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August 8, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 48

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A delegation of business and government leaders from HIT Robot Group, one of the largest robotic companies in China, visited MIE on July 27. The company and its partners, Zhongshan Tsuihang New District, are touring the US and Canada for potential investment and collaboration opportunities in robotics. On their stop at U of T, the delegation got to learn about innovative robotics research projects being conducted by professors Goldie Nejat, Eric Diller and Yu Sun. View photos.

Marianne Touchie is quoted in Motherboard, talking about how climate change and the ensuing increase in temperature is going to cause problems for people living in highrises. In buildings built between 1945 to 1984, "even the use of air conditioners and fans is not satisfying people from a thermal comfort perspective," Touchie says in the article, titled, Why Social Housing Units in Cities Will Be Hard Hit by Climate Change. Read more.

Dionne Aleman elected to a second term as CORS President

At the 21st Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), hosted by the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS), Professor Dionne Aleman was elected to a second term as CORS President. She is the first President since founding President Omond Solandt in 1958-59 to serve two terms. Check out her official Twitter account to learn more.
UnERD is the largest undergraduate research competition at U of T, where students showcase their summer projects, and share ideas with faculty and fellow students.


MIE grad student Hootan Kamran wins student presentation competition at IFORS conference
At the IFORS conference, MIE PhD student Hootan Kamran (advisor: Dionne Aleman) won the CORS Health Care OR Special Interest Group student presentation competition. This award goes to the student with the best healthcare-focused research presented in five minutes. Three of the four finalists for this award were from MIE, with the other two MIE finalists being Vahid Roshanaei (advisor: Dionne Aleman) and Christopher Sun (advisor: Timothy Chan).


Centre for Microfluidics Systems presents: Small Talks on August 24
Four speakers, 20-minute presentations, and $1900 in cash prizes! Small Talks is an afternoon of short talks featuring small science and engineering. Participants present microfluidic research with an emphasis on techniques, tips and tools for problem solving and research. The event will take place on August 24 at 1 PM in MC331. Food will be provided.

MASc Oral Exam
Adam Pearson
: "Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Short Fiber Reinforced Polymers"
Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Hani Naguib, Kamran Behdinan, Fae Azhari

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

PhD Final Oral Exam
Vahid Roshanaei
, "Large-Scale Decomposition Strategies for Collaborative Operating Room Planning and Scheduling"
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Dionne Aleman, Michael Carter, David Urbach, Merve Bodur
External Examiner: Louis-Martin Rousseau, Polytechnique de Montreal

MASc Oral Exam
Ryan Sanford
: "Computational Simulations of Fenestrated Endovascular Aneurysm Repair"
Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: BA2001 (Dean's Conference Room)
Exam committee: Cristina Amon, Thomas Forbes, Anthony Sinclair, Kamran Behdinan

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

MASc Oral Exam
Daniel Muirhead
: "Liquid water accumulation and oxygen transport resistance in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell gas diffusion layers"
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Aimy Bazylak, Edmond Young, Tobin Filleter


ASKme Anything! Facebook Live: August 16
Are you starting in the fall? Do you have questions about the university? Ask us anything! Join our Student Life Community Crew on the Student Life Programs & Services: University of Toronto page for a Facebook Live panel discussion on everything incoming students need to know about student life at U of T.

ILead is hiring 8 students
ILead is expanding its team of student staff! In addition to four student facilitators (who receive training in group facilitation and curriculum development and get to co-lead the Leadership Labs), we are also hiring ILead Ambassadors and a Communications person who will support with event planning and promotions. This is a great opportunity to be part of a lively and creative team. Students will meet bi-weekly and engage in a lot of personal growth and reflection.

LEED Green Associate (GA) stand-alone Training
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: August 9, 6-10 p.m.
Where: BA2175
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When: August 26, 1-5 p.m.

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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