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April 2018

BizSkule Presents: Blockchain – Decrypting the New Economy

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Rarely does a technology come so quickly to the forefront as blockchain has in the past few years. The increase of blockchain awareness has lead to new cryptocurrencies, applications for finance, health care, and law, and developed considerable debate on its potential for the future. What does blockchain mean for you, and how will it affect your life? This discussion will expand to showcase blockchain’s role in distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies, and the benefits and risks of adopting these new…

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May 2018

Resource Recovery from Wastewater Using Bioelectrochemical Systems

May 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sustainable wastewater treatment demands maximized resource recovery and minimized resource consumption. Recovery of valuable resources such as energy, nutrient, water, and other value-added products, will help offset resource consumption by wastewater treatment. Bioelectrochemical systems (BES), as an emerging treatment concept, have attracted a great deal of attention in the past decades. BES rely on the interaction between microorganisms and solid electron acceptor/donors to achieve bioelectricity generation (in microbial fuel cells – MFCs), hydrogen production (in microbial electrolysis cells – MECs),…

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Skule™ Lunch & Learn: From Hero to Zero to Eh? – Canada and the Climate Change Challenge

May 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
David Runnalls head shot

What’s next for Canada in the post Paris-agreement period, especially with the hostility shown by the Trump Presidency? What are the innovation and engineering challenges involved in moving a high carbon state like Canada to make the transition to a low carbon economy? David Runnalls’ career has involved working with politicians, economists, technology players and monitoring agencies. Join fellow alumni as he brings his perspective on a pragmatic approach to addressing these issues. Info & Register

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BizSkule Presents: The New School of Cities

May 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Natural Melanin Pigments and Their Interfaces with Metal Ions and Oxides: Emerging Concepts and Technologies

May 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am
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Alumni Reunion

May 30, 2018 - June 3, 2018

This year, we’re celebrating graduating class years ending in 3 or 8. We look forward to seeing you back on campus! Info & Register

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June 2018

Spring Convocation

June 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Fukushima: The long road to decommissioning

June 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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MIE Graduate Research Symposium 2018

June 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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July 2018

Canada Day: University Closed

July 2, 2018

The University is closed on Monday, July 2 in recognition of Canada Day. The libraries, athletic facilities and student centres may offer reduced hours. Check their respective websites for closure times.

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Microfluidics Professional Course

July 16, 2018 - July 18, 2018
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August 2018

IBBME BBQ 2018

August 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Civic Holiday: University Closed

August 6, 2018

The University is closed on Monday, August 6 for the Civic Holiday. The libraries, athletic facilities and student centres may offer reduced hours. Check their respective websites for closure times.

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September 2018

Labour Day: University Closed

September 3, 2018

The University is closed on Monday, September 3 for Labour Day. The libraries, athletic facilities and student centres may offer reduced hours. Check their respective websites for closure times.

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8th Annual Demo Day

September 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

Demo Day is a culmination of The Hatchery NEST, a four-month process which pairs student teams with experienced mentors—including executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs etc.—to develop their businesses. They receive detailed feedback on their business plans, explore their proposed market, learn about patents and marketing and build prototypes using 3D printers and other fabrication resources.

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The CGEN Forum: Poverty, Innovation and Global Development

September 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

At the CGEN Forum, we will showcase some of the transformative research projects being carried out at the University of Toronto. More information »

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PEY Co-op Edge Conference

September 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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Are you thinking about participating in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program, but are unsure about it? Attend U of T Engineering’s second annual PEY Co-op Edge Conference! Opening remarks start at 1:00 p.m. in SF 1105. Breakout sessions to follow in rooms in the Galbraith Building between 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. At the conference you will: Learn about the largest paid co-op program of its kind in Canada Hear from and talk to returning PEY Co-op students from all…

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Myhal Centre Open House

September 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

Join Dean Cristina Amon and the U of T Engineering community to launch the academic year in our newest building, the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Explore the Myhal Centre's state-of-the-art fabrication facilities, tech-enhanced auditorium and learning spaces, multidisciplinary research hubs, student club spaces — and spectacular campus and city views you won't want to miss. Registration is now open! Sign up, here.

