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April 17, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 15

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Racers, start your (fuel efficient) engines...
On April 4, the U of T Supermileage Team unveiled its newest vehicle, a sleek black bullet-shaped prototype called Shadow. Now in its fifth year, the U of T Engineering student team designs, fabricates, builds and races hyper-fuel-efficient vehicles. This year's team is led by MIE students Melissa Fung (MechE Year 3 + PEY) and Callum Bartlett (MechE Year 3).

The U of T Engineering-led team working to capture greenhouse gas and recycle it into useful chemicals has advanced to the finals of the international NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The competition presents this challenge: capture carbon emissions from power plants and efficiently convert them into valuable chemical products. CERT, a team of two dozen multidisciplinary researchers working with Professors David Sinton and Ted Sargent (ECE), is one of just five teams around the world to make it into the final round in the natural gas plant stream.
Are you thinking about your next step after graduate school? Join us on May 2 for the Graduate Engineering Career Fair in the Bahen Centre from 10 AM to 4 PM. Meet over 30 employers from a variety of industries who are recruiting students with graduate degrees in engineering. Employers are seeking current MASc, MHSc, PhD, MEng and MEngCEM students, post-doctoral fellows, and alumni to fill a wide range of roles. There will also be an opportunity to participate in Speed Interviews and take a professional headshot.
A new and improved MIE Graduate Research Symposium takes place on June 27 - and we want to learn more about your exciting research! Submit your abstracts by May 1 to be considered for oral and poster presentations. The top three oral presentations will be awarded prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively. Top poster presenters will be awarded a $500 prize. This year, we are excited to introduce a revamped format: poster sessions begin at noon, and oral presentations will be shorter, take place in one room, and for a broader audience.


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


Participants needed for high-fidelity driving simulation experiment
Human Factors and Applied Statistics Lab (HFASt) is looking for participants for a high-fidelity driving simulation experiment. At this stage, we are looking for:
1) Experienced female drivers who have G license or equivalent for more than 8 years and drove a lot in the past 1 year.
2) Novice male drivers who have obtained G2 license or equivalent for less than 3 years (but you may have G license or equivalent now) and did little driving in the past 1 year.
The experiment will take around 3 hours and the participant can get $14/hour compensation plus maximum $8 bonus for the experiment (in total, $42 to $50). If you are interested in, please fill out the screening questionnaire and we will contact you shortly if you are eligible for the experiment. For any questions, please contact Dengbo He at

Biojet Blending Recognition Event: April 19
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 9:45 AM to 12 PM
Location: The lounge at Aisle 15 in Toronto Pearson Airport's Terminal 1
Please join us to celebrate an important milestone on Canada's path towards lower carbon aviation. Renewable jet fuel, known as "biojet," was blended into the multi-user, co-mingled fuel supply system at Toronto Pearson International Airport as part of Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative. This project, made possible by Air Canada with the support of GARDN and other project participants from industry, academia - including MIE Professor Murray Thomson - and government, marks an important step towards a greener Canada.

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.

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.

MASc Oral Exam
Canmanie Ponnambalam
: "Effects of searching for parking on driver behaviour, physiology and visual attention allocation: An on-road study"
Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Birsen Donmez, Mark Chignell, Justin Hollands


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.

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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