Thursday, June 30, 2011

Announcement - Director, Institute for Aerospace Studies

MEMORANDUM 2010/11-18

To: Members of the Institute for Aerospace Studies
Chairs and Directors

From: Cristina Amon, Dean

Date: June 28, 2011

Re: Re-Appointment of Director, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor David Zingg as Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2011.

David Zingg joined UTIAS in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and to Full Professor in 1998. He has served one five-year term as Director of UTIAS, from July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2011.

He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Computational Aerodynamics and Environmentally-Friendly Aircraft Design, as well as the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation Chair in Aerospace Flight. In 2009 he was recognized with the Faculty Award through the University of Toronto Awards of Excellence Program, for consistently demonstrating excellence in both teaching and research endeavours. He has successfully graduated 16 PhD students and 37 MASc students; authored or co-authored 1 textbook, 48 refereed journal papers, 150 conference papers, and has given over 30 invited talks.

Under Professor Zingg’s leadership, UTIAS has increased graduate enrollment and successfully recruited outstanding new faculty, including the first female faculty member at the Institute. In May 2011 UTIAS underwent an external review with the following reported by the review team, “UTIAS is clearly world-class in its students, professors and facilitites… the leadership is strong with a clear vision on where it wants to go.”

Please join me in congratulating David on his re-appointment and wishing him all the best in this endeavour.

I extend my deep appreciation to the following members of the Advisory Committee in this search for their time and thoughtful input:

Professor Stewart Aitchison, Vice-Dean Research, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Ridha Ben Mrad, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Ms. Joan DaCosta, Administrative Staff, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Dr. Jim Davis, Institute for Aerospace Studies
Professor Alis Ekmekci, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Mr. James Forbes, Graduate Student, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Professor Ömer Gülder, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Professor Phillipe Lavoie, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Professor Hugh Liu, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Ms. Lana Osusky, Graduate Student, Institute for Aerospace Studies

Professor Berry Smith, Vice-Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Announcement - Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies

MEMORANDUM 2010/11-17

To: Members of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

From: Cristina Amon, Dean

Date: June 28, 2011

Re: Appointment of Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Susan McCahan as Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies for a five-year term beginning September 15, 2011.

Professor Susan McCahan joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 1992 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. She served the Department as Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies from 2001- 2004 and currently serves the Faculty as Chair, First Year, a position she has held since 2006.

She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been recognized for her contributions to teaching and innovations in education by receiving the President’s Teaching Award, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Allan Blizzard Award for Team Teaching, all in 2007, as well as the Engineers Canada Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education in 2009.

Her scholarly work focuses on engineering educational research and she is considered a leading innovator and contributor to this field within Canada and the international community. During her years as Chair, First Year, she has had a tremendous role in shaping the undergraduate programs across the Faculty. She was a key member of the Curriculum Change Task Force that led to enhanced Design throughout all our curricula including the development of our Award-winning First Year Design course, Engineering Strategies and Practice (ESP). Her capability in leading positive change across the Faculty has been demonstrated by her transformation of our recruitment efforts, which coupled with an emphasis on retention, has continuously enhanced the quality and success of students in all our programs.

Please join me in congratulating Susan on her appointment and wishing her all the best in this important role.

I am also pleased to announce that Professor Sanjeev Chandra of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has agreed to extend his term as Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies until September 15, 2011. I am grateful to Professor Chandra for his willingness to continue to provide leadership within the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies portfolio.

I extend my thanks to the following members of the Advisory Committee in this search for their time and thoughtful input:

Mr. Freddy Chen, Undergraduate Student and Vice-President Academic, Engineering Society
Professor Brenda McCabe, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Ms. Barbara McCann, Registrar, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Professor Wai Tung Ng, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Graeme Norval, Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair & Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Ms. Lisa Romkey, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Chair, Division of Engineering Science

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation and thanks to Professor Grant Allen for his leadership as Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies since 2007 and congratulate him once again on his appointment as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.

Announcement - Extension of Professor Chris Damaren's term as Vice-Dean, Graduate

Dear Members of C&D

I am pleased to announce the 2-year extension to the first term of Professor Chris Damaren’s appointment as Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies. Chris will continue to serve the Faculty in this capacity until June 30, 2013.

One of his accomplishments within the Vice-Dean, Graduate portfolio has been his effective leadership to increase enrolments in the Faculty’s graduate programs, with an increase of 54% for MEng/MHSc. This comes as a result of the targeted and coordinated recruitment activities that he has lead since 2008. Chris also lead the development of the Graduate Degree Level Expectations (GDLEs) for the graduate degrees offered by the Faculty. He expanded and enhanced the ELITE (Entrepreneurship Leadership Innovation Technology in Engineering) Program, and he lead the development and implementation of 2 new certificate programs, namely Engineering and Public Policy and Engineering & Globalization.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Chris on his extension.


