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September 4, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 31

    Awards & Funding | Research | Graduate | Undergraduate | Jobs

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The 2018-2019 schedule of the Distinguished MIE Seminar Series is now online.
The DMSS provides a venue for top international researchers across major areas of mechanical engineering (MechE) and industrial engineering (IndE) to engage with faculty and students of MIE, and to foster interactions between the department and leading experts from around the world. It is an opportunity for the MIE community to come together, and to recognize the academic diversity within our own department.

All graduate students are invited to join the first planning meeting for the 2019 MIE Graduate Research Symposium, taking place June 2019. At this meeting we will be discussing the "big picture" plans for the coming year as well as recruiting volunteers for the various planning committees. Date: Sep 14 | Time: 10am | Location: MC 331
Is your student club or initiative looking for funding support? All undergraduate groups who plan to request funding from U of T Engineering departments and divisions must complete the CPSIF Application. Applications are due by September 23, 2018. Please e-mail if you have any questions about the process.
Learn about Carol Yeung's (Year 4 IndE) summer adventure and how her experience may help influence urban policy for years to come.

Awards & Funding

MIE takes home SSRR Conference Best Student Paper Award
A paper authored by Kaicheng Zhang, Farzad Niroui, Maurizio Ficocelli, and Prof. Goldie Nejat titled "Robot Navigation of Environments with Unknown Rough Terrain Using Deep Reinforcement Learning" has been awarded the best student paper award in the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) conference. Kaicheng Zhang and Farzad Niroui are students in the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory, directed by Prof. Nejat.


Prof. Nicole Demarquette of Ecole de technologie superieure gives talk on Sep 4, 1:30PM, RS 207
Prof. Demarquette's seminar is titled "Controlling the morphology of polymer blends composites". Abstract: Polymer blends and polymer nanocomposites are multiphase materials, which exhibit synergetic properties of their constituents. We will show here how to use rheology as a tool to characterize the morphology of these materials and its evolution during processing. We will also highlight the importance of controlling this morphology to optimize several functional properties of blends and nanocomposites for electromagnetic shielding. Learn more about Prof. Demarquette here.


PhD final oral exam | Yasamin Kazemi: "Morphological Control of Conductive Network in Electrically Conductive Polymer Composites"
Date: Tuesday, September 4 | Exam committee: Professor Chul Park (supervisor), Tobin Filleter ( co-supervisor), Hani Naguib, Craig Steeves, Kamran Behdinan | External Examiner: Nicole Demarquette, Ecole de Technologie Superieure

PhD final oral exam | Zhensong Xu: "Mechanical Characterization of Red Blood Cells using Microfluidic Devices"
Date: Tuesday, September 4 | Exam committee: Professors Yu Sun (supervisor), Axel Guenther, Chen Wang, Xinyu Liu | External Examiner: Professor Francis Lin, University of Manitoba

PhD final oral exam | Hang Liu: "Liquid Water Transport Behavior in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Layers due to Material Degradation and Fibre Surface Morphology "
Date: Thursday, September 6 | Exam committee: Professors Aimy Bazylak (supervisor), Olivera Kesler, Sanjeev Chandra, Tobin Filleter, Xinyu Liu | External Examiner: Professor Marc Secanell, University of Alberta

MASc oral exam | Daniel MacDonald: "Data-driven sonification of CFD aneurysm models"
Date: Wednesday, September 12 | Time: 3:00 pm | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: David Steinman, Peter Coppin, Piero Triverio, Edmond Young

MASc oral exam | Yang Chen: "Time Response Simulation for Nose Landing Gear Shimmy Damper Design"
Date: Wednesday, September 5 | Time: 10:30 pm | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Kamran Behdinan, Amy Bilton, Eric Diller

MASc oral exam | Mo Gabriel Shi: "Dynamic Modeling of Occupant Response to Frontal/Rear/Lateral Vehicular Collisions"
Date: Friday, September 7 | Time: 11:00 am | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: S. A. Meguid, Craig Simmons, Lidan You

MASc oral exam | Andrew Wong: "Designing microporous layers for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells: pore-network modelling and fabrication"
Date: Thursday, September 13 | Time: 12:00 pm | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Aimy Bazylak, Amy Bilton, James Wallace

MASc oral exam | Nicolas Wood: "Mechanical and Electrical Characterization and Measurement Circuit Design for a Novel Low Noise and High Sensitivity MEMS Capacitive Accelerometer"
Date: Thursday, September 13 | Time: 1:00 pm | Location: BA8166 | Exam committee: Dr. Ben-Mrad, Eric Diller, Nasser Ashgriz

MASc oral exam | Jobin Puthuparampil: "Aeroacoustic Noise Prediction and Acoustic Optimization of Mufflers"
Date: Thursday, September 13 | Time: 2:00 pm | Location: BA8256 | Exam committee: Murray Thomson, Amy Bilton, Pierre Sullivan

MASc oral exam | Derek Fong: "Determination of Key Factors Affecting Start-Up Phase Particulate Matter Emissions in a Modern Wood Stove"
Date: Friday, September 14 | Time: 10:00 am | Location: RS 207 | Exam committee: Pierre Sullivan, Amy Bilton, Jim Mills

MASc oral exam | Benjamin Potter: "Constructing Efficient Production Networks: A Machine Learning Approach"
Date: Tuesday, September 18 | Time: 3:00 pm | Location: RS 207 | Exam committee: Timothy Chan, Merve Bodur, Scott Sanner

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.


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