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Return & Learn: Alumni Machine Intelligence Bootcamp

September 22, 2018

Machine intelligence is rapidly changing how we do business and live our lives. EngSci alumni are invited to come back to EngSci for a one-day alumni bootcamp that will help you learn where this exciting new field is going, and how it might impact you or your business. Visit the Engineering Science website for more information »

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2018 Automotive User Interfaces Conference

September 23, 2018 - September 26, 2018

AutomotiveUI, the ACM International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, brings together researchers and practitioners interested in both the technical and human aspects of in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. For more information visit the AutomotiveUI conference website.

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Engineering Graduate Studies Fair

September 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2AE Canada
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Thinking about Graduate School? University of Toronto Engineering is proud to host a graduate studies fair and networking event! Meet with representatives from: University of Toronto University of Alberta University of British Columbia McGill University McMaster University Queen’s University University of Waterloo York University Ryerson University Please bring your Student ID for registration. Register, here.

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October 2018

Skule™ Lunch & Learn

October 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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Join us on October 10 at the University of Toronto Faculty Club as Mehran Hydary (ElecE 1T4+PEY) discusses popular use cases that Deloitte is working on with blockchain. Presenting an intuitive primer on what blockchain is, Mehran will share how Deloitte is currently implementing it in Canada and across the world. Examples include streamlining the trade finance process, and digitizing health records. Mehran Hydary is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto.  He is currently the Blockchain Consulting…

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Dean’s Student Town Hall

October 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Dean Cristina Amon and the Engineering Society invite all Engineering undergraduates to join in a discussion on topics of importance to students. This is your chance to ask questions and provide input for the Faculty’s continued improvement. Lunch provided. Registration not required.

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Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – Organizations, Autonomy, and Ethical Conduct: The Experiences of Ontario Engineers and Engineering Degree Holders

October 17, 2018 @ 11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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This seminar will explore the role of autonomy in shaping ethical pressures faced by professional engineers and engineering degree holders working in Ontario.  Drawing on survey data, the seminar will first examine the extent to which engineering workers report having autonomy and authority at work, and the extent to which they report ethical pressures. The relationship between autonomy and ethical pressures will also be discussed.  Subsequently the seminar will draw on qualitative interview data to document the kinds of pressures that engineers (and…

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CHEME: Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture | Giving New Life to Materials for Energy, the Environment, and Medicine

October 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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ANGELA BELCHER Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Role of Hydrometallurgy in Meeting the Supply Chain for Life in the 21st Century  Organisms have been making exquisite inorganic materials for over 500 million years. Although these materials have many desired physical properties such as strength, regularity, and environmentally benign processing, the types of materials that organisms have evolved to work with are limited. However, there are many properties of living systems that could be potentially harnessed by researchers to make advanced…

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ECE: Extreme Optics with Zero-Index

October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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Eric Mazur, Harvard University. Nanotechnology has enabled the development of nanostructured composite materials (metamaterials) with exotic optical properties not found in nature. In the most extreme case, we can create materials which support light waves that propagate with infinite phase velocity, corresponding to a refractive index of zero. This zero index can only be achieved by simultaneously controlling the electric and magnetic resonances of the nanostructure. We present an in-plane metamaterial design consisting of silicon pillar arrays, embedded within a polymer matrix and sandwiched between gold layers. Using an…

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BizSkule Career Series: Forging a New Path: Making Your Degree Work for You

October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

Discover how your U of T education can take you in directions you never expected. BizSkule and You’re Next Career Network are proud to present “Forge a New Path,” featuring an expert panel of Engineering alumni whose degrees opened the door to careers considered unconventional for an engineer. Learn from alumni who have found success in consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, law and medicine. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to make important connections, network with fellow U of T alumni, and to…

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MIE: The Potential for Personalization in Web Search

October 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8 Canada
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SUSAN DUMAIS, Microsoft Traditionally web search engines returned the same results to everyone who asks the same question.  However, using a single ranking for everyone in every context at every point in time limits how well a search engine can do in providing relevant information.  In this talk I present a framework to quantify the “potential for personalization” which is used to characterize the extent to which different people have different intents for the same query.  I describe several examples of…

