Friday, January 14, 2011

MIE Newsletter Vol. 02 // No. 25

January 10, 2011 Vol. 02 // No. 25

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

Chair's Office

Scholars & Leaders Reception

On January 5, MIE recognized the academic success of its undergraduate students. The evening acknowledged those who achieved top standing in their program last year, in-course awards and first-year admission scholarships.

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Industrial Engineering 50th Anniversary Seminar Series, Sponsored by Canadian Tire

In 2011, we celebrate 50 years of Industrial Engineering scholarship at the University of Toronto. The IE Anniversary celebrations will include a series of monthly events leading up to a one-day Symposium and Gala Dinner on September 24, 2011.

The Industrial Engineering 50th Anniversary Seminar Series is sponsored by Canadian Tire, who has donated $15,000 towards the monthly series. Our first speaker is Ted Maulucci (MechE 8T9), Chief Information Officer, Tridel.

Date: Friday, January 21
Time: 12 - 1:30 PM
Location: MC102

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Future series events to be announced in the next MIE Newsletter.


MBNA Canada Sponsors IE 50th Anniversary Symposium & Gala Dinner

MBNA Canada is a founding sponsor of the Industrial Engineering 50th Anniversary Symposium & Gala Dinner, scheduled for September 24, 2011. The $5,000 donation from MBNA, a UofT Affinity partner, was received through the University of Toronto Pillar Sponsorship program.


New Communications/Special Projects position

Nina Haikara has accepted the new position of Communications & Special Projects Coordinator starting on January 18. Shannon Osborne returns from maternity leave on this date, and reassumes the External Relations position.

In her time with MIE, as acating external relations liaison, Nina has managed new events, website content and publication material for the department. Nina began her U of T career with her alma mater college, Innis, and later worked within University Advancement before joining MIE last year.

Congratulations Nina!


Joe Baptista earns Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®) designation

Joe Baptista has completed the following BOMI courses to earn an FMA® designation:

• Technologies for Facilities Management
• Facilities Planning and Project Management
• Environmental Health and Safety Issues
• The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
• The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II
• Real Estate Investment and Finance
• Ethics Is Good Business® and • Fundamentals of Facilities Management

Congratulations Joe!


Renovation Project Status » New Student Service Centre

The renovation project, originally scheduled to be complete by December 15, is progressing well and is now on schedule for completion by the end of January. The new furniture will be delivered on January 26.


NSERC Engage Information Session in MIE

Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 1 PM
Location: MB101

Staff from the NSERC Ontario office will be holding an information session for MIE on NSERC funding programs with a focus on the new Engage program. All are invited to attend.


New Date for MIE Graduate Open House

The initially planned Open House date of Friday, February 11 is changed to Friday, March 4.


MIE Executive Committee

The MIE Executive Committee will meet every second week, starting Tuesday, January 11. The meetings will be held in Jean's office from 10 AM to 12 noon.


MIE Academic Staff Meetings

Listed below are dates for the MIE Academic Staff Meetings this term. All meetings are held in MC 331 at 12:10 PM

• Thursday, January 20
• Thursday, February 17
• Wednesday, March 23
• Wednesday, April 20


MIE Advisory Board Meeting

The second meeting of the MIE advisory board will be held on Tuesday, January 11. Vice President of Advancement, David Palmer, will be joining the meeting.


MIE Industry Board Formed & First Meeting

The first meeting of the MIE Industry Board chaired by Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad will take place on Monday, January 17.


Faculty // Staff Mixer

Date: Friday, January 28
Time: 4 - 6 PM (approximately)
Location: Molly Bloom's Irish Pub, 191 College Street (2nd Floor)
RSVP online

Our first Faculty/Staff Mixer was so successful that the department has planned another one for January. This is an an opportunity for our faculty members and administrative/technical staff to mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the University, in order to get to know one another better. Only faculty and staff can attend (no guests). Food and drinks will be provided, so please be sure to RSVP.

Awards & Recognition
Prof. Fox & Prof. Meguid » The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Awards

Prof. Mark Fox has been awarded the EIC Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal in recognition of his service to the Institute.

Prof. Shaker Meguid has been named a Fellow of EIC for his exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada

EIC President Tony Bennett will present the recipients at the Institute's Annual Awards Banquet at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on Saturday evening, March 5, an event that helps mark Canada's Engineering Week.


UofT Magazine » PhD student Jennifer Hsu is designing "smarter" footwear

Jennifer Hsu (supervisor, Prof. Fernie) is a PhD student in the Department of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and MIE, who wants to make winter walking safer for everyone, but especially for older people. She's studying how people walk in treacherous cold-weather conditions and what sorts of devices might help them stay upright and in control.

Read the UofT Magazine Winter 2011 article

Research Activities
Prof. Kesler and CMC » Centres of Excellence (NCE) grant

Carbon Management Canada (CMC) is a national research network focused on carbon management in Canada's fossil energy sector. Prof. Olivera Kesler was approved for a subproject entitled Carbon Capture for CCS by Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.


