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October 2019

OR Seminar: New results and applications for some old search problems with Spyros Angelopoulos

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. Abstract In search games, a mobile searcher must navigate through the domain so as to locate an immobile hider. These problems are typically studied using a game-theoretic approach, in which the searcher and the hider chose their respective (pure or mixed) strategy. We are interested in two of the simplest, yet most fundamental and well-studied search problems: In the first problem, known as linear search, the domain consists…

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Learning Abroad Fair

October 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Interested in learning abroad? Come to the Learning Abroad Fair to learn more about the international opportunities available to you! This annual event brings together representatives from U of T, partner institutions and student volunteers to showcase the learning abroad opportunities available to U of T students. Come speak to students and representatives about the learning abroad programs, student experience and next steps for your application! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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World Café Networking Night: Tea, cookies, and career stories from MEng alumni

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The World Café Networking Night is an opportunity to meet MEng alumni and learn about their journeys from MEng to their careers. In this interactive café, you will have a 15-minute conversation with an MEng alumnus to hear their career story: what they did at school to prepare for a job, how they made the transition from school to the workplace and what they do in their current job. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity…

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LLE/IWI – Biodegradation of C-C Backbone Plastics and Microplastics in the Marine Environment (Nicolas Kalogerakis, Technical University of Crete)

October 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Co-hosted with the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI) Host: Vladimiros Papangelakis Plastic debris and in particular secondary microplastics represent a significant problem among the various pollution problems facing the marine environment. Several studies have been conducted on the fate and weathering of plastics in the marine environment including the generation and fate of microplastics. Laboratory results on the biodegradation of plastics show great variability. An important question, which remains unanswered, is what is the level of weathering that…

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Towards Inclusive Practices Session (TIPS): Imposter Phenomenon Workshop in Undergrad for Engineering Students

Impostor phenomenon is common among undergraduate engineering students, and especially those who may be first generation, racialized, mature, gender non-conforming or otherwise underrepresented on campus. In this workshop we will discuss what impostor phenomenon can look like in an academic environment and explore ways to strengthen self-awareness, support ourselves and our peers, and lessen its impact. October 30, 1-3pm in GB 202. Lunch will be provided. Please register. This event is being hosted by the Engineering Equity, Diversity & Inclusion…

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MSE Special Seminar – “Recent advances in polymer electrolytes for electrochemical energy conversion”

October 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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November 2019

MSE Distinguished Lecture Series – Prof. Hong Guo: “Computational Materials Discovery by RESCU”

November 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Speaker: Hong Guo Affiliation: Professor, Centre for the Physics of Materials & Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal Date and time: Friday, November 1, 2019, 12 – 1 PM Location: Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Room 221   Abstract: A major bottleneck for material physics is the lack of a first principles method that can accurately and efficiently predict properties of materials comprising thousands or more atoms. Solving large systems by first principle is necessary when dealing…

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2020 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Info Session

November 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2135, 40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2AE Canada
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Learn about the $100,000 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, including areas of research interest, how to apply and fellowship details.

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Coffee with Chris

November 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Dean Chris Yip for coffee and a light lunch on Nov. 4, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in GB202 to have your voice heard on the following topics: Mental Health & Wellness, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Supporting the Student Experience and Ask Me Anything. Please RSVP to reception.engineering@ecf.utoronto.ca and include any dietary restrictions. This event is open to all students. Submit a question link: Coffee with Chris – Student Questions

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LLE Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture – Tiny Technologies and Medicine:  From Hepatic Tissue Engineering to Cancer Nanotechnology (Sangeeta Bhatia, MIT)

November 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture Host: Molly Shoichet Our laboratory studies how micro- and nanoscale systems can be deployed to understand, diagnose, and treat human disease.  In this talk, I will describe our progress in two application areas:  liver disease and cancer. In the area of hepatic tissue engineering, we are developing microtechnology tools to understand how ensembles of cells coordinate to produce tissues with emergent properties in the body. We have used this understanding to fabricate human microliver…

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Fall Convocation ceremony

November 7, 2019

Fall Convocation ceremony.

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Therapy Dogs

Students enjoy a visit from a St. John Ambulance therapy dog. Friends from the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program will be visiting U of T Engineering on November 7, 2019. We hope you’ll join us! Presented by the First Year Office.