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November 2018

MIE: Data-Driven Appointment Book Design via Mathematical Programming

November 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lassonde Mining Building, 170 College St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E3 Canada
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YOSSI LUZON, University of Toronto Appointment Booking (AB) processes are commonly employed for managing service systems such as law court rooms and hospital surgical units that have limited resources and high rates of demand. Since various service types are typically involved, as well as demand and service duration variability, these processes are highly complex to efficiently control. In practice, the platform through which the AB process is applied is the system ’appointment book’. Relying on modern data technologies, which offer a vast amount of data of past demand and system performance statistics, the objective of this research is to establish an effective Preplanned-Appointment-Book (PAB) design via mathematical programming methods. The PAB design must adhere to some…

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ECE: Building Startups in Canada – Tales from the Trenches

November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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RICHARD REINER Richard will talk about the experience of building a high-growth startup in Canada, drawing on the stories of half a dozen high-tech startups he has led, including companies now owned by Intel, Dell, and Trend.  Richard will talk about the (many) mistakes he made along the way, surviving the resulting near-death experiences, navigating through exits and life post-acquisition, and a few lessons learned. Dr. Richard Reiner is a serial entrepreneur and company builder, active as an executive, investor,…

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CHEME: 2018-19 AEESP Distinguished Lecture: Can Engineering Controls Shape the Drinking Water Microbiome and Reduce the Risk of Opportunistic Infections?

November 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2AE Canada
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LUTGARDE RASKIN, University of Michigan Can engineering controls shape the drinking water microbiome and reduce the risk of opportunistic infections?  Biological treatment processes and particularly biofiltration have gained tremendous popularity in the drinking water field over the past decade. However, we do not yet understand how biofiltration, disinfection, and transport of treated water through distribution systems and building plumbing influence tap water and human microbiomes. Most microbes in biofilters mediate positive impacts through removal of contaminants, but others have the potential…

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Skule Lunch & Learn: Computer Simulations: From Designing Integrated Circuits to Understanding the Human Heart

November 14, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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Join us this month as Prof. Piero Triverio discusses about his mathematical models to understand and design complex electrical systems. The methods developed by his group have been applied to integrated circuits, meta surface antennas and power cables. In the final part of the talk, Prof. Triverio and his collaborator, Dr. Laura Jimenez Juan, will speak about their joint effort to develop mathematical models for blood flow in the human body, which can help physicians understand the root causes of cardiovascular diseases. Prof.…

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ECE: Combining EEG and fMRI: a powerful tool to study epilepsy

November 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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JEAN GOTMAN, McGill University The EEG is commonly used to help diagnose epilepsy and to localize the region of the brain from which seizures are likely to originate. The spatial resolution of EEG is however not very high and the EEG cannot see deep in the brain because of the attenuation of the electrical field with distance. If the EEG is recorded during functional MRI scanning (fMRI), it is possible to study the metabolic changes caused by these epileptic discharges (increases…

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MIE: A Unified Framework for Sequential Decision Analytics

November 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8 Canada
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WARREN POWELL, Princeton University The problem of making sequential decisions under uncertainty spans a wide range of applications that arise in science, engineering, business, transportation, energy, health and finance.  In contrast with deterministic optimization that enjoys a widely used canonical framework, the academic study of decisions under uncertainty is a fragmented field.  Communities working on these problems (broadly known as stochastic optimization) include operations research (stochastic programming, Markov decision processes, simulation optimization, decision analysis, bandit problems), computer science (reinforcement learning, bandit…

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CHEME: Closed-loop Discovery of Materials: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Methods for the Design of Active Organic Materials

November 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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ALÁN ASPURU-GUZIK , University of Toronto Hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Lectures at the Leading Edge enhance our culture of excellence by providing a rich view of the broad landscape and far-reaching horizons of chemical engineering and applied chemistry education and research. Closed-loop Discovery of Materials: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Methods for the Design of Active Organic Materials Arguably, the timeline from discovery to commercialization to scale up of novel materials is too long. The…