[PDADC-L] Merit Assessment for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates

PDAD&C#88, 2010-11

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: Edith Hillan, Vice Provost Faculty & Academic Life
Date: June 29, 2011
Re: Merit Assessment for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates

Please ensure this memo is circulated to all Principal Investigators in your unit who have supervisory responsibilities for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates

Although the Compensation Restraint Act does not allow for across-the-board increases for non-unionized employees at the University of Toronto, the legislation does provide some scope for increases provided for by existing policy that are merit driven. We are, therefore, moving forward to implement merit increases for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates, for the July pay run.

Compensation for Research Associates and Senior Research Associates is governed by the Policy, Procedures and Terms and Conditions of Appointment for Research Associates (Limited Term) and Senior Research Associates which can be found at:

The performance review process for Research Associates (limited term) and Senior Research Associates should be conducted as normal. Performance evaluation and assessment of RA/SRAs is an important component of career development. Principal Investigators should request an annual activity report and current curriculum vitae from each RA/SRA in their team. RA/SRAs should be asked to articulate the progress they have made during the year and comment on the significance of their activities, where needed. The report may be supplemented with other evidence as appropriate. Principal Investigators should provide each RA/SRA with a full performance appraisal.
The Policy, Procedures and Terms and Conditions of Appointment for Research Associates (limited term) and Senior Research Associates (2003) governs the salary increases for these two groups. In accordance with the policy and consistent with the past pattern of merit increases, the merit increase amounts this year are:-

For Research Associates (limited term)
* A merit increase of 0 - 3%, depending upon performance.

For Senior Research Associates
* a. Below the breakpoint of $67,100 - A merit increase of 0 - 4%, depending upon performance
* b. Above the breakpoint of $67,100 - A merit increase of 0 - 2.5%, depending upon performance.

RA/SRAs should be provided with a written statement of their salary increase and a full performance appraisal. All merit increases require the approval of the dean or division head.

It is preferable that this information is delivered to your Business Officer as soon as possible, but no later than July 21, 2011.

[PDADC-L] Governing Council and Academic Board By-Elections Announcement


To: Governing Council
Academic Board
Business Board
University Affairs Board
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
University of Toronto Faculty Association

From: Anwar Kazimi, Chief Returning Officer

Date: June 28, 2011

Subject: Governing Council and Academic Board By-Elections

I am pleased to announce that the Governing Council teaching staff seat for Constituency IA has been filled by acclamation. Professor Elizabeth Cowper (Faculty of Arts and Science - Department of Linguistics) will serve a one-year term on Governing Council from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

I am also pleased to announce that the following three teaching staff seats on the Academic Board have been filled by acclamation. All three seats are for a one-year term from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Faculty of Arts and Science – Professor Sandy Welsh (Department of Sociology)
Faculty of Medicine – Professor Luc De Nil (Speech-Language Pathology) and Professor Neil Rector (Psychiatry)

Nominations are now being accepted until Friday, July 8, 2011, at 5:00 p.m for one Academic Board teaching staff seat for a representative from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Nomination forms are available from the Office of the Governing Council and from the website listed below.

Please feel free to contact me (416-978-8427; or the Deputy Returning Officer, Ms Mae-Yu Tan (416-978-8794; if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting the Governing Council elections process.

Anwar Kazimi
Chief Returning Officer
Office of the Governing Council
University of Toronto
Simcoe Hall, Room 106
27 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1
Tel: 416-978-8427
Fax: 416-978-8182

[SGS] Administrative Appointments

To: Graduate Chairs/Directors, Coordinators, Administrators and SGS Staff
From: Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education

Dear Colleagues:

Consistent with the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, and approved by the Provost and the Academic Board, I am pleased to announce the following appointments:


Professor Ato Quayson
Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (re-appointment)
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2017 (includes a one-year leave)

Professor Arthur Ripstein
Chair and Graduate Chair, Department of Philosophy
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014

Professor Janice Stein
Director, Munk School of Global Affairs
July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 (Extension)


Professor Avrum Gotlieb
Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Affairs
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012

I thank these Academic Administrators for their willingness to serve the University in the furtherance of graduate education. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating them.

With my best wishes,

[SGS] Tri-Council Funding Changes

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


This is to advise you of important changes regarding stipends for students and postdoctoral fellows paid from grants from the three federal research granting agencies.

