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November 21, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 61

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

Chair's Office

The class of APS510: Innovative Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems, instructed by Marina Freire-Gormaly (MechE PhD Candidate), toured Toronto Hydro's 36 kWp solar facility at 500 Commissioner St. on November 14.

U of T alumni Yiqun Zhu, P.Eng. (EngSci), Alan Tzung (MSE) and Dejan Graovac (MechE 1T0) from Toronto Hydro gave a scenic tour of the facility. Students were able to see the unique Solyndra thin-film solar panels (which require no tracking device and no snow removal), the inverter and transformer.

Pictured: Alan Tzung, course TA Arnav Jatukaran (MechE MASc candidate), course instructor Marina Freire-Gormaly and the class.


"The global fibrosis network" led by Professor Craig Simmons, U of T Distinguished Professor of mechanobiology, is one of five ambitious global research projects at the University of Toronto that will share $1.23 million this year from the Connaught Global Challenge Award.
Research on enhancing drivers' safety, conducted by Professor Birsen Donmez, was recently featured through a mini film developed by Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center, as part of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. View it at the link.
Join us for a discussion on academics; extra-curricular and commuter student experiences; and anything regarding your student experience that you'd like to get answered.

Seminars

MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Court Cases: A Catalyst for Human Factors Research
Speaker: Alison Smiley, President of Human Factors North Inc.; Adjunct Professor in MIE, University of Toronto
Date: Friday, November 24
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

PsychEng Seminar: Dr. Jason Plaks, "Some Thoughts and Questions about Designing Moral Machines"
Speaker: Professor Jason Plaks from U of T's Department of Psychology
Date: Thursday, November 23
Time: 2-4 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Room 2120

Research

Research Funding Awarded
  • Professor David Sinton has been awarded an NSERC Strategic Grant in the amount of $644,000. The project is entitled, "1000 individually-controlled microcosms to assess ecological impacts in Canadian ecosystems, aquaculture, and agriculture" and is a collaboration with ecotoxicology co-applicant Professor Chelsea Rochman of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Graduate 

MIE Symposium 2018: Call for Webmaster
The organizing committee of 2018 MIE research symposium is looking for a qualified volunteer to act as the symposium webmaster. The candidate should be familiar with with SQL/PHP and keep the website up-to-date as directed by the committee. Please contact arman.ghaffari@mail.utoronto.ca if you're interested.


Join us for cake on November 22!
Construction on the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is nearly complete. On Wednesday, November 22, we are taking advantage of National Cake Day to celebrate and acknowledge our internal community with a unique CEIE-inspired cake. Please join members of our U of T Engineering community to enjoy a slice together! During the event, please share your photos through social media using the following hashtags: #CEIE, #UofTEngineering and #NationalCakeDay.
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 12-1 PM (brief remarks at 12:10 pm)
Location: Bahen Centre Atrium, 40 St. George Street


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

MASc Oral Exam
Pranay Shrestha
: "Custom microporous layers for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells"
Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 9 AM
Location: RS 207
Exam committee: Dr. Aimy Bazylak, Tobin Filleter, David Sinton

Undergraduate

Lunch & Learn with Justin DeLuca (MechE 0T6 + PEY)
Join mechanical engineering graduate Justin DeLuca (MechE 0T6 + PEY), Director of Pricing, at Labatt Brewing Company Limited, to learn about engineering careers in the brewing industry, as well as their current PEY opportunities.
Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 11 AM-12 PM (Lunch provided)
Location: Mechanical Engineering Building, room 331


Join us for cake on November 22!
Construction on the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is nearly complete. On Wednesday, November 22, we are taking advantage of National Cake Day to celebrate and acknowledge our internal community with a unique CEIE-inspired cake. Please join members of our U of T Engineering community to enjoy a slice together! During the event, please share your photos through social media using the following hashtags: #CEIE, #UofTEngineering and #NationalCakeDay.
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 12-1 PM (brief remarks at 12:10 pm)
Location: Bahen Centre Atrium, 40 St. George Street


Cupcake Open House & Social
Date: Friday, November 24
Time: 12 to 2 PM
Location: Undergraduate Office, MC 109
Second-year students! The MIE Undergraduate Office invites you to drop in, meet the team and enjoy a cupcake! Stop by and discover how the UG office can be a resource for your student success.


International Student Exchange: Information Session
If you're interested in going abroad for your studies, please join us for an information session hosted by Professor Shaker A. Meguid on Thursday, November 23 at 11 AM-12 PM in MC331. Light refreshments will be provided.


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.

Call for Articles: Green Plastics Article Competition
The Engineers Without Borders and Society of Plastics Engineers U of T Chapters bring you the first undergraduate level article completion. This year, we would like to hear the big ideas on plastics pollution prevention, sustainable usage, and recycling. The winning article will be published by the Society of Plastics Engineers Magazine, runner-up article will be published by the Galbraith Society along with appreciation awards for each team from all 4 years of undergraduate studies.SPE Thermoplastic Materials and Foams(TPM&F) Division is sponsoring the cash and other awards. The deadline for the competition is December 8.

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

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.

Employment Support for Students with Autism: November 23
Accessibility Services has partnered with Career Exploration & Education, and Specialisterne Canada, to host an Employment Talk catered specifically to students on the autism spectrum. RSVP to Rouya Botlani at: rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca
Date:: Thursday November 23
Time: 11AM-12PM
Location: Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience (33 St. George Street)
Who: Any current student (any year or discipline) or recent graduate on the autism spectrum
What: This workshop will include: An overview of Specialisterne Canada and supports they provide; Neurodiversity & employment; The application process; Overview of current positions available, and previous placements; and Q&A

Books that Inspire Event: November 28
Do you know what executives do 60 times more than the typical worker? They read about 60 books a year, while a typical worker only reads one. Don't have time to read? The Engineering Alumni Mentorship Program invites you to attend Books that Inspire, where you’ll get three books worth of content in an hour. We will be summarizing books from a wide range of subjects, from business to philosophy, followed by a Q&A. Mentors and mentees will also have a chance to connect and discuss each book that's presented.

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!

Jobs


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