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April 2018

BizSkule Presents: Blockchain – Decrypting the New Economy

April 19 @ 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 @ 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 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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 @ 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 @ 10:00 am
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Alumni Reunion

May 30 - June 3

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 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Fukushima: The long road to decommissioning

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

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

Canada Day: University Closed

July 2

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 - July 18
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August 2018

IBBME BBQ 2018

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

August 6

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

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

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 - September 26

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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