Friday, December 3, 2010

MIE Newsletter Vol. 02 // No. 22

November 29, 2010 Vol. 02 // No. 22

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

Chair's Office

Prof. Chandra appointed Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate

Prof. Sanjeev Chandra has been appointed Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate for a six-month term, from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011. During this period, Prof. Grant Allen will be on a six-month research leave.

Prof. Chandra brings a wealth of administrative experience to the role, having served the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as associate chair, undergraduate studies from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2004 to 2007. He currently serves the Department as vice-chair since 2009.

Prof. Chandra's appointment will provide the continuity needed to ensure that the Faculty-wide undergraduate activities progress uninterrupted.


University Holiday Closure

A reminder the department and University are closed Wednesday, December 22nd to Friday, December 31st inclusive. Notice will be sent for processing deadlines etc., closer to the applicable dates.

The University's full holiday schedule for this academic year until June 30, 2011 is available online.

Awards & Recognition
Marc A. Rosen and Anne Sado Inducted into the Engineering Alumni Association Hall of Distinction

Read more about the accomplishments of Marc A. Rosen and Anne Sado, both pictured above at the EAA Awards Dinner on November 4th.

The Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Hall of Distinction is an assembly of extraordinary alumni, selected for membership by their peers for their lifelong accomplishments. These are graduates whose performances have ultimately defined what is most exemplary in our alumni in the engineering profession.

In 2002, Marc A. Rosen (MechE 8T1, MASc 8T3, PhD EngSci 8T7), was founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, and currently teaches at UOIT. He is also a former professor of mechanical engineering at Ryerson University.

Anne Sado (7T7) began her career at Bell Canada, and in 2000 was named Senior Vice-President (Business Processes and Operational Effectiveness). She later took a position as Principal with Helix Commerce International. Since 2004, Anne has been President of George Brown College. Under her leadership, George Brown College has doubled in size and established itself as a key part of Toronto's social, economic and cultural fabric.


Prof. Naguib and Prof. Simmons are Renewed Canada Research Chairs

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced on November 24th that the Government of Canada will make major investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program, enabling Canada to strengthen its position as a world leader in university research and development.

During a speech to kick off a two-day conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program, the Minister announced an investment of $275.6 million to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 53 Canadian universities.

U of T was awarded nine new chairs, with 29 chairs being renewed. Both Prof. Hani Naguib (Tier II) and Prof. Craig Simmons (Tier II) were renewed chairs.

Read more

Research Activities
Prof. Jardine Approved for MITACS Industrial Project

Prof. Andrew K.S. Jardine, along with Dr. Nima Safaei, have received funding for 2-years from the MITACS Postdoctoral Research Projects program to enable a collaboration to commence with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Topic is: Resource Planning to Schedule the Maintenance Tasks in Bombardier.


Plenary Talk

Prof. Yu Sun will be away December 6 - 8 to give a plenary talk in the Global COE (Centers of Excellence) Program for Education and Research of Micro-Nano Mechatronics at Nagoya University, Japan. He will also visit collaborative groups and Toyota Motor Co. in Nagoya.


Calls for Proposals for Canada & India Collaborative R&D Projects

Expressions of interest due: January 21, 2011
Complete call for proposals due: March 23, 2011

Objective: The Calls invite companies, technology developers and academics from Ontario and India to propose collaborative R&D projects for the joint development of innovative products or processes in ICT, digital media, cleantech, medical devices, or advanced health technologies. They aim to stimulate innovative R&D projects (engaging small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger, well established firms) that address a specific market need or challenge; demonstrate high commercial potential; and deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both regions.

More Info

MIE Seminar Series » Energy Harvesting and Applications

Distinguished speaker: Daniel J. Inman, Goodson Professor, Director, Center for Intelligent Material Systems & Structures, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Date: Friday, December 3
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: MC102

More Info

Graduate Studies
AMIGAS Faculty & Grad Student Soccer Match

On Wednesday, November 24th, AMIGAS hosted another soccer match in the lower gym of Hart House.

In photo (back row, left to right) grad student, Prof. Roy Kwon, Prof. Andrew Goldenberg, and Alireza Tabatabaei; (front row, left to right), Hadi Zandavi, Hadi Ghasemi, and Ali Kalantarian.

Additional grad students also participated.

AMIGAS looks forward to the next Faculty & grad student match!

More photos


Winter 2011 Course Enrollment and Deadlines

Most of winter 2011 courses begin in the week of Monday, January 3rd, unless otherwise noted.

Course schedule and classroom information is posted online here. Course enrollment instruction and supervisor's approval procedure are also available online here.

Friday, January 14: Final date to add winter session courses on ROSI and to submit a supervisor's course approval to

Friday, February 25: Final date to drop a January half-course without academic penalty.


JDE 1000H Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar

Date: Friday, December 3
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: BA1160

The Ethics in Graduate Research Seminar (JDE 1000H) has been scheduled as per above. MASc and PhD students are required to participate in this seminar during the first-year of their program. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information and how to register, click here.


MIE Graduate Student Travel Grants

Applications due Wednesday, December 1.

Click here for application instruction.


PhD Qualifying Exam

Anthony Soung Yee presents: Human Performance in Local and Global Spatial Awareness Tasks Using Real-Tim Image Mosaicing
Date: Monday, November 29
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. Milgram (supervisor); Prof. B. Donmez (exam chair); and Dr. J. Hollands.

University of Washington » Masters Program in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)

Call for MS Applicants
We invite applications from potential MS students who would like to join a community of scholars exploring techniques and ideas for understanding the technological, communicative, designed, and social dimensions of computing that enhance human experiences. Our MS program prepares students for leadership roles in technical careers such as information design, user interface design, usability testing, human-computer interaction, globalization, technical communication, and related specializations.

Students who are interested in joining such a program are encouraged to visit the HCDE website to learn more about the exciting educational and research options in HCDE.



Elisabete Augusto, Manager of Research Accounting: Tuesday, December 7

Ryan Mendell, Machine Shop Manager: December 2 - 3 & 6

Joey Wong, Computer System Administrator: Friday, December 3

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