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February 13, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 6

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MIE celebrates Professor Emeritus Iain Currie's induction as an EAN Honourary Member
On February 5, members of the MIE community came together to celebrate Professor Emeritus
Iain Currie, who was recently named an Honourary Member of U of T's Engineering Alumni Network (EAN). Professor Currie is only the fourth person to be recognized as an Honourary Member since 1995. The award is in recognition of his significant commitment to U of T Engineering, including his role as Chair during the amalgamation of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering departments, and for his service to the department and faculty Honours & Awards committees in his emeritus years. Congratulations to Professor Iain Currie on this wonderful honour!

At the Olympics, being a tenth of a fraction slower to react can be the difference between winning a medal and missing the podium. MIE grad student Amol Rao (MEng candidate) is making sure Team Canada has an extra edge. Rao is the co-founder of Somnitude, a startup that develops blue-light-filtering glasses that help people get the rest they need to perform their best. Rao's company worked with Freestyle Canada to ship 30 of their glasses to athletes before the games.
A robot that sumo wrestles, another that plays soccer - these are just a few of the autonomous robots built by members of the U of T Robotics Association (UTRA). Engineering students Crystal Liu (MechE 1T8 + PEY), Gallop Fan (ECE), Lukas Zhornyak (EngSci) and Nam Nguyen (EngSci) recently stopped by Daily Planet to demonstrate these amazing robots, as part of the show's inventions-themed week.
Andrew Forde (MSE 1T1, IndE PhD candidate) strives to challenge the status quo with his projects. Now, the multi-talented artist is debuting a new musical composition he designed to reflect modern Canada. Called The Ideas of North, the concert will be performed on Friday, February 9 at Koerner Hall.


Professor Yu Sun receives 2018 IEEE C.C. Gotlieb Computer Award
Professor Yu Sun recently received the 2018 IEEE C.C. Gotlieb Computer Award, in recognition for his outstanding contributions to micro-nano robotics and automation. Established in 2007, the IEEE C.C. Gotlieb Computer Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding Canadian engineer recognized for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Lifesaving Capsule Robots
Speaker: Pietro Valdastri, University of Leeds, UK
Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102

PsychEng Overview, Design Fixation, Functional Fixedness and Design for Pro-Environmental Behavior

Speaker: Li Shu, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto; Director of Collaborative Specialization in Psychology and Engineering (PsychEng)
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 12-2 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall Room 4043


MEng Graduate Town Hall Meeting: February 16
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.


Lunch and Learn with Tom Halpenny (MechE 7T8)
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 12-1 PM
Location: WB119
On March 7, MIE welcomes HH Angus Vice-President of Operations, Tom Halpenny (MechE 7T8), who will share his experience in Consulting Engineering. His major projects include, Sick Kids Research Tower, U of T CCBR building, Rogers Centre and General Motors facilities. Come hear about these exciting projects, and get advice for starting your own career in this dynamic field.

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

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

MIE field trip to the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)-Toronto Branch: February 27
The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)-Toronto Branch and MIE invite students on a field trip to the full-size mock-up CANDU nuclear reactor at Darlington power plant. This is the first and the only one if its kind in the world. You will have the chance to get familiar with CANDU nuclear reactor and Darlington reactor refurbishment project. Space is limited. A $5 cash deposit is required to reserve your spot.

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.

AWAKE Olympics: February 24
Join us Feb. 24 from 11 AM-2 PM in the Gym and East Common room at Hart House for A.W.A.K.E. Olympics, a one-day Olympic and Paralympic-themed event to promote the values of Alliance, Wellness, Accessibility, Knowledge, and Equity through sports, in support of Right to Play Canada. Our initiative features 12 themed stations, each reflecting one or more of AWAKE's core values. Participants will be treated to an afternoon filled with fun, food, and prizes while celebrating community and sport.

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.

Become LEED Accredited: March 6
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.
Date: Tuesday, March
Time: 6-10 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 2175

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

Professional Development

Black Interprofessional Students Association presents: Tools for Success - Overcoming Obstacles
On February 20, from 6-8 PM at the Faculty of Law building, room FL223, hear six accomplished Black professionals from various fields (Law, Med, Social Work, Nursing, Business, Education) talk about the practical tactics and strategies that they have learned during the course of their careers that has helped them become successful.

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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