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October 31, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 58

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On November 8, U of T Engineering invites graduates to the Engineering Convocation Breakfast, taking place in the lobby of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. This is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to introduce their family and friends to the professors who have made such an impression on their aspirations and future careers. The engineering convocation ceremony will begin at 10 AM in Convocation Hall.

Engineers at Harvard University have developed a tiny, insect-like robot that can fly through the air, land on water and take off again. Professor Eric Diller, who runs the microrobotics laboratory at MIE, said medical applications are the other big area of potential for these little robots. In the future "we could actually put small mechanical devices inside the body, maybe with a very small tether or even potentially wirelessly moving inside the body, which would be a revolutionary type of approach to monitoring, taking samples or even doing surgeries inside the body." Read more.
A state-of-the-art simulator gives U of T Engineering researchers new insight into keeping drivers on the roads safe. DriverLab is the only simulator of its kind in Canada and is housed in the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research's Challenging Environment Assessment Labs in the basement of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). TRI's Research Institute is led by Professor Geoff Fernie, who is cross-appointed to MIE. Read more.
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.


Research Funding Awarded
  • Professor Timothy Chan has been awarded an Analytics & Informatics grant by Cancer Care Ontario for his project, "Developing analytics tools for disease pathway concordance."


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: From Photoelasticity to Nanospeckle Photography, From 2D to 3D: The Evolution of Full-Field Optical Stress/Strain Analysis Techniques
Speaker: Fu-Pen Chiang, Stony Brook University
Date: Friday, November 3
Time: **11 AM to 12 PM**
Location: MC102

Operations Management and Statistics Seminar: Investment Decisions and Falling Cost of Data Analytics

Speaker: Jussi Keppo, Associate Professor, Co-Director of Business Analytics Center, NUS Business School
Date: Friday, November 3
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: Rotman School of Management Building, RT 127

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


Pulp and Paper Industry Panel
The Chemical Engineering Graduate Students' Association (CEGSA) and the Pulp and Paper Centre will be hosting an Industry Panel for students on October 31 from 4:30-5:30 PM in MP 202. Five members of the pulp and paper industry from different companies will host an hour of discussion with students from Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. These individuals continue to make significant contributions to their companies, our research and the industry at large. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the industry, its future, how you might apply your education and more. Please take advantage of this opportunity to come, listen and ask questions. If you plan on attending, please register.

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. The fun and challenge of UTMUST is to showcase your research in the most understandable way! Application deadline is November 17.

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


Scholarships with upcoming deadlines
  • 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
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

Society of Petroleum Engineers U of T chapter: PEY Coffee House
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) U of T chapter will be hosting its annual PEY Coffee House event on November 6 from 5-7 PM in BA1220 (pizza and pop provided). Join us to hear what it's like working in the oil and gas industry, directly from former Husky and Suncor internship students.

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

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

Professional Development

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.


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