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May 2, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 37

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

Chair's Office

Nine MIE students were among 28 from U of T Engineering to receive the 2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards at a ceremony held on April 25. This marks the highest number of recipients from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering since the program's creation in 1994. Read more. View photos from the U of T Engineering reception.

Join us for a showcase of our MIE graduate students' research excellence at the 8th Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium on May 18. Register by May 9.
Professor Goldie Nejat was invited last month to give a talk to parliamentarians by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE). Read NSERC's article on Professor Nejat's research, as a result of the talk.
Mark your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet with diverse companies - from startups to multinational organizations - who are hiring students and alumni with graduate degrees in engineering. More details here.

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

September 2017 VSRP OSOTF AWARD: May 12
A $17.25M endowment from the OSOTF/U of T/ Vision Science Research Program-Toronto Western Hospital donation will provide support for a number of graduate fellowships September 2017. Graduate student projects must be in areas related to vision science. Student eligibility criteria and application forms. Deadline: May 12.


                                                   Events & Opportunities


How Not to Fail in the Workplace: Putting Your PhD to Work to Create Value

Date: Tuesday May 2
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: SF1105
Moderator: Doug Reeve, Director, ILead

How do PhD students fail in the workplace? What skills do you need to avoid those failures? Come listen to engineering managers who have worked with really successful and not so successful PhD graduates to understand what the industry expects of you. Get ready to enter the workplace and avoid common pitfalls of PhD graduates in order to be your most successful self!.

Panelists:
  • Michael Smith (General Manager, Aquantia Canada)
  • Tereza Dan (Managing Senior Principal, Stantec)
  • Jim Sarvinis (Managing Director, Hatch)
  • Mirnader Ghazali (Capacity Expansion Project Leader, Sanofi Pasteur)
  • Andrew Ling (Engineering Manager, Intel)

AMIGAS Networking Event: May 4
Learn from a network of MIE alumni and West Toronto Chapter of the PEO contacts to gain practical insight and strategies on your job search, and how to create and maintain strong contacts as your navigate your career.
Date: Thursday, May, 4
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: GB 202
Who: AMIGAS members, PEO members, MIE alumni and MIE graduate students

The evening will consist of a keynote speech by Professor Markus Bussmann, Vice Dean, Graduate Studies, U of T Engineering, on "Career Development and Job Search Strategies" and then students will join a panel of interest, chaired by a member of our MIE alumni community. Panelists are:
  • Chris Twigge-Molecey (MechE PhD 7T2) - Senior Advisor, Hatch
  • Reza Biglary Makvand (IndE MEng 1T4) - Senior Consultant, Lean & Operational Excellence, CIBC
  • Scott Jeong (IndE MEng 1T6) - Sr. Manager, Business Intelligence & Info Systems, Scotiabank
  • Mahdi Tajbakhsh (IndE PhD 0T7) - President at Mypta Developments
Free dinner will be provided. Registration is mandatory for the event.

GMCA Career Conference May 3 & 5: An Alternative Career Path for Graduate Students in Management Consulting
The Graduate Management Consulting Association is excited to share their 6th Annual Strategic Management Consulting Conference, which aims to educate Canada's next generation of business leaders about current trends in the world of consulting and creates a meaningful opportunity to engage with professionals from industry.


Graduate Engineering Career Fair: May 11
Mark your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet with diverse companies - from startups to multinational organizations - who are hiring students and alumni with graduate degrees in engineering.
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
Location: U of T Examination Centre, 255 McCaul Street


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.

Undergraduate

New Complementary Studies elective APS323H - Writing Lab
U of T Engineering has announcing a new Complementary Studies elective APS323H - Writing Lab. It will be offered for the first time this summer from May 8 to June 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The course explores multiple communication voices, from poetry and storytelling to analysis and engineering writing. Lectures will showcase and discuss, in seminar fashion, the writing of others while tutorials will allow students to explore their own voices, through in-class exercises. The only out-of-class assignment will be a brief, daily journal entry, taking about five minutes to complete. This is an eligible course for the Communication Certificate


Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity: iGEM Toronto

As part of this summer's project, iGEM Toronto will be designing and constructing a light array to deliver narrow wavelengths to live cells developed by our wet lab team, in order to direct bacterial evolution. If you're interested in gaining hands-on research and lab experience, designing your own bioinformatics software, or exploring the economic, social, and political impacts of synthetic biology and genetic engineering, you might also be interested in our other sub-teams.

Canada 150: Engineering Education and History Video Contest
In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation, the Canadian Engineering Education Association is hosting a Canadian Engineering Education and History Student Video Competition, supported in part by the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Fund. This competition offers high school and undergraduate students a unique opportunity to learn about Engineering Education and History in Canada, present their results, and compete for prizes.and History Video Contest


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.

Rethink the Box
We would like to invite you to join in on an innovative and exciting concept called Rethink the Box. You will be assisting to teach elementary and secondary school aged children to guide them through a problem-based, learning opportunity. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) STEM department will be running two Rethink the Box events this year. This fun-filled event requires grade school kids to use their imagination and skills to convert a box full of standardized materials to create a device that will solve an assigned problem. Please visit our website for a glimpse into our event in previous years.

Jobs

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