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July 11, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 46

Awards   |   Research   |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Professional Development   |   Jobs

Chair's Office

Ride for Heart: TBEP team led by Professor Craig Simmons raises $14,000
Last month, the Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) team, led by Professor Craig Simmons, rode their heart out and raised nearly $14,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The team is made up of 50 faculty, staff, students and friends from multiple departments and faculties, including MIE. This is the team's second year participating in Ride for Heart.

Alison Olechowski joined MIE on July 1 as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Olechowski completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying product development decision-making during complex industry projects.
Vahid Sarhangian joined MIE on July 1 as an Assistant Professor. Before joining MIE, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Division of Decision, Risk, and Operations at Columbia Business School.
MIE alumnus George Myhal (IndE 7T8) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. He is one of 99 Canadians to receive one of the nation’s highest civilian honours. Read more.


Three MIE professors and alumni inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Three MIE professors and alumni were recently inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professor Sanjeev Chandra, Mark Hundert (IndE 7T1) and John Young (MMS 7T1, MIE MASc 7T4) are among the CAE's 50 new fellows.

PhD student Thomas Moore honoured with 2016 Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award
Thomas Moore, PhD student in Professor Edmond Young's research lab, was recently honoured with the 2016 Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award for his research article published in the journal Biomicrofluidics, titled, "Single cell functional analysis of multiple myeloma cell populations correlates with diffusion profiles in static microfluidic coculture systems." The paper was awarded for "using both a computational model and experimental data to assess the validity of results from microscale coculture systems."

MIE recognizes five graduate students with 2016-17 TA Awards
Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Teaching Assistant Awards: Zhensong Xu, Changhong Cao, Nooshin Salari, Neil Kaw and Nazanin Khalili. Each year, the award is given to exemplary TAs for their dedication and outstanding performance in various areas of teaching.


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.

MASc Oral Exam
Christopher Rabbitt
: "Finite Element Vibration Modelling and Experimental Validation for an Aircraft Engine Casing"
Date: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Kamran Behdinan, Amy Bilton, Hani Naguib

MASc Oral Exam
Neal Kaw
: "Inverse linear optimization for the recovery of constraint parameters"
Date: Thursday, August 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: MB101
Exam committee: Timothy Chan, Roy H. Kwon, Merve Bodur

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. Log into the Career Learning Network to learn more.


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