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August 28, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 30

    Awards & Funding | Research | Graduate | Undergraduate | Jobs

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Registration now open for weekend machining courses at George Brown College
All engineering students and researchers in any discipline can gain introductory experience at metal machining and welding through two-day courses offered during weekends at George Brown College. Engineers with a firm understanding of machining principles and limitations can design systems for quick and easy manufacture. Students interested in the vast array of campus groups such as the Solar Car Team and Formula SAE will find this training invaluable. Follow the link to see the full schedule for 2018-2019 and to register.

Pranay won third place for his oral presentation at this year's Graduate Research Symposium. Learn about Pranay and how his love of waterfalls led to his research topic.
Are you thinking about participating in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program, but are unsure about it? Attend U of T Engineering's second annual PEY EDGE Conference!

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Awards & Funding

Profs. Scott Sanner and David Sinton win NSERC funding
Prof. Sanner, with ECE's Prof. Deepa Kundur, will receive $340,000 in funding to develop a system to prevent cyber attacks from crippling critical industries. Prof. David Sinton will receive $644,900 for research on 1,000 individually controlled microcosms to assess ecological impacts in Canadian ecosystems, aquaculture and agriculture.

Prof. Patrick Lee receives Morand Lambla Award in Taipei

MIE's newest faculty member Prof. Patrick Lee received the award from the Polymer Processing Society during their latest conference, which took place May 21-25. The Morand Lambla Award honours an outstanding young researcher in the field of polymer processing. Present at the ceremony were Profs. Hani Naguib and Chul B. Park.


Prof. Yu Sun appointed Co-Chair of EngSci Robotics Major
Prof. Sun has agreed to serve a three-year term as Co-Chair of EngSci's Robotics Engineering Major, joining Prof. Gabriele D'Eleuterio.



MASc oral exam | Rowan Walsh: "Modeling and Bayesian Optimization of a Pico-Scale Francis Turbine with Variable Operating Points"
Date: Thursday, August 30 | Time: 1:00 pm | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Amy Bilton, Kamran Behdinan, James Wallace

MASc oral exam | Yi Hang Zhu: "Spatial Price Integration in Competitive Markets with Transportation Constraints"
Date: Thursday, August 30 | Time: 3:00 pm | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Timothy Chan, Merve Bodur, Chi-Guhn Lee

PhD final oral exam | Justin James Boutilier: "Emergency Medical Services Response Optimization"
Date: Friday, August 31 | Exam committee: Professor Timothy Chan (supervisor), Michael Carter, Oded Berman, Vahid Sarhangian | External Examiner: Ozlem Ergun, Northeastern University

PhD final oral exam | Jiachen Zhang: "Design, Modelling, and Control of Soft-Bodied Magnetic Miniature Robots"
Date: Tuesday, September 4 | Exam committee: Professor Eric Diller (supervisor), Yu Sun, Hani Naguib, Lidan You, Xinyu Liu | External Examiner: Islam Khalil, German University in Cairo

MASc oral exam | Farzad Niroui: "Developing an Intelligent Robot Control Architecture for Autonomous Exploration in Urban Search and Rescue"
Date: Wednesday, September 5 | Time: 2:00 pm | Location: MC331 | Exam committee: Goldie Nejat, Beno Benhabib, James K. Mills

2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)
Candidates must complete the entire application process by Friday, September 14, 2018, 4:00PM to be eligible for consideration. This includes: 1) the online submission of a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet; and 2) a printed, hard copy submission of the entire application including all original official transcripts (foreign transcripts submitted by the applicant should be accompanied by a grade legend) to Brenda Fung (, MIE Graduate Office, MC 108.

LAST CALL for 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.


MIE Undergraduate Travel Grants
The MIE Undergraduate Student Travel Grant Program is designed to support the conference-related expenses of MIE students.
It is provided for domestic or international travel to an academic or industry-related conference where the grantee will present a poster or paper, or participate as a panelist. Follow the link to find out more.


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