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Summer Research Exchange Program for Engineering Students

November 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Do you enjoy research? Interested in building your research skills and gaining practical research experience while travelling the world? The Summer Research Exchange Program (SREP) offers undergraduates in various fields the exciting opportunity to acquire hands-on research experience overseas. Participating students can work with scientists at partner institutions worldwide and either can complete a U of T credit towards their degrees, or (for engineering students only) apply summer research hours towards their practical experience requirements. Successful program applicants will undertake a full-time…

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Distinguished Lecture Series: David Keith, Harvard University

WHAT ROLE FOR SOLAR GEOENGINEERING IN CLIMATE POLICY? Please RSVP HERE  Abstract: I will review the science and technology of solar radiation modification. Estimates of the risks and efficacy of solar geoengineering are deeply uncertain. Accurate physically-based models along with laboratory and in situ experiments will be needed to improve estimates of the efficacy and risks of proposed solar geoengineering methods. As an example, I will discuss out laboratory experiments and plans for perturbative outdoor experiments. Governance poses the greatest…

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Troost ILead: The Secrets of Who I am

November 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

When you’re on the hunt for a career, awareness of yourself, your skills and strengths is critical to your success. Come explore the question, “What do I bring to the table?” and empower yourself to make choices that bring happiness and fulfillment. You’ll use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and explore the results with a certified practitioner. At the end of the session, you’ll be better equipped to identify and communicate the strengths that you can bring to organizations and teams.…

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BioZone: Techno-Economic Analysis Primer Workshop

Techno-economic analysis (TEA) integrates process design and economic analysis techniques to assess the commercial viability of production processes. Understanding TEA is fundamental for researchers developing novel production methods and pathways. Workshop topics will include: •Process design fundamentals •Lab data for TEA and scale-up •Economic analysis tools for talking to industry •Estimating product price and feedstock costs •Cap-Ex, Op-Ex and project financing •Technology commercialization •Presentations by industry partners The workshop will focus on biotechnology applications.   Allison Simmonds is a Professional…

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Urban Water Provision Amidst the Chaos of Emerging Markets

November 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us this month as Prof. David Taylor discusses how engineering is solving the constant challenge of accessible, clean water to emerging markets. Servicing emerging markets requires products tailored to the challenges of their chaotic water systems, which are characterized by: frequently empty pipes, low pressure, high rates of contamination, high losses, and missing network information. Upgrading these intermittent water systems is a 70-billion-dollar market. Prof. Taylor’s talk introduces intermittent systems and their challenges, and describes the tools developed to…

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Partners’ Reception 2019

Connect with leading researchers from across U of T Engineering and join us in celebrating successful partnerships across our six Innovation Clusters.   Keynote speaker – Building responsible AI together Gillian Hadfield, J.D., PhD Director, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, University of Toronto   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM Register here today!

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Open Discussion on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

November 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Engineering Council Room, Galbraith Building, Room 202, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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The First Year Office invites you to save the date email to the next Open Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for this academic year on Thursday, November 14 from 12-2pm in GB202.  Lunch will be provided so if you plan to attend please register here.  If you are not able to attend for the full two hours, that is fine you are welcome to join the conversation whenever your schedule allows. If there’s a topic you’d like included in this discussion you can email…

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PsychEng Seminar: Grouping visual elements in a meaningful way for human and computer vision with Prof. Dirk Bernhardt-Walther

Registration required. View all upcoming PsychEng seminars.     Abstract: Research in the past three decades has propelled our understanding of both human and machine vision: We can describe much of the neural mechanisms of human visual perception, and state-of-the-art machine vision can detect objects with high accuracy. Yet research on both human and machine vision lacks a detailed understanding of how visual features are grouped with each other and linked to the rich details of meaning that humans naturally assign…

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Education Seminar Series: Modeling, Mathematics and Rhetoric: The Essential Tools of Engineering

November 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join ISTEP for their November lecture by Dr. Sean Moseley, Associate Professor of mechanical engineering. A big myth of engineering is that technical communication is what happens after the engineering is done. An effective design report or presentation to a novice audience clearly requires rhetorical and communication skills. These skills are also fundamentally intertwined with the underlying technical work, but are rarely noticed. The ideas of credibility (ethos), evidence and reasoning (logos), and empathy for the audience (pathos) are present…

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OR Seminar: Disjunctive Cuts Through the V-Polyhedral Lens with Aleksandr M. Kazachkov

