity, facilitated by leadership expert Shakil Choudhury from Anima Leadership, you will delve deep into critical skills for building teams and learn secret ingredients behind team success or failure!

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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