Friday, November 12, 2010

MIE Newsletter Vol. 02 // No. 19

November 8, 2010 Vol. 02 // No. 19

Table of Contents: Chair's Office // Awards and Recognition // Research Activities // Seminars // Graduate Studies // Student Affairs // Announcements // Job Opportunities // Vacation // Previous Newsletter & Links

Chair's Office

Engineering Fall Convocation

Congratulations to the 63 graduate students and 5 undergraduate students will be conferred their degrees tomorrow morning (November 9) at the engineering fall convocation ceremony.

Currently, this year's graduate class is 20% over this time last year, distributed over PhD, MASc and MEng students.

To register for the fall convocation reception visit:


Chair is Away

Prof. Jean Zu is away on November 10 - 12 to visit University of Tokyo. During her absence, Prof. Sanjeev Chandra is acting chair.

Awards & Recognition
Prof. Goldenberg awarded Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Medal for Entrepreneurship

Congratulations to Prof. Andrew Goldenberg for being awarded the 2010 PEO Medal for Entrepreneurship. The medal honours members of the PEO and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) who have made significant contributions to new technologies that have helped new companies get established and grow. Prof. Goldenberg is the president and CEO of
Engineering Services Inc.

Prof. Goldenberg will receive the award at the OPEA Awards Gala on November 20th.

Read the special information feature on engineering and the PEO award recipients in the October 29th issue of the Globe and Mail.


MIE student Samuel Melamed makes James Dyson Award Global shortlist

Samuel Melamed (MIE 1T1+PEY) caught the attention of judges at this year's James Dyson Award, making the international top 20 with his Saguaro Rain Collector invention.

The James Dyson Award, which is now in its fifth year, challenges aspiring design students to present their practical inventions to a panel of international engineers, and James Dyson himself, for a chance at winning £20,000.

Although he did not take home the biggest prize, the Melamed is proud to have made the shortlist, and even more proud that his environmentally-conscious invention is giving much-needed attention to the issue of global water shortage.

Read more

Research Activities
Conference Attendance

Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad will be away November 8 - 10 to attend the Industrial Electronics (IEEE) IECO-2010 conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Prof. Ben Mrad will attend the IEEE IE MEMS committee meeting, and will chair a session on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). He is also presenting a paper co-authored by Paul Chiarot, and Prof. Pierre Sullivan.


French Journalists Tour Prof. Nejat's ASB Lab

Prof. Goldie Nejat met with seven French education and science journalists, from Le Figaro to L'Express, who came to tour UofT St. George campus. Organized by the Canadian Embassy and Autodesk, an international software company, the tour was a chance to showcase the diverse research in progress at UofT.

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Prof. Goldenberg's Company (ESI) to Develop Canada's new Space Arm Technologies

Company formed by Prof. Andrew Goldenberg, Engineering Services Inc. (ESI), announced that it has signed a $3-million contract with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop robotic arm technologies for lunar missions, with an option for a second arm in a contract worth $500,000.

Read more


Robotic Care will Soon be Part of Health Care

Prof. Mark Chignell comments on the role of robots in healthcare provision for elderly, in Reuters news.

Read more


NSERC-JSPS Postdoctoral and Invitation Fellowship Programs

The joint NSERC-JSPS Postdoctoral and Invitation Fellowship Programs provide postdoctoral researchers and university professors or senior scientists with the opportunity to conduct research in the natural sciences or engineering in a university, national laboratory or institute in Japan. The application deadlines for these programs are January 15th, 2011 (Invitation) and January 25th, 2011 (Postdoctoral).

For more information about these programs, or to request an application form, contact or visit the website.

More info


COMSOL Multiphysics workshop in Toronto

COMSOL will hold a free introductory workshop in Toronto this Thursday, November 11. Sign up to experience the latest version of their software, COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.1.

Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics 4.1

Date: Thursday, November 11
Location: Four Points by Sheraton (1926 Lake Shore Boulevard West), Michigan Suite

AM Session:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Intro and Live Demo
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Hands-on Session

PM Session:
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Intro and Live Demo
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Hands-on Session

For event details and registration, click here. Seating is limited, so registration in advance is requested.
For questions about the event please contact Khyati (Kathy) Varma at 781-273-3322 or via e-mail at:

MIE Seminar Series » Photothermoacoustic Imaging of Biological Tissues: Comparison of Time- and Frequency-Domain Measurements

Speaker: Prof. Andreas Mandelis, Canada Research Chair, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Date: Friday, November 12
Time: 2:10 PM


Engineering Entrepreneurship Talk » Empty Pockets and a Little Bit of Experience: From School to a Start-up

Speakers: Eric Migicovsky and Rahul Bhagat, Allerta
Date: Tuesday, November 9
Time: 5 PM
Location: SF1105

Have you ever considered starting your own company? Are you wondering how to get started? If so, this talk is for you.