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. Abstract Cutting planes, or cuts, are a critical component of modern integer programming solvers, but existing cuts implemented in solvers are relatively simple compared to those in the literature. We discuss the primary reasons for this disparity and then propose a new framework that mitigates some of the difficulties encountered by prior methods. For example, the benefit of existing cuts is only realized when they are applied recursively.…

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Disruptors & Dilemmas: Robotics in Healthcare

Join us on November 26, 2019 to the launch of U of T Engineering’s newest premiere speaker series, Disruptors & Dilemmas, kicking off with our inaugural event featuring healthcare and robotics. Disruptors & Dilemmas: Robotics in Healthcare pulls together three panelists to focus the conversation on the innovations, challenges, and overall potential which comes with the continued adoption of robotics technology into healthcare. Our panel members will provide insights on how robotics can effect medical research, healthcare practitioners, and patients…

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LLE – Empowering Women and Children to Achieve their Full Physical and Mental Potential through Micronutrient-Enriched Salt (Venkatesh Mannar, University of Toronto)

November 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Co-hosted with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) Host: Levente Diosady We all need food – so that we don’t go hungry, stay fit, active and healthy through our lives. But if the food we consume doesn’t contain essential vitamins and minerals, that our bodies need on a daily and consistent basis – we will never reach our full potential.  One in three of us do not get enough micronutrients to survive and thrive. In large parts of…

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OR Seminar: Placement Optimization in Refugee Resettlement with Andrew C. Trapp

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming Operations Research Seminars   Abstract Tens of thousands of refugees are resettled yearly from refugee camps to host countries. Local areas that host refugees are reluctant to open capacity, and most impose tight restrictions on the refugee family types they accept. We model this matching challenge as a 0-1 knapsack variant and explore outcomes-related objectives in the search toward an optimal allocation. Our employment optimization…

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Indigenous Speaker Series: Technical Challenges and Solutions for Far-North Aboriginal Housing

Over the past few years, housing conditions in remote northern Aboriginal communities have repeatedly made national news. Prevailing approaches to design and construction have resulted in many buildings plagued with moisture issues, poor indoor air quality and premature deterioration. This presentation will explain the technical challenges concerning the design and construction of healthy, durable and efficient housing in the far north and describe the critical role of Building Science in addressing these issues. Several on-going research projects addressing these issues…

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MSE Distinguished Lecture Series – CIM Distinguished lecturer Dr Nathan Stubina: “At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining”

November 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Speaker: Dr. Nathan Stubina (MMS PhD 8T8) Affiliation: VP Technologies, Sherritt International Date and time: Friday, November 29, 2019, 12 – 1 PM Location: Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Room 221   Abstract: Come prepared to argue both sides of the following: Is Mining Innovation an Oxymoron? It is well known that the mining sector is facing many difficult challenges: lower grade ores, smaller deposits, increasing costs, tighter margins, faltering capital markets, political risks, increased social/environmental demands, etc.…

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MSE Distinguished Lecture Series – CIM Distinguished lecturer Dr Nathan Stubina: “At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining”

MSE Distinguished Lecture Series – CIM Distinguished lecturer Dr Nathan Stubina: “At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining” WHEN: November 29, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Nathan Stubina (MMS PhD 8T8) Affiliation: Vice president, Sherritt International Date and time: Friday, November 29, 2019, 12 – 1 PM Location: Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Room 221   Abstract: It is well known that the mining sector is facing many difficult challenges: lower grade ores, smaller deposits, increasing costs,…

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December 2019

Re-engineering Education for a Changing Landscape

Join us this month as Prof. Greg Evans discusses how U of T Engineering is redefining the teaching and practice of engineering. Major shifts are occurring in the teaching and practice of engineering. The quest to address complex societal needs is broadening the scope of engineering to bring in practices from domains such as design, leadership, communication, education, business, sustainability, globalization and entrepreneurship. Dr. Evans will introduce the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP), launched in…

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Challenges in Analyzing a Two-sided Market and Its Application on Ride-sharing Platform

