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October 24, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 57

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

Chair's Office

Waterfront Toronto announced today that it is partnering with Sidewalk Labs to design a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto's Eastern Waterfront. The project, called Sidewalk Toronto, will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity. MIE professors have a long history of developing innovative solutions to pressing urban and municipal challenges, including research conducted by Professors Mark Fox, Marianne Touchie, Timothy Chan and Scott Sanner, just to name a few.


The MIE community on U of T Engineering CONNECT continues to flourish - have you signed up yet? At the end of August, our alumni community has grown to 1,200 members, who come from 32 countries. More than half are ready and willing to help fellow members, either as mentors or to answer industry questions. Register today and join a vibrant community. Take a closer look at our numbers.
What if you could take carbon dioxide and turn it into fuels and feedstocks using only solar energy and water? What if you could recycle the emissions from power plants? These are the questions we are trying to address here at the University of Toronto, and we are getting close to a viable answer. Learn more.
On October 19, thousands of guests visited U of T for Fall Campus Day. MIE was bustling with activity as we hosted info sessions and tours for prospective students. We also welcomed a surprise guest: Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe (IndE 1T6), who shared her Capstone experience. Thank you to Lauren Howe, Professor Alison Olechowski, lab manager Tom Bernreiter and student volunteers Marie Floryan, Kathy Huynh, Catherine Kucaba, Emily Mackay, Rohan Ramdoss and Benjamin Rubinoff for making the event a success. View photos.

Research

Research Funding Awarded
  • Professor Edmond Young has been awarded a Canadian Lung Association/Ontario Thoracic Society Grant-in-Aid Award in the amount of $37,751 on a project entitled, "SELA-Chip: Developing a microfluidic airway organ-on-a-chip system for advanced studies in respiratory health." Professor Young will be collaborating with University Health Network researchers to develop the technology to investigate the effects of air pollution on lung airway responses in a new biomimetic tissue model.

Seminars

MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Deformability based Cell Sorting using Microfluidic Ratchets
Speaker: Hongshen Ma, University of British Columbia
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102



Sustainability Leaders' Series

Speaker: John Ehrenfeld, author of Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability and Sustainability By Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture.
Date: Monday October 30
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Location: IMI Rotunda, UTM, 3359 Mississauga Road


Sustainability Leaders' Series: Failed Sustainability: Bruce Lourie
Speaker: Bruce Lourie is a leading environmental thinker, writer and speaker. He is the co-author of Toxin Toxout.
Date: Monday November 20
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Instructional Building, UTM, 3359 Mississauga Road

Graduate 

2017-2018 MIE Endowed Fellowships and Bursaries for MASc and PhD students
Eligibility: MASc students within the first two years of study; PhD students within the first four years; direct-entry PhD within the first five years of study; fast-track PhD students within the first five years from initial registration in the Master's program. Students must be in good academic standing with minimum grade average of A-; satisfactory research progress; in financial need.
Application deadline: application and supporting documents must be submitted to david@mie.utoronto.ca by Friday, October 27, 4 PM

AMIGAS Coffee Break : October 25
MIE Grads and Postdocs: AMIGAS is hosting an October Coffee Break on Wednesdday, October 25, 3-4 PM in the MC grad lounge.Come and enjoy coffee and fresh donuts and company of your MIE grad fellows!


Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2017 - University of Waterloo on November 9
The event is free of charge for the academics, staff, and students. Undergraduate and graduate students can also participate in the student poster showcase session that is specifically designed to display research and innovative ideas for the corporate partners, academics, and government officials.


U of T Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) Competition: Call for Applicants
U of T Most Understandable Scientist (UTMUST) is an annual, university-wide academic competition in which international graduate students present their research in five minutes to non-specialist audience. UTMUST aims to be a great platform for international graduate students to hone their presentation skills, foster collaboration within academia and draw interest from public as well as potential investors (please see our judge panel). The fun and challenge of UTMUST is to showcase your research in the most understandable way! Application deadline is November 17.


