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November 28, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 62

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Chair's Office

Last week, the department invited MIE varsity undergrads to a lunch with MIE Chair, Professor Markus Bussmann. The lunch was an opportunity to celebrate their athletic accomplishments, network with fellow student athletes, meet the undergraduate office team and learn how MIE can help to balance their academics and athletics.

Pictured back row, left to right: Matthew Friebauer (Football), Zia Karim (Volleyball), Stefan Dusciuc (Soccer), Keith Ericks (Swimming), Osvald Nitski (Swimming), Liam Horrigan (Water Polo), Ahmed Hassan (Rugby), Rajeev Sowamber (Mountain Biking). Front row, left to right: Nicole Hicks (Field Hockey), Peter Wen (Mountain Biking), Lia Coddington (EngSci, Track and Field).

More than half a million Canadians live with dementia, and that number is expected to almost double in the next 15 years. Professor Mark Chignell is applying his expertise in industrial engineering to design a solution that provides people in long-term care facilities an opportunity for mental and physical activity, while reducing problem behaviours.
MIE is proud to launch a Lunch and Learn series, where alumni return to their alma mater to share with undergraduate and graduate students their advice on how to succeed in a diverse range of engineering industries. MIE's first guest was senior Deloitte Partner, Paul Held (IndE 8T7). Don't miss the next Lunch and Learn event on November 30 with Justin De Luca (MechE 0T6 + PEY) of the Labatt Brewing Company. RSVP today.
Professor Goldie Nejat was recently featured in a news article focusing on robotics and eldercare by NBC News. "There's been some research which suggests that you can delay the onset or progression of dementia through repeated cognitive stimulation and social engagement," says Professor Nejat. "So we thought, can you use a robot to increase the amount of stimulation these people get?"


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in Fluid Mechanics: Blood Flow, Wiffle Ball, Novels & Art
Speaker: Jenn Stroud Rossmann, Lafayette College
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

PsychEng Seminar: Dr. Silas Franco dos Reis Alves, "Socially Assistive Robots"
Speaker: Dr. Silas Franco dos Reis Alves, post-doctoral fellow in the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory (ASBLab) at MIE
Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Room 4043


David Sinton elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Professor David Sinton has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society. This honour recognizes his "distinguished contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, particularly in developing microfluidic methods for applications in energy and the environment."


Application for 2018-2019 Canada Graduate Scholarships (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC) - Master's Program (CGS M): Deadline December 1
CIHR: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
NSERC: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
SSHRC: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Check eligibility. Application process and instructions. Applications must be submitted by the deadline using the Research Portal. Application deadline (date by which the complete application must be submitted by the applicant): December 1, 2017, before 8 PM (ET)

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 SQL/PHP and keep the website up-to-date as directed by the committee. Please contact if you're interested.

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

AMIGAS General Meeting + Coffee Break: November 29, 2-3 PM
AMIGAS General Meeting is scheduled to happen on Wednesday Nov 29, 2-3 PM in MC331 while coffee will be served in MC330 (grad lounge). All graduate students of MIE are encouraged to attend the meeting while enjoying the coffee. This is a chance for the membership to review past activties, to oversee constitution changes, and to set directives with regard to future activities. All MIE graduate students can speak and vote. Any AMIGAS member (i.e. any MIE grad student) may submit a motion for consideration at the general meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to no later than Tuesday, November 28.

Bioengineering industry talk & mixer hosted by the Bioengineering Student Association
Interested in working in the bioengineering industry? Looking for summer/PEY internships? Wondering how industry workplace is different from research labs? BESt - Bioengineering Student Association is hosting an Industry Talk with representatives from Ecostrat, CCRM, and Synaptive Medical, who will be talking about their work and how you could get involved. They will be time to talk to the representatives after the talk, so make sure to come out and network. Food will be provided at the event.
Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: BA 2159

Parkdale Mentorship Program Recruiting Mentors: Deadline December 19
This University of Toronto mentorship program provides grade 10 students in the underprivileged community of Parkdale with exposure to basic life skills, career investigation, and worldview exploration. This is done through presentations from guest speakers, group activities, and one-on-one mentorship with graduate/professional students at the U of T. Its aim is to provide a supportive environment for its participants to explore and define their own life goals and desires while also being exposed to new ideas and concepts. Deadline: Dec 19, 2017.
Date: Saturdays, February to April
Time: 10 AM-1 PM
Location: Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave, Queen West & Brock Avenue)

MASc Oral Exam
Ernst van Wijk
: "Jet Oscillation of Abrasive Slurry-Jet Machining as a Function of Polymer Concentration and Nozzle Geometry"
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 1 PM
Location: MB 101
Exam committee: Jan Spelt, Marcello Papini, David James, Nasser Ashgriz, Kamran Behdinan

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: Aimy Bazylak, Tobin Filleter, David Sinton


Cupcake Social brings together second-year students and the MIE Undergraduate team
On November 24, MIE invited second-year students to the Undergraduate Office to meet the team, mingle with fellow students, and best of all - to enjoy some free cupcakes.

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: GB 202

UT-IMDI Student Info Night: November 30th 6-7:30PM in MC 254
On November 30, UT-IMDI will be hosting a session to provide information regarding the UT-IMDI program, exchange knowledge, experience and insight into respective industries and careers. Come and learn about the exciting opportunities waiting for you!

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

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

Professional Development

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.

HealthEDGE Lunch and Learn Series
These events are part of the HealthEdge Lunch and Learn series. In this series you will hear from entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators and advisors who will share their experiences building products and services. The lunch and learn series is open for anyone in the innovation community to attend and is designed to help prospective HealthEdge Challenge 2018 applicants prepare their pitches for the January 26, 2018 deadline. Bring your lunch and come prepared to workshop your ideas..

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!


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