December 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1200, 40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E4 Canada
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In this talk, we will introduce a general analytical framework for large scale data obtained from two-sided markets, especially ride-sharing platforms like DiDi. This framework integrates classical methods including Experiment Design, Causal Inference and Reinforcement Learning, with modern machine learning methods, such as Graph Convolutional Models, Deep Learning, Transfer Learning and Generative Adversarial Network. We aim to develop fast and efficient approaches to address five major challenges for ride-sharing platform, ranging from demand-supply forecasting, demand-supply diagnosis, MDP-based policy optimization, A-B…

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PsychEng Seminar: Young drivers, distraction, and advanced vehicle technologies with Birsen Donmez

Registration required.View all upcoming PsychEng seminars.  AbstractDistraction is a significant contributing factor to young driver crashes. Crash risk is known to decrease with driving experience, partly because of the improved skills to control the vehicle, but also because of the improved capability to distribute attention, even when distracted. A series of empirical studies will be presented evaluating young drivers’ attention allocation both for manual driving (i.e., no or low level of automation) and for high levels of vehicle automation.Studies evaluating different distraction…

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OR Seminar: Smart “Predict, then Optimize” with Adam Elmachtoub, Columbia University

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming Operations Research Seminars   Abstract Many real-world analytics problems involve two significant challenges: prediction and optimization. Due to the typically complex nature of each challenge, the standard paradigm is predict-then-optimize. By and large, machine learning tools are intended to minimize prediction error and do not account for how the predictions will be used in the downstream optimization problem. In contrast, we propose a new and very general framework, called Smart "Predict, then Optimize" (SPO),…

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2019 @ 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
King’s College Circle, 1 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Friday, December 6 | 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.  U of T’s Front Campus (31 King’s College Circle, in front of Convocation Hall)*   Open to U of T, Ryerson, OTU and York engineering communities  At 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, 1989 a gunman entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 women and injured several more. The victims were targeted because of their gender, and the date of the massacre has become a day of remembrance and action against gender-based violence and discrimination.  On Dec. 6,…

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Holiday break

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

The university will be closed.  Enjoy the holiday and see you in 2020!

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January 2020

Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience of Smart Grid Infrastructure

January 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

***THIS EVENT IS SOLD-OUT***To be added to the waiting list for this event, please contact events@ecf.utoronto.ca.Join us this month as Prof. Deepa Kundur, Chair of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, discusses how engineering is addressing the threat of cybersecurity attacks on our electrical grid. How secure is the most critical of our critical infrastructures — the power grid? This talk explores the challenges and potential strategies for ensuring a more secure and resilient power…

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Laboratory aging of organic particulate matter and indoor films: kinetics and products from the heterogeneous oxidation of model organic aerosol and thirdhand smoke surfaces

January 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Christopher Y. Lim, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto Abstract The chemistry of organic aerosol (OA) and indoor films is immensely complex due to the vast number of organic compounds present in the air and on surfaces and their complex reaction pathways. Laboratory experiments have generally focused on the initial formation of OA from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but have neglected processes that can change the composition and loading of organics over longer timescales (“aging”). This seminar will…

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PsychEng Seminar: Analysis of Designer Performance and Emotion in Collaborative and Traditional Computer-Aided Design, Prof. Alison Olechowski

Analysis of Designer Performance and Emotion in Collaborative and Traditional Computer-Aided DesignProf. Alison Olechowski, Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, U of TPlease use below link for abstract, biography, and to RSVP at least 24 hours before event:RSVP link

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LLE – Bridging Chemical Engineering and Quantum Nanotechnologies to Healthcare and Environmental Protection Applications (Frank Gu, University of Toronto)

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

 The term “nanotechnology” often elicits images of advanced materials, nanoelectronics, medical devices, and powerful imaging tools – a spectrum of complex, high value technologies developed for demanding conditions. Professor Gu heads an interdisciplinary research group that combines chemical engineering principles and nanotechnology to tailor the material design for life sciences and environmental remediation applications. The seminar will also introduce several major activities in our lab for therapeutics and pathogen sensing applications through the use of metallic nanoparticles to generate a…

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MSE Distinguished Lecture Series: “Kirigami-Inspired Metamaterials – from Morphable Structures to Soft Robots” by Prof. Katia Bertoldi

Speaker: Katia Bertoldi Affiliation: Professor of Applied Mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University Date and time: Friday, January 24, 2020, 1 – 2 PM Location: Wallberg Building, 200  College St, Room 116 Abstract: In the search for materials with new properties, there have been great advances in recent years aimed at the construction of mechanical systems whose behaviour is governed by structure, rather than composition. Through careful design of the material’s architecture, new material properties have been demonstrated,…

