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November 14, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 60

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Last week, eight undergraduate and 120 graduate students received their degrees at Convocation Hall. Congratulations to our MIE graduates!

A tale as old as time: MIE Dinner Dance brought Beauty and the Beast to life

MIE undergraduates enjoyed a night of dinner, comedy and dancing at this year's Beauty and the Beast themed dinner dance. The student-run event also brought out faculty, staff, and department Chair, Markus Bussmann.
U of T Engineering recently recognized MIE alumnus Andrew Gillies (MechE 0T7) with the 7T6 Early Career Award. The award honours engineering graduates who have attained significant achievement early in their career and show promise of further contributions. Since graduating from MIE, Gillies co-founded the San Francisco-based company, Dash Robotics. Learn more about Andrew at the video link.
U of T Electric Vehicle Research Centre (UTEV) has secured a major investment to support collaborative research into next-generation electric vehicle technologies. Two NSERC CRD grants, and Havelaar Canada's industry contributions, total more than $9.1 million over four years. UTEV brings together researchers from across U of T Engineering, including Professors Josh Taylor and Sean Hum (both ECE) and Dean Cristina Amon (MIE). At MIE, this project will support four master students, two PhD students, and one Research Associate over four years.


MIE grad student wins 2017 Bonder Scholarship
Congratulations to Justin Boutilier (IndE PhD Candidate), who won the 2017 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services.

The Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services promotes the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations.

The scholarship provides funding of $5,000 (US) to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of health services research knowledge in conjunction with INFORMS. Boutilier's research, under the supervision of Professor Timothy Chan, involves combining both machine learning and optimization to improve the quality, access and delivery of health care.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Linear Optimization - The Interplay between Theory and Practice
Speaker: Ilan Adler, University of California in Berkeley
Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

ExperienceSampler: Enabling Experience Sampling Methods with Open-Source Tools
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould, an esteemed quantitative behavioral researcher and Canada Research Chair in Social Psychophysiology
Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 2-4 PM
Location: MC331

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


Research Funding Awarded
  • Professor Hani Naguib has been awarded an NSERC Engage/OCE VIP1 grant for the project entitled "Development of High performance, High Bio Based Content Thermoset Elastomeric Compliant Materials Technology."


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.

Lunch & Learn with Paul Held (IndE 8T7)
MIE alumnus Paul Held (IndE 8T7) will share with undergraduate and graduate students how his U of T Engineering experience helped him succeed in the world of consulting. RSVP required.
Date: Tuesday, November 21
Time: 12-1 PM (Lunch provided)
Location: Banting Institute, 100 College St., Room 131

JDE1000H - Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar
It is mandatory for all MASc and PhD students to attend "Ethics in Research Seminar" - JDE1000H, preferably during their first year of registration, to meet degree requirement.
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 4-6 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, 40 St George St., room BA1160.


Lunch & Learn with Paul Held (IndE 8T7)
MIE alumnus Paul Held (IndE 8T7) will share with undergraduate and graduate students how his U of T Engineering experience helped him succeed in the world of consulting. RSVP required.
Date: Tuesday, November 21
Time: 12-1 PM (Lunch provided)
Location: Banting Institute, 100 College St., Room 131

How to land a summer research position by Bioengineering Student's Association: Nov 16
Interested in doing research this summer, but not sure how to get started? Unsuccessful in finding research positions in the past? Come out to hear Professor Penney Gilbert and upper-year students present tips and tricks to landing your dream summer research position. Food will be provided at the event.
Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall, room SS2106

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
Hult Prize @ U of T
The Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition for budding social entrepreneurs and every year, welcomes college and university students from all around the globe. From more than 50,000 applications received every year, one winning team will receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community. For the fourth year in a row, the Hult Prize competition has come to U of T. It is an incredible opportunity for students from all faculties at U of T, especially Engineering, to get involved in social enterprise and sustainability. Through the competition, students will have the opportunity to develop their own social enterprises that could go on to change the world. This year's challenge focuses on harnessing the power of Energy through one of six dimensions to transform the lives of 10 million people: food, water, mobility, connectivity, education, and health. The competition will be hosted at the Rotman School on December 2, 2017.

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

Goldman Sachs (Technology) Information Session: November 21
At Goldman Sachs, we build software and leverage applied mathematics to solve a variety of problems across the financial services industry. Cameron Brien and David Ziegler will speak about some of the challenges faced across electronic trading and derivatives automation in the firm's Equities Division.

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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