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January 16, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 2

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Truth and Reconciliation: Eagles' Longhouse creates a 'Blueprint to Action'
Professor Jason Bazylak remembers what it was like to be an Indigenous student arriving at university to study engineering. He struggled to keep up academically. Most of all, he and his brother were the first in his family to attend university and there were few supports or mentors to help him. "I didn't know any engineers, not a single one," he says. Today Bazylak, a member of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, is a co-chair of the Eagles' Longhouse, a new committee working on a blueprint to improve U of T Engineering's relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Since Al Chick graduated from industrial engineering 10 years ago, his ambitions has taken him many places. He's been to Boston, to study at Harvard Business School; to Belgium and Finland, to work as a process engineer and a machine design engineer, respectively; and then back to Toronto to work as a consultant at Deloitte. And since 2013, he has been based in Los Angeles, working as the business and marketing lead for LEGO's Creative Play Lab (previously Future Lab). Al spoke with MIE recently to share his wealth of experience and his advice to current engineering students.
Three major Toronto hospitals - St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Providence Health Care - are joining together to build a better future. Register for tonight's livestream, as Professor Timothy Chan hosts a discussion with two of U of T's most prominent industrial engineering alumni, Dr. Robert Howard (IndE 7T2) and Mr. Tom Woods (IndE 7T5), to find out how they are leading the transformation of health care in our city. Viewers can tweet their questions during the live-stream to @ILeadUofT using #oursharedpurpose.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is proud to present its 6th annual national conference. The event serves to empower and inspire individuals to pursue their passions, explore new opportunities, and to make meaningful, lasting connections. The conference brings together delegates from all across North America to share their experiences and ideas and become inspired over the course of a two-day event dedicated to professional and personal growth.


MIE grad student finishes third at WestGrid's Visualize This! competition
Congratulations to master's student Dan MacDonald and postdoctoral fellow Thangam Natarajan, of David Steinman's group, for their third-place finish in WestGrid's Visualize This! competition. Visualize This! is a Canada-wide competition that aims to celebrate the innovative ways visualization can help researchers to explore datasets and answer important scientific questions. Macdonald and his group were selected for its unique use of Blender's game engine to let a user walk through the ParaView-created scene, toggle the visibility of the various physical components, and for coupling the visual scene with the SuperCollider server to produce on-the-fly audio from selected Q-criterion under the microphone in Blender's game engine.


Research Grant Awarded
Professor Javad Mostaghimi has been awarded funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence's (OCE) VIP 1 program for his project, "Anti-bacterial Sink Traps."


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Human Systems Integration and its Role in Solving Big Societal Problems
Speaker: Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University
Date: Friday, January 19
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

The Winter schedule for the MIE Distinguished Seminar series is now online.

Crash Causation: Prevalence versus Risk, Four Decades Ago versus Now
Speaker: David Shinar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Date: Thursday, January 18
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC331


Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinics at CIE: January 2018
SIN Clinics are back! We are fortunate to have Service Canada providing their SIN processing service on campus again at the following date and time:
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: CIE, Room 102 (Cumberland), 33 St. George Street
Sign up for an appointment

Fresh Start Conference: February 3
Now is your time to thrive! Learn how to bounce back from academic setbacks at U of T. You are invited to attend the Fresh Start conference, taking place on Saturday, February 3. Build resiliency skills and learn how to bounce back from academic stumbles at this one-day conference.
Date: Saturday, Feb 3
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:15 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 1130 (40 St. George Street)
Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2018 12 AM


Want an Iron Ring? Information sessions: January 30 & February 8
The University of Toronto Iron Ring Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. There are two ceremonies (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) as determined by your department. The Camp One Office will host two information sessions:
Tuesday, January 30 from 5-6 PM, WB116
Thursday, February 8 from 6-7 PM, WB116
Critical dates, times and information will be shared at these sessions. It is highly recommended that you attend one information session. No registration is required for the information sessions.

CAFE Food Design Expo
Looking for an internship at one of the largest food companies? Have a big idea that will impact the food industry? Interested in what food engineering is all about and how the food industry works? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the CAFE Design Expo is for you.
This is your chance to share your unique idea for a product design or process improvement in the food industry. You will compete against fellow U of T students in the hopes to win a summer internship position at the quality department of Unilever. Please sign up by January 20.

UT-IMDI Health and Safety Training (Blended Learning): January 20
This blended program gives learners the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skill and attitudes that will help you fulfill your role as a critical link in a healthy, safe workplace. The combination of eLearning and one-day classroom training will enable you to move your workplace beyond minimum compliance to demonstrate leadership by creating a positive safety culture, adopting a "best in class" mindset, and reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Strong, positive leadership leads to improved employee engagement and more productive operations.

Labatt internship applications now open until January 22
Have you always wanted more from an internship? Do enjoy working hard and striving for success? The right opportunity is an application away. Apply to our Talent Program Summer Internship today.

Registration Open: Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School
The Dunlap Institute's annual, five-day summer school provides a unique introduction to cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation for current and future telescope facilities.The program includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the third year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
A large number of scholarship deadlines occur in January, a few in February and March:
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Awards (for women)
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Edith Tyrell Award and Medal
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Wood Scholarship
  • Nortel Institute Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 3M National Student Fellowship
  • Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards
  • FOCUS! A climate change student video contest
  • CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Award and CAE William Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarship
2018 Minerva James Ham Engineering Student Competition
Minerva Canada is pleased to announce its 2018 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards contest. This contest is open to full time, undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a Canadian post secondary teaching institution and resident in Canada as well as full time college students enrolled in either an Engineering Technology program or an Occupational Health and Safety Program and who are resident in Canada. The contest is only open to Canadian Universities and Colleges. There will be a first and second prize of $3,500 and $1,500 respectively. The awards will be presented in the Spring 2018 at a venue to be determined with the winners. Final submission date for this Award Competition is April 13, 2018. Students are asked to advise Minerva Canada of their intentions to apply for the award by February 2, 2018. This can be done simply by sending an e-mail to

Mindful Meditation for Students
Join weekly opportunities Mondays through Fridays practice secular meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus!

Professional Development

IISE Alumni Mock Interview: January 17
Want to get a job but unsure how your interview skills will hold up? Institue of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE) is holding a mock interview session with Indy alumni from a diverse range of industries (Consulting, Business, Banking, Healthcare, etc...) for a learning experience tailored to lower-year Indy undergrads! RSVP on the FB Event page for the release of the registration form! (Light refreshments will be provided)
Date: Wednesday, January 17
Location: MB71
Time: 6:15-8 PM

Six Sigma Green Belt workshop with Certificate: January 22 & 23
Six Sigma Green Belt is a credential that prepares delegates to analyze and solve quality problems, and is involved with Six Sigma and other quality improvement projects. Organizations have started to ask their employees or job applicants to have some background in process improvement. This certification prepares to become a practitioner of six sigma methodology.

HealthEDGE Lunch and Learn Series
These events are part of the HealthEdge Lunch and Learn series. In this series you will hear from entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators and advisors who will share their experiences building products and services. The lunch and learn series is open for anyone in the innovation community to attend and is designed to help prospective HealthEdge Challenge 2018 applicants prepare their pitches for the January 26, 2018 deadline. Bring your lunch and come prepared to workshop your ideas.


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