As you are aware, the federal research granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC) have in the past followed different practices with regard to the level of stipends which can be paid to students and postdoctoral fellows. Over the years we had heard from institutions and researchers that these different practices were too rigid, may limit the researchers’ ability to recruit students and provide them with compensation that was competitive and fair, made it difficult to manage interdisciplinary teams and increased the administrative burden on institutions Thus, in March 2011, as part of the ongoing effort to harmonize policies across
the three agencies, the agency Presidents agreed that granting agency regulations on support for students and trainees paid through grants should be removed.

The removal of these regulations will address the concerns we had received over the years.

Therefore, beginning September 2011, the policies and practices of the three agencies will be harmonized, and specific minima or maxima pertaining to stipends paid from grants will no longer be in effect. The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide will no longer stipulate the value of stipends that can be paid from grants. In addition, the agencies will remove the restriction on providing supplements from grants (“top- ups”) to award holders.

Many institutions have already set policies on minimum support packages, where stipend support can be assembled from various sources. In other instances, collective agreements may come into play. The granting agencies encourage institutions to continue to ensure that students and postdoctoral fellows are appropriately compensated, commensurate with the important contributions that they make to the research environment of the institution.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions pertaining to this new policy.

Michelle Gagnon
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Mario Lamarca
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Gordana Krcevinac
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Serge Villemure
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Engineering Newsletter Vol. 04 // No. 10

Engineering Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 10

A Message from Dean Cristina Amon
It has been another remarkable year towards our unwavering pursuit of excellence and innovation for U of T Engineering, a year that sets us up admirably for the next five years.

In this year-end issue, we spotlight some of our Faculty's achievements, initiatives and activities. We have unveiled a Draft Academic Plan, we have enhanced academic programs and student experiences, and we have strengthened our sense of community through significant Faculty-wide collaboration. We have received major research grants from, most recently, NSERC CREATE and CHRP-CIHR.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni were honoured for their teaching, research, service and leadership. Research achievements were impressive, including, just this month, Professor Ted Sargent and team published their groundbreaking work in Nature Photonics. In addition, ten professors and alumni were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, while one of our outstanding engineering students, Mauricio Curbelo (CivE 1T3), was elected President of ESSCO. On behalf of the Faculty, I would like to congratulate all who have been recognized this past year, those newly appointed and new to the Faculty, and all who graduated this month at Convocation Hall.

I thank you for contributing to another rewarding year in the Faculty, and wish you and your families an enjoyable summer. I look forward to a new academic year of distinction as we continue to pursue excellence.

Year in Review

Year in Photos (

2010–2011 was another year filled with exciting activities, inspiring beginnings and great rewards. Check out our photo slideshow of U of T Engineering people and events throughout the year.

A Year of Reflection and Looking Forward: Annual Report and Academic Planning

With the release of our second Annual Report of Performance Indicators, we have been able to build on the solid milestones established in the first report to measure our progress. The 2010 report included new chapters on Advancement and Communications and proved to be an important resource overall in the development of our Academic Plan.

The Faculty's Draft Academic Plan is a result of thorough consultation, reflection and strategic planning that began in fall 2009. The Academic Planning Steering Committee developed an Academic Planning Framework. Engineering's departments, institutes and divisions, as well as administrative units, students and alumni, then responded to the Framework's questions outlined in eight topics. This provided the foundation on which the plan was built. The Draft Academic Plan's chapters are: Positioning; Culture of Excellence; Educating Future Engineers; Student Experience; Research Foci; Collaboration, Outreach & Influence; and, Resource Allocation.

The Draft Plan, which renews Stepping Up and builds on rigorous and reflective self-study, affirms U of T Engineering's long-term goals and sets out the five-year measurable priorities we will act upon. It guides our actions, provides a framework for academic and administrative units to collectively contribute to our community and to their disciplines. In addition, it allows us to remain nimble, making it possible to measure, assess and adjust our activities while maintaining a focus on our over-arching vision. Final approval of the Academic Plan will be sought at the Faculty Council meeting on October 6, 2011.

A Year for Students: Admissions, Undergraduate Recruitment, Pre-University Outreach, Collaboration and Retention

U of T Engineering continues to be the first choice for many high school students in Canada and the world. As of June, the Office of the Registrar counted 8,761 applications – a significant jump from 7,881 in 2010. And not only did more students apply to be part of the class of 1T5, the academic strength of the admitted group also increased.

