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May 22, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 20

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From MRI compatible robots for brain surgery, to next-generation concepts for space exploration: Q&A with MDA's Holly Johnson
Meet Holly Johnson (MechE 0T9 + PEY), MDA's rising star and youngest manager. She's worked at MDA, Canada's largest space company, since her days as a Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op student. Since graduating in 2010, Johnson has propelled herself into leadership roles, helping to apply space technology to applications in medical, nuclear and advanced manufacturing. MIE recently spoke to Johnson to learn more about her extraordinary career.

Mark your calendars! The 9th Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium is taking place on June 27. No matter your engineering background, we've catered this year's event to be accessible to all audiences! Spend an afternoon learning about the many ways our world-class, forward-thinking graduate students are engineering solutions to the world's most pressing problems. We're also excited to host keynote speaker, Professor John N. Tsitsiklis, a renowned operations research expert at MIT. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni across the university.
Neville Moray was a pioneer in exploring the interaction between humans and machines by combining the disciplines of psychology and engineering. His work is still influential today in the development of self-driving cars and social network algorithms. Moray, who was a professor of industrial engineering at U of T, had a broad intellectual curiosity, a playful sense of humour, and in later years became an accomplished artist.

Welcome, MIE summer help students! 

MIE students will be giving staff members some extra administrative support this summer. The department is pleased to welcome summer help students, Jean Cedeno Bravo, Nicole Hicks, Joseph Sismondo and Stefan Albers, who've all just completed their second year of studies at MIE.


Department of Chemistry: Nanostructured materials for sustainability and clean environment
Speaker: Frank Gu, University of Waterloo
Date: Wednesday, May 23
Location: WI 1016, first floor, 40 Wilcocks St.

MSE Special Lecture: Lithium-Sulfur Batteries - the Next Frontier in Energy Storage
Speaker: Nikhil Koratkar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Date: Friday, May 25
Time: 3-5 PM
Location: WB 407


Help MIE grad students make the top 3 in the CanInfra Challenge!
A U of T team, which includes IndE master's students Jing Guo and Pavel Shmatinik, have advanced to the top 10 in the CanInfra Challenge, which aims to find the next great infrastructure project in Canada. They are the only student-led team from Ontario to advance into the next round of the competition, receiving the most votes in the public voting session. Now, they need your help to make the top 3! The team's project, Taking the High Road, seeks to bring the future of charging infrastructure to Canada by incorporating Dynamic Wireless Charging technology into Canada's roads in order to accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Vote for their project and help them advance!

Global Engineering Symposium: Call for abstracts extended to June 18
The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) is a key supporter of the Global Engineering Symposium at the upcoming 29th Inter-American Congress of Chemical Engineering and the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held jointly in Toronto, October 28-31. CGEN invites you to submit abstracts (up to 500 words) through the conference's online portal. We are soliciting abstracts from university faculty and students.

Participants needed for driving simulator experiment
The Human Factors and Applied Statistics Lab (HFASt) is looking for participants for driving simulator experiment. At this stage, we are looking for female drivers who meet the following requirements.
- Age between 25-30
- Have a G license or equivalent
The experiment will take around 3 hours and the participant will get paid $14/hour plus a maximum $8 bonus for the experiment (in total, $42 to $50). If you are interested, please fill out the screening questionnaire and we will contact you shortly if you are eligible for the experiment. For any questions, please contact Samantha Hopkins at

Showcase Your Work: U of T Libraries Graduate Student Exhibition Competition
Here's your chance to win one of three $1,000 prizes, and the opportunity to bring the ideas in your existing research project to life by transforming them into an eye-catching display. Winning projects will be featured at the Robarts Library in a special student exhibit. Submission deadline: May 31.

MASc Oral Exam
Gregory Fukakusa
: "Optimizing the Design of Visual Patterns for Medication Labels"
Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 9 AM
Location: BA8227
Exam committee: Professors Paul Milgram, Yuval Bitan, Mark Chignell, Deborah Fels


Learning Abroad: Apply now for 2018-2019 winter semester
Students still have access to many opportunities for learning abroad during the next winter semester! Explore the possibilities at prestigious universities around the world. There are so many fantastic study options to choose from in Brazil, Europe, Asia, Australia and more. Deadline to apply is June 3.

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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