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2020 WISE National Conference: Lead without Limits

January 25 - January 26

Women and Science and Engineering is proud to present to you our momentous 8th Annual National Conference!The WISE National Conference serves as a catalyst to inspire and empower individuals to pursue their passions, broaden their horizons, and form meaningful connections.The conference brings together delegates from all across Canada to share ideas and become inspired over the course of a two-day event dedicated to professional and personal growth.You will have the opportunity to hear from inspirational leaders from a wide range…

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February 2020

Coffee With Chris

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Engineering Council Room, Galbraith Building, Room 202, 35 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Join Dean Chris Yip for coffee and a light lunch on February 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in GB202 to have your voice heard on the following topics: PEY Co-op and the Engineering Career Centre, active learning,building an inclusive culture within the U of T Engineering community, workload and the student experience. RSVP today. Would you like to submit a question? Click here! This event is open to all students.

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LLE – The Rise of Sustainable Finance in Addressing Climate Change (Nicole Vadori, AVP and Head of Environment, TD Bank)

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Host: Yuri LawryshynWith the effects of climate change upon us, our global community is focused on the transition to a lower carbon economy as a means of minimizing further climate impacts. The financial sector, as part of the global community, can be leveraged to promote sustainable economic growth. Although finance is not going to solve climate change alone, it has a critical role to play in supporting the real economy through the transition. The emerging field of ‘sustainable finance’ is…

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Julian Marshall

Presented with University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI)“Just” cities: traffic-related air pollution and justice in the context of urban sustainabilityAir pollution is the largest environmental health risk globally and in Canada. A key challenge in urban sustainability is understanding and addressing disparities in exposure to air pollution, for example with respect to race and income. This talk will discuss evidence regarding existing disparities and potential steps to address those disparities.RSVP REQUIRED Professor Julian D. Marshall, University of WashingtonHis research is…

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PsychEng Seminar: Visual scanning patterns and psychiatric disorders, Prof. Moshe Eizenman

Visual scanning patterns and psychiatric disordersProf. Moshe Eizenman, U of TPlease come back later for abstract and biography.RSVP link will be available at least 1 week prior to talk. 

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SOSCIP Information Session

February 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2139, 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2AE Canada
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SOSCIP is a collaborative R&D consortium that connects Ontario’s research-intensive post-secondary institutions and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the province. Our mission is to bring together industrial partners and academic researchers and provide them with sophisticated advanced computing technologies and expertise to solve social, technical and business challenges across sectors and drive economic growth.  SOSCIP supports researchers from a wide array of disciplines by providing access to advanced computing resources, big data analytics and expertise not available anywhere else…

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Waste to Value

February 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us this month as Prof. Mansoor Barati, discusses how society can address the challenges for developing sustainable materials in the future. Resource scarcity has reached a critical point where the earth’s capacity to support modern human life is rapidly disappearing. Space mining, resource efficiency, alternative materials, and recycling are the proposed solutions, the latter being the most viable and cost-effective approach. Prof. Barati will give some examples of his research on recycling the traditional industrial wastes into valuable products;…

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Environmental health research opportunities through CPTP and CANUE: Today and in the future

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE), funded by CIHR’s Environmental Health Signature Initiative, is advancing research on urban living and human health. One of CPTP’s key collaborators, CANUE provides pre-linked environmental exposure data for the cohort to help accelerate research to increase scientific understanding of the interactions among the physical features of the urban environment and health.This webinar will provide an overview of the CANUE data and research opportunities made possible by linking CPTP’s individual lifestyle, genetic and…

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OR Seminar with Adam Diamand: Dynamic Multistage Scheduling for Patient-Centered Care Plans

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. We investigate the scheduling practices of multistage outpatient health programs that offer care plans customized to the needs of their patients. We formulate the scheduling problem as a Markov decision process (MDP) where patients can reschedule their appointment, may fail to show up, and may even become ineligible. The MDP has an exponentially large state space and thus, we introduce a linear approximation to the value function. We…

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Family Day

February 17

The university will be closed.   Enjoy the holiday!

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Family Day holiday: University closed

February 17

Family Day holiday: University closed.

