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May 1, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 17

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U of T Engineering opens the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering launched a new era in engineering education and research with the official opening of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship on April 27. Named in honour of the Myhal family - including George Myhal (IndE 7T8) and his wife Rayla, two of the Faculty's most ardent supporters - the building embodies key engineering qualities such as collaboration across disciplines, experiential learning, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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.
Congrats to the U of T Supermileage Team on finishing second at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas! "Our team is very happy with our second-place result," said co-captain Melissa Fung (Year 3 MechE). During competition, the team faced some challenges with their engine and steering systems but were able to overcome it to finish second overall. Learn more about the team's hyper-efficient prototype vehicle, Shadow.
The deadline for abstract submission for the MIE Graduate Research Symposium has been extended to May 8. 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.


Major collaborative healthcare engineering project begins
MIE professors Michael Carter, Chi-Guhn Lee, and Vahid Sarhangian of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering have been awarded $1.78M for a three-year project entitled "Quantitative Metrics and Methods for Perioperative Supply Chain Management."

The project is a collaboration between the University of Toronto, London Health Sciences Centre, and North York General Hospital to develop innovative approaches for managing the supply chain of surgical supplies. Results from the project are expected to be transferable to hospitals across the province. This project is funded by OntarioBuys, an Ontario government program, which makes investments to support innovation, facilitate and accelerate the adoption of integrated supply chain, back-office leading practices and operational excellence. OntarioBuys helps drive collaboration and improve supply chain processes in Ontario's broader public sector.


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

Operations Mangement & Statistics: Reinforcement with Fading Memories
Speaker: Kuang Xu, Stanford Graduate School of Busines
Date: Friday, May 4
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: RT 127


Graduate students elect new executive team
Congratulations to the newly elected executive members of AMIGAS, who will begin their appointed roles effective June 1.
  • President: Amin Azad
  • VP-Communication: Mohsen Rahmani
  • VP-Secretary: Maryam Ebrahimi
  • VP-Finance: Ricardo Pilaca
  • VP-Webmaster: Hiba Doudar
  • VP-Social: Pantea Tavakolian, Sohrab Roointan, Nazli E. Kaya, Joshua Marcus Paul
  • VP-Athletics: Suzan Ayas, Justin Ko
  • VP-Academics: Francis Cruz, Bahar Memarian
  • VP-MEng rep: Ganesh Vedula, Gustavo Zucco, Manigandan Chandrasekaran
  • VP- GSU rep: Azadeh Zandie, Nooshin Salari, Parth Dave, Onaizah Onaizah, Abu Naser Md Shahin, Darya Amirmaleki
  • VP- CUPE rep: Muhammad Khan
MASc Oral Exam
Khaled Rais
: "Fuel Influence on Gasoline Direct Injection Particulate Matter Emissions"
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 2 PM
Location: BA8256
Exam committee: Professors James S. Wallace, Sanjeev Chandra, Arthur Chan


Volunteering Opportunity: Welcome to Engineering on May 27
The Welcome to Engineering event is taking place on Sunday, May 27. Our department is excited to host three student-led panel discussions to support our newly admitted MIE students on their academic journey. Each panel will consist of 3-5 students with a broad variety of experiences. MIE is looking for volunteers to be a part of panel discussions on:
  • PEY Co-op Program
  • Extracurricular opportunities
  • Design Projects
In addition, we are looking for general volunteers to help us run the event. If you're interested in taking part, please fill out the form at the link!

Become LEED Accredited: May 12
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 1-5 PM
Location: BA2175
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified, as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass the exam with a 100 per cent success rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time compared to the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name.

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:

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.


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