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MIE Newsletter Vol. 02 // No. 24

December 13, 2010 Vol. 02 // No. 24
Table of Contents: Chair's Office // Awards and Recognition // Graduate Studies // Student Affairs // Job Opportunities // Vacation // Previous Newsletter & Links

Chair's Office
MIE Holiday Luncheon

On Friday, December 10th, MIE hosted its annual Holiday lunch to celebrate the season.

Held this year within the Great Hall of Hart House, about 300 Faculty, staff, graduate students, and research staff came to enjoy the company of colleagues, as well as a festive buffet.


University & Department Closure

The University and the department will be closed Wednesday, December 22 to Friday, December 31 inclusive. The University and department will re-open on Monday, January 3, 2011. During this period, all buildings will be closed except for the following locations. Users should contact these facilities for holiday hours.

Note: The machine shop will close early on Tuesday, December 21 at 2 PM and department offices will close at 3 PM.


MIE Newsletter Break

There will be no issue of the MIE newsletter, next week (Monday, December 22). The next issue of MIE news will be released on Monday, January 10, 2011.

A reminder all submissions are due by 12 noon on Thursdays (e.g. next issue: Thursday, January 6) to:


MIE 2010 Year in Review and Happy Holidays!

Click here to view a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation shown at the holiday luncheon highlighting our many Departmental events this past year.

Wishing everyone a happy and relaxing holiday season and best wishes for 2011!

Awards & Recognition
Anne Sado (IndE 7T7) is named among Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

On Nov. 29, Engineering alumnae Anne Sado (IndE 7T7) was among those honoured at a gala celebrating Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Sado, who has been the President of George Brown College since 2004, was honoured in the Cisco Public Sector awards category for her leadership in the growth and renewal of George Brown. She was also recently named the Chair of the board of ORION, an organization supporting Ontario's advanced research and education network. As well, Sado was given the Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award at this year's EAA awards ceremony earlier in November.

The Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is Canada's most recognizable award for the country's highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

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Graduate Studies
AMIGAS Holiday Social

Date: Friday, December 17
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Molly Bloom's Irish Pub, 191 College St.

Come celebrate holidays, the end of exams or anything you feel like with food, drinks and good company. Faculty and staff are welcome – don't be shy! Come join your favorite grad students at the party!


New Teaching Assistants Training Session

All first-time teaching assistants must attend the following training session:

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Location: Robarts Library, 4th floor, Rm. 4049

More info regarding the January 5th training session for new TAs by the Engineering Faculty.


March 2011 (in absentia) or June 2011 (convocation) Deadline

MASc and MEng students wishing to graduate in March 2011 (in absentia) or June 2011 (convocation)
without fees being charged for the January 2011 session must complete their degree requirements
by Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

For detailed information click here.


PhD Final Oral Exam

Ming Yang presents: Early Faulty Detection Scheme and Optimized CBM Strategy for Gear Transmission System Operation Under Varying Loads
Date: Monday, December 13
Time: 10 AM
Location: School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street, Room 301
Exam committee: Prof. Sam Toueg (examination chair, Department of Computer Science); Prof. V. Makis (supervisor); Prof. J.W. Zu; Prof. R. Kwon; Prof. D. Frances; and Prof. C-G Lee.
External examiner: Prof. Ming Liang (University of Ottawa)


MASc Oral Exam

Egor Sanin presents: Generating Reliable and Predictable Lower-Limb Torque Vectors Using FES
Date: Wednesday, December 15
Time: 4 PM
Location: Toronto Rehab, University Centre, 550 University Ave., 12th Floor, Room 12010
Exam committee: Prof. M.R. Popovic (exam chair and supervisor); Prof. C. A. Simmons; and Prof. J.W. Zu.


PhD Qualifying Exam

Dina Badawy presents: Development of a New Artificial Bone Matrix by Employing Novel Microfabrication Technologies
Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 10 AM
Location: MB101
Exam committee: Prof. H. Naguib (co-supervisor); Prof. L. You (co-supervisor); Prof. C. Simmons (exam chair); and Prof. A. Guenther.

Student Affairs
Machining Program in partnership with George Brown College, Casa Loma

The Faculty of Applied Science Engineering has introduced a voluntary program by which students can gain introductory experience at metal machining and welding. Students will have the opportunity to receive hands-on training in George Brown's extensive and up-to-date machining facilities and those interested in the vast array of campus groups such as the Solar Car Team and Formula SAE will find this training invaluable. All current U of T engineering students (undergraduate and graduate) are welcome to participate, including those on PEY.

There are three short courses available starting in January. Each course is two days long and runs on successive Saturdays. There is a fee for each course; receipts will be issued for tax purposes. The three courses in this machining and welding program are as follows:

1/ *Basic Machining (lathe, mill, drill press)
2/ *Advanced Machining (pre-requisite: the Basic Machining course)
3/ Introduction to Welding
* Students who successfully complete these two courses will have access to the George Brown Machine Shop following the program for work on their academic projects. For dates, click here.

Course registration is available online starting January 4, 2011.

For more information, please contact Prof. Tony Sinclair.


University of Toronto Consulting Association (UTCA) Business Case Competition

Registration for the 2011 UTCA Business Case Competition is now open! Apply for an opportunity to demonstrate your analytical skills, network with consulting professionals, and win cash prizes!

This year's competition is a one-day event on January 22, 2011. If you are one of the 16 successfully admitted teams, you will be given three days to solve a business case selected form the Harvard Business Review and the chance to present your solutions to a panel of judges from the world's top management consulting firms. First, second, and third place winners will receive cash prize.

Applications close, January 1, 2011.

Learn More

Job Opportunities
University of Ottawa » Faculty of Engineering » Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department is specifically looking for outstanding individuals with practical mechanical engineering design experience as well as research expertise in any of the areas relevant to mechanical engineering.

How to apply


Joe Baptista, Facilities Coordinator and Building Officer: December 17 - 21

Nina Haikara, Liaison – External Relations: December 17 - 21

Raymond Low, Computing Services Manager: December 20 & 21

Eleanor Morris, Executive Assistant: December 20 & 21

Oscar del Rio, Senior Computer and Web Administrator: January 3 - 7

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