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December 12, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 64

 Research |   Graduate   |   Undergraduate   |   Professional Development   |   Jobs

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On December 8, more than 350 graduate students, faculty and staff celebrated the holidays at the 89 Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre. The event is an annual tradition at MIE, aimed at strengthening its community, while spreading a bit of holiday cheer!

Huda Idrees (IndE 1T2 + PEY) was recently in NYC as part of Toronto Mayor John Tory's two-day trade mission to promote the idea of a cross-border tech corridor to rival Silicon Valley. Idrees, founder and CEO of health records startup Dot Health, says many seemed shocked to learn Toronto added more tech jobs between 2015 and 2016 than New York City and Silicon Valley combined.
On December 8, Osvald Nitski (MechE 2T0), who was named a 2016-17 U SPORTS academic Top 8 all-Canadian, got to celebrate with his fellow honourees alongside Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the newly-appointed Governor General of Canada.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be deployed as part of a collaboration involving U of T and IIT-Bombay to make Pune, India, a smart city. The project is being headed by Mark Fox, distinguished professor of urban systems engineering. The objective is to "focus on finding solutions to urban problems by tapping into technology-based 'smart solutions' that aim not only to improve economic growth for the city ... but also to create a more sustainable and resilient region."


Research Grants Awarded
  • Professor Chul B. Park has been awarded funding from Createx Technology (Suzhou) Co.Ltd., China, in the amount of $4,000,000. The project is entitled "Nanofibril Technology."
  • Professor Aimy Bazylak has been awarded an NSERC Engage grant for the project, "Microfluidic chips for investigating multiphase transport in porous media."
  • Professor Hani Naguib has been awarded an OCE grant for the project, "The Development of Unique Active Materials for the Next Generation Posture Performance Textile."


TA Training Session: January 11
Please attend this session if you are TAing for the first time in Winter 2018, and have not completed the training in a past semester.
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Best Institute, 112 College Street, Room 114

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
Jiawei Du
: "An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Adaptive Mobile System for Inspection-Related Tasks"
Date: Tuesday, December 19
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Greg Jamieson, Olivier St-Cyr, Mark Chignell


TA Award nominations now accepted: deadline December 15
Do you know of a TA that is extremely helpful and knowledgeable in the course subject matter? Or how about a TA who is well organized and always tries their best to support students and answer their questions? If so, MIE would like to present you with the opportunity to nominate a TA for their dedication and outstanding performance in various areas of teaching for Fall 2017. Please review the nomination guidelines here. Please fill out the nomination form here. The deadline to submit your nomination form is December 15. Please email your completed submission to:

GREEN Program: Funding Available for Hawai'i Sustainable Community Food & Energy Systems
Join The GREEN Program in Hawai'i as we dive into ancestral roots, explore Hawaiian history and sovereignty, and the effects on the island's land and indigenous community. Discover this popular travel destination through a new lens and learn more about an island that was once food secure and now working towards that ideal state once again.

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
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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