The tremendous boost in numbers this year is a reflection of not only our ongoing effort to recruit the strongest minds to the Faculty, but also our continued work in strengthening student experience. This fall, the Engineering Student Recruitment & Retention Office unveiled video blogs to allow new, upcoming and aspiring U of T Engineering students – and parents – to get a glimpse of first-year student life. What's more, there are also a slew of new and ongoing resources to ensure student success, such as the Engineering Student Engagement Group, Success 101 and our new lecture capture and online teaching initiative.

This year, our U of T Engineering students played a significant role in encouraging and bringing awareness to kids and teens about the thrill of an engineering profession – from National Engineering Month activities, to mentoring students from the Asian University for Women.

It was also another successful year of pre-university outreach by the Engineering Outreach Office, which hosted events such as DEEP, Jr. DEEP, ENGage, Go ENG Girl, Engineering for Educators (E4E), a trip to Google for Regent Park girls, as well as Girl Guide Engineering Badge Day.

This year has been one of much international collaboration. The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering is partnering with Peking University, offering joint projects for design capstone courses for students from both universities, while this is the first year the Faculty introduced the Structured Exchange Pathways program. The collaboration between U of T Engineering and University of Tokyo also celebrated its 10th year of its research exchange program – UT² – this month. As well, to further enhance students' global perspective, Professor Murray Metcalfe (MIE, Globalization) and Professor Sanjeev Chandra (MIE), Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, co-taught a course entitled Defining Energy Futures in India, at the Indian Institute of Technology's (IIT) Woodsworth College Study Abroad program. More than a dozen U of T Engineering students participated.

And as of 2010, the Faculty has partnered with New College for the International Foundation Program (IFP), which provides English-language training for academically strong international students, who can then be conditionally admitted to the Faculty.

As the economy continues to rebound, job prospects for the Class of 1T1 are promising. Particularly well placed are students completing the Professional Engineering Year (PEY) program. The 2010-2011 academic year saw the program bounce back with 553 PEY engineering students – an increase of 91 students over the previous year.

In addition to the PEY Program, the Engineering Career Centre (ECC) now has programs that suit the needs of individual students within their disciplines, such as the Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) and Transportation Career Development program (TCD).

Also, the first Engineering Career Centre Advisory Board was established in June 2011. This new group emerged in response to our need to broaden our outreach and create a formal network inclusive of students, staff, department industry liaisons, faculty and employers. Bringing together this diverse group will allow us to explore new strategies and models that build upon the quality of our students' experience and prepare them for the evolving marketplace of local and global opportunities. The 17-member board held its first meeting on June 28, 2011.

A Year in Education: Academic Programs and Cross-Faculty Initiatives

As we move towards measuring competencies, we are combining our program reviews with external reviews. External reviews have been conducted for ChemE, EngSci and UTIAS.

Going forward, undergraduate programs will be measured against the 12 Graduate Attributes introduced this year by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The new outcomes-based approach requires programs to develop a continuous curriculum improvement process, which involves setting learning objectives and measuring how well graduating engineers meet these goals. The results of the measurements will be used to inform curricular changes. These include important engineering abilities such as design, problem analysis and the ability to apply ethics in engineering work. The Faculty Graduate Attributes Committee has been working this year to develop a set of learning objectives that will be used by the programs for this process. We have until 2014 to get everything into place, including a clear set of measurable competencies for each of our nine undergraduate programs – linked to measurable criteria, mapped to courses, assessed in our students and analyzed regularly for continuous improvement.

Internally, our new Policy for Approval and Review of Academic Programs and Units, which was approved in 2010, calls for program reviews within an eight-year cycle. The Policy governs the approval of proposed new programs and the review of existing programs at U of T. The University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) outlines the protocols for the assessment and approval of new programs, review of existing programs, modifications to existing programs and closures of programs.

This year, the Faculty announced two new undergraduate minors and certificates that will launch next fall. Along with our current, unique program options, the Engineering Business minor and certificate gives undergraduates the opportunity to acquire concepts and language to be effective in business as an engineer. The new Robotics and Mechatronics minor allows students to explore technologies that turn robotic and mechatronic systems into viable consumer products. Our new Global Engineering certificate, also launching in fall 2011, builds on the work of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN), as it instills global expertise in students, combining coursework with international experience.

In September 2010, EngSci welcomed 31, third-year students into its new Engineering Mathematics, Statistics and Finance option, a first of its kind in Canada. This new option provides graduates with a quantitative/engineering competitive advantage in the workplace.

The Faculty continues to enhance the Graduate Studies program. This year, we announced that a new IBBME clinical engineering concentration would start in September 2011. This will give PhD candidates the chance to pursue biomedical engineering with a focus on patient safety, quality care and leadership roles in clinical research. It was also announced this year that, along with the Engineering and Globalization certificate, graduate students will have the opportunity to pursue a certificate in Robotics and Mechatronics next fall.