PhD Final Oral Exam
Tongfeng Zhang
, "Experimental and Numerical Studies on the Soot Formation of Liquid Fuel Relevant Compounds"
Date: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Murray Thomson, James Wallace, Omer Gulder, Sanjeev Chandra
External Examiner: Graham Nathan, The University of Adelaide

MASc Oral Exam
Mir Abbas Ali
: "Study of Ignition in a Direct Injected, Compression Ignition Natural Gas Engine with Modified Hot Surfaces"
Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 10 AM
Location: BA 8166
Exam committee: James S. Wallace, Aimy Bazylak, Nasser Ashgriz

MASc Oral Exam
Andrea Jovanovic
: "Designing the living curriculum"
Date: Friday, November 3
Time: 2 PM
Location: 65 St. George, Room 201
Exam committee: Mark Chignell, Olivier St-Cyr, Susan McCahan

Undergraduate

Scholarships with upcoming deadlines
  • Kordellas-Tripp Foundation Engineering Award. Based on financial need and social awareness. Deadline: October 31
  • William H. McGannon Foundation Scholarship. Students with interest in risk/hazards and some industry experience. Deadline: November 30
  • 2018 Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships at Harvard University. 1T8s, outstanding academic excellence. Fellowship for one year of graduate studies at Harvard. Deadline: November 24
CodeCon: October 25
Face off against your classmates at CodeCon, a live coding competition hosted by Bloomberg. Push your programming and problem solving skills to the limit against the clock! The top three finishers from each school will be invited to the Bloomberg headquarters in NYC for a showdown against finalists from schools across the globe.
Date: October 25
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sandford Fleming, Room 1105

CodeCon: October 25
Face off against your classmates at CodeCon, a live coding competition hosted by Bloomberg. Push your programming and problem solving skills to the limit against the clock! The top three finishers from each school will be invited to the Bloomberg headquarters in NYC for a showdown against finalists from schools across the globe.
Date: October 25
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sandford Fleming, Room 1105

Galbraith Society Undergraduate Engineering Journal
Have you done undergraduate research this past summer or year? The Galbraith Society Undergraduate Engineering Journal is now accepting abstracts for research and literature review articles for our Fall window. The abstract submissions deadline is October 31. This is a great opportunity to publish your work in a peer reviewed journal! Submit your abstracts here. Feel free to send any questions to gsociety.journal@gmail.com.

Second Annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum 2017 - University of Waterloo on November 9
The event is free of charge for the academics, staff, and students. Undergraduate and graduate students can also participate in the student poster showcase session that is specifically designed to display research and innovative ideas for the corporate partners, academics, and government officials.

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.

2018 Minerva James Ham Engineering Student Competition
Minerva Canada is pleased to announce its 2018 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards contest. This contest is open to full time, undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a Canadian post secondary teaching institution and resident in Canada as well as full time college students enrolled in either an Engineering Technology program or an Occupational Health and Safety Program and who are resident in Canada. The contest is only open to Canadian Universities and Colleges. There will be a first and second prize of $3,500 and $1,500 respectively. The awards will be presented in the Spring 2018 at a venue to be determined with the winners. Final submission date for this Award Competition is April 13, 2018. Students are asked to advise Minerva Canada of their intentions to apply for the award by February 2, 2018. This can be done simply by sending an e-mail to minerva@safetymanagementeducation.com.

Mindful Meditation for Students
Join weekly opportunities Mondays through Fridays practice secular meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus!

Professional Development

Upcoming Employer Event
Microsemi Corporation
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense ; security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,500 employees globally.
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 1210


WISE National Conference: February 2018
WISE is proud to present to you our 6th annual National Conference! The WISE National Conference 2018: Transcending Boundaries will take place February 3-4, 2018. You'll get the opportunity meet and greet with CEOs, Founders, and Researchers, and connect with students in STEM fields from all over Canada. We will be featuring professional and development workshops hosted by STEM companies, as well as a Case Competition, a 3 Minute Thesis competition, and a Public Policy Debate. Company attendants include 3M, Deloitte, Aecon, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Accenture, and our previous conference speakers include Heather Payne, CEO of HackerYou and Founder of Ladies Learning Code, and Catherine Karakatsanis, COO of Morrison Hershfield Group. Tickets are on sale now, and U of T Engineering students get an 80% subsidy!

ILead: Leadership Labs fall schedule
Make connections. Improve team projects. Get through midterms and exams. ILead's Leadership Labs teach you these and other practical skills that you can apply at Skule and beyond. Our fun and interactive workshops run throughout the year. Spend three weeknights with us to dive deeper into a theme area or attend individual workshops that pique your interest. Either way, you'll gain important skills and meet great people. Also offered a few times each semester, our Chart Your Future workshop helps you to clarify your own path and move towards the opportunities that will help you get there.

Jobs

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