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March 7, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 29

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

Chair's Office

Contaminated by small amounts of bitumen and other oily substances, wastewater can't be discharged to the environment and is held in vast ponds awaiting treatment. A new potential solution developed by MIE researchers starts with a surprisingly simple device: a sponge. PhD candidate Pavani Cherukupally leads the project under the supervision of Professors Chul Park and Amy Bilton. Read more.

Hani Naguib assumes Associate Chair - Research

Professor Hani Naguib has been appointed Associate Chair - Research at MIE, effective March 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Professor Naguib is the Director of the Toronto Institute of Advanced Manufacturing. His research areas are on smart and active materials, nanostructured polymers and composites, and bio-based materials. Professor Naguib is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Canada Research Chair and is Fellow of several societies including ASME, IOM3, SPIE, CSME and SPE. In the past, he served as the Associate Chair - Undergraduate Studies.

David Sinton completes term as Associate Chair - Research

Professor David Sinton completes his term as Associate Chair - Research on March 15, 2017. Professor Sinton, who is an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow, was an advocate for MIE research in the Faculty and the University during his term as Associate Chair - Research. He worked with the MIE board and connected researchers to industry. He developed comprehensive support and coordinated internal reviews for major federal, provincial, and internal grant programs. He also led the renewal of research posters throughout the department.
Gowtham Ramachandran (MIE MEng 1T6) is among five U of T students headed to Shanghai to compete in the Shanghai Regionals of the Hult Prize, an annual $1-million competition that aims to create and launch startup enterprises that address challenges faced by billions of people. U of T's Team Moto hopes to show that a simple mixture of used coffee grounds, wax and sugar can help restore the dignity of refugees around the world. 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

Centre for Healthcare Engineering: Engineers vs Everybody - Integrating analytics disciplines to drive health system transformation
Speaker: Ali Vahit Esensoy
Affiliation: Manager of the Strategic Analytics Team at Cancer Care Ontario
Location: MC331
Date and time: March 16, 4:30-7 PM (including a social after)

Research

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.

Dil Se 2017: March 17
The Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) would like to formally invite you and your friends to our annual end of the year formal DIL SE! "Dil se" is a Hindi word which means "from the heart," and we plan to give you a unique experience to warm your heart! Come out to this night of authentic Indian cuisine accompanied by cultural performances (bollywood dances & musicians!), an all-night-long photo booth for you and your friends to capture some unforgettable memories. Last but not least end the night with a DJ and a dance floor! This year we have special addition for you to end the night with a free bonus after-party hosted by the gentlemen of Alpha Iota Omicron! Our heads have a limited supply of early bird tickets available right now.

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:
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

Be among 10 U of T Engineering students to attend 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit
Date: July 18-20, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policy makers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering: sustainability, health, security, and joy of living, as well as education, public engagement related to the Grand Challenges. Up to 10 U of T Engineering students will have the opportunity to participate in the Summit at little to no cost. Apply and learn more.

Munk School REACH project recruitment
The Reach Project is an annual research project which aims to better understand how social services and development interventions are delivered to the very poor and marginalized. We are looking for student researchers to participate in this year's case study. Researchers will work closely with Professor Joseph Wong of the Munk School of Global Affairs, and other faculty members, on a specific case study of a successful program that is reaching the hard to reach. Undergraduate/graduate students who are enrolled in the 2017-18 academic year are encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 13 at 1 p.m. Send a CV, cover letter, a short writing sample and a copy of your unofficial transcript to kirstyn.kowin@utoronto.ca.


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.

Professional Development

ACE Seminars for Graduating Students
Graduating students: take part in two workshops this month offered throught the ACE Seminar Series:

What's Next?!
: March 15
Time: 11am - 12pm
Location: GB 119
Facilitated by Your Next Career Network.
In this session, we'll tackle the big question of "What should I do when I graduate?" a question which has confounded graduates for centuries. Once we've broken down the question we'll look at developing a personal narrative to ace the interview. We'll wrap up the session some tips and tricks to make the most use of U of T's career resources.

Gold mine of engineering career learning: Learning from research and those who came before you: March 22
Time: 11am - 12pm
Location: GB 248
Facilitated by iLead
This workshop will present the highlights of a number of ongoing, cutting-edge research projects looking at the careers of young engineers. Based on the findings from numerous studies, we will suggest some possible strategies that you can use to learn from the experience of others. There will also be an action planning activity that integrates the theory into practice, so participants lead with some concrete actions they can take.


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:
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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