We have enhanced collaboration within the Faculty as a whole, as U of T Engineering is now home to five Extra-Departmenal Units-C (EDU-C). An EDU-C is typically a Faculty-wide multidisciplinary, multidepartmental research and/or academic unit that exists to foster research and scholarly interest in a particular area of academic work. Joining CGEN, Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, this year saw BioZone and the Institute for Leadership Engineering (ILead) established as EDUs-C.

A Year in Research: Collaborative Efforts

The Faculty's international stature in scholarly research continues to be strengthened by an environment of collaboration, creativity and enhanced efforts to foster strong partnerships with industry. An example of this is the newly created NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Aviation Gas Turbine Combustions/Emissions Research and Design System Optimization, supported by aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada.

NSERC's Engage Grants program, which encourages collaborations between academic researchers and industrial partners, awarded funding to 37 new U of T Engineering projects in its first year, representing an additional $905,000 NSERC investment. Many of these Faculty projects are developing into ongoing research collaborations.

A team of eight U of T researchers led by Dean Cristina Amon (MIE) received a six-year grant worth $1.65 million from NSERC CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) to help bring clean energy alternatives to largely inaccessible Canadian locations. The project, called Distributed Generation for Remote Communities (DGRC), not only gives our graduate students experience in the renewal energy sector, but also provides cleaner options to 150 remote Aboriginal communities that rely on diesel generators.

The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) was one of five projects approved by the Government of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) as part of its Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) competition. The $15-million grant will support the development of products to help treat devastating health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injuries. Led by Professor Peter Zandstra (IBBME), the centre includes six partners in the healthcare field and universities.

BioZone, our new centre for collaborative bioengineering research, led by Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) was officially approved by Faculty Council, bringing the number of EDUs-C up to five. Its new space is currently under construction in the Wallberg Building.

Selected Research Stories for 2010-2011

•Engineering professors win coveted CHRP research grants
•Three professors in ChemE and MIE receive federal Automotive Sector Partnership grants to develop energy efficient timing belts and an energy storage system that reduces start-up emissions from cars
•MSE researchers 'brighten' the future of OLED technology
•IBBME researchers create organic, non-toxic nanoparticle to find and treat tumours
•A facial recognition system introduced by ECE researchers helps the Ontario Lottery Corporation flag self-identified compulsive gamblers
•The 'Scorpion' yielding brace system developed by a team in CivE undergoes earthquake-level tests
•New space arm technologies for lunar missions are being created by an MIE professor's company with the help of a $3-million Canada Space Agency grant
•CivE researchers test a new class of Portland limestone cement in partnership with Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Holcim (Canada) Inc.
•An ECE professor's hydraulophone uses a 'water flute' concept to create computer-mediated reality

A Year of Collaboration: Community Building and Communication

As part of our ongoing commitment to communicate with students, Dean Cristina Amon participated in two more Town Hall meetings – in November and February – giving students an opportunity to share their thoughts on pressing topics raised in Globe and Mail's Canadian University Report 2011, as well as issues like orientation, exam preparation, recognition for extra-curricular work and how the Faculty follows up teaching evaluations. She reported on the progress on items raised at earlier Town Halls, such as developing a compressed exam schedule, wireless access and math skills testing. A request at the November Town Hall for increased access to the Sandford Fleming Building was addressed by the time of February's meeting. Results of the Skule™ census survey developed and conducted by the Faculty's student leadership, with input from faculty, were presented at May's Chairs and Directors meeting with the goal of further strengthening administrative planning.

More than 175 staff and faculty took part in Faculty Day, with its theme of 'Reconnecting.' Participants also had an opportunity to learn more about the wide-ranging research happening within the Faculty. The 4th annual Celebrating Engineering Success paid tribute to teaching and staff excellence, with the recognition expanded to include the new Teaching Assistant Award.

Externally, the Faculty also had a remarkable year with recognition and awards, including the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal, the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy, IEEE's Outstanding Engineer Award, the Globe and Mail's Top 40 Under 40™ and 25 Transformative Canadians, McMaster Alumni Association's Young Alumni Award, the 100 Most Powerful Women, the NOVOFER Foundation's Dennis Gabor Award, the Order of Ontario, the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation's Undergraduate Scholarship, NSERC's André Hamer Postgraduate Prize and YWCA Toronto's Woman of Distinction Award. Inductees in the past year included three as Foreign Associates of the NAE, in September and February, two to the Royal Society of Canada, 10 Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Engineering and six Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

U of T Engineering is about gifted students, forward-looking education, research innovation, world-class faculty and dedicated staff. Telling these stories is done through a series of three e-newsletters (staff and faculty, alumni and students), our annual report, the website and the alumni magazine Skulematters.

