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July 3, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 26

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Grad Research Symposium brings MIE community together to celebrate research excellence
On June 27, MIE grad students, faculty, alumni and friends from across the department and U of T Engineering, came out in full force to the 9th Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium. Nearly 250 attendees spent an afternoon exchanging knowledge and learning about the latest in graduate research innovation, as well as enjoyed a keynote lecture from Professor John N. Tsitsiklis. More than 90 diverse projects were showcased through poster and oral presentations. This year saw a revamp of the symposium format, in the hopes of a better and broader understanding of the high-calibre research taking place at MIE.

This year's symposium for best oral and poster presentations are:
First Place - Oral Presentation: Xueting(Christina) Mei
Second Place - Oral Presentation: Andrew Wong
Third Place - Oral Presentation: Pranay Shrestha
Best Poster Presentation - Human Factors: Elisa Kwon
Best Poster Presentation - Operations Research: Maryam Daryalal
Best Poster Presentation - Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineering: Yasamin Kazemi
Best Poster Presentation - Applied Mechanics and Design: Mohsen Rahmani & Charlie Katrycz
Best Poster Presentation - Energy and Environmental Engineering: Pavani Cherukupally
Best Poster Presentation - Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation: Xian Wang
Best Poster Presentation - Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering: Khalil Sidawi
Best Poster Presentation - Biomedical Engineering: Daniel MacDonald
People's Choice Award - Oral Presentation: Naeem Farooqi
People's Choice Award - Poster Presentations: Hao Yi, Joyita Chakraborty, Pavani Cherukupally, Tahera Yesmin, Mosfera Chowdury and Francis Cruz.

Professor Emeritus Andrew Goldenberg and wife Aviva receive joint Honorary Doctorate

Professor Emeritus Andrew Goldenberg and Mrs. Aviva Goldenberg, both alumni of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, recently received a joint Honorary Doctorate at the Technion's Honorary Doctorate Conferment Ceremony. Professor Goldenberg was honored as an esteemed world-wide expert in the field of robotics, whose career combined both a stellar academic career, as well as significant business activities, and in tribute to his application of robotics towards real-world problems. Mrs. Goldenberg was honored for significant contributions in the field of architecture through her own architectural firm and for her efforts to promote women in science and technology.
MIE postdoctoral research fellow Eric Strohm, who conducts research under Professor Craig Simmons, is among five emerging researchers pushing the frontiers of regenerative medicine thanks to 2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards from Medicine by Design. The awards support high-calibre post-doctoral fellows at U of T and its affiliated hospitals who have outstanding potential to become independent researchers in regenerative medicine.

MIE Newsletter goes bi-weekly for summer months

From July until the beginning of the school term, the MIE Newsletter will move to a bi-weekly publication schedule. Look out for the next issue on Tuesday, July 17.


UTORG: Multiple Observations and Goodness of Fit in Generalized Inverse Optimization
Speaker: Rafid Mahmood, MIE PhD Candidate
Date: Wednesday, July 4
Time: 12-1 PM
Location MB 101

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


2018/19 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.

2019-2020 Schmidt Science Fellows: Deadline July 16
The Schmidt Science Fellows program, is supported and funded by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Strategic Fund for Innovation, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust and supported by many of the world's leading scientific thinkers and institutions. The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to provide the world's best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society's challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and unlock new scientific breakthroughs faster.

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.

2018 Douglas R. Colton Medal: deadline August 31
This award honours excellent microsystems and nanotechnology research by a faculty member, student, or alumnus who has completed a Master's or PhD degree in a Canadian university within the past three calendar years (2015-2018). This is an excellent opportunity for very new faculty as well as postdoctoral fellows and students. U of T postdocs and alumni won the award in 2013, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1999, and 1998.


Driving Dreams: IoMe: July 12
Get personal with the Internet of Me (IoMe). A conference where IoT intersects with digital health, smart mobility, industry 4.0, and advanced materials.

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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