Prof. Mills and Prof. Cleghorn » Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) funding

Profs. James K. Mills and William L. Cleghorn have successfully received funding again this year for the Connections Program from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Each school year, 12-18 students participate. It is based on a fourth year thesis, which for each student is the equivalent in workload of two undergraduate courses. Students are encouraged to work in groups and are connected with industry partners.

Profs. Mills and Clenghorn, who together coordinate Connections, have successfully obtained funding for the program each year, for nearly 20 years.


Prof. Thomson » Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) grant

Prof. Murray Thomson and PI, Prof. S. Rogak (UBC), have received a one-year $20,000 APC grant in partnership with UBC and Westport Innovations for Ultra-Low Emission HPDI Natural-Gas Heavy-Duty Engine.

Compression-ignition natural-gas engines can achieve very low emissions and may be a viable way to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions in many heavy-duty applications. To remain competitive, the technology developed by Westport Innovations must take advantage of the advances in conventional heavy-duty engines, as well as explore fundamental questions specific to natural gas combustion. The proposed program will test and model advanced fuel injection strategies and unconventional low-temperature combustion modes for extremely low NOx and particulate emissions.

APC website


Prof. Ward » NSERC Cooperative Research and Development (CRD) grant

Prof. Charles Ward has received a CRD grant for his project with Schlumberger Canada Ltd. The project is entitled Hydrocarbon Vapour Adsorption on Porous Materials, extends over three years and will receive $360k in funding during that period.


Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) Energy Showcase

Date: Wednesday, February 23
Time: 1 - 6 PM

The CSE will host an energy showcase in February. The day will include invited keynote speakers from industry, a panel discussion, and a poster session and reception. Please mark the date in your calendars and look for further upcoming details!


New Steering Committee Members join Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)

Beth Savan from the department of Forestry and the Sustainability Office, Rob Gravelsins from the department of Chemical Engineering, and Jim Sarvinis and Bert Wasmund from Hatch have kindly agreed to serve on the steering committee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), increasing the breadth of representation and backgrounds on the committee. The newly-enlarged committee will be better positioned to reach a wider variety of researchers and partners with an interest in clean energy.


Mechatronics and Microsystems Design Laboratory (MMDL) Launches new Website

Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad, Director of MMDL, announces the launch of an updated web site for the group. "The purpose of the present launch is to provide up-to-date descriptions of our research products, to provide profiles of expertise available and to list the group publications. It is our hope that it will help our students find suitable placements, encourage potential partners and collaborators to talk to us on research projects and, of course, draw new students to pursue this area of research," he says.

Visit the new MMDL website.


World Engineers' Convention 2011

Call for Papers » Second announcement

Deadline for abstract submission: Saturday, January 15

Engineers from around the world will gather in Geneva from Monday, September 4 - Friday, September 9, 2011, for the fourth World Engineers' Convention. All engineers, researchers, other professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to submit their papers in order to share their successful research, experience and knowledge.

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MIE Seminar Series » Global Information Ecosystems: An eCommerce Perspective

Speaker: Prof. Mark Fox, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Enterprise Integration, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
New date: Friday, January 14
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: MC102


MIE Seminar Series » Past, Present and Future Challenges of Electronics Packaging

Distinguished speaker: Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow, Advanced Micro Devices, Toronto
New date: Friday, January 21
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: MC102


Engineering Entrepreneurship » How I Started a Million Dollar Company

Speaker: Vincent Cheung
Date: Wednesday, January 12
Time: 5 PM
Location: SF1105

Vincent is a Computer Engineering PhD student at U of T. In 2008, Vincent had a simple idea for a software program that would do cool things with photos. It has led him to starting his own company, filing patents, signing deals with other companies, winning awards etc. The program is called Shape Collage ( and the software has been downloaded over 3 million times (more than the population of Toronto)!

There is an informal dinner with the speaker following the talk. If you would like to attend the dinner, please email

Graduate Studies
AMIGAS Holiday Social

AMIGAS hosted a successful holiday social on December 17 at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub.

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AMIGAS Coffee Break

Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: MC330


MIE Fellowship and Travel Grant Winners

The following students are awarded MIE scholarships (supervisors in brackets):

Glynn Williams Fellowships
Nicholas Yeung (Prof. C-G Lee)
Reza Farshidi (Prof. J.W. Zu)

Bert Wasmund Graduate Fellowships in Sustainable Energy Research
Justin Shum (Prof. M.J. Thomson)
Milad Abolhasani (Prof. A. Guenther)

Bill Shaw Memorial Graduate Fellowship
Corey Kiassat (Prof. A.K.S. Jardine)

Russell A. Reynolds Graduate Fellowship in Thermodynamics
Sameh Saad (Prof. W. Neumann)

Pierre Rivard Hydrogenics Graduate Fellowship
Meghdad Saffaripour (Prof. M.J. Thomson)

David Sanborn Scott Graduate Fellowship
Dillon Fuerth (Prof. A. Bazylak)

Ron D. Venter Graduate Fellowship
Craig Metcalfe (Prof. O. Kesler)

Fellowship recipients will be more formally recognized at the MIE Research Symposium reception on May 13, 2011.