The Engineering Strategic Communications office is focusing on building a team of multimedia communicators. The goal is to set U of T Engineering apart from our peers in a way that will increase engagement, excitement and advocacy.

With the revitalized Faculty website in place, we have been able to extend that refreshed look and feel to other Engineering areas. Renewed sites include EngSci, MSE and the Registrar's Office, while new sites like Engineering Strategies & Practice, Leaders of Tomorrow and Outreach have added to our Internet presence. The Career and PEY sites have been consolidated to create a better user experience and more unified look. We've enhanced our social media presence as well, such as with the Faculty's Twitter account: @uoftengineering.

Engineering professors and researchers continue to make news through their participation in international conferences and meetings and through their ground-breaking research. One only needs to review our Engineering In the News section to appreciate the steady coverage:

•Human-powered Ornithopter Becomes First Ever to Achieve Sustained Flight, stories in the Toronto Star, Los Angeles Times, blogTO, CNN and BBC News, among others
•From Building Bridges to Running Bay Street; plus Hot Engineering Jobs, story in Maclean's
•Researchers Discuss Extraordinary Achievements in their Fields for Quirks & Quarks, panel on CBC Radio
•Professor Tom Chau (IBBME) one of 25 Transformational Canadians, story in the Globe and Mail, including a video interview
•Paralyzed Engineer Brings Joy of Music to Disabled Kids, story in the Toronto Star
•U of T Student's Photo Business Shaping Up Nicely, photo story in the Globe and Mail
•Full-scale Earthquake Testing of New Seismic Protection System Goes Off Without a Hitch, story in Canadian Consulting Engineer
•Radiation Worries Likely Overblown, story in the Toronto Star, videoclip on CNN
•Chlorine Could Be Key to the Cheaper, More Efficient OLED TV of Your Dreams, photo at engadget
•U of T engineering students compete at PRAXIS to make the city better, stories in the National Post, and Toronto Star
•Meet Brian, Your Robot Care Provider, story in Globe and Mail
•University of Toronto Competes for New York Research Program Opportunity, story in the New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Crain's New York Business and Times Higher Education
•iPhone App Could Help NHL All-Star Game, story in the Toronto Star
The Engineering Faculty retained its 19th place position for the second year in a row in the 2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The Faculty remained the premier institution in Canada for the fourth consecutive year, based on the 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings that ranked our Faculty first in the country and 13th in the world. And in the first-ever QS World University Rankings by Subject U of T Engineering placed first in Canada in all Engineering disciplines.

A Year of Infrastructure Renewal

Improvements to the Lassonde Mining Building is projected to be completed by summer 2011, adding computer labs, a seminar-conference room, atrium, elevator and HVAC system to the facility. Solar panels to help power the new computer labs, and a rainwater collection system to irrigate the grounds, have been added, giving the building what we hope will be Gold LEEDS certification. A variety of other infrastructure projects are underway as the Faculty strives to keep apace in providing physical space to meet our needs as one of the world's leading engineering universities. In response to the 2009 Divisional Space Review, this work includes:

Projects Initiated

Air conditioning upgrades to Galbraith Building and Mechanical Building / ECE server room relocation and upgrade in Sandford Fleming Building / Electronic building directories for all major Engineering buildings / Relocation of Strategic Communications to 3rd floor of Bahen Centre / Visualization Laboratory in Lassonde Mining Building

Projects Under Construction

BioZone Phase II in Wallberg Building / Centre for Industrial Applications of Microcellular Plastic in off-campus rental space / Microsatellite Science and Technology Centre at UTIAS Downsview / Electrical re-feed of Galbraith and Sandford Fleming buildings

Projects Completed

Attic project in Lassonde Mining Building / Canadian Aerosol research network / Centre for Advanced Coatings Technologies research lab upgrades in Bahen Centre / Student Services Centre in Mechanical Engineering Building / Centre for Microfluidic Systems / ECF undergraduate computer lab upgrades in Wallberg Building / Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition Facility construction in Galbraith Building / Electrical service capacity upgrade in the Mechanical Building / Solar panel installations for ECE research at Galbraith Building / Lecture Theatre renovation in Sandford Fleming Building / Student seating for Galbraith Building lobby / Experimental dome upgrades at UTIAS Downsview

Planning Reports

Centre for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Technologies / Centre for Engineering Innovation and Partnerships / UTIAS Space Utilization Review / Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories / Meeting Rooms Audit

A Year with Friends: Advancement and Alumni

The Office of Advancement continues to build on the previous year's efforts with the introduction of new programs and improvements to existing ones.

