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June 27 , 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 45

 Research   |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Professional Development   |   Jobs

Chair's Office

On July 1, Canada turns 150, and to mark this significant occasion the University of Toronto will be hosting a wide range of initiatives and events. Learn more about events happening at U of T for Canada Day.

The MIE department will be closed on Monday, July 3, for the Canada Day long weekend. Summer hours will begin on Tuesday, July 4 and end September 5. Department administrative/technical offices will close 30 minutes earlier.

MIE Newsletter moves to bi-weekly schedule for summer

The MIE Newsletter will be published bi-weekly for July and August. Look out for the next issue on Tuesday, July 11.

Tobin Filleter promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Professor Tobin Filleter who has been promoted to Associate Professor, as of July 1, 2017.
Please join us for a three-part limited edition seminar series on July 18, 24, and 25. Event speakers are pioneers at the intersection of machine learning and materials discovery.


Research Grants and Opportunities


Future Forward Conference: July 13
OpenText, Canada's most successful software company, is hosting a free TedX-style career event in Toronto. On top of the 5 internships up for grabs, Future Forward is a fantastic opportunity for university students to learn about solving big problems for big companies in the growing $400 billion global industry of enterprise software. This space is poised to take a giant leap forward in the era of accelerated innovation and digital disruption. The day will include inspiring and informative talks about problem solving, new technology, and what it takes to build a great career in enterprise software.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Leila Jafari
, "Modelling and Optimal Control of Production Systems subject to Condition Monitoring"
Date: Friday, June 30 Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Viliam Makis (supervisor), Chi-Guhn Lee, Roy Kwon, Daniel Frances
External Examiner: Professor Om Prakash Yadav, North Dakota State University

PhD Final Oral Exam
Farnoosh Naderkhani Zarrin Ghabaei
, "Multivariate Bayesian Control Chart with Dual Sampling Scheme"
Date: Friday, June 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Viliam Makis (supervisor), Chi-Guhn Lee, Roy Kwon, Daniel Frances
External Examiner: Professor Mingyuan Chen, Concordia University

MASc Oral Exam
Islay Wright: "Analytics for Decision-Making in Amateur Sport Organizations"
Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Timothy Chan, Michael Carter, Daniel Frances


James Dyson Award: close date July 20
Open to post-secondary students (or graduates within four years) studying engineering, design engineering, product design or similar - they have the chance to win $50,000 towards their project's future development and $8,500 for their school. A smart contact lens. A desktop circuit board printer. A foot-powered washing machine. A skin tissue bioprinter. Past Canadian winners of the James Dyson Award have solved a vast array of problems. For more information or any questions, please contact Jessica Danziger-Lin, PR Manager,

Undergraduate Awards
Have a piece of coursework that you're proud of? Submit to The Undergraduate Awards to earn international recognition for your work! The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest academic awards programme. Our aim is to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide.

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

Career Chats: NEW Career Centre Program for Summer 2017
The Career Centre is excited to introduce Career Chats this summer. We know that career exploration, career planning, and job searching can sometimes be ambiguous, messy, and complex, so let's chat about it! Career Chats are informal, small-group, discussion based sessions that bring together current students and/or recent graduates, and a Career Educator to unpack and reflect on experiences, challenges, and questions related to career exploration and planning. We will be using a flexible structure, where participants set the agenda to ensure they leave with clear next steps. Topics of conversation for the summer include: networking, exploring career options, career decision making, job searching. Starting on May 5 to August 25, Career Chats will be held twice weekly on Tuesdays from 12-1pm and Thursdays 4-5pm at the Student Success Centre (214 College Street). There is no registration required, simply bring your questions, a water bottle, and we'll provide light snacks! Together, let's openly ask questions, build community, reflect on our experiences, and develop strategies to navigate the career exploration and job search processes.

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.


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