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From an algorithm to drug discovery; Using deep learning to understand biological phenotypes | Oren Kraus PhD, University of Toronto

Speaker: Dr. Oren Kraus Institution: University of Toronto Abstract: Phenomic AI is developing a platform to accelerate drug discovery programs based on high-content imaging-based screens. Automated microscopy screens are used heavily in drug discovery to explore the effects of 100,000s of drug treatments on cellular models of disease. Their deep-learning platform reduces the time taken to analyze a typical screen from weeks down to hours. Moreover, their platform analyzes raw imaging data; this means that complex patterns and biological samples…

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NSBE & WiCS Present a Microsoft AI Mini-Hack

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come on out for an evening with Microsoft program managers, software engineers and the recruiting team for an evening of AI! We’ll start off with a technical workshop/demo of the Artificial Intelligence capabilities of Azure AI & how you can use them! A technical challenge will then be issued (~1 hour) to see which students can create great services with the Azure AI tools they just learned! A prize for the best mini-hack will be given on behalf of Microsoft!…

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MSE Special Seminar: “From Vacuum Deposition to Solution Process in Organic Electronics” by Dr Chu

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Black Futures: Let’s Talk Careers in Tech

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5 – 6:00 p.m.: Resume consultation and LinkedIn Photos & Profile Review (drop-in) 6 – 8:00 p.m.: Black tech professionals panel and table group discussions. This event offers Black students access to Black professionals, industry knowledge and pathways to careers in tech. Registration information is available online.

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Hacking Perfectionism to Boost Success

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Do these sound familiar to you? High expectations and unrealistic standards Accomplishments that never seem good enough Harsh judgement on self-worth and achievement Perfectionism might be holding you back and even lead to burnout, depression, and anxiety. This workshop will “flip the script.” What if you took more meaningful risks? What if you gave yourself a sense of validation and achievement? That paper you can’t submit or even get started? Let’s get it submitted on-time. By helping you remove barriers…

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Norbert Morgenstern (Feb 27)

EVENT TO BE LIVESTREAMED VIA TWITTER (@CivMin) ** We realize some registrants find winter weather conditions today might prevent them from travelling to the Distinguished Lecture Series tonight. With that in mind, it is our intention to livestream the talk via Twitter using the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering Twitter account (@CivMin). Please check Twitter shortly after 5:30 p.m. to join in viewing the talk by Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Norbert Morgenstern for “From Certainty to Uncertainty in 64…

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MSE Distinguished Lecture Series – “Microstructure formation in electronic solder joints” by Dr. Chris Gourlay

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Chris Gourlay Affiliation: Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK Date and time: Friday, February 28, 2020, 1 – 2 PM Location: Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Room 248     Abstract: Most segments of the electronics industry have now transitioned successfully to Pb-free solders and, in common thermal cycling tests, the developed Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Cu-Ni solders can outperform the Sn-37Pb used previously.  However, the operating conditions and requirements of electronics are changing which is driving the…

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MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Linda Griffith, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming MIE Distinguished Seminars. AbstractComing soon...  BioComing soon...      MIE's Distinguished Seminar Series features top international researchers and leading experts across major areas of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. The speakers present about their latest research and offer their perspectives on the current state of their field. The seminars are open to the public and are part of the program requirements for MIE Master of Applied Science and PhD students.…

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March 2020

Biomaterials for Immune Modulation: Local Infusion of Immuno-Therapeutics (LIIT) and Bioactive Surfaces

Dr. Ryan Wylie McMaster University, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology Materials to control immune responses can enhance anti-cancer responses or mitigate the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) during life-threatening inflammatory conditions such as sepsis. Our research focuses on the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates for the controlled delivery of antibodies to improve cancer immunotherapies and bioactive surfaces to detect cytokines in blood or remove deleterious cytokines from circulating blood to improve sepsis survival rates. Antibodies for immunotherapies have shown great…

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Biomaterials for Immune Modulation: Local Infusion of Immuno-Therapeutics (LIIT) and Bioactive Surfaces | Ryan Wylie PhD, McMaster University | Special Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Ryan Wylie Title: Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology Institution: McMaster University Abstract: Materials to control immune responses can enhance anti-cancer responses or mitigate the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) during life-threatening inflammatory conditions such as sepsis. Our research focuses on the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates for the controlled delivery of antibodies to improve cancer immunotherapies and bioactive surfaces to detect cytokines in blood or remove deleterious cytokines from circulating blood to improve sepsis survival rates. Antibodies for…

