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January 23, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 3

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Chair's Office

MIE Student Town Hall: January 31
On January 31, join us for a discussion on how we can improve your undergraduate student experience at MIE. Faculty leadership and staff want to hear your questions and feedback!

U of T alumnus Noureddin Chahrour is preparing to launch a posture-enhancing sports bra - with the help of a Kickstarter campaign and MIE engineers. Bolstered by a $45,000 grant, he is working with Professor Hani Naguib and his lab to investigate the use of a smart plastic, which could conceivably allow future users to adjust the tension in their tops with a touch of a smartphone.
MIE wants to take you on an exciting, all-day field trip, a field trip that might land you a future job! Both undergrads and graduate students are invited to a reading week bus trip to RWDI, an engineering consulting firm located in Guelph, ON. Visit their state-of-the-art shop to see scale models of world-famous buildings and structures. After the tour, lunch will be served and the RWDI team will have a presentation on RWDI's needs for internships, seasonal staff and permanent opportunities.
The Daisy Intelligence Hackathon is a 24-hour programming competition. Your challenge is to solve related parallel computing problems in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The goal? Beat your competitors for a chance to win an internship and cash prizes. The competition will take place from January 27-28 at the Bahen Centre.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Bacteria-Based Autonomous Drug Delivery Agents for Cancer Therapy
Speaker: Bahareh Behkam, Virginia Tech
Date: Friday, January 26
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

The Winter schedule for the MIE Distinguished Seminar series is now online.

Mechanobiology of Cell Protrusions
Speaker: Amrinder Nain, Virginia Tech
Date: Friday, January 26
Time: 11 AM-12 PM
Location: MC331

Center for Social Services Engineering (CSSE) Seminar Series: How Toronto's Neighbourhoods are Changing – An Update on Socio-spatial Polarization Trends
Speaker: J. David Hulchanski, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Date: Thursday, January 25
Time: 12 PM-1 PM
Location: BA 8256


Fresh Start Conference: February 3
Now is your time to thrive! Learn how to bounce back from academic setbacks at U of T. You are invited to attend the Fresh Start conference, taking place on Saturday, February 3. Build resiliency skills and learn how to bounce back from academic stumbles at this one-day conference.
Date: Saturday, Feb 3
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:15 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 1130 (40 St. George Street)
Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2018 12 AM

Summit for Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students: February 5
Date: Monday, February 5
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: OISE Library, University of Toronto
We invite staff, students, and faculty to this one-day professional development symposium. It is a chance to discuss best practices for teaching, supervising, and supporting Indigenous graduate students in our universities. The day will consist of keynotes by three incredible Indigenous scholars Dr. Zoe S. Todd from Carleton University, Dr. Stephanie Waterman from OISE, and Dr. Robert Innes from University of Saskatchewan and panels featuring uniquely critical, passionate voices both emerging and established within in the sphere of Indigenous academia. We encourage people currently working or who will work with Indigenous students to attend this insightful event. Cost for faculty, staff and administrators is $119 including lunch. Cost for students is $10 including lunch. Participants need to purchase their tickets and register before February 2.

Science Outside the Lab North
Science Outside the Lab North (SOtL) is a deep-dive, live-in, immersive introduction to science policy in Canada. Each program takes place in Ottawa and Montreal, and is for graduate students and young professionals of all disciplines: science, engineering, social science, and humanities alike. SOtL is looking to build a cohort of participants from across the country who are eager to learn, contribute to an active SOtL community, and ready for an intense week of policy experiences. For full consideration, applications are due by 11:59 PM PST on February 16.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Thomas Moore
, "Advancing microfluidic assays for multiple myeloma cancer therapy selection"
Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 10 AM
Location: Room 111, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Edmond Young (Supervisor), Craig Simmons, Rodger Tiedemann, Aaron Wheeler
External Examiner: Professor Elisabeth Verpoorte, University of Groningen


Want an Iron Ring? Information sessions: January 30 & February 8
The University of Toronto Iron Ring Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. There are two ceremonies (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) as determined by your department. The Camp One Office will host two information sessions:
Tuesday, January 30 from 5-6 PM, WB116
Thursday, February 8 from 6-7 PM, WB116
Critical dates, times and information will be shared at these sessions. It is highly recommended that you attend one information session. No registration is required for the information sessions.

