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March 27, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 12

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MIE community comes together to celebrate the Iranian New Year
On March 22, AMIGAS invited MIE graduate students, faculty and staff to celebrate the Iranian New Year with delicious food and live music.

Faculty, alumni, students, staff and industry are invited to attend the 2018 Design Showcase & Chair's Reception, recognizing the undergraduate design achievements of our fourth-year students. The event is the culmination of MIE students' four years of engineering studies. Through our Capstone Design course, we challenge them to work together to innovate and design solutions to real-world industry problems.
Mark your calendars: The 9th Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium is taking place on June 27. Don't miss this year's event, which has a revamped format! In addition to having poster sessions beginning at noon, oral presentations will be shorter and aimed at being more accessible to a broader audience. All MIE graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by May 1.
Second-year MechE student Osvald Nitski recently took the stage at the Varsity Blues Achievement Awards, an evening that celebrated student-athletes' academic and athletic successes. Nitski, a Varsity swimmer, was named one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for the 2016-17 season. He has also been on the Dean's Honour list in each academic term at MIE.


IRM distinguished seminar: The Coming Technology Tsunami and your place in it
Speaker: Rocco Martino, Founder, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Robots Inc.
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 5-6 PM
Location: MC 102

CCSE Seminar Series: Improving Robustness of CFD Applications through Output-Based Adaptive Methods
Speaker: Krzysztof Fidkowski, Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan
Date: Thursday, April 5
Time: 10 AM-12 PM
Location: SF1105


U of T hosts 8th Annual TORCH2018
On March 17, engineering volunteers at the University of Toronto successfully hosted the eighth annual "The Operations Research Challenge" (TORCH2018) in the Bahen Centre. As a rapidly growing event, this year TORCH was held at three different locations: Toronto, Montreal, and Waterloo.

The Toronto event saw its highest attendance yet, with over 150 high school students, grades 9-12, participating. The full-day challenge had students, in teams of 3 to 4, solve operations research (OR)-style problems, designed and tested by the volunteers. After the challenge, Professor Michael Carter gave a talk entitled "Operations Research Applications in Healthcare," providing the students with inspiration and identifying real-world use cases of OR techniques.

TORCH organizers would like to thank the executive volunteers: Kyle Booth, Jennee Tjew, Margarita Castro, Alexia Yeo, and Ranjith Kumar for all of their efforts. Thanks also to the logistics volunteers that helped out on the day of TORCH - the event would not have been successful without you. TORCH2018 Toronto was primarily supported by the MIE department and by Georgian Partners.

2018-2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (domestic students) deadline: Monday, April 16

Applications must be completed and submitted on the U of T OGS online application system, by April 16. Note: In order to be considered for 2018-2019 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, applicants must submit an OGS application by April 16. Full details of OGS scholarship, eligibility criteria and application process are posted on the SGS website.

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
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

MASc Oral Exam
Ali Banss
: "Development of a Capacitive Force Sensor for Touchscreen Applications"
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 3 PM
Location: BA 8227
Exam committee: Professors Ridha Ben Mrad, Tony Sinclair, Eric Diller


U of T Psychology Department: study participants needed
Earn $15 to participate in a 1 hour focus group! Researchers from the University of Toronto's Psychology department are recruiting U of T Engineering undergrads to participate in one hour focus groups about their experiences in engineering. In the focus group, you will be asked to discuss your daily experiences as an engineering student with our researchers and 4-5 other engineering students. By doing this, you will help us get a better understanding of what U of T Engineering is like for you and how we could make it better. You will be paid $15 for taking part.

Canadian Undergraduate Poster Competition on Computational Fluid Dynamics: June 10-12
The Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) Society of Canada cordially invites undergraduate students to participate in the Undergraduate CFD Poster Competition during the 26th Annual Conference of the CFD Society of Canada (CFD2018) to be hosted by the University of Manitoba during June 10-12. Two awards will be given to the top two undergraduate teams. In order to encourage the undergraduate participation, the CFD Society of Canada will sponsor each team from outside of Manitoba with a travel bursary of $500 per poster.

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


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