A key goal is strengthening alumni outreach and laying the groundwork for philanthropic campaigns. For the first time, the Faculty hosted alumni receptions in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco, with Dean Cristina Amon in attendance. The Calgary Skule™ Alumni Chapter hosted two events, raising close funds in support of the Calgary Skule™ Admission Scholarship Fund, with Professor Doug Reeve, Chair, ChemE, as keynote speaker.

We have also initiated comprehensive stewardship programs such as, the Dean's Roundtables for Skule™ Society members, Graditude and the GOLD Program, which encourages philanthropy among our youngest alumni.

In an effort to expand our alumni's involvement with the Faculty, we have established new committees dedicated to advancement activities, and worked with Faculty departments to strengthen their respective Boards of Advisors. Most notably, we recruited a new Skule™ Society Committee. This committee will encourage alumni to invest in our Faculty at leadership levels.

In partnership with academic leaders and professors from across the Faculty and the Division of University Advancement, we are actively reaching out to alumni, friends and potential supporters to discuss how their commitment will strengthen our Faculty's excellence. To that end, we are pleased to see an increase of alumni and donor meetings – from about 250 in 2009, to more than 360 in 2010.

As well, this past year saw generous donations and support from alumni and friends. Most notably, we received $522,000 in donations from Skule™ Society members.

Our Biz Skule™ series also continues to thrive. Headliners from the past year include notable U of T Engineering graduates such as, CEO of Kobo Reader, Michael Serbinis (IndE MASc 0T1) and President of Guggenheim/Claymore Investments, Inc., Som Seif (IndE 9T9).

In March, Skule™ Nite celebrated its 90th anniversary. And in May, we widened the circle of alumni participation by inviting graduates from 5, 10, 15 and 20 years to our Spring Reunion celebration, along with alumni in years ending in 6 and 1.

In addition, this past year saw the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) honouring nine graduates for their achievements in the engineering profession. This includes five new EAA Award winners and four new Hall of Distinction inductees. Also, 10 alumni received Arbor Awards in 2010, while notable alumna Julie Payette (CompE MASc 9T0) was promoted to Officer, Order of Canada, and two alumni – John Poulos (ElecE 9T7) and Som Seif – were recognized as two of Canada's Top 40 Under 40™. What's more, 18 recent U of T Engineering graduates were recognized with the 2011 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership award. Most recently, U of T recognized Koh Yong Guan (MechE 7T0, MASc 7T2), Anne Sado (IndE 7T7) and Dr. Bert Wasmund (ChemE PhD 6T6) with honorary degrees for their extraordinary achievements.

A Year of Governance and Influence: Faculty, University and Beyond

This year, Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) was re-acclaimed as Faculty Council Speaker. At the three meetings of the Faculty Council held in the past year, items discussed and approved included confirmation of the establishment of BioZone as an Extra-Departmental Unit-C (EDU-C). As well, an Engineering Business Minor, Engineering Business Certificate, Global Engineering Certificate, IBBME Clinical Engineering concentration in the PhD program and an Engineering Minor in Robotics and Mechatronics were approved.

Also approved were the Graduate Degree Level Expectations, the modified General Terms and Conditions for Academic Awards, edits to Regulations on Self-Initiated Minors, and the recommendation to make Advanced Functions a required course for Ontario High School students. Council introduced a review of the Guidelines for Granting a Deferred Examination, updates to the Manual and Terms of Reference of the Examinations Committee and the Terms of Reference of the Academic Appeals Board and revisions to the Promotion Regulations for First Year Students. Documentation for Faculty Council is available on the website.

Elected to the U of T Academic Board was Graeme Norval (ChemE), Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2011. Two Engineering alumni, Keith Thomas (MechE 8T7) and Chirag Variawa (MSE 0T9, IndE PhD candidate) were elected to the University's Governing Council.

Members of the Faculty have played important, influential roles as President of CAE, President-Elect of EIC, Chair of GEDC, Past Chair of CSME, and on major NSERC committees. Others have taken part in CEAB review visits to universities, such as Waterloo and McGill, while professors have also taken on significant roles in international professional societies like NAE, ASME and IEEE.

