Dean's Messages

Latest information for Engineering students, faculty & staff from Dean Chris Yip

Appointment of Chair, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)

May 17, 2024

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Hani Naguib as Chair, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2024. Professor Hani Naguib joined the University of Toronto in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008, and Full Professor in 2012. He has led new strategic initiatives at the University of Toronto such as the founding Director of the Toronto Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and the Associate Director of the Robotics Institute. Additionally, he is the recipient of many honors and awards such as the Canada Research Chair, the Premier’s Research Award of Ontario, and the faculty Early Teaching Award. His research and teaching expertise are on emerging advanced manufacturing technologies for the next generation smart and programmable materials. The main goal of his research program is to develop sustainable and transformational materials and manufacturing for health care, energy, and environmental sectors.

Please join me in congratulating Hani on his appointment and wishing him a rewarding journey for his term.

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

  • Professor Vina Goghari, Vice-Dean Research and Program Innovation, School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
  • Associate Professor Teaching Stream Scott Ramsey, MSE
  • Associate Professor Naomi Matsuura, MSE and Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME)
  • Professor Eli Sone, MSE and IBME
  • Professor Chandra Veer Singh, MSE
  • Professor William Cluett, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
  • Amanda Morelli, Undergraduate Student, MSE
  • Masha Stanko, Graduate Student, MSE
  • Fanny Strumas Manousos, Director of Administration, MSE

I also would like to take this opportunity to extend gratitude and warm thanks on behalf of the Faculty to Associate Professor Jane Howe who served as the Acting Chair, MSE since December 2023. Additionally, I would like to thank Professor Glenn Hibbard, Chair MSE since July 2019. Under Glenn’s leadership he guided the department through the pandemic, led efforts to revise the undergraduate curriculum, and was instrumental in forging the linkages with FASE and the Acceleration Consortium. We are grateful for your service and wish you continued success.

Reappointment of Chair of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

April 15, 2024

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Deepa Kundur as Chair of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2024.

Professor Deepa Kundur first joined the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 1999 as an Assistant Professor.  After taking a position at Texas A&M University in 2003, she returned to the University of Toronto in 2012, joining as a Full Professor.  She is a triple alumna of the Department. Professor Kundur held the position of Associate Chair, Division of Engineering Science from 2014 to 2016, later becoming Director of the same unit from 2017 to 2019. Under her leadership as Director of the Division of Engineering Science, Professor Kundur spearheaded the creation of Canada’s first engineering major in Machine Intelligence, now the most popular major in Engineering Science. Her tenure also saw a significant expansion of international research opportunities for students and a substantial increase in the enrollment of women.

Since July 2019, Professor Kundur has served as Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), one of the largest departments at the University of Toronto. In this role, she has continued to demonstrate strategic leadership on multiple fronts. Her initiatives have led to significant improvements through lab revitalization, directly enhancing student experiential learning. Through her dedicated efforts, the ECE Department has increased the enrollment of first year women students to approximately 40% and welcomed the largest cohort of incoming women in the history of the Department. Furthermore, under her stewardship, the department has gained prestigious recognitions and resources. It welcomed one of the two Canada Excellence Research Chairs awarded to the University of Toronto, attracted a North York General Hospital Chair, and competitively secured a Provostial Deep Learning faculty position in artificial intelligence. Alumni engagement tripled, and her advancement efforts culminated in a generous $1 million donation for lab modernization.

Throughout her career, Professor Kundur has received numerous recognitions for research and teaching. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Please join me in congratulating Deepa on her reappointment and wishing her a rewarding journey.

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

·        Professor John Peever, Vice-Dean Students, School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

·        Associate Professor Teaching Stream Khoman Phang, ECE

·        Assistant Professor Shurui Zhou, ECE

·        Professor Sean Hum, ECE

·        Professor Amr Helmy, ECE

·        Associate Professor Paul Yoo, ECE and Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

·        Professor Eyal de Lara, Chair, Department of Computer Science

·        Nelson Lee, Undergraduate Student, ECE

·        Osama Zeeshan Ahmad, Graduate Student, ECE

·        Chris Balarajah, Director of Administration and Finance, ECE

Call for nominations, Vice-Dean Undergraduate

March 28, 2024

In accordance with the Policy on Appointment of Academic Administrators, the following Advisory Committee was established to recommend the selection of a Vice-Dean Undergraduate:

  • Professor Christopher Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (Chair)
  • Helen Bright, Faculty Registrar
  • Professor Deepa Kundur, Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Professor Teaching Stream, Micah Stickel, ECE
  • Professor Markus Bussmann, Chair, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
  • Associate Professor Teaching Stream, Dawn Kilkenny, Vice Dean First Year
  • Inho Kim, President, Engineering Society *
  • Lisa Camilleri, Chief Administrative Officer

The committee welcomes nominations for the position of Vice Dean Undergraduate. Nominations along with the justification for them, should be submitted to the attention of the Dean at by Friday, April 12, 2024. Interested nominees can request a copy of the job description by emailing

Thank you for your input.

*Parker Johnston serves on the committee until his term as President, Engineering Society ends. Inho Kim joins the committee when his term as President, Engineering Society begins.