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April 3, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 13

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Join Us Tomorrow: 2018 MIE Design Showcase & Chair's Reception
Tomorrow evening, the MIE community will be coming together to celebrate the engineering design achievements of our fourth-year students. The Design Showcase is the culmination of our students' four years of engineering studies. MIE faculty, staff and alumni are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Design Showcase & Chair's Reception.

On Tuesday afternoon, King's College Road attracted a crowd of onlookers, as two enormous cranes hoisted a set of full-fledged lab rooms atop the Sandford Fleming Building. The Twin Suites Rooftop Lab will be home to building science research conducted by MIE/CivE professor Marianne Touchie and her CivE colleagues, professors Kim Pressnail and Jeffrey Siegel.
Professor David Sinton was recently profiled in a video by Research2Reality. The video focuses on Professor Sinton's work in using algae to turn CO2 into fuel. His lab is currently developing improved photobioreactor architectures for optimal production of fuel from algae.
Rarely does a technology come so quickly to the forefront as blockchain has in the past few years. What does blockchain mean for you, and how will it affect your life? IndE alum Kristy Duncan (8T3), founder & CEO of Women in Payments, is among the panel of experts.


Edmond Young recognized for significant contributions to two international journals
Professor Edmond Young was recently named as one of 10 Outstanding Reviewers for the 2017 edition of Lab on a Chip. The recipients were selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers were chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

Last month, Professor Young was also honoured with the 2018 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Reviewer Excellence Award, in recognition of his review quality, timeliness and volunteer service in 2017 for the journal SLAS Technology.

Professor Yu Sub's lab wins 2018 IEEE T-ASE Best New Application Paper Award
The paper "A System for Automated Detection of Ampoule Injection Impurities" from Professor Yu Sun's Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (first author: Dr. Ji Ge) was the recent recipient of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award. The award, established in 2004 under the sponsorship of Googol Technology Ltd, is given annually to one paper for recognizing the Best New Application Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year. T-ASE is the flagship IEEE journal on automation technologies.


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

PsychEng Seminar: Plants, carbon dioxide, indoor air and psychology
Speaker: Jeffrey Siegel, U of T Civil Engineering, Building Engineering Research Group
Date: Thursday, April 5
Time: 12:30-2 PM
Location: Sidney Smith 560A

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


MIE Research Symposium: abstract submissions now OPEN
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 in the afternoon, 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.

The top three oral presentations will be awarded prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively. Top poster presenters within each research area will be awarded a $500 prize. Look out for more event details through the newsletter and website in the coming months!

MIE team competing in CanInfra Challenge needs your help to reach the top 10
A team of MIE students is currently competing in the CanInfra Challenge, a nation-wide contest that encourages innovative and transformative solutions to Canadian infrastructure challenges. Their proposal, "Taking the High Road," explores reinventing the highways in Canada by introducing dynamic wireless charging lanes to Canada's highways in order to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and to encourage reliance on a renewable energy source for transportation. The team was recently named a top-20 team but need your vote to make the top 10. Show your support by voting (at the link) and sharing the news!

2018-2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (domestic students) deadline extended: 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.

AMIGAS Election 2018: Nomination submissions now open
AMIGAS will hold its annual election during a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 12:30-1:30 PM in MC331. All current MIE graduate students are eligible to vote to select the next AMIGAS executives. The new team will be in charge starting June 1, 2018 for the duration of one year. The nomination is now open through the online form. Nomination ends on the day of election.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Seyyed Sina Alavi
, "Development of Low-Flow Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)"
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 2 PM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Javad Mostaghimi (supervisor), Sanjeev Chandra, David Sinton, Tobin Filleter
External Examiner: Professor Vassili Karanassios, University of Waterloo

PhD Final Oral Exam
Shefali Kulkarni-Thaker
, "Inverse Treatment Planning for Radiofrequency Ablation"
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 10 AM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Dionne Alemen (supervisor), Timothy Chan, Roy Kwon, Michael Carter
External Examiner: Professor Ariela Sofer, George Mason University|

PhD Final Oral Exam
Ahmed Rowaey Abdelazeam Alian
, "Multiscale Modeling of Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polymer Composites"
Date: Monday, April 9
Time: 9 AM
Location: Room 331, Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Road
Exam Committee: Professors Shaker Meguid (supervisor), Ridha Ben Mrad, Tobin Filleter, Hani Naguib
External Examiner: Professor Yang Ju, Nagoya University


Women in Robotics: Early Careers in Robotics, Hardware and AI - April 4
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 6-9 PM
Location: 100 College Street, Suite 150
Come and hear from a group of young engineers as they share their experiences finding jobs, where they see opportunities, and what they wish they knew when they first started out. The panel includes: Our panel: Fiona Chui, UAS Intelligence Developer, SkyX Systems Corp; Geneviève Foley, Senior Research Engineer, Medical Robotics, Kinova; and, Kirusha Srimohanarajah, Technology Transfer Developer, Synaptive Medical.

Now Open: James Dyson Award seeks students who solve problems
The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It's open to current post-secondary students (or graduates within four years) studying engineering, design engineering or product design. Students have a chance to win $50,000 towards their project's future development and $8,500 for their school. The brief is simple: design something that solves a problem.

APS320 - Representing Science on Stage: offered for the first time this year in the summer term
Now in its tenth year, but offered for the first time during the summer session, we're excited to try out this new timing for APS320, and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Toronto's summer theatre festivals. In this course you will explore representations of science and scientists on the stage, through play texts, your own performance, and by attending live theatre. The focus of the course is twofold, exploring the message - scientific theory and its impact - and the medium - theatre - and how these work together to transmit meaning. Classes alternate between discussion based seminars and practical studios, where you'll get the chance to perform scripted work and develop your own unique scenes. In these two formats you'll pursue topics of interest covered in the plays, while learning more about theatre practice and performance techniques, including acting, directing, stagecraft and dramaturgy. We'll encourage you to consider how performance techniques can make you a better engineer, and in turn, what your unique engineering perspectives can bring to this art form. Note that while an interest in theatre is an asset, previous experience in performance is not required and will not hinder participation in the course.

Invitation to Green Chemistry and Engineering symposium May 23-25: Free registration for MIE participants
Please join us for the GCI symposium, titled Green by Design - Advances in Chemistry and Engineering, to be taken place at the University of Toronto St. George campus on May 23-25. The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering will cover the registration fee for all MIE students (both undergraduates and graduate students) and post-docs. Registration will be available during AMIGAS Coffee Break events, from April 27 until May 18. Alternatively, feel free to approach Yuchan Dong ( or email the Symposium organizers directly at:

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.

Tacuna Systems announces Engineering Empowerment Scholarship
Women are still very much under-represented in STEM fields both in higher education and in industry. Tacuna Systems' goal is to help equip one female student overcome this gender gap by offering $1,000 toward her studies in science, technology, engineering, or math. Application deadline: August 1.

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 Video and Poster: April 30
Official Announcement: May 27-30


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