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Towards Inclusive Practices Series: Foundations of an Inclusive Community for Faculty, Librarians, and Staff

November 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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All U of T Engineering faculty, librarians and staff are welcome. This one hour lunch and learn session aims to introduce and help attendees explore fundamental concepts linked to equity, inclusion and diversity. Through presentation, case studies, and activities, attendees will leave with tips and techniques to apply in their lecture hall, courses, workplaces and advising appointments. RSVP today. Lunch provided. Galbraith Building, Room 202

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ECE: Energy-Efficient Edge Computing for AI-driven Applications 

November 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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VIVIENNE SZE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Edge computing near the sensor is preferred over the cloud due to privacy and/or latency concerns for a wide range of applications including robotics/drones, self-driving cars, smart Internet of Things, and portable/wearable electronics.  However, at the sensor there are often stringent constraints on energy consumption and cost in addition to throughput and accuracy requirements. In this talk, we will describe how joint algorithm and hardware design can be used to reduce energy consumption while…

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Open Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: How can the Faculty Foster a More Inclusive Community?

November 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join members of the Engineering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Group for an open discussion and opportunity to share your thoughts about how the Faculty could create a community that is more welcoming and inclusive for all members.  RSVP today. All members of U of T Engineering are welcome. Lunch provided. Galbraith Building, Room 202

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Engineering Leadership Seminar Series—Informing Engineering Leadership Curriculum Through Applied Research

November 29, 2018 @ 11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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This seminar will focus on the application of leadership research into engineering leadership curriculum. Drawing on qualitative data, the seminar will summarize key findings exploring leadership within the engineering context. The seminar will identify relevant themes across the leadership studies and explore various applications to translate abstract leadership concepts into tangible learning activities and curricular structures. Research data provided insights from engineering recruiters, leaders within the industry, and student perspectives, resulting in the development of curriculum and activities tied to…

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MIE: Small-Scale Soft Robotics

November 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8 Canada
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METIN SITTI, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Soft functional active materials could enable physical intelligence for small-scale (from a few millimeters down to a few micrometers overall size) devices and robots by providing them unique capabilities, such as shape changing and programming, physical adaptation, safe interaction with their environment, and multi-functional and drastically diverse dynamics. In this talk, our recent activities on design, manufacturing, and control of new shape-programmable active soft matter and untethered soft robots at the milli/microscale are…

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December 2018

CHEME: Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications

December 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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RON WEISS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Synthetic biology is revolutionizing how we conceptualize and approach the engineering of biological systems. Recent advances in the field are allowing us to expand beyond the construction and analysis of small gene networks towards the implementation of complex multicellular systems with a variety of applications. In this talk I will describe our integrated computational / experimental approach to engineering complex behavior in a variety of cells, with a focus on mammalian cells. In our research,…

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January 2019

Why Smart Cities are maybe so 2017

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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There has been significant policy interest in Smart Cities as a means of harnessing the power of new IT solutions, urban sensors and Big Data to provide services more efficiently. But Smart Cities are part of a broader set of initiatives with a long history in urban technology and planning to try and generate innovation. Whilst data-driven service delivery initiatives are succeeding on their own, so-called living laboratories, knowledge precincts and other techno-utopian dreams that try to create a holistic…

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CHEME: Reaction Mechanisms and Structure Sensitivity for Heterogeneous Catalyst Discovery from First-Principles

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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MANOS MAVRIKAKIS, University of Wisconsin – Madison Reaction Mechanisms and Structure Sensitivity for Heterogeneous Catalyst Discovery from First-Principles First-principles calculations have emerged as a key contributor towards the fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and the educated discovery of improved catalytic materials. By choosing the example of formic acid (HCOOH) decomposition on transition metals and alloys, we demonstrate how a deep mechanistic understanding of selective versus unselective routes can help with designing more selective catalysts. HCOOH is a simple molecule that is…

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Addressing Root Causes: Power, Privilege and Injustice in Engineering Education and Practice

