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December 4, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 40

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Chair's Office

U of T Engineering is partnering with Canada's National Research Council (NRC) to create a national innovation hub focused on microfluidics. The new hub, called the Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) will combine the talents of U of T Engineering microfluidic experts — Professors Axel Guenther (MIE, IBBME), Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) and Aaron Wheeler (Chemistry, IBBME) — and NRC scientists in a bid to catalyze new discoveries and scale up production of existing prototypes to deliver higher quality patient care at a lower cost. 

Justin Holloway joins MIE as Grad Administrator

We are excited to welcome Justin Holloway to the MIE Department as our new Graduate Administrator taking over from Brenda Fung when she retires later this month. Justin joins us from OISE where he was a Student Success Advisor. Welcome Justin!

Gayle Lesmond joins MIE as UG Counsellor

MIE is pleased to welcome Gayle Lesmond as our new Undergraduate Counsellor and Program Administrator filling the role that Carla Baptista vacated last month. Gayle has been at U of T for four years and will be a familiar face to many students as she comes to us from the Engineering Registrar's office. Welcome Gayle!
Brenda Fung is retiring after 30 years of working in the MIE Department. Pop by the Grad Office (MC 108) on December 12 from 2-4 pm to enjoy some treats and share best wishes for her retirement. RSVP for the social here and check out the School of Graduate Studies article on Brenda's career working in engineering. Thank you for all your contributions Brenda, you will be missed!

Research Seminars


Human Factors study: participants needed

If you are interested in participating in a VR study entitled: "Assessing the effects of navigation display configuration on landmark-based cognitive map representation" please follow this link to a google form to fill in your contact information; compensation is $15/hr for and the experiment is expected to take about 2 hours.

2019-2020 Mackenzie King Scholarships

Two types of Mackenzie King Scholarships were established to support graduates of Canadian universities who are pursuing graduate studies. U of T is permitted to nominate two (2) candidates from each category to the national competition. The Travelling Scholarship is awarded to applicants who have a degree from a Canadian university and are pursuing graduate studies in the areas of international or industrial relations within the United States or the United Kingdom. The Mackenzie King Board receives about 35 nominations annually for four scholarships, each of approximately $10,500 (number of recipients and value are subject to change). The Open Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who has a degree from a Canadian university and is pursuing graduate studies in any discipline, within Canada or elsewhere. The Mackenzie King Board receives approximately 80 nominations annually from all universities to award one scholarship of approximately $8,500 (value is subject to change). Deadline: January 14, 2019, 4:30 pm.

Call for 2019 CSME National Student Paper Competition and Call for Papers

Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) would like to invite Graduate students to take part in the CSME Student Paper Competition to be held at 2019 CSME-CFDSC International Congress. This competition provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research and communications (oral and written) excellence. Students will have an opportunity to network with students, researcher and industry professional from across the country. Deadline: February 1.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Ya-Tang Chuang
, "Dynamic Inventory Optimization: Learning under Model Ambiguity"
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 1 PM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Michael Kim (supervisor), Roy Kwon, Timothy Chan, Vahid Sarhangian
External Examiner: Professor Douglas Down, McMaster University

PhD Final Oral Exam
Pantea Tavakolian
, "Development of a Novel Truncated-Correlation Photothermal Coherence Tomography for Non-Invasive Biothermophotonic and Non-Destructive Materials Imaging"
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Room 8256, Bahen Center, 40 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Andreas Mandelis (supervisor), Markus Bussmann, Javad Mostaghimi
External Examiner: Professor Xavier Maldague, Universite Laval

MASc Oral Exam
Tianqi Xu
: "Microrobots with Programmable Three-Dimensional Magnetizations and Motions"
Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 1 PM
Location: BA8227
Exam committee: Eric Diller, Axel Guenther, Xinyu Liu

MASc Oral Exam
Calvin Ng
: "Development of Carbon Tolerant Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Fabricated by Solution Precursor Plasma Spraying"
Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 2 PM
Location: RS207
Exam committee: Olivera Kesler, Hani Naguib, Uwe Erb

MASc Oral Exam
Yihao Du
: "Relevance-driven Clustering Methods for Visual Interactive Search"
Date: Monday, December 10
Time: 2 PM
Location: BA8256
Exam committee: Scott Sanner, Greg Jamieson, Mark Chignell


2019 Summer Intensive Program at Nagoya University, Japan - Applications due February 14

Applications are now open for the Nagoya University Summer Intensive Program (NUSIP), an exchange program for students entering their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate engineering.
Topic: Latest Advanced Technology & Tasts in Automobile EngineeringD
Dates: June 12 - July 18, 2019
Language: English
Location: Nagoya, Japan

For more information visit:


iSchool: Master of Information program information session for engineering students

Information is everywhere; experts are few - hence, the Masters of Information degree is highly valued by today's employers. If you are a University of Toronto Student interested in the Master of Information program and have a GPA of A- or above, you are invited to an exclusive "Double Blue" Information event on Saturday, January 12th to be eligible to 'fast track' the admissions review process.

Course Opportunity for Engineering Students Interested in International Development

For students interested in sustainable design and international development, APS530: Design of Appropriate Technology for Global Development offers an excellent opportunity to learn about how engineers capitalize on their technical skills to tackle poverty and address some of the world's Grand Challenges.

Pathways to Sustainability Conference 2019: January 26

The 2019 University of Toronto Sustainability Conference aims to explore the theme "Pathways to Sustainability." Through keynote speakers, panel discussions and hands on workshops, the conference aims to gather minds from various sectors and showcase the connections between past, present and future sustainability ventures.

Future of Sport Lab Incubator Applications Open

Future of Sport Lab Incubator applications are officially OPEN! Do you have a product or service that can either help teams win championships or build the future of fan engagement? We're looking for startups to join our innovation lab. Learn more and click here to apply by November 22nd. For more information visit the following links: Incubator Landing Page, Beta Kit and Globe and Mail.


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