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April 11, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 34

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

Chair's Office

On April 6, faculty, students, industry clients, alumni and proud parents celebrated the achievements of MIE's capstone design students at the 2017 Design Expo & Chair's Reception. More than 250 students worked in teams to complete 66 projects for top industry clients. This year, the department was proud to introduce two new award prizes, the John H. Weber Scholarship and The Peri Family Industrial Engineering Design Award, thanks to the generosity of MIE alumni. Read about the winners. View photos.

As part of a final project in Professor Axel Guenther's graduate course, four student teams were challenged to produce edible emulsions, foams, gel particles and fibres, with the help of molecular gastronomist John Placko of Bar 120 at Pearson Airport. On April 7, the students demonstrated their edible creations to see who would be named "Top Micro Chef." View photos.

C-MORE's Elizabeth Thompson retires

In early April, members of the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE) hosted a retirement celebration for Elizabeth Thompson, Research & Administrative Assistant of C-MORE.Thompson had worked for 15 years with Professor Emeritus Andrew Jardine.
All MIE graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the MIE Graduate Symposium, taking place May 18. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 10. Submit an abstract and register today.

Research

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. Register today.

Research Grants and Opportunities

Graduate 

                                                    Awards & Deadlines

Deadline to complete degree requirement for June 2017 convocation: April 19
Students intending to graduate in June are asked to submit a graduation request to brenda@mie.utoronto.ca by Wednesday, April 19.

2017-2018 SGS University-Wide Awards deadline: April 28
The MIE application deadline is Friday, April 28. Details, eligibility and application process are available here.

                                                   Events & Opportunities

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.

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.
 
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.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Tony Tran, "Decomposition Models for Complex Scheduling Applications"
Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Room 123, Mechanical Building, 5 King's College Road
Exam Committee: Professors Chris Beck (supervisor), Goldie Nejat (co-supervisor), Timothy Chan, Sheila McIlraith, Scott Sanner
External Examiner: Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck, University of Michigan

PhD Final Oral Exam

Wen-Yang Ku, "Hybrid Exact Methods for Solving Strictly Convex Integer Quadratic Programs"
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Room 8256, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Chris Beck (supervisor), Mark Fox, Dionne Aleman, Andre Augusto Cire
External Examiner: Professor Nikolaos V. Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate

Student Machine Shop: hours changing
The Student Machine Shop hours will change to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting April 17. The last Saturday the Student Machine Shop will be open is April 8. Extended hours will Start again after Labour Day.

GREEN Program Scholarship

The GREEN Program (TGP) has officially launched GREEN Advantage. Here at TGP, we believe that students of all socioeconomic & financial backgrounds should have access to invaluable educational and professional development opportunities. In an effort to ensure that our programs are available to all passionate students around the world, we’ve launched our scholarship platform aimed at providing financial assistance to underserved and underrepresented students.

The Research Readiness Program
Are you an undergraduate student who will work (or wants to work) in a university research group in the summer, or are interested in summer research in future years? Would you like to know more about how research works, and the skills needed by researchers? Then the following free workshop is for you: This summer the Impact Centre at U of T offers the Research Readiness Program for undergraduate students who are new to research, or who are interested in summer research work. It is a 2-day non-credit course that covers the common topics that most researchers need to know, such as literature searches, keeping a lab book, technical communication, design of experiments, data analysis, noise sources, etc. This program will make you more productive in summer research positions, allowing you to get started more efficiently. The two days for the program are Tue. May 2 and Fri. May 5. This is a free, non-credit course. The time investment will be recuperated through increased productivity in research work. Many of the topics will also be useful as students progress towards and through graduate school.

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

CU75 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Scholarship
Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents intending to study in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University at either the MASc or PhD level. Applications must be received by May 31, 2017.

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

2017 Women in Technology Consulting Conference: August 17-18
EY's Women in Technology Consulting Conference (WIT) is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience, which will help you sharpen your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. You'll learn more about our culture, people, and technology-oriented practices while forging relationships with EY employees and fellow students. Let us share with you how a career in professional services is an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. The WIT Conference will be held in Toronto on Thursday August 17, 2017 and Friday August 18, 2017.

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.

Jobs

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