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December 19, 2017 | Volume 8, Issue 65

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Chair's Office

To our MIE community of students, faculty, staff and alumni: we wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

U of T will be closed from Thursday, December 21, 2017 to Tuesday, January 2, 2018, inclusive. The university and MIE will re-open on Wednesday, January 3. See you in the new year!

Researchers from MIE and ECE are working collaboratively to design the automotive battery of the future. The four-year multidisciplinary research project is bringing together Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE), a power electronics expert; Dean Cristina Amon, a thermal management expert; and Havelaar Canada, a Toronto-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer behind the world's first all-electric pickup truck.
The new film Downsizing stars Hollywood A-list actors Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz. But U of T Engineering students who look closely at the film's trailer may notice some other familiar faces: Professors Javad Mostaghimi and Mark Kortschot (ChemE) both appear as extras in the movie. U of T Engineering asked the two professors about their Hollywood debut; check out what MIE's resident star, Professor Mostaghimi had to say.
Peter Wen (MechE 1T7 + PEY), who launched his company Telehex through The Entrepreneurship Hatchery, says he spent over a thousand hours developing his first prototypes -  something that will be much easier for students working in the forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. "Having tools and equipment right there will be a game-changer... I'm envious of the next generation."


IndE students come in second at Yale Hacks competition
Second-year IndE students Shekhar Kumar and Avkash Mukhi recently won second place at Yale Hacks, a hackathon at Yale University. For their project, called Maple Grapes, the team developed a neural network to algorithmically predict the estimated "noise" of a technology. This information is then displayed in a dynamic dashboard for Informa's market analysts. They were the only Canadian team to place in the competition.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Explaining Markov Decision Processes
Speaker: Pascal Poupart, University of Waterloo
Date: Friday, January 12
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

The Winter schedule for the MIE Distinguished Seminar series is now online.


Important Deadlines in January
  • Winter 2018 1000-level graduate courses begin: week of January 8 unless otherwise indicated. 500-level courses, and 1000-level courses associated with a 400-level course, begins January 4.
  • Registration deadline for students registering or starting their program in the winter (January to April) session: January 12. After this date, a late registration fee will be assessed.
  • Deadline to complete Master's degree requirement for March 2018 (in absentia) or June 2018 (convocation), without fees being charged for WINTER 2018 term: January 17. Master's students completing their program requirement in Fall 2017 must submit a graduation request to by January 10.
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

Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinics at CIE: January 2018
SIN Clinics are back! We are fortunate to have Service Canada providing their SIN processing service on campus again at the following dates and times:

Friday, January 5, 2018
10 AM - 4:30 PM
Room 101 (Baldwin), CIE, 33 St. George Street
Sign up for an appointment

Friday, January 12, 2018
10 AM - 1 PM
Room 102 (Cumberland), CIE, 33 St. George Street
Sign up for an appointment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10 AM - 4:30 PM
Room 102 (Cumberland), CIE, 33 St. George Street
Sign up for an appointment

MASc Oral Exam
Marc-Antoine Beaudoin
: "Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of Bolted Flanges in Aero-Engine Casings"
Date: Friday, January 5
Time: 11 AM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: Kamran Behdinan, Anthony Sinclair, Amy Bilton

PhD Final Oral Exam
Haijiao Liu
, "Identification and Control of 3D Mechanical Simulation Conditions for Tissue Engineering using Microdevice Arrays"
Date: Tuesday, January 9
Time: 12 PM
Location: Room 101, Lassonde Mining Building, 170 College Street
Exam Committee: Professors Craig Simmons (Supervisor), Yu Sun (Co-Supervisor), Lidan You, J. Boris Hinz, Edmond Young
External Examiner: Professor Jianping Fu, University of Michigan

PhD Final Oral Exam
Elnaz Shokrollahi
, "Design and Development of a Force Generator based on Magnetorheological Fluid"
Date: Tuesday, January 9
Time: 11 AM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors A.A. Goldenberg (Supervisor), James Drake (Co-supervisor), Hani Naguib, Milos Popovic
External Examiner: Professor Gabor Fichtinger, Queen's University

PhD Final Oral Exam
Carolyn Ruth Busby
, "Modelling Hospital Surge with Data-Driven Discrete Event"
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 9 AM
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Michael Carter (Supervisor), Timothy Chan, Daniel Frances, Vahid Sarhangian
External Examiner: Professor David Worthington, Lancaster University Management School

PhD Final Oral Exam
Abdelsalam Ahmed
, "Design, Modelling and Analysis of Triboelectric Nanogenerators"
Date: Monday, January 15
Time: 12 PM
Location: Room 101, Lassonde Mining Building, 170 College Street
Exam Committee: Professors Jean Zu (Supervisor), Ridha Ben Mrad, Hani Naguib, Kamran Behdinan
External Examiner: Professor Liying Jiang, Western University


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:
  • 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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