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July 31, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 28

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Smarter cancer treatment: AI tool automates radiation therapy planning
PhD student Aaron Babier, under the supervision of Professor Timothy Chan, has developed software that uses a novel optimization engine to produce radiation therapy plans in minutes, instead of days it would take a radiation physicist to do through conventional means. His AI tool could potentially save doctors and patients valuable time and resources, as well as support high-quality treatment.

Christina won first place for her oral presentation at this year's Graduate Research Symposium. Learn about what drives her research and advice she has for current/future grad students.
In case you've been off campus awhile, we're renovating the MC Lobby to serve the community better. We'll try to post more photos as construction continues throughout the summer.

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MIE researchers win Best Application Paper Award in Nagoya, Japan

The paper "Automated SEM-guided AFM scan with dynamically varied scan speed" authored by Jun Chen, Brandon Chen et al. from Prof. Yu Sun's lab won the Best Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS), which was held July 8-12, 2018 in Nagoya, Japan.

Prof. Xinyu Liu receives the Young Scientist Award at MINE 2018
The 2018 Microsystems and Nanoengineering Summit (MINE 2018) is the flagship conference of the Nature Publishing Group journal, Microsystems & Nanoengineering. Every year, several MINE Young Scientist Awards are given to young researchers under the age of 40 who have performed leading research in their respective fields related to microsystems and nanoengineering. Prof. Xinyu Liu (photo: second from right) won this award for his outstanding contributions to paper-based microfluidics.

MASc student Dan MacDonald wins second place finish in Master's student poster competition in Dublin

Congratulations again to MASc student Dan MacDonald, this time for his second place finish in the Master's student poster competition at the quadrennial World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. MacDonald, who is supervised by Professor David Steinman, won for his paper, "Data-Driven Sonification of CFD Aneurysm Models."

Spero Analytics, founded by two MIE alumni, wins World Vision's food security innovation challenge

Founded by Ahmed Mahmoud and Donn Pasiliao, Spero Analytics won $20,000 at the third annual World Vision Social Innovation Challenge. The company helps farmers boost crop yields by reading soil moisture information to aid water distribution. Engineering Lead Kamran Mahmudov, who is a student of Prof. Amy Bilton, delivered the winning pitch.


MASc oral exam | Ahmed Anwer: "Design and development of soft matter and their fiber reinforced composites for shock damping applications"
Date: Wednesday, August 22 | Time: 2:00 pm | Location: RS 207 | Exam committee: Hani E. Naguib, Roy H. Kwon, Lidan You

MASc oral exam | Emma Pienaar: "The Application and Extension of a Generic Hospital Simulation Model to Predicting Patient Flow in a Hospital"
Date: Thursday, August 23 | Time: 9:30 am | Location: MC 331| Exam committee: Michael Carter, Dionne Aleman, Vahid Sarhangian

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.


MIE498 H/Y thesis projects posted on department website
We have posted a number of available undergraduate thesis projects up on the MIE department website. We'll continue to add more as they become available, so check back often!


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