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February 6, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 5

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MIE students experience cross-cultural design with international capstone course
In October, Ashley McIlvena (MechE 1T7 + PEY) boarded a plane for her first-ever trip to China. Along with her teammates, Milan Yang, Alice Wolfe and Jelica Bornath (all MechE 1T7 + PEY), McIlvena met up with a team of engineering students from Beihang University in Beijing, with whom they had been collaborating for the last three months. The trip was part of MIE's international capstone course, in which teams of students from U of T Engineering and its partner universities work collaboratively across continents and cultures on industry-sponsored engineering projects.

"If you were to give us a wish  list of what we can do or change to make your student experience better, what would that list look like?" That was the question posed to students at the MIE Student Town Hall on January 31, which led to a lively and important discussion that ranged from improving facilities, to accessibility, to commuting, to the curriculum. The town hall was led by the Undergraduate Office, who aim to use the feedback to address areas for improvement and to continue developing resources to better support MIE students.
For the last three years, Professor Amy Bilton has brought teams of MIE students to Nicaragua to work with local communities on projects aimed at improving crop irrigation. Now, with the help of external partners, she aims to offer this international experience to even more students. "I think there are a lot of students who have an interest in projects with a global dimension," says Bilton, who is the associate director of CGEN. "I certainly did when I was a student, which is part of the reason I do what I do today."
U of T Engineering is steeped in tradition, and reciting "Godiva's Hymn" is a core Skule ritual. In recent years, students have penned new verses to better reflect the rich diversity of the community. The Godiva's Hymn contest, held by U of T's Engineering Society (EngSoc), encourages students to contribute verses that echo the spirit of the 21st-century engineer. Eden Gough (Year 3 MechE) was among the 2018 winners who were announced at Cannonball, an annual semi-formal dinner hosted by EngSoc.


Three MIE researchers receive Connaught Innovation Awards
Professors Andreas Mandelis, David Steinman and Yu Sun are among nine U of T researchers sharing almost $820,000 in funding this year from the Connaught Innovation Award, aimed at accelerating the development of promising technologies and promoting knowledge transfer arising from the university, The projects awarded were: "Development of dynamic lock-in carrierography (LIC) imaging technology as a quality control tool for the electronics wafer process cleaning industry," "A real-time, dynamic ultrasound simulator incorporating tissue motion and deformation" and "A novel system for non-invasive selection of single spermatozoa with high DNA integrity for clinical in vitro fertilization (IVF)," respectively.

Professor Murray Thomson named Fellow of the Combustion Institute

Professor Murray Thomson was recently elected Fellow of the Combustion Institute (CI) for his outstanding contributions to combustion research and applications. The Combustion Institute is an international, non-profit, educational and scientific society. Founded in 1954, CI promotes and disseminates research activities in all areas of combustion science and technology for the advancement of many diverse communities around the world.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Exploring New Fundamentals and Applications of Nanoporous Media and Membranes - A Nanofluidic Approach
Speaker: Chuanhua Duan, Boston University
Date: Friday, February 9
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

Building Your Robotics Startup – Lessons from the Founder of Silicon Valley Robotics
Speaker: Andra Keay, Managing Director and Founder of Silicon Valley Robotics
Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: GB119


MIE Graduate Town Hall Meetings: February 9 (MASc & PhD), February 16 (MEng)
Time: 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Location: GB 202
Your voice can help influence positive change to enhance the student experience. At MIE, we hope to engage in an open discussion between students, staff and faculty, in order to continually make improvements and to learn how we can make your experience here even better. We look forward to you joining us! Lunch will be provided.

AMIGAS Lunar New Year Celebration: February 15
MIE faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to a celebration of the Lunar New Year, hosted by AMIGAS. Join us in GB 202 from 12-2 PM for an afternoon of food and music.

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
Juan Stockle
, "A design methodology for porous stents to control hemodynamics inside abdominal aortic aneurysms"
Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 2 PM
Location: Room 2001, 44 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Cristina Amon (Supervisor), Markus Bussmann, Kamran Behdinan, Axel Guenther, Thomas Forbes
External Examiner: Professor Natacha DePaola, Illinois Institute of Technology


Want an Iron Ring? Information sessions: 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 an information session on Thursday, February 8 from 6-7 PM, in WB116. Critical dates, times and information will be shared at these sessions. It is highly recommended that you attend. No registration is required.

Certificate and Minor Info Session Events
Students interested in pursuing a certificate or minor, please take advantage of these upcoming info sessions:

Advanced Manufacturing Minor
Date: Tuesday, February 6
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: BA1240
Presented by Professor Hani Naguib

Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Minors
Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: BA1210
Presented by Professors Emma Master and Dawn Kilkenny

Nanoengineering Minor (TWO SESSIONS)
Dates: Monday, February 12, 12-1 PM in BA1240 AND Wednesday, February 14, 1-2 PM in BA1210
Presented by Professor Tim Bender

Engineering Business Minor
Date: Monday, February 12
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: BA1200
Presented by Professor Bryan Karney

Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy Minors
Date: Monday, February 12
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: BA1200 (immediately following the Business Minor)
Presented by Professor Bryan Karney

Engineering Music Performance Minor and Music Technology Certificate

Date: Tuesday, February 13
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: SS1084
Presented by Professors Willy Wong, Ryan McClelland, Midori Koga

Robotics and Mechatronics Minor
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: BA1210
Presented by Professor Mireille Broucke

Certified Solidworks Associate Exam: February 7, 8, 9
Time: 9 AM -12 PM
Location: RS 303 (Feb. 7), MB 123 (Feb. 8, 9)
The Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) certification is offered by Dassault Systemes as proof of your Solidworks expertise with cutting-edge skills that businesses seek out and reward. It consists of a three-hour exam which tests your Solidworks modelling, drawing tools, and assembly skills in a proctored environment, on which you must earn 70%. As Solidworks license holders, MIE is able to proctor a limited number of CSWA exams per year and after the success of the MIE 243 class would like to offer this to all students. To sign up for the exam, please fill out the survey. More information and practice questions can be found here.

CUBE x BESt: Biomedical engineering lab tour: February 13
Are you interested in learning more about biomedical research? Are you curious about modern research environment and technologies? Are you planning to apply for grad school or summer research? CUBE and BESt are bringing you to the Translational Biology & Engineering Program (TBEP) lab located at the 14th floor of MaRS Discovery District on February 13 from 2-3 PM.

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Scholarships for Women in Engineering: Deadline extended to February 25
The deadline for the CEMF Scholarships for Women in Engineering has been extended until February 25 at midnight.

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

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

Professional Development

2018 NASS PetroBowl: February 21
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is seeking students to represent U of T at the 2018 NASS PetroBowl hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, February 21. This annual competition places SPE student chapters against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and nontechnical questions related to the oil and gas industry. We are looking for students who have completed their second year of engineering and have learned fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Oil and gas experience is a plus but not required. If you are interested, please forward your resume along with why you want to join the competition to Prash Sridhar at


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