U of T Summer Abroad information session: January 26
Join us to learn about Summer Abroad courses you can take this summer. Over 20 destinations are available. Hear from program staff, past participants and instructors to learn more about what you can expect from this exciting opportunity. This is a timely session as the deadline for applications for this popular program is February 1.

Startup Career Expo 2018: February 2
The single best way to get a job at an exciting and dynamic startup: join YNCN at our annual Startup Career Expo on Friday February 2 at MaRS! It's Canada's largest startup career fair, featuring more than 75 companies eager to meet you. Don't miss out!

CSME National Design Competition
CSME would like to invite Canadian engineering undergraduates to take part in the 2018 CSME National Design Competition. This competition will showcase outstanding undergraduate student Capstone Design Projects from across Canada. Students will have an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the country, gain valuable presentation experience, and participate in, and attend a professional conference.
Submission of Abstract: April 1
Submission of Video and Poster: April 30
Official Announcement: May 27-30

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
A large number of scholarship deadlines occur in January, a few in February and March:
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Awards (for women)
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Edith Tyrell Award and Medal
  • Women's Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Wood Scholarship
  • Nortel Institute Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 3M National Student Fellowship
  • Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards
  • FOCUS! A climate change student video contest
  • CAE Bruce Aubin SAE Aerospace Award and CAE William Belfry Memorial SAE Scholarship
2018 Minerva James Ham Engineering Student Competition
Minerva Canada is pleased to announce its 2018 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Awards contest. This contest is open to full time, undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a Canadian post secondary teaching institution and resident in Canada as well as full time college students enrolled in either an Engineering Technology program or an Occupational Health and Safety Program and who are resident in Canada. The contest is only open to Canadian Universities and Colleges. There will be a first and second prize of $3,500 and $1,500 respectively. The awards will be presented in the Spring 2018 at a venue to be determined with the winners. Final submission date for this Award Competition is April 13, 2018. Students are asked to advise Minerva Canada of their intentions to apply for the award by February 2, 2018. This can be done simply by sending an e-mail to

Mindful Meditation for Students
Join weekly opportunities Mondays through Fridays practice secular meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation, resiliency and focus!

Professional Development

Six Sigma Green Belt workshop with Certificate: January 22 & 23
Six Sigma Green Belt is a credential that prepares delegates to analyze and solve quality problems, and is involved with Six Sigma and other quality improvement projects. Organizations have started to ask their employees or job applicants to have some background in process improvement. This certification prepares to become a practitioner of six sigma methodology.

Mechanical Engineering Industry Night: January 25
The University of Toronto Mechanical Engineering Student Association invites you to join us at our Industry Night on Thursday, January 25, 7-9 PM at The 519 - Space for Change, 519 Church Street. We are looking to provide opportunities for students to discuss careers in the industry with professionals who are working in the field to build their networks for success in their future.

HealthEDGE Lunch and Learn Series: Deadline January 26
An evening of discussion, demonstration, and networking. The event will showcase opportunities in the field followed by a recruitment session. All of the companies attending are interested in hiring students.

Schlumberger Information Session: January 30
We invite you to meet with us for an inside look at our Engineering, Research, Operations and Petrotechnical positions. You will have an opportunity to talk one on one with Schlumberger representatives and learn more about who we are and what we do as an Oilfield Services Company. Food and Beverages will be provided!
Date: Tuesday January 30
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 1240

Women in Tech Conference at Victoria College: February 1
Six Sigma Green Belt is a credential that prepares delegates to analyze and solve quality problems, and is involved with Six Sigma and other quality improvement projects. Organizations have started to ask their employees or job applicants to have some background in process improvement. This certification prepares to become a practitioner of six sigma methodology.


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