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April 10, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 14

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MIE celebrates student design achievements at 2018 Design Showcase
Faculty, students, industry clients, alumni and proud parents celebrated the design achievements of MIE capstone students on April 4. This year, over 250 students worked in teams to complete 63 engineering design projects for more than 50 industry clients. Check out videos, photos and winners from this year's MIE Design Showcase.

Professor Craig Simmons has been inducted as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in recognition of his contributions to heart valve disease research and methodologies to create mechanically dynamic microtissue models. Election into the AIMBE's College of Fellows is among the highest distinction in the profession, comprised only of the top two per cent of its membership from around the world.
Ten students were honoured by the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (OPEFE) for excelling both within and beyond the classroom. Selena (Shi Ting) Lu (Year 3 IndE + PEY) and Mahan Salehi (Year 3 MechE + PEY) were among the 10 scholarship recipients honoured at a reception on March 19.
Professor Chul B. Park is among three U of T Engineering researchers who have partnered with leading companies to strengthen technological innovation and enhance sustainability in sectors that are all key drivers of the Canadian economy. He has been named the Senior NSERC/NanoXplore Industrial Research Chair in Multifunctional Graphene-based Nanocomposites and Foams.


Resource Recovery from Wastewater Using Bioelectrochemical Systems
Speaker: Zhen (Jason) He, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 12-1 PM
Location: WB 407


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!

Volunteering opportunity: Become a judge at the Zone01 Robotics competition in downtown Toronto
Dates: Thursday, April 19 & Friday, April 20
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: 725 Bathurst St.
Robot Zone01 is looking for students to create a unique robotics experience for kids. As a judge, you will take care of a playing field and evaluate robot performances based on a scoring sheet. No experience is required, Zone01 will provide training on site. You may opt to participate on Thursday, on Friday or on both days. Please register online.

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
Badr Aloufi
, "Modeling and Design of a Smart Double-Panel System for the Control of Sound Transmission into Aircraft Cabin"
Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 1 PM
Location: Room 8256, Bahen Center, 40 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Kamran Behdinan (supervisor), Hani Naguib, Hugh Liu
External Examiner: Professor Ramin Sedaghati, Concordia University

PhD Final Oral Exam
Marina Freire-Gormaly
, "Experimental Characterization of Membrane Fouling under Intermittent Operation and its Application to the Optimization of Solar Photovoltaic Powered Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Treatment Systems"
Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 3 PM
Location: Room BA 2001, 44 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Amy Bilton (supervisor), Cristina Amon, Robert Andrews, Murray Metcalfe
External Examiner: Professor John Lienhard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD Final Oral Exam
Hootan Kamran Habibkhani
, "Sptaio-temporal and class-imbalanced data analytics in healthcare"
Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 10 AM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Michael Carter (supervisor), Dionne Aleman (co-supervisor), Chi-Guhn Lee, Roy Kwon, Scott Sanner
External Examiner: Professor Art Chaovalitwongse, University of Arkansas

MASc Oral Exam
Taoxin Jiang
: "Laboratory and Analytical Study of Shattering Jelly Roll Smelt"
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 2 PM
Location: MC123
Exam committee: Markus Bussmann, Honghi Tran, Willy Wong, Nasser Ashgriz

MASc Oral Exam
Wei-Chih Patric Lin
: "Cavopulmonary Assist Device to Bridge Failing Fontan Circulations"
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 3 PM
Location: BA2001
Exam committee: Cristina Amon, Thomas Forbes, David Sinton, Axel Guenther


Volunteering opportunity: Become a judge at the Zone01 Robotics competition in downtown Toronto
Dates: Thursday, April 19 & Friday, April 20
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: 725 Bathurst St.
Robot Zone01 is looking for students to create a unique robotics experience for kids. As a judge, you will take care of a playing field and evaluate robot performances based on a scoring sheet. No experience is required, Zone01 will provide training on site. You may opt to participate on Thursday, on Friday or on both days. Please register online.

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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