A Year with New Colleagues: Appointments and Staff

Academic Leadership
•Grant Allen appointed Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2011
•Sanjeev Chandra appointed Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate from January 1, 2011, extended to September 15, 2011
•Will Cluett extended Chair of Engineering Science, July 2010 to June 30, 2011
•Chris Damaren extended Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies for an additional two years beginning July 1, 2011
•Elizabeth Edwards appointed Director of the BioZone from March 4, 2011 to June 30, 2014
•Mark Kortschot appointed Chair of Engineering Science for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2011
•Susan McCahan appointed Vice-Dean, Undergraduate for a five-year term beginning September 15, 2011
•Doug Reeve re-appointed Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2011
•Jonathan Rose appointed Director of Engineering Business Minor from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012
•David Zingg re-appointed Director of the Institute of Aerospace Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2011

New Faculty Members in 2010-2011
•Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin, Assistant Professor (ChemE)
•John Harrison, Professor (CivE, Keck Chair)
•Oh-Sung Kwon, Assistant Professor (CivE)
•Oya Mercan, Assistant Professor (CivE)
•Prasanth Nair, Associate Professor (UTIAS)
•Karl Peterson, Assistant Professor (CivE)
•Arun Ramachandran, Assistant Professor (ChemE)
•Kenneth Tallman, Lecturer (Engineering Communication Program)

Promoted to Full Professor, July 1, 2010
•Ravi Adve (ECE)
•Chris Damaren (UTIAS)
•Chris Kennedy (CivE)
•Ali Sheikholeslami (ECE)

Promoted to Associate Professor, July 1, 2010
•Edgar Acosta (ChemE)
•Julie Audet (IBBME)
•Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE)
•Olivera Kesler (MIE)
•Craig Simmons (MIE)

Promoted to Senior Lecturer, July 1, 2010
•Alan Chong (Engineering Communication Program)
•Jason Foster (EngSci)
•Graeme Norval (ChemE)
•Lisa Romkey (EngSci)

New Staff Appointments
•John Armour, Project Manager (CivE)
•Elisabete Augusto, Director of Finance (MIE)
•Carla Baptista, Undergraduate Assistant (MIE)
•Joe Baptista, Director of Operations (MIE)
•Helen Bright, Information Analyst, Admissions Information (Registrar's Office)
•Katherine Carney, Web & Digital Communications Coordinator (Engineering Strategic Communications)
•Laura-lee Caruso, Research Laboratory Technician (MIE)
•April Ya Li Cheng, Information Services Assistant (ECE, Student Services)
•Bryant Cook, Engineering Technician (CivE)
•Rodney D'Silva, DEEP Coordinator (Outreach)
•Tara Egan Wu, Student Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
•Monica Flak, Administrative Assistant (IBBME)
•Damien Frost, Power Electronics Specialist (ECE)
•Shilpa Gantotti, Publications & Creative Services Strategist (Engineering Strategic Communications)
•Judy Ann Gilligan, Operations Assistant (IBBME)
•Deirdre Gomes, Alumni Relations Officer (Advancement)
•Raj Grainger, Graphic Designer & Project Coordinator (Engineering Strategic Communications)
•Nilma Guma, CACT Project Manager (MIE)
•Nina Haikara, Acting Liaison – External Relations (MIE)
•Jennifer Hsu, External Relations Officer (EngSci)
•Phuong Huynh, Curriculum Assistant, Engineering Strategies and Practice
•Damir Kopilovic, Testing and Laboratory Support Specialist (ECE)
•Qinqin Lin, Java Developer (CivE)
•Shuyang Lin, Admissions and Awards Assistant (Registrar's Office)
•Claudia Louis, Financial Officer (IBBME)
•Neil McEvoy, Director, Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (MIE)
•Isabela Medina Rojas, Administrative Officer, Research (ChemE)
•Jessie Metcalfe, Student Recruitment and Transition Officer
•Mary Miceli, Office Assistant (ECE)
•Teresa Miniaci, Lassonde Administrative Assistant (CivE)
•Liam Mitchell, Communications & Media Relations Strategist (Engineering Strategic Communications, effective July 1, 2011)
•Anthony Morra, Assistant Registrar, Academic Scheduling (Registrar's Office)
•Megan Murphy, Alumni Relations Officer (Advancement)
•Tom Nault, Associate Registrar & Director, Admissions (Registrar's Office)
•Emily Nicotera, Student Recruitment and Retention Assistant
•Michael Perricone, Technical Support Analyst (Registrar's Office)
•Ana Popovic, Laboratory Technician (ChemE)
•Arran Tyre, Internship Coordinator (Engineering Career Centre)
•Mark Wlodarski, Undergraduate Assistant (MIE)
•Terry Zak, Senior Student Lab Machinist (MIE)

Note to readers:
The Engineering Newsletter will be on hiatus through the summer. Volume 5 begins in September 2011, when we will once again bring you key U of T Engineering stories from the 2011-2012 academic year.

Monday, June 27, 2011

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