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March 6, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 9

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CEIE: A floor-by-floor tour
On April 27, U of T Engineering's newest building, the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) officially opens its doors. What will students, staff and faculty find inside as they enter for the first time? In the second of a two-part series, get a sneak peek into the building's upper floors, which will house the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM), the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) and the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE), just to name a few. (Read Part I, which focuses on the lower floors.)

When Lian Leng (MIE MASc 2T0, PhD 1T4) was a grad student, her research garnered headlines and awards. Under the supervision of Professor Axel Guenther, she developed a 3D skin-tissue printer, a technology that could help burn victims and revolutionize burn care. After Lian graduated, she knew she wanted to continue specializing in microfluidics and continue to make an impact with her research. She recently spoke to MIE about her research career, and explains how her photography career actually has ties to engineering as well.
Huda Idrees (IndE 1T2+PEY) thought she entered the male-dominated tech industry with her eyes wide open. But the MIE alumna says she was totally unprepared for what she found. "I've actually been in situations where my employer has tried to pay a male subordinate of mine more money than me," says Idrees, who is the founder and CEO of digital medical records company Dot Health. She was recently a panelist at a Women in Tech event at U of T.
Faculty, alumni, students, staff and industry are invited to attend the 2018 Design Showcase & Chair's Reception, recognizing the undergraduate design achievements of our fourth-year students. The event is the culmination of MIE students' four years of engineering studies. Through our Capstone Design course, we challenge them to work together to innovate and design solutions to real-world industry problems.


MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Hybrid aerosol deposition - development of new ceramic coating process between thermal spray and aerosol deposition
Speaker: Kentaro Shinoda, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Date: Friday, March 9
Time: 2-3 PM
Location: MC102


February Field Trips at MIE
On February 21 and 27, MIE organized field trips to RWDI, an engineering consulting firm in Guelph, and to the Darlington Nuclear Power Plan. At RWDI, students toured the design shop to see scale models of world-famous buildings and learn how they are tested to withstand wind and water. At Darlington, students learned about the ongoing refurbishment project and toured a full-scale mockup of a nuclear reactor. On both trips, students had an opportunity to interact with the engineering staff and learn more about what a career would look like in that field. If you have an idea for a future field trip for MIE students, please e-mail

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.

Human Factors Interest Group (HFIG) Industry Panel
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: BA2135
This informative evening brings together engineering students and a panel of human factors professionals from a variety of fields. The panelists will provide presentations, discuss the state of the industry and provide advice to students, and participate in a question and answer session. Dinner will be provided and networking will follow the panel session.

Engineering Outreach: 2018 Summer Positions
The Engineering Outreach Office is currently hiring Instructors for our DEEP Leadership and community-based summer programs. This is a great opportunity for current students and recent graduates interested in facilitating workshop and camp content. Applications are due Wednesday, March 7.


Call for Volunteers: March Break Applicant Event, Saturday March 17
MIE is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out at the March Break Applicant Event (MBAE) on Saturday, March 17. The MBAE is one of our biggest recruitment events and we need great MIE volunteers to help out and showcase our programs and community to future students. Volunteers will be given a navy blue MIE t-shirt for helping out and provided lunch.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

- Registration desk
- Tour guides
- Student ambassadors (chat with prospective students/parents during registration)

There are two volunteer shifts (volunteers are welcome to do both shifts):
Shift 1: 9 am - 1 pm
Shift 2: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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.

2018 EWB Case Competition - Registration and Call for Volunteers
Date: Saturday, March 24
Location: GB202
Who: Judges from McKinsey, IBM, EWB National Office, and more!
Why: Win up to $200 in cash prizes and network with professionals from the consulting industry; First Years - PD Points are Awarded!
We are also recruiting volunteers to help us on March 24th. If you are interested in supporting U of T students presenting exciting solutions to social justice and sustainable development issues or the opportunity to network with the competition judges, fill out this form and we will contact you with further details.

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

TECS Toastmasters Club Open House: March 6
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: MC 331
The Toronto Engineering Club of Speakers (TECS) Toastmasters Club is hosting an Open House Event. This will be a great opportunity for students to get to know our club, as well as a great networking opportunity between fellow students and professionals in engineering. As well, Toastmasters provides a very cost efficient program to develop communication and leadership skills. Many engineering graduate students have benefited from our club in recent years. This is a free event.

U of T Entrepreneurs at JLABS
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 2-4:30 PM
Location: MaRS Centre, West Tower, Suite 1300
JLABS @ Toronto invites members of the U of T community to a special Spotlight event. Learn about Johnson & Johnson Innovation and what JLABS has to offer entrepreneurs across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors. Hear from three University of Toronto alumni as they share their journeys from students to entrepreneurs.


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