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June 19, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 24

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Congrats, MIE class of 2018!
This afternoon, our undergraduate and graduate students will receive their engineering degrees at Convocation Hall. Congratulations, MIE graduates! Look out for photos from today's events on U of T Engineering CONNECT.

MIE Grads to Watch 2018

As we proudly celebrate today's newest alumni, here are the stories of just some of the many promising students graduating this afternoon: Spencer Canner, Oghosa Igbinakenzua and Aadil Sookia (IndE 1T7+PEY); Taoxin Jiang (MASc 1T8), Marina Freire-Gormaly (MASc 1T3, PhD 1T8); as well as Richard Ren, Madeleine Santia, Jessica Ma and Chris (Ze Hao) Zhu (IndE 1T7 + PEY).
Congratulations to MIE graduating students Justin Boutilier (PhD) and Katie Gwozdecky (MechE 1T7+PEY) for being named among U of T Engineering's Grads to Watch 2018!
The MIE Graduate Research Symposium is fast approaching - have you registered yet? 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.


MIE grad student wins ITHERM 2018 Best-Overall Poster Award
Kshitij Gupta (MASc Candidate) recently won the 2018 Best-Overall Poster Award for his research presentation on "Liquid cooling solutions for a high-frequency, bi-directional, on-board Electric Vehicle power-hub." Gupta, who is supervised by Dean Cristina Amon, is among a team of U of T Engineering researchers developing the next generation of battery technology for electric vehicles. ITHERM is the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems, sponsored by the IEEE's Electronics Packaging Society. This conference was held in San Diego from May 29 to June 1.


UTORG Lunch Talk: The symbiosis between operations research and process mining: the story of automated model simplification
Speaker: Arik Senderovich, Lyon Sachs postdoctoral fellow, MIE
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 12-1 PM
Location: BA8256

Multifunctional Materials Based on Nanofibers and Open and Closed Cell Aerogel Foams For Sustainability
Speaker: Sadhan C. Jana, University of Akron
Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC 331

Fukushima: The long road to decommissioning
Speaker: Robert Malkin, University of Bristol
Date: Tuesday, June 26
Time: 4 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall, room 2102

Distracted Walking and Distracted Bicycling: What We Know and Data Needs
Speaker: Judith L. Mwakalonge, Associate Director of the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
Date: Monday, July 9
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: MC331


2018 Additive Manufacturing Education Symposium: June 19
Join us for this special Additive Manufacturing Education Symposium designed to encourage a thought provoking discussion around the opportunities and challenges provided by Advanced Manufacturing. This symposium will bring together a diverse panel of speakers which will discuss curriculum considerations as well provide a glimpse into specific vertical applications. The symposium is hosted by the Toronto Institute of Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM), Stratasys and Cimetrix, a Javelin Technologies Company.

2018/19 CGEN Graduate Scholarships: deadline July 12
Established in 2009, the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) encourages engineering faculty and students at the University of Toronto to think creatively about some of the world's most intractable global challenges. Through its curriculum, capstone design projects, and hands-on research, CGEN addresses issues in sanitation, alternative energy, health costs and clean water - especially in developing countries where solutions can have the greatest impact.

Using donations generously provided by influential members of the global engineering community at the University, CGEN is pleased to offer multiple scholarships annually to qualifying MASc and PhD students. The scholarships range from $5,000 to 15,000 and includes: Paul Cadario Doctoral Fellowship in Global Engineering and the Metcalfe Family Graduate Fellowship for Sustainable Energy Research.

2018/19 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program: deadline July 31
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Applicants and their proposed supervisors must send a complete PDF file of the Banting application by email to David Duong ( by the FASE deadline of July 31, 2018.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Amro Ibrahim
, " Development of a Standing Wave Tube Rotary Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Motor for LIDAR Systems"
Date: Wednesday, June 20
Time: 1 PM
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Ridha Ben Mrad (supervisor), Anthony Sinclair, Pierre Sullivan
External Examiner: Rudolf Seethaler, University of British Columbia

PhD Final Oral Exam
Mohammed Alshrah
, "Development of Lightweight Organic Aerogels for Thermal Insulation Applications"
Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 10 AM.
Location: Room 207, Rosebrugh Building, 164 College Street
Exam Committee: Professors Chul Park (supervisor), Hani Naguib (co-supervisor), Olivera Kesler, Chandra Veer Singh
External Examiner: Sadhan C. Jana, University of Akron


Order of the White Rose: Scholarship deadline June 30
The Polytechnique Montreal Order of the White Rose is an annual Canada-wide scholarship created in honour of the 14 victims of the tragedy on December 6, 1989, to encourage young, female engineering students to pursue their academic careers at the graduate level. Inquiries may be directed to Pierina Filippone at Completed applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Pierina no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 30.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is now accepting applications for the Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project
Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project (NYGEP) supports newcomer post-secondary students in the GTA to access field trips, experiential learning opportunities and job skills training. Students in the GTA will explore multiple career pathways in the green economy, including ecological restoration, water management, green energy/green building, and environmental education.

James Dyson Award seeks students who solve problems: deadline July 20
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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