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Celebrating Women in Engineering: An Evening of Conversations

  Graduate Super Women Engineers (GradSWE) invites you to “Celebrating Women in Engineering: An Evening of Conversations” on March 5, 6-8pm, in GB 202. This event will be led by some of the biggest names in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto. Featuring a moderated discussion with a diverse panel of professors who have worked extensively not only as researchers, but also in governance and administration, engineering education, international innovation projects and within industry and other sectors: Cristina…

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E4TW: Go Global Mixer

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On the fence about going abroad as part of your studies? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from 20+ engineering students who studied or researched their way around the world. This event is open to engineering students who have applied for a global experience in 2020 and to those with an interest in learning about international opportunities for the future. Refreshments will be served. Registration: Complete the form by March 3. Spaces filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Food for Thought Teaching Effectiveness Workshop: TA Training

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The next Food for Thought: Teaching Effectiveness lunch topic is “TA training,” featuring guest speaker Prof. Deborah Tihanyi (ISTEP). Lunch provided. ____________________________ Deborah Tihanyi has been teaching with the Engineering Communication Program (ECP) since 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream. She has taught across all departments in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, from large classes to one-on-one tutoring. In recent years, her focus has been on developing communication curriculum in the Department of Mechanical and…

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MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Peter Hancock, MIT2 Laboratory, University of Central Florida

  Update: Please note this lecture was moved from Friday, March 27 to Friday, March 6. This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming MIE Distinguished Seminars.   Professor Peter Hancock: TO AUTONOMY AND BEYOND: The Future of Human Interaction with Ever Less Predictable Technologies Abstract Across the long arc of history, the driving forces behind the tools that have been created have been human goals and intentions. Now that is promising to…

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Global Engineering Week

Global Engineering Week, held March 9-15, is a week-long initiative that exposes engineering students to multidisciplinary thinking through a hackathon, speaker series, events, and case studies in courses. It emphasizes the importance of addressing socio-economic, political, cultural, and technical considerations when solving global problems to develop sustainable and innovative solutions. Learn more and register for events.

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Talk by David Friedman

Presented by U of T Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (UT-EERI) Student Chapter   RSVP REQUIRED  Talk by David Friedman The Practice of Structural Engineering Today & 3 Unique Structural Engineering Projects   Monday, March 9, 2020 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Room GB202 Galbraith Building 35 St. George Street University of Toronto RSVP REQUIRED    Abstract Abstract The practicing structural engineer today must not only have a broad understanding of not just structural engineering, but must be knowledgeable about architecture,…

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Skule™ Lunch & Learn presents: 3T5, 5T0, 5T3 and 5T6 Engineering Student Awards Lunch

March 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for lunch on Wednesday, March 11 to celebrate four exceptional U of T Engineering students as they receive a prestigious award generously provided by the classes of 3T5, 5T0, 5T3 and 5T6. The Class of 3T5 has been awarding outstanding students with the Second Mile Award since 1945. The award is presented to a student in final year who has engaged in second-mile activities throughout his or her education. Established in 2003, the Class of 5T3 Engineering Award…

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MSE GRADUATE SEMINAR

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: RS211 Title: Drug Loaded Nanobubbles for Focused Ultrasound-Induced Cancer Therapy Presenter: Yiran Zou (MASc Candidate) Supervisor/s: Prof. Naomi Matsuura   ABSTRACT: Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. Chemotherapy is a commonly employed cancer treatment where toxic anti-cancer drugs are given to patients intravenously. However, this treatment is not yet optimal and common drawbacks reside in the limited drug accumulation in tumour and systemic drug circulation induced toxicity to…

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CANCELLED: MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Anna Nagurney, Virtual Center for Supernetworks, University of Massachusetts Amherst

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming MIE Distinguished Seminars.   CANCELLED: Professor Anna Nagurney: Integrated Game Theory Network Models for Disaster Relief Abstract The number of disasters is growing as well as the number of people affected by them with great associated challenges for effective disaster management. This presentation will describe Prof. Nagurney's research on the development of game theory network models for disaster relief that integrate financial flows from donors…

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CANCELLED: BioZone Data Processing Workshop

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility Workshop will focus on techniques involved in the analysis of mass spectrometry data. The goal is to provