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February 27, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 8

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MIE welcomes prospective grad students to Graduate Research Days at U of T
Last week, MIE welcomed more than 20 top prospective graduate students to U of T. Students got to meet one-on-one with professors, meet and mingle with current graduate students, and spend a day touring MIE to learn more about the state-of-the-art facilities and exciting academic opportunities available at U of T. To top it off, the students were treated to a dinner with faculty, graduate students and alumni at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto.

Engineering students at U of T will soon be able to pursue their passion for music. Two programs, administered collaboratively by U of T Engineering and the Faculty of Music, are set to launch in September of 2018: a minor in Music Performance and a certificate in Music Technology.
All undergraduate engineering students are welcome to attend the Faculty's student town hall, hosted by Dean Cristina Amon. Dean Amon, faculty, staff and student leaders will speak with students, answer questions and gather input for the Faculty's continued improvement.
The engineering musical sketch-comedy show, Skule Nite, is back at Hart House Theatre, starting March 14. This year marks the 97th anniversary of the Skule Nite tradition. Over the years, the musical variety show has transformed into a showcase of the large cross-section of talents possessed by U of T Engineering, including sport, art, music and theatre.


Research Funding Awarded
Professor Viliam Makis has been awarded a contract from WSP company for a research project entitled: "Reliability Study for Urban Transit Buses" in the amount of $50,000.


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


2018-2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (for international students) application deadline: February 28
International students applying for a 2018-2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship in MIE must have their complete OGS application, including academic references, on the U of T OGS online application system, by Wednesday, February 28.

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.

Professional Culture and Inequality in Engineering: March 7
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 11 AM
Location: GB 202
The professional cultures, which give each discipline its particular "feel" and unite members under a system of meaning and values, are not benign. This talk will explain how these cultures can disadvantage women and other under-represented groups in STEM.

PhD Final Oral Exam
Paul Ziade
, "High-Fidelity Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Low Reynolds Number Airfoils and Synthetic Jets"
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 10 AM
Location: Room 109, School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street
Exam Committee: Professors Pierre Sullivan (supervisor), Nasser Ashgriz, David Steinman, Ridha Ben Mrad
External Examiner: Professor Kamran Siddiqui, Western University


Graduating MIE students: leave your mark through Graditude!
Graditude, U of T Engineering's fundraising campaign for students, is still underway until the end of this week! Our MechE and Indy Graditude reps want to see our graduating students reach the goal of 33 per cent participation. If we reach it, Professor and MIE Chair Markus Bussmann has agreed to dye his beard in support of this great cause. Graditude is an incredible opportunity for you to leave your mark and pay it forward for current and future engineering students. All of your donations go directly back into supporting experiential and collaborative opportunities for our MIE undergraduates. What a great way for the Class of 1T8/1T7 + PEY to leave a parting gift. Donate today at, or contact your Graditude reps: Krysten Szatan ( and Ahmed Ujjainwala (

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:

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.

Engineers Without Borders Case Competition: Workshop 2 and Call for Volunteers
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 5-7 PM
Location: UC152
EWB is hosting another workshop for the 2018 Global Development Case Competition! We will be going over strategies to generate solutions based on management consulting practices. This workshop will also be a great chance for you all to form teams and register for the March 24 Case Competition. We will also officially announce the selected cases in person so you have a chance to ask us questions. Food and drinks will be provided. We are also recruiting volunteers to help us on March 24th. If you are interested in supporting Skule students presenting exciting solutions to social justice and sustainable development issues or the opportunity to network with the competition judges, please fill out this form and we will contact you with further details.

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 6
Time: 6-10 PM
Location: Bahen Centre, Room 2175

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.

BESt's Bioengineering Case Competition: March 10
Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 9 AM-5 PM
Location: Wallberg Building
Register for BESt's biggest event of the year! At the Bioengineering Design Case Competition, you will be using your creativity and critical thinking to design solutions for real-world bioengineering problems. First year ESP students who register and participate in the competition will also be awarded 4 bonus Professional Development (PD) points! The members of the winning team will also get 2 bonus points.

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

U of T GradLife: Dealing with Awkward Situations
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 12-2 PM
Location: Grad Room
Grad school can be full of awkward moments and missed opportunities. Ever walked away from a conversation wondering, "What just happened?" Ever seen a faculty member outside of class or the lab and walked past them while staring at the ground? Ever attended a department event and asked yourself, "What am I doing here?" Join G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre(CRC) for a frank discussion about conflicting expectations, awkward conversations, and the blurry boundary between social life and professional life. Pizza will be available.


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