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July 17, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 27

IN THIS ISSUE:
    Awards | Research | Graduate | Undergraduate | Jobs

Chair's Office

It takes a village to build a smart city: Mark Fox on the culture of collaboration at School of Cities
Professor Mark Fox was recently named associate director of research for the University of Toronto's new School of Cities. With more than half of the world's population now living in cities, the initiative brings together many research disciplines across U of T to solve pressing global issues facing urban areas. Follow the link to learn more about what Professor Fox thinks about the nexus between engineering and city-building.


Find out why Professor Patrick Lee chose to come (back) to U of T Engineering and what advice he has for students.

Professor Marianne Touchie wins ASHRAE New Investigator Award

Professor Marianne Touchie was recognized by ASHRAE, the global society committed to advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.

MIE Newsletter goes bi-weekly for summer months

This is a reminder that 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 31.

Awards


MIE sweeps Best Paper Awards at International AI Conference

Research papers from MIE won both the Distinguished Paper Award and the Distinguished Student Paper Award at the 15th International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research (CPAIOR) held June 26-29 in Delft, The Netherlands. The Distinguished Paper Award was awarded to a paper from the TIDEL research lab, entitled "Intruder alert! Optimization models for solving the mobile robot graph-clear problem", authored by Michael Morin, Margarita Castro, Kyle E. C. Booth, Tony Tran, Chang Liu, and Professor J. Christopher Beck. The Distinguished Student Paper was awarded to a paper from the D3M research lab, entitled "Symbolic Bucket Elimination for Piecewise Continuous Constrained Optimization", authored by Zhijiang Ye, Buser Say, and Professor Scott Sanner.

PhD student wins the Sustainable Energy & Fuels Prize at The World Conference on Carbon
Anton Sediako, under the supervisor of Professor Murray Thomson, won for his poster titled "In situ electron microscopy studies for clean combustion design" at The World Conference on Carbon, Madrid, Spain, 2018.

MIE Alumnus John Yeow recognized by Canadian Academy of Engineering
John Yeow (MASc MIE 0T0, PhD MIE 0T3) is among 12 members of the U of T Engineering community recently inducted fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. John is widely recognized for his pioneering contributions to the fields of microsystems and nanodevices research, particularly as they apply to medical and therapeutic instruments.

Research

Professor Vahid Sarhangian receives $2.4M worth of simulation software to support teaching and research.
Simio LLC has awarded Professor Vahid Sarhangian 900 copies of SIMIO for installation in ECF labs and 100 copies for installation in MIE research labs, valued at $2,400,000 (USD). The software will have full capability including discrete and continuous modeling, object library development, and 3D animation, and will be used in MIE360 - System Modelling and Simulation, taught by Professor Sarhangian starting Fall 2018.

Graduate 

MASc oral exam | Seyed Arman Ghaffarizadeh: "Zeta Adsorption Isotherm: From Specific Surface Area Determination to Equilibrium and Kinetics of Water Vapour Adsorption on Silica Nanopowders"
Date: Tuesday, July 17 | Time: 10:00 am | Location: Bahen Centre | Exam committee: Charles A. Ward, Markus Bussmann, Hani Naguib

MASc oral exam | Christian Silva: "Simulation model to assess the impact of a centralized scheduling policy for imaging procedures in Ontario"
Date: Monday, July 23 | Time: 2:30 pm | Location: MC331 | Exam committee: Michael Carter, Dionne Aleman, Timothy Chan

MASc oral exam | Chang Liu: "Modelling and Solving the Senior Transportation Problem"
Date: Wednesday, July 25 Time: 3:00 pm Location: BA8227 Exam committee: J. Christopher Beck, Dionne M. Aleman, Merve Bodur, Chi-Guhn Lee

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.

Undergraduate

Last Call! 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.

Jobs

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