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March 21, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 31

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

Chair's Office

ATMs and coffee shops such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Second Cup make ideal locations for placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to a new study led by Professor Timothy Chan and Christopher Sun (PhD candidate), in collaboration with St. Michael's Hospital. Read more.

For the innovative ways that he introduces undergraduate students to cutting-edge science, Professor Craig Simmons has been awarded the 2017 Northrop Frye Award in the Individual Category, which recognizes faculty excellence in linking teaching and research. Simmons, who is the U of T Distinguished Professor in Mechanobiology and scientific director of the Translational Biology and Engineering Program, is an award-winning engineer who has made headlines for his innovative research into heart health and tissue engineering. Read more.
On March 15, MIE staff and faculty gathered input from undergraduates on how to continue to improve the student academic experience, including areas such as professional development, student services, and teaching assistants. View photos.
Indigenous high school students taking part in the annual SOAR Aboriginal Youth Gathering had an opportunity to experience engineering over the March Break. Hands-on activities, included "Designing for a Zombie Apocalypse," led by Professor Jason Bazylak. For students coming from small or remote communities, or those who may be the first in their family to consider post-secondary education, SOAR offers a way to test out university life in a welcoming environment. View photos.

Seminars

Building Trust in Decision Support Systems for Aerospace
Speaker: Mykel Kochenderfer
Affiliation: Stanford University
Location: MC 102
Date and time: March 24, 2-3 PM


Research


Professor Hani Naguib attends launch of China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
Professor Hani Naguib, Associate Chair Research and Director of Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, has taken part in the launching press conference of the China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. This international competition offers the opportunity for top performing young entrepreneur teams tied to five major key sectors, access to venture capital and China government grants. This competition also encourages young entrepreneurs to begin thinking the commercialization and manufacturing aspects of their project. At the Toronto city hall event, Professor Naguib joined Mayor John Tory and Ontario's Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Reza Moridi in announcing Toronto's participation in the first China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. He was also joined by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong; Senator Victor Oh; People's Republic of China Deputy Consul General Xu Wei; and Jenny Qi, Chairperson of Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations. Professor Naguib is an invited distinguished judge of the competition and will be part of the Judging Panel for the Advanced Manufacturing Category of the competition.
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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.

Research Grants and Opportunities

Graduate 


TORCH 2017 challenges high school students
The Operations Research Challenge (TORCH) is an annual operations research challenge organized by students at MIE and Concordia University. The one-day team competition for high school students took place at U of T on March 18. Over 125 high school students took part in solving problems related to different application areas of operations research. View photos.


Call for Abstracts: MIE Graduate Research Symposium

The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering will be hosting the 8th Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium on May 18. This event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your latest research, learn about state-of-the-art research being done by your colleagues in the Department, meet with faculty members, and network with industry representatives. All MIE graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Awards will be: $500 to the best oral presentations from each of the themed sessions; $300 to the best presentations from each of the themed poster sessions. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 10. The event is free, but registration is mandatory. Submit an abstract and register.

AMIGAS Persian New Year Lunch
Norouz, meaning the new day is the first day of spring and the beginning of the new year for Iranian and many other cultures. You are cordially invited for lunch , music and the festivities for the annual AMIGAS Persian New Year Celebration.
Date and time: Wednesday March 22, from 12 to 2 pm
Location: GB202


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.

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.

Undergraduate

TA Award- Nominations now accepted
Do you know of a TA that is extremely helpful and knowledgeable in the course subject matter? Or how about a TA who is well organized and always tries their best to support students and answer their questions? If so, MIE would like to present you with the opportunity to nominate a TA for their dedication and outstanding performance in various areas of teaching for Winter 2017. Please review the nomination guidelines here. Please fill out the nomination form here. The deadline to submit your nomination form is April 7. Please email your completed submission to: ta-nomination@mie.utoronto.ca.

Become LEED Accredited
Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? Opportunities are plentiful and passing your LEED professional designation is required to get involved!

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training Dates

When: March 25, 1-5 p.m.
Where: GB 405
Registration

When: May 16, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: BA 2175
Registration

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.

OSAP Repayment Sessions for Students
Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: First session: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Second session: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Sidney Smith, room 2108
The National Student Loans Service Centre will conduct two information sessions on helping students repay their OSAP loans.

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
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.


Entrepreneurship@UofT Week 
This year, to celebrate and showcase our robust and rapidly growing entrepreneurial community at U of T, we are planning an inaugural Entrepreneurship@UofT Week from March 27-31. Incubator and accelerator programs and other partners are hosting events throughout the week culminating in the Startup Showcase on Friday, March 31. For those new to entrepreneurship, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship and the incubator/accelerator programs at U of T and to meet the next generation of entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs, you’ll have the chance to showcase your innovation, win prizes, and grow your network across U of T and beyond..

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 22: Giving Effective Presentations
March 29: Managing Stress to Increase Learning
April 5: Exam Preparation & Anxiety

Jobs

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