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March 13, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 10

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MIE student's work featured in Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water
When The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Charlie Katrycz (MIE MEng) had a personal reason to celebrate. He was part of the team that built a giant water tank to hold the humanoid amphibian character at the centre of the movie.

On March 7, MIE alumnus Tom Halpenny (MechE 7T8) visited his alma mater to share his career experience in consulting engineering with a room full of  MIE undergrads and graduate students. Halpenny, who is the HH Angus Vice-President of Operations, spoke about his career highlights - which included working on the Rogers Centre and the U of T CCBR building - and also offered valuable advice on what skills students need to sharpen in order to be successful in his industry.
Ahmed Mahmoud (MIE MASc 1T6) hopes that his new invention - an unassuming grey box about the size of a coffee mug, attached to a metal probe - will help improve crop yields for farmers in Nepal and around the world. "It's actually pretty straightforward in terms of function," he says. "You stick the probe in the soil and it reads the moisture. It then makes that data available online or via text messages. You can query it on your phone." On March 11, he travelled to Nepal to provide 30 of the portable, networked probes to conduct a trial. Mahmoud was already somewhat familiar with the region, having worked with professor Amy Bilton on solutions for improving the productivity of fish farms in Vietnam as part of his master's thesis.
From mitigating climate change to enhancing human health, engineers are at the forefront of addressing challenges that transcend borders. In creating novel technologies and innovative approaches, they must ensure that their solutions are appropriate for the needs of local communities all around the world. Global Engineering Week, which runs from March 12-16, challenges U of T Engineering students to think critically about these issues.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Dynamic liquid water transport in the Gas Diffusion Layers of PEM fuel cells
Speaker: Bruno Auvity, University of Nantes, France
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

The Ursula Franklin Women in MSE Seminar Series hosts Irene Sterian
Speaker: Irene Sterian, P.Eng - President & CEO, ReMAP and Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 1-2 PM
Location: BA 1230

HFIG Distinguished Alumnus Talk
Speaker: Gerard Torenvliet, the Senior Manager of Human Factors and User Experience at Medtronic
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 5:30-7 PM
Location: MC 331


Human Factors Interest Group (HFIG) Industry Panel
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: BA2135
This informative evening brings together engineering students and a panel of human factors professionals from a variety of fields. The panelists will provide presentations, discuss the state of the industry and provide advice to students, and participate in a question and answer session. Dinner will be provided and networking will follow the panel session.

Iranian New Year celebration: March 22
Date: March 22
Time: 12-2 PM
Location: GB 202
AMIGAS is celebrating the beginning of spring and Iranian New Year on March 22nd 12-2pm in GB202. All MIE graduate students, faculty, and staff are cordially invited to join the celebration and enjoy the delicious food and live music!

IHRS BioSoft Guest Student Programme 2018
The International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft) offers a guest program for Master students in biology, chemistry, and physics and related subjects. (In exceptional cases, also Bachelor students towards the end of their studies and students that have recently finished their Master studies can be accepted as guest students.) The guest students will mainly work on a project with one of IHRS' PhD students or with a more advanced scientist, from July 22 to September 28. In addition, they will participate in an accompanying course program that includes lab courses and seminars in other IHRS BioSoft groups. IHRS will provide financial support to cover accommodation costs and living expenses; a small number of travel grants is also available. The application deadline is March 31.

MASc Oral Exam
Michael Teti
: "CFD Modeling and Measurements of Jet Properties and Mixing Chamber Flow in a High-pressure Abrasive Slurry Jet"
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 2 PM
Location: BA 8166
Exam committee: Professors Jan Spelt, Marcello Papini, Pierre E. Sullivan, David Sinton

MASc Oral Exam
Paramvir Gill
: "Validation of Dimethyl-Ether (DME) Combustion Models for use in Internal Combustion Engines"
Date: Friday, March 23
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Room 109, 63 St. George Street
Exam committee: Professors Murray J. Thomson, James S. Wallace, Nasser Ashgriz

MASc Oral Exam
Alexia Yeo
: "Combinatorially constrained portfolio optimization using message passing algorithms"
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 3 PM
Location: BA 5281
Exam committee: Professors Roy Kwon, Merve Bodur, Scott Sanner


Call for Volunteers: March Break Applicant Event, Saturday March 17
MIE is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out at the March Break Applicant Event (MBAE) on Saturday, March 17. The MBAE is one of our biggest recruitment events and we need great MIE volunteers to help out and showcase our programs and community to future students. Volunteers will be given a navy blue MIE t-shirt for helping out and provided lunch.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

- Registration desk
- Tour guides
- Student ambassadors (chat with prospective students/parents during registration)

There are two volunteer shifts (volunteers are welcome to do both shifts):
Shift 1: 9 am - 1 pm
Shift 2: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

2018 EWB Case Competition - Registration and Call for Volunteers
Date: Saturday, March 24
Location: GB202
Who: Judges from McKinsey, IBM, EWB National Office, and more!
Why: Win up to $200 in cash prizes and network with professionals from the consulting industry; First Years - PD Points are Awarded!
We are also recruiting volunteers to help us on March 24th. If you are interested in supporting U of T students presenting exciting solutions to social justice and sustainable development issues or the opportunity to network with the competition judges, fill out this form and we will contact you with further details.

GREEN Program: Iceland - Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Summer 2018
As the greenest country on our planet, Iceland produces 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Complemented with exclusive access into the nation's leading renewable energy facilities, Iceland is the premiere location for a truly hands-on educational experience and professional launch pad into the fields of renewable energy & sustainability. In addition to the country's sustainability foundation, Iceland is a top destination for awe-inspiring adventure travel and eco-tourism. Home to jaw-dropping natural landscapes & pristine topography as well as authentic Nordic culture & welcoming atmosphere, Iceland is the destination for experiential sustainability education, bucket list adventuring, and unique cultural immersion.

CSME National Design Competition
CSME would like to invite Canadian engineering undergraduates to take part in the 2018 CSME National Design Competition. This competition will showcase outstanding undergraduate student Capstone Design Projects from across Canada. Students will have an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the country, gain valuable presentation experience, and participate in, and attend a professional conference.
Submission of Abstract: April 1
Submission of Video and Poster: April 30
Official Announcement: May 27-30

Professional Development

U of T Entrepreneurs at JLABS
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 2-4:30 PM
Location: MaRS Centre, West Tower, Suite 1300
JLABS @ Toronto invites members of the U of T community to a special Spotlight event. Learn about Johnson & Johnson Innovation and what JLABS has to offer entrepreneurs across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors. Hear from three University of Toronto alumni as they share their journeys from students to entrepreneurs.

ACE Career Fair 2018
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 10 AM-3 PM
Location: Hart House Great Hall & East Common Room
Our Career Fair features 30+ employers including Apple Inc., Dell, BMO, and TTC. All of our participating companies have active job openings for entry level and above jobs.


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