Speaker bios


Seminars in Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering » Computational Modeling for Public Health with Implications to Policy Making: Two Case Studies

Speaker: Jiming Liu, Chair Professor and Head of Computer Science Department Hong Kong Baptist University
Date: Monday, November 15
Time: 5 PM
Location: MC 331

Please RSVP to by November 8, 2010 as space may be limited.


Graduate Studies
Deadline » TA positions for Winter 2011

TA applications must be completed on-line through the new MIE TA Application System. You have until Friday November 19 at 4 PM to apply for these positions. For detailed information, click here.


Winter 2011 Course Enrollment

Most of the Winter 2011 course schedule is available here.

Please check back for any updates. Course enrollment instructions are available here.


PhD Department Oral Exam

Araz Sarchami presents: Investigation of Thermal Hydraulics of a Nuclear Reactor Moderator
Date: Monday, November 8
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. N. Ashgriz (supervisor and exam chair); Prof. P.E. Sullivan; and Prof. S. Chandra.

Student Affairs
MIE Lectures now Available Online

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering recently acquired the system entitled Echo 360, that has the ability to capture lectures and make them available for students online.

Since the first week of this term, all lectures have been captured for the course Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines (MIE301F), given by Prof. William L. Cleghorn. This is the first undergraduate course in the Faculty to make use of the Echo 360 system.

The lectures for MIE301F have been captured while being presented live to the students. Soon after the completion of the lectures, the captured content is immediately posted on the course website for the students to review. Lecture material has also been captured outside of the classroom and then presented to the students during the scheduled lecture time period, and it is also available on-line for viewing at the students' convenience.

Two samples of lecture captures may be viewed by clicking here and here. Click here for quotes from MIE301F students about the lecture captures.

The Department extends appreciation to Mr. Harpreet Dhariwal, instructional technology specialist in the Faculty, for his dedicated work to make this possible.

Employee Flu Immunization

The Flu shot (seasonal flu vaccine) is available to all University of Toronto employees. Please bring your personnel number as it will be required to complete the consent form.

Reminder! You will be vaccinated in your upper arm. To save time, please wear appropriate clothing.

St. George Campus
Health and Well-Being Programs & Services
263 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor
Accessible entrance through 155 College St.
Contact: or call 416-978-4476

•Thursday, November 11, 1:45 - 5 PM
•Thursday, November 18, 1:45 - 5 PM
•Thursday, December 02, 1:45 - 5 PM

Job Opportunities
University of Toronto

Faculty position » The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

MIE currently invites applications for the Chalmers' Chair in Engineering Design. The successful appointment will be a tenure track or tenured academic position at the Associate Professor or Full Professor rank respectively, starting July 1, 2011. Duties will include research, undergraduate and graduate teaching and administrative responsibilities with particular emphasis on design initiatives.

How to apply


Engineering Services Inc.

Engineering Services Inc. (ESI) is a leading robotics and automation technology company, specializing in the development of advanced robotics and automation products and custom robotics systems. ESI currently has the following opportunities available:

Click here for Control Design Engineer. Click here for Active Material Systems Engineer.

Qualified individuals may submit resumes to


National Research Council of Canada

Industrial Materials Institute » Centre for Automotive Materials and Manufacturing

NRC-IMI-CAMM in London, Ontario is seeking a Research Associate (2 year term, available immediately) for a recent PhD graduate with background in 5-axis machining (including micro/nano) of high-precision components, moulds/dies and plastic optics. Experience/knowledge in laser micromachining and optic design would be in asset.

Interested applicants are asked to contact Evgueni Bordatchev, Senior Research Officer, Laser and Material Processing Group.


George Mason University

Faculty Position » Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

The Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research at George Mason University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the broad area of stochastic modeling. Areas of interest include Monte-Carlo and discrete event simulation, dynamic stochastic systems, and stochastic optimization, but are not limited to this list.

How to apply


Georgia Southern University

Faculty positions » Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

The Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department in the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology invites nominations and applications for following Faculty positions:

Click here for Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Mechatronics.

Click here for Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology / Computer Systems.

Click here Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology / Materials Science.

Click here Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology / Communication Systems.

Click here for Lecturer (NTT) of Mechanical Engineering Technology.


Sheila Baker, Purchasing Officer: November 16 - 19

Tom Bernreiter, Laboratory Engineer and Manager: November 15 - 19

Sandra Chotilal, Research Accountant: November 1 - 12

Eleanor Morris, Executive Assistant, Chair's Office: Friday, November 12

Jeff Sansome, Machinist: Monday, November 8

Anna Vanek, Director of Administration and Finance: Friday, November 12

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