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January 9, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 1

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Happy 2018! To our MIE community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends: we wish you a joyous new year and welcome you back to Skule.

Professor Goldie Nejat was recently featured in the National Post, where she gave her expert comment on the future of helper robots for elder care. Nejat explains that a robot could nudge the person to have dinner on time, take their pills or look through a recipe book with them to help get motivated. That would leave the more compassionate - or uniquely human - duties to healthcare workers and free them from the repetitive jobs.
Specialized non-technical courses, known as APS courses, are administrated by U of T Engineering and cover many different - and important - areas of interest for engineering students. Whether a student wants to get inventive, get a better understanding of how engineering can solve global challenges, or develop leadership and team-building skills, U of T Engineering has it covered.
With Environment Canada issuing an extreme cold weather warning for Toronto last week, winter 2018 looks to be a very cold one as we get into January and February. Dr. David Lowe, physician-in-chief of the University of Toronto's Health & Wellness Centre, gives his advice on how to take the right precautions to stay warm and healthy.


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.

Crash Causation: Prevalence versus Risk, Four Decades Ago versus Now
Speaker: David Shinar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Date: Thursday, January 18
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC331


Important Deadlines in January
  • 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 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
Yingxue Zhang
: "Investigation of a Dynamic Multifocal Display for Instrument Insertion Tasks"
Date: Wednesday, January 10
Time: 10 AM
Location: BA 8256
Exam committee: Paul Milgram, Greg Jamieson, Theodore Gerstle

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

MASc Oral Exam
Yuen Philip Hoang
: "A Numerical Study of Viscoelastic Flow Through an Array of Cylinders"
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 11 AM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: David F. James, David A. Steinman, Pierre E. Sullivan

MASc Oral Exam
Caitlin Roos
: "Pressure Drop of Boger Fluids in a Converging Channel"
Date: Friday, January 12
Time: 1 PM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: David F. James, Jan Spelt, Hani Naguib

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

MASc Oral Exam
Ryan Brown
: "Measurements and modeling of low-stress creep deformation in two opto-electronic glass-epoxy joints"
Date: Monday, January 15
Time: 2 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Jan Spelt, Fae Azhari, Hani Naguib


Want an Iron Ring? Information sessions: January 30 & February 8
The University of Toronto Iron Ring Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. There are two ceremonies (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) as determined by your department. The Camp One Office will host two information sessions:
Tuesday, January 30 from 5-6 PM, WB116
Thursday, February 8 from 6-7 PM, WB116
Critical dates, times and information will be shared at these sessions. It is highly recommended that you attend one information session. No registration is required for the information sessions.

Become LEED Accredited: January 13 & 14
The LEED AP+ is the second tier of LEED designation and is a credential in the green building industry! Passing the LEED Green Associate is prerequisites for the LEED AP+ and is the flagship designation for sustainability in the green industry.

LEED Green Associate (GA) stand-alone Training

When: January 13, 1-5 PM
Where: Wallberg Building - Room 144

LEED Accredited Professional BD+C Training
When: January 14, 1-6 PM
Where: Wallberg Building - Room 144

UT-IMDI Health and Safety Training (Blended Learning): January 20
This blended program gives learners the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skill and attitudes that will help you fulfill your role as a critical link in a healthy, safe workplace. The combination of eLearning and one-day classroom training will enable you to move your workplace beyond minimum compliance to demonstrate leadership by creating a positive safety culture, adopting a "best in class" mindset, and reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Strong, positive leadership leads to improved employee engagement and more productive operations.

Labatt internship applications now open until January 22
Have you always wanted more from an internship? Do enjoy working hard and striving for success? The right opportunity is an application away. Apply to our Talent Program Summer Internship today.

Six Sigma Green Belt workshop with Certificate: January 22 & 23
Six Sigma Green Belt is a credential that prepares delegates to analyze and solve quality problems, and is involved with Six Sigma and other quality improvement projects. Organizations have started to ask their employees or job applicants to have some background in process improvement. This certification prepares to become a practitioner of six sigma methodology.

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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