January 23 @ 11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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After decades of research and educational innovation, engineering continues to struggle to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion by most measures. Why is this change so slow, despite numerous investments from governments, industries, and non-governmental organizations? Applying tools from humanities and social science disciplines, we can identify and examine the root causes of inequality in engineering disciplines, and reframe the project of diversity in order to make greater progress. Re-imagining diversity in a social justice frame generates numerous avenues of inquiry…

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CHEME: Thermodynamics and Transport in Desalination Systems Engineering

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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JOHN LIENHARD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Thermodynamics and transport in desalination systems engineering  The world’s renewable fresh water supply may be considered to be the difference between precipitation over land and evaporation; and this supply is essentially fixed while world population has risen sharply and the water demands of growing economies continue to rise. As a result, water scarcity is an increasing problem throughout the world, with water shortages impacting both rural and urban populations and with substantial environmental damage as…

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An Open Discussion on Equity & Inclusion in Engineering Education

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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We invite all members of the U of T Engineering community to share their thoughts on how the Faculty could create a more welcoming and inclusive community for students, faculty, staff and alumni.  This month, we will be discussing the findings of Professor Donna Riley’s research in equity and inclusion in engineering education and practice. If you are interested in learning more about Professor Riley’s research, she will be facilitating a seminar at U of T Engineering on Jan. 23…

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Healthcare film screening and discussion panel

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Engineering Council Room, Galbraith Building, Room 202, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Registration required: https://www.mie.utoronto.ca/events/healthcare-film-screening/ Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story is a short film about Greg Price’s journey through the healthcare system. The film gives a glimpse of who Greg was and focuses on the events of his healthcare journey that ended in his unexpected and tragic death. In spite of the sadness of Greg’s Story, the message of the film is intended to inspire positive change and improvement in the healthcare system. Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/269893435 Greg’s Story is an…

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February 2019

Indigenous Speaker Series – What over 30 years of experience has taught us about Indigenous learners in the STEM educational system

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

RANDY HERRMANN, University of Manitoba What over 30 years of experience has taught us about Indigenous learners in the STEM educational system. Public event. All are welcome. Randy Herrmann is the Director of the Engineering Access Program at the University of Manitoba.  Herrmann applied the skills he learned in university at a consulting engineering firm, but was soon working as the Technical Services Advisor for the Ogemawahj Tribal Council. He later became a Project Manager for the Rama First Nation, where…

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New Frontiers in Thermal Transport Modeling

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
44 St George Street – Dean’s Conference Room, BA 2001

Dr. Giuseppe Romano NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT romanog@mit.edu Date/TimeFebruary 6, 2019 / 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Dean's Conference Room, BA 2001 44 St George Street, Toronto ON M5S 2E4 Abstract Despite Fourier’s law has been conceived almost two centuries ago, it is still valid in most scenarios. However, advances in fabricating nanostructured devices and thermal conductivity measurements have revealed that thermal diffusion theories fail at the nanoscales. In fact, when the characteristic length of a material becomes comparable…

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Expert Witness Colloquium

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 78 Queens Park (Jackman Hall Room, J140)
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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The Forensic Science Group (FSG) is proud to present the first annual Expert Witness Colloquium, where U of T students will be immersed in the roles of various expert witnesses in litigation. Speakers include experts from three key areas of expert witnesses (product liability, collision reconstruction, and digital forensics): Prof. Doug Perovic - a U of T materials engineering professor who specializes in product liability forensics Jamie Catania - the President of 30 Forensic Engineering, who focuses on collision reconstruction Ryan Duquette - the…

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ECE: Distributed protocols for cooperative multi-robot systems

February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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JEFF SHAMMA, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) In cooperative multi-robot systems, there is a group of robots that seek to achieve a collective task as a team. Each individual robot makes decisions based on available local information as well as limited communications with neighboring robots. The challenge is to design local protocols that result in desired global outcomes. In contrast to a traditional centralized control paradigm, both measurements and decisions are distributed among multiple actors. This talk…

