Friday, February 4, 2011

MIE Newsletter Vol. 02 // No. 28

January 31, 2011 Vol. 02 // No. 28

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

Chair's Office

Tom Woods (IndE 7T5), Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, CIBC, joins MIE Advisory Board

Mr. Woods (IndE 7T5) has had a remarkable career with CIBC. He joined Wood Gundy, the predecessor firm of CIBC World Markets, in the Toronto Investment Banking Department in 1977. In 1996, Mr. Woods was named head of Canadian Corporate Banking and in 1998 was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CIBC World Markets. He became Controller of CIBC in 1999. In 2000, Mr. Woods was appointed Chief Financial Officer for CIBC and was promoted to Senior Executive Vice-President in 2003. In 2008, he was appointed Chief Risk Officer for CIBC.

Mr. Woods holds a BASc in Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


AMIGAS » Chinese New Year Party "Year of the Rabbit"

Chinese New Year is coming soon, and AMIGAS is hosting party for everyone!

Date: Thursday, February 3
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: MC330

Chinese finger foods and snacks will be provided. If you have traditional Chinese clothing, feel free to dress up!

A movie night will follow from 7 - 9 PM: If You Are The One II.

Come out to enjoy some delicious Chinese food and great company!


Student Exchange Program

MIE encourages student exchange both for inbound and outbound students. New information online is intended to provide MIE students wishing to spend time abroad in a partner university with the information necessary to facilitate their study abroad in an efficient manner. The page outlines the pathway required to satisfy MIE's and UofT requirements.

Prof. Shaker A. Meguid is the International Student Exchange Advisor for the department.

Learn more


Closure for Moving » New Student Service Centre

A reminder that next week, offices in Rosebrugh building and within the main administrative office will be closing or temporarily suspending service, in order to facilitate their move to the new Student Services Centre. The new furniture requires some modifications, in a few cases, but this will not affect the move schedule or use of the space.

Offices are reminded to post their notice of closure:

• The Undergraduate Office will be closed on Friday, February 4 and Monday, February 7, in preparation for the move to the new location.

If staff or department members have any questions, please contact Joe Baptista.

Awards & Recognition
Prof. Nejat » Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Promotional Video

Prof. Goldie Nejat and Globalink student Ashish Bajpai, are featured in a video on the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website, promoting opportunities to study in Ontario.

Watch the video


UTEK Engineering Kompetition

UTEK Engineering Kompetition 2011 Innovative Design winners (from left to right): Waqass B., Satwick S., Wajahat S, Farrukh G. and Azhar A.

Congratulations to MechE 1T1 students Waqass Bhatti, Satwick Sharma, Wajahat Sohail, Farrukh Ghouri and Azhar Ali Ahmed who received the First Place Award at the 2011 UTEK Competition, held January 8 at UofT. The group won in the category of Innovative Design for their project Gemini Solar Tracker Team. The design is based on their thesis project, supervised by Prof. Cleghorn and Prof. Mills, and is being completed through the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Materials and Manufacturing Ontario, Connections Program.

Research Activities
Research Applications

Prof. Rihda Ben Mrad is away Monday, January 31 - Friday, February 4, attending an NSERC grants committee meeting in Ottawa. Anna Vanek will continue to move applications through the approval process. Prof. Jean Zu will sign applications in Prof. Ben Mrad's absence.


Visualizing Science Symposium

Prof. David Steinman has been invited to give a talk at the Visualizing Science symposium taking place at UofT from February 22 - 23.

The event is taking place at the Mcleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, and registration is free. For more information visit the website:


Symposium » Prostate of the Art

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 6 - 9 PM
Location: Sandford Fleming Building, Room SF 1105

Four renowned leaders, including from both industry and academia, will speak on the leading technologies and strategies to battle prostate cancer, which today affects 1 in 6 men.

The symposium is not-for-profit, all funds raised will go directly for prostate cancer research and to financing of the symposium.

Learn more at or

MIE Seminar Series » Strategic Research in Engineering – Advanced Extrusion for Low Energy Design

Distinguished speaker: Matthias Kleiner, President, German Research Foundation (DFG), Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dortmund
Date: Friday, February 4
Time: 2:10 PM
Location: MC102


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

Tom Woods (IndE 7T5), Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, CIBC

Financial Crisis of 2008

Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Michael E. Charles Council Chamber, GB202

Register online. Wine & cheese reception to follow in GB202.