The MIE Graduate Studies Committee met recently to determine the recipients of the travel grants for winter 2011 session (supervisors in brackets):

Aboutaleb Amir Ameli (Prof. J.K. Spelt)
Zishu Liu (Prof. B. Donmez)
Amirhossein Mohajerani (Prof. J.K. Spelt)
Lorna Wong (Prof. A.K.S. Jardine)


Course deadlines

Last day to add winter session courses: Friday, January 14.

Last day to drop winter session courses without academic penalty: Friday, February 25.


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 Qualifying Exam

Julie Kim presents: Modeling Patient Acceptance of e-Health Technologies: An Extension of the Technology Acceptance Model
Date: Wednesday, January, 12
Time: 10 AM
Location: Boardroom, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, 190 Elizabeth Street
Exam committee: Prof. M. Carter (supervisor); Prof. M. Bussmann (exam chair); Prof. M. Chignell; and Prof. A. Jadad.


MASc Oral Exam

Erin Yu presents: Design and Evaluation of an Improved Patient Information Management System for Emergency Department Physicians
Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 2 PM
Location: MC331
Exam committee: Prof. M. Chignell (exam chair and supervisor); Prof. M. Carter; and Prof. K. Lyons.


PhD Final Oral Exam

Siva Prasad Varma Nadimpalli presents: Characterization and Prediction of Fracture Within Solder Joints and Circuit Boards
Date: Monday, January 17
Time: 3:10 PM
Location: School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street, Room 301
Exam committee: Prof. T. Sargent (examination chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering); Prof. J.K. Spelt (supervisor); Prof. T. North; Prof. A. Sinclair; and Prof. A. Bazylak.
External examiner: Dr. Paul Vianco (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)

Student Affairs
Changes to Project Design (MIE540)

Lead by sessional instructor, David Nascon, exciting new changes are developing for MIE540, Product Design this year.

A multi-million dollar toy company has sponsored MIE540 with a $5,000 prize for the best projects (1st place: $2,500, 2nd place: $1,500, 3rd place $1,000). The students will be given a product directional outline, consisting of a category of toy, a defined market segment and a few constraints (material, dimensional, etc.)

In addition, there will be two guest lectures. Last year, Sr. Vice President of Design Marketing and Sustainable Development for Teknion gave an engaging talk about change management. The second lecture was one of Canada's leading Rapid Prototyping (RP) companies, sharing the latest in technologies and construction methods.


Winter term Lectures on Leadership

The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) office is now scheduling lectures on leadership for the winter term.

Our objective is for every undergraduate student in the Faculty to be exposed to a number of leadership lectures over the course of their study. This allows every student to graduate with a basic understanding of leadership in engineering, which we believe will enhance their success and have a positive impact on society. Click here for the target classes in the Leadership Infusion Lecture Series.

Faculty who have a lecture spot to spare, please contact Brian Tran and Prof. Greg Evans with the date, time, and course.


Closing the Innovation Gap » MIE continues collaboration with One Million Acts of Innovation

An amazing movement started in 2010, when a group of passionate senior technology professionals gathered to address an important problem - Canada's innovation capacity. Senior business and academic leaders are uniquely positioned to tackle this very big problem. The next meeting will address the topic of closing the innovation gap.

Date: Wednesday, January 19
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Location: Miller Thomson, 40 King Street West, Suite 5800.

For more information, please contact Prof. Daniel Frances.


You're Next! 2011 Science and Engineering Career Fair 2011

Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: 255 McCaul Street, University Examination Centre

You're Next! 2011 is the University of Toronto's one stop recruitment event for undergraduate and graduate students in Engineering and Science. In 2010, over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students attended You're Next! meeting representatives from companies such as RIM, Microsoft, Diageo, Husky, Schulmberger, and many more.

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Formula SAE Racing Newsletter

MIE is a proud sponsor of Formula SAE. Click here to read their January newsletter.


Women in Engineering

Kathryn Tang (MechE 1T1 + PEY) addressed the topic of women in engineering in the December issue of the Engineering student newspaper, The Canon. You can read Kathryn's article on her website.


Movember Campaign Reaches Goal!

Thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff, students and professors Grant Allen (ChemE), Beno Benhabib and Jason Bazylak the Skule Team raised more money for Movember than any other Engineering school in Canada. Nitla Cooke (MIE, 1T2) acted as the Skule Team Captain, and is the Community Outreach representative for EngSoc.

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Job Opportunities
Loblaw - IE Opportunities

• Click here for Business Analyst
• Click here for Senior Analyst, Supplier Enablement
• Click here for Analyst, Accelerated Value RRP

Interested applicants are asked to apply online as well as send their resume to Visit the Loblaw Careers website for all available positions.

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