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February 20, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 7

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MIE celebrates Lunar New Year
On February 15, AMIGAS hosted a lunch in celebration of the Lunar New Year, which was attended by graduate students, faculty and staff, who all enjoyed an afternoon of music and delicious food to ring in the year of the dog.

PhD candidate Jordan Bouchard is currently competing in Science, Action! an NSERC one-minute video competition. The competition aims to showcase science in action and demonstrate, to the general public, why research matters. Bouchard recently made the top 75, and he'll need the public's help to get him to the next stage. Between now and March 2, the top 25 videos, judged by the number of views received, will advance to be judged by a group of panelists to narrow it down to the top 15. The top 15 video entrants will receive a cash prize and have their videos exhibited during Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week. Check out Bouchard's video at the link!
The federal government recently announced the projects selected for its Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which will invest up to $950 million between 2017 and 2022 to support business-led innovation superclusters. Canada's Innovation Supercluster in Advanced Manufacturing includes contributions from Professors Hani Naguib and Goldie Nejat, as well as several other U of T Engineering Professors.
On March 7, MIE undergrads and grad students are invited to attend a Lunch and Learn with 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. Register today!


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Advances in Mobile Robotics, Tele-surgical Robotics and Industrial Robotics
Speaker: Jason Gu, Dalhousie University
Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102


AMIGAS MEng Wine & Cheese Social: March 2
Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Art Museum at U of T, JMB Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle
AMIGAS would like to invite MEng students to a free Wine and Cheese Social event on March 2 at the Art Museum at U of T. It will be a fun evening to relax and mingle with alumni and current graduate students. The purpose is to connect alumni and graduate students together in an informal setting. Free food and beverages will be provided. RSVP by February 21.

OPTIONS event for PhDs and post-docs: February 26
Date: Monday, February 26
Time: 6-8:30 PM
Location: SF2202
Are you unsure about career options that exist for PhDs? Join us at The Living Library: A different kind of networking experience. In this interactive library, you are the "reader" and PhD alumni working in a variety of industries are the "books." In small groups, you will have a 15-minute conversation with a PhD alumni about their career, the path they've taken, and choices they've made to get to their current job. You will then move onto the next "book", giving you the unique opportunity to hear multiple perspectives. Alumni confirmed so far work at Uber, KPMG, McKinsey, Telus, City of Toronto, OTI Lumionics Inc, and more!

D. E. Shaw Research: Information Session on February 27
Date: Tuesday February 27, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Sandford Fleming building Room 1101
D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research laboratory that conducts scientific research and technological development in the field of computational biochemistry. Our group focuses on the design of novel algorithms and machine architectures for high-speed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of proteins and other biological macromolecules, with the ultimate aim of significantly advancing the process of drug discovery. Join us for an overview of our work and a discussion of current openings in the lab. Current Openings: Scientific Associate and Postdoctoral Fellows.


Volunteer Opportunity: Rethink the Box
Call Out to University Student Engineers! You are invited to join in on an innovative and exciting concept called Rethink the Box. You will be assisting to teach elementary and secondary school aged children to guide them through a problem-based, learning opportunity. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) STEM department will be running two Rethink the Box events this year, taking place May 15 and 16. This fun-filled event requires grade school kids to use their imagination and skills to convert a box full of standardized materials to create a device that will solve an assigned problem. Much like in the 1995 movie Apollo 13, groups of kids will be asked to mimic the NASA scientists who had to devise a strategy to return the spacecraft Apollo 13 to earth safely after it suffered massive internal damage, using only what was available on board. Students interested in volunteering may contact:

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.

Bloomberg: Information Session on February 28
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Science Building, Room 2158
Decision makers across the global finance industry look to Bloomberg to deliver timely political, business and financial information and insight. Today, a large part of this insight is derived using Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this talk, Igor Malioutov will introduce some of the different problems that we solve using AI at Bloomberg. He will provide an overview of the cutting-edge AI research and also touch on Bloomberg's machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities and infrastructure that have been developed as part of Bloomberg's AI team.

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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