IBM Distinguished Lecture Series » Solar energy conversion research at IBM

Distinguished speaker: Supratik Guha, Director, Physical Sciences, IBM Research.
Date: Monday, February 28
Time: 2 PM
Location: MC252


Graduate Studies
AMIGAS Movie Night

Date: Tuesday, February 1
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: MC330

The movie will be Mary and Max (2009). There will be pizza and pop. Join us!


Drop Deadline

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


Master's Tuition Bursary

Deadline: Friday, February 25.

For detailed application information click here.


PhD Thesis Seminar

Sanaz Arabzadeh Esfarjani presents: Modeling of the Synthesis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by RF Plasma Technology
Date: Monday, January 31
Time: 2 PM
Location: BA8256
Exam committee: Prof. J. Mostaghimi (supervisor and exam chair); Prof. S. Chandra; and Prof. G.J. Evans.


PhD Final Oral Exam

Mohammad Saeid Emami Naeini presents: Discrete Element Modelling of Granular Flows in Vibrationally-Fluidized Beds
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 2 PM
Location: School of Graduate Studies, 63 St. George Street, Room 301
Exam committee: Prof. Doug Perovic (examination chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering); Prof. J.K. Spelt (supervisor); Prof. A. Mandelis; Prof. N. Ashgriz; and Professor A. Bazylak.
External examiner: Prof. C.R. Wassgren Jr., Purdue University.

Student Affairs
PEY Curriculum Talk and Social at O'Grady's

On Wednesday January 26, over 100 PEY students came back to campus to talk with faculty and staff from the MIE Undergraduate office about their curriculum options for 4th year. It was their first opportunity to hear about the exciting new capstone design course that will be available to all 4th year students starting September 2011.

After the curriculum talk, the students headed over to O'Grady's Pub where they had the chance to re-connect with their classmates and MIE faculty/staff over some food and beverages sponsored by the department. A great evening was had by all. Thank you to Nicole Treston and the MIE Undergraduate office for organizing the session and MIE faculty and staff, Prof. Hani Naguib, Prof. Daniel Frances, Prof. Mike Munro, Carla Baptista and Shannon Osborne for joining in on the fun at the social afterwards.


MIE:LOT » Public Speaking Workshop

The MIE:LOT working group organized a successful Public Speaking Workshop on January 26. The purpose of the event was to help students gain confidence in speaking in front of a large group, especially when giving class presentations. Prof. Doug Reeves, director of ILead (Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering) and Co-Leader of Leaders of Tomorrow facilitated the session.

More photos

Job Opportunities
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 opportunity available:

Click here for Electronics System Designer.
Click here for Engineering Software Developer.

Qualified individuals may submit resumes to


Health Canada

At Health Canada, our mission is to help Canadians maintain and improve their health. Our employees consist, to a large degree, of individuals trained in pure and applied sciences and in health-related fields.

Health Canada is seeking recent or soon-to-be graduates with Bachelors, Masters, and/or PhD degrees or those students who are pursuing Post-Doctoral research to staff positions in our Health Products and Food Branch. Health Canada requires top-tier graduates with degrees in various domains such as biology, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering (including bio-medical engineering), biostatistics, medicine and other related fields, who will obtain their degrees by April 2011.

Click here for how graduate students can apply. Click here for undergraduate information.

Campus Flu Shot Clinic

The Health and Well-Being Office, Occupational Health Services, will be offering flu shots by appointment only every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. commencing Thursday, January 27, until Thursday, February 24 (excluding Thursday, February 17).

If you are interested in obtaining a flu shot, please contact the Occupational Health Nurse, Glenna Hilborn at 416-978-4476 to set up a date a time.


Tai Tran Do, Machinist: January 24 - February 4

Nina Haikara, Communications & Special Projects Coordinator: February 4 & 7

Teresa Lai Ho, Manager, Operational Accounting: February 1 - 3

Ryan Mendell, Machine Shop Manager: January 27 - February 1

Joey Wong, Computer System Administrator: February 4 - 11

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