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December 5, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 63

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The University of Toronto commemorates the many ways in which all women experience gender-based violence, from missing and murdered Indigenous women, transgender women and the broad spectrum of women from vulnerable populations. This event will include lunch, speakers from across the University of Toronto community, facilitated discussions and a ceremony.

Pictured: On Dec. 6, 2016, U of T Engineering undergrads built this temporary installation just south of Convocation Hall in memory of victims of the Montreal Massacre.

What's it like for an engineer to work at a beer brewing company? How do your engineering skills apply? MIE grad Justin DeLuca (MechE 0T6 + PEY) and members of the Labatt Brewing Company visited students on November 30 to answer those questions and more as part of MIE's Lunch and Learn series.
Did you know that a  build-it-yourself robot kit, and a first-of-its-kind universal hex key were designed by an MIE alum and an undergraduate? These are just a few of the items created by U of T Engineering alumni and students that should be on your holiday shopping list.
After a term of working in design teams to develop autonomous rovers, students of MIE444 put them to the test in a robotics competition last week. The students were challenged to design a rover that could deliver a small load through a walled-maze on a randomized checkered surface.


**TIME CHANGE** MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Cognitive Mechanisms in Creative Thinking
Speaker: Steven M. Smith, Texas A&M University
Date: Friday, December 8
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM **PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE**
Location: MC102


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.

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
Katarina Neskovic
: "Multiplex Wellplate Device for Parallel Testing of CO2 Electroreduction Catalysts"
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 10 AM
Location: RS 214
Exam committee: Dave Sinton, Aimy Bazylak, Xinyu Liu

MASc Oral Exam
Pratyaksh Agrawal:
"Mechanical properties of Transition metal dichalcogenides: a first principle study"
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 2 PM
Location: WB134
Exam committee: Chandra Veer Singh, Tobin Filleter, Glenn Hibbard


Registration Open: Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School
The Dunlap Institute's annual, five-day summer school provides a unique introduction to cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation for current and future telescope facilities.The program includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the third year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
A large number of scholarship deadlines occur in January, a few in February and March, and one in December:
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Awards (for women)
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Edith Tyrell Award and Medal
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Wood Scholarship
  • Nortel Institute Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 3M National Student Fellowship
  • Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards
  • FOCUS! A climate change student video contest
  • CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Award and CAE William Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarship
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

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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