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Open Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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We invite you to our Faculty’s next “Open Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” event, which is taking place Monday, February 25, 12-2pm in GB 202.  At these discussions we invite all U of T Engineering community members to share their thoughts on how the Faculty could create a more welcoming and inclusive environment. Since lunch is included, if you do plan to attend, please register here.  While this will be an open discussion, there will be a focus on…

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Pink Shirt Day

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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Positive Space is excited to participate in this year’s Pink Shirt Day, which will take place on February 27, 2019. We hope to raise awareness and start conversations to help combat homophobia and transphobia and create positive, inclusive spaces at the University of Toronto. Positive Space is setting up a Booth in Sid Smith Lobby to commemorate Pink Shirt Day 2019!  Bring your friends, wear a pink shirt (if you have one), and tell us what Pink Shirt Day means to you…

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March 2019

Global Engineering Week – Hack the Globe

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3 Canada
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Global Engineering Week presents: Hack the Globe! Join 150 bright, passionate students in leveraging open data to innovate solutions to Canada’s most pressing social challenges. Apply in teams of 4 or solo by Feb 10: https://geweek.com/hacktheglobe Unlike traditional hackathons, hackers will come together in teams of 4 and have two weeks to ideate and formulate a solution. March 2nd is Kickoff Day, where you will pair up with a mentor from the Boston Consulting Group and have an exclusive chance…

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Global Engineering Week – “AI & Big Data: The Future of Global Development” Speaker Panel

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 55 St. George Street + Google Map

Artificial intelligence and advanced analytics are changing the way we live, the way businesses operate, and how the most complex problems in the world are tackled. Disease prevention, global refugee crisis mitigation, flood forecasting, marine protection, detecting diseased crops and fighting deforestation, are just a fraction of the applications of artificial intelligence in the developing world. Truly addressing these challenges will not only require the use of state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms and excellent data quality, but strong partnerships between the…

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ECE: Decentralization in Energy Systems: Absorbing Solar and Storage into Grids

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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DUNCAN CALLAWAY, University of California, Berkeley As prices for solar photovoltaics and battery energy storage plummet, grids around the globe are undergoing tremendous changes.  How should we design and operate grids in the future in the presence of these technologies? This talk will cover some of my group’s recent efforts to answer this question.  First, I will focus on a new approach to decentralized network optimization – a variant of the primal-dual subgradient method – that can be used to…

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MIE: Bone Bioengineering: Microstructure, Mechanics, Mechanobiology, and Beyond

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8 Canada
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EDWARD GUO, Columbia University Bone Bioengineering Laboratory is developing innovative technology in microstructural assessments, biomechanical modeling, multiscale and mechanobiological approaches in skeletal research.  Bone Bioengineering has both basic science and clinical significances in many medical fields, such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or intervertebral disc degenerations.  I will highlight our development of a three-dimensional imaging analysis and modeling technique for trabecular bone microstructure, its applications in basic science research of bone mechanics, and clinical applications in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.  In parallel to…

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CHEME: Metabolic Imaging at the Single-Cell Scale: Recent Advances and Future Challenges in Mass Spectrometry Imaging

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wallberg Memorial Building, 200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A1 Canada
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IAN GILMORE, National Physical Laboratory, UK Metabolic Imaging at the Single-Cell Scale: Recent Advances and Future Challenges in Mass Spectrometry Imaging Super-resolution optical microscopy using fluorescent labels has been transformational in allowing the machinery of life, e.g. proteins, to be seen at the nanoscale. There is a great desire in the life-sciences to achieve this level of insight for metabolites. This will allow unprecedented ability to understand rewiring of metabolic networks involved in disease, understanding of the uptake of drugs in…

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ECE: Wireless Bioelectronics

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandford Fleming, 10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G4 Canada
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ADA S. Y. POON, Stanford University Miniaturized electronics, when placed inside the body, can wirelessly monitor and modulate internal activity and thus hold promise as a new class of treatments for disorders. The development of such bioelectronic medicines requires wireless interfaces that are tiny and operate deep in a complex electromagnetic environment. In this talk, I will describe a new method for electromagnetic energy transfer that exploits near-field interactions with biological tissue to wirelessly power tiny devices anywhere in the…

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