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September 11, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 32

   Awards & Funding | Graduate | Undergraduate | Jobs

Chair's Office

You're invited to the Operations Research Seminar Series (ORSS).
This new seminar series brings together graduate students, faculty and researchers from the U of T community to interact with prominent scholars in the field of Operations Research (OR). All are welcome to attend. The first seminar will be Thursday, Sep 13, 12 to 1pm in MB 128 featuring Phebe Vayanos, University of Southern California. Her seminar title is Data-Driven Integer and Robust Optimization for Scarce Resource Allocation. You can view the full list of OR Seminars on the MIE website's seminar page, which has recently been expanded to include the Department's DMSS, ORSS, and PsychEng Seminars.

Mindful Moments is back and happening Thursdays from 12-1 in GB 173 this week. This is a great opportunity for students to destress and practice mindfulness during the term.
Don't miss this chance to network and pursue career opportunities. The U of T Career Fair is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from all three campus. Please note the correct registration link is
This session is recommended for new international students. It takes place Oct 3, 2:30-4:30PM at the Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street.

Awards & Funding

MIE PhD Candidate awarded Vanier Scholarship worth $150K
Congratulations to Shane Saunderson (MIE PhD Candidate) who was awarded a prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship worth $150K to study human-robot interaction under the supervision of Prof. Goldie Nejat. Shane joins a group of five other U of T Engineering doctoral students receiving the Vanier Graduate Scholarship this year.

Congratulations to Pearson Scholar Devansh Khare (Year 1 MechE)
Congratulations to Devansh Khare (Year 1 MechE), one of seven bright U of T Engineering first-year students to receive a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship from the university.


Fall Registration deadline
Friday, September 14 is the deadline for registration for the Fall to avoid financial penalty.

Application for 2019-2020 NSERC CGS and PGS Doctoral Scholarship
Applicants must submit their application on-line via the above link and submit a printed copy of their application including all original transcripts to Brenda Fung, MIE Graduate Office (MC 108) by Monday, September 24 (MIE Deadline). Reports on the applicants must be submitted online by September 24. More information available here..

Applications for The OPTIONS Program are due Wed Sept 19 at 1pm
Are you unsure about your plans after graduate school? The OPTIONS Program supports PhDs and post-doctoral fellows in exploring careers outside the academy. This program will help you learn more about the strengths you bring to the workplace, strategies to land a job, and tools for exploring career options. Curious to learn more about The OPTIONS Program? Attend The Art of Introducing Yourself to Employers: Wine and Cheese Networking Night on Tuesday September 18 from 5-7 pm.

Graduate Orientation
On September 5, the MIE Department was pleased to welcome our incoming class of graduate students for a full day or orientation activities. The presentations from that day are available here: General Information Session, MASc/PhD Research Session, MEng Session. Please reach out to the graduate office if you have any questions about the material presented. Thank you to the AMIGAS student group for hosting the BBQ and Coffee Break, first of many exciting events the group has planned for this year.

Graduate Applicants to the Winter 2019 Session
Winter 2019 Applications opened August 1st, 2018.
For CURRENT STUDENTS inquiries, please email:
For inquiries regarding your M.Eng. application status, please email:

Please note that COMPLETE applications will be set for "Under Review" and will be available to all faculty for viewing and assessment at that time. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

If you have secured a supervisor, your completed application will be processed accordingly. Please check your SGS online file for official document(s) requests.

For applicants who are awaiting for a decision from the department, please note that unless you have a supervisor who has committed to your program, no admission offer can be issued. You are encouraged to follow-up with your possible supervisor. Once a professor has marked your file for supervision, the application will continue to be processed for a possible admission and you will be informed via email.

If you need to change a Referee, you may do so by emailing us all the contact information details of the new referee noting also the referee who is to be replaced. Please note that once a referee has submitted his/her reference, your reference can no longer be replaced.

PhD final oral exam | Enrico Giuseppe Agostino Antonini: "CFD-based Methodology for Wind Farm Layout Optimization"
Date: Tuesday, September 11 | Exam committee: Professors Cristina Amon (Supervisor), Pierre Sullivan, James Wallace, Amy Bilton | External Examiner: Professor Peter E. Hamlington, University of Colorado

PhD final oral exam | Tiffany Tong: "Game-based Assessment of Cognitive Status in Clinical and Non-Clinical Samples"
Date: Friday, September 14 | Exam committee: Professors Mark Chignell (Supervisor), Birsen Donmez, Kelly Lyons, Olivier St-Cyr, Jacques Lee | External Examiner: Professor J. Bruce Morton

MASc oral exam | Martina Risteska: "Exploration of Naturalistic Driving Data: Development of Distracted Driver Behaviour Models"
Date: Monday, September 17 | Time: 10:00AM | Location: MC331 | Exam committee: Birsen Donmez, Greg A. Jamieson, Mark H. Chignell

MASc oral exam | Anni He: "Predictive Modeling of Dosimetric Quality Assurance in Radiation Therapy"
Date: Wednesday, September 19 | Time: 2:00PM | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Dionne Aleman, Tom Purdie, Scott Sanner

MASc oral exam | Cameron Dallas: "A High Performance Particle Image Velocimetry Algorithm for Characterizing a Flow Control Actuator using GPUs"
Date: Thursday, September 20 | Time: 3:00PM | Location: MB101 | Exam committee: Dr. Pierre Sullivan, Dr. Nasser Ashgriz, Dr. Philippe Lavoie

MASc oral exam | Andrew Tsz Lok Leung: "Generic Policy Evaluation model in a Multi-Facility Diagnostic Imaging Setting"
Date: Thursday, September 20 | Time: 10:00AM | Location: BA8227 | Exam committee: Michael Carter, Vahid Sarhangian, Chi-Guhn Lee

MASc oral exam | Stefana Filipova: "A Formal Analysis of the Propagation for the Ellipsoid Global Constraint and an Application to the Selective Tree Breeding Problem"
Date: Friday, September 21 | Time: 2:00PM | Location: BA8227 | Exam committee: Chris Beck, Merve Bodur (co-advisor), Timothy Chan, Andre A. Cire

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.


CIBC Machine Intelligence Hackathon - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
On Friday Sep 21 and Saturday Sep 22 test your skills on real-world problems related to the financial industry. Prizes include a chance to interview for PEY and summer jobs. This event is generously supported by CIBC Data Studio.

Call for Applications: Science Rendezvous Executive 2019
Science Rendezvous is a free annual all-day festival that brings science out of the lab and onto the street with the ultimate goal of improving student enrolment as well as public involvement in the science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) fields. We are now actively hiring for positions within the executive committee that will be responsible for organizing the U of T site in 2019. See details about each position. To apply, candidates must fill in our application form by Friday, September 28th, at 11:59 p.m. Preference will be given to students with prior experience in large-scale event planning and/or experience with Science Rendezvous in particular. To learn more about Science Rendezvous, please see our website or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (@UofTSR).


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