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August 22, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 49

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Chair's Office

Congratulations to the 2016-17 MIE Teaching Award recipients, Changhong Cao, Neil Kaw, Nooshin Salari, Nazanin Khalili and Zhensong Xu. The graduate students were treated to a lunch in celebration of their achievements, hosted by Professors Markus Bussmann (Chair) and Hani Naguib (Associate Chair, Research).

For the last 10 years, undergraduate engineering students have shared their discoveries and innovations with the wider U of T community through Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD). And for the first time, the organizers invited high school students from U of T Engineering's Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) to participate as attendees. Learn more. View photos from MIE podium presentation sessions.
Professor Mark Fox recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Globe and Mail on the country's intellectual property strategy, and the need for Canada to become an innovation-based economy. "To be blunt, Canadians operate in a world where the deck of cards is already dealt and our competitors have all the aces. Nonetheless, if we want to ensure our continuous prosperity and way of life, we must create and scale-up companies, while vigorously defending their freedom to operate in order to grow," says Fox.
A new technology developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Toronto, led by Professor Mark Chignell, is designed to help calm and engage long-term care residents with dementia and with that, improve their quality of life. Ambient Activity Technologies (AAT) are interactive tools that can be installed on a wall of a facility, where they can be easily accessed by residents with or without staff assistance. Learn more.


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. The event is sponsored by U of T alumnus Dr. Tom Ewart. Ice cream will be provided.

MIE Graduate Student Orientation
The MIE Graduate Office will be holding an orientation day on Friday, September 8.
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Student Policies & Guidelines for PhD students (RS211)
  • 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.: Understanding Funding for Research Students (RS211)
  • 11:30 AM to 12 p.m.: Departmental Tour
  • 12 to 1:45 p.m.: Department BBQ and Social
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m.: Department Welcome (MC 102)
  • 3:15 to 4 p.m.: MEng Information Session (MC 102)
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

PhD Final Oral Exam
Sina Hamzehlouia
, "Thermohydrodynamic Modeling of Squeeze Film Damper supporting High-Speed Turbomachinery"
Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Kamran Behdinan (supervisor), Javad Mostaghimi, Tobin Filleter, Hugh Liu
External Examiner: Professor Amir Khajepour, University of Waterloo

PhD Final Oral Exam
Philip Mar
, "Properties and Paradigms of Robust Optimization"
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Tim Chan (supervisor), Chi-Guhn Lee, Roy Kwon, Joseph Milner
External Examiner: Professor Erick Delage, HEC Montreal

MASc Oral Exam
Chelsea DeGuzman
: "Sequencing Effects in Memories of Online Video Technical Quality"
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: BA 8166
Exam committee: Mark Chignell, Michael Gruninger, Alberto Leon-Garcia

PhD Final Oral Exam
Christopher Wong
, "Automation of Single Cell Manipulation for Embryo Biopsy"
Date: Monday, August 28
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Room 201, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors James Mills (supervisor), Goldie Nejat, Kamran Behdinan, Gabriele D'Eleuterio, Hugh Liu
External Examiner: Professor Alexandar Djordjevich, City University of Hong Kong

PhD Final Oral Exam
Steven Kinio
, "Dielectophoresis Microdevices Design for Selective Lysis of Circulating Tumor Cells in Blood"
Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors James Mills (supervisor), Pierre Sullivan, Ridha Ben Mrad, Amy Bilton
External Examiner: Professor Scott Tsai, Ryerson University

MASc Oral Exam
Aaron Babier
: "Knowledge-Based Automated Planning for Oropharyngeal Cancer"
Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: BA 8256
Exam committee: Timothy Chan, Andrea L. McNiven, Scott Sanner

PhD Final Oral Exam
Maryam Merrikhpour
, "Utilizing the Social Norms Theory for Mitigating Teen Driver Distraction"
Date: Tuesday, September 5
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Room 331, Mechanical Building, 5 King's College Rd
Exam Committee: Professors Birsen Donmez (supervisor), Gregory Jamieson, Paul Milgram, Mark Chignell
External Examiner: Professor Daniel McGehee, University of Iowa

MASc Oral Exam
Peter Francis
: "Design and Modelling of a Miniature Instrument for Robotic Surgery"
Date: Wednesday, September 6
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: 555 University Ave, Room 1506
Exam committee: James Drake, Hani Naguib, Eric Diller


GREEN Program: Winter & Spring 2018
Get up close and personal with your academics, interests and passions. Join a community of like-minded global citizens, engage in experimental education, and immerse yourself into an entirely new culture.

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 26, 1-5 p.m.

Professional Development

Canadian Conference on Student Leadership
The CCSL brings together post-secondary student leaders from across the country and the world to share ideas, become inspired, and leave determined to make a difference on their campuses and in their communities. The 2017 conference will run from November 23-25 in Vancouver. This year's theme is Start With Why.

Peer Mentorship Training

U of T Student Life will be hosting two days of Mentorship Foundations Training on St. George Campus. New Peer Mentors who have not participated in Mentorship Foundations Training can attend on either Saturday, August 26 or Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost for these one day sessions is $10 per student and it is charged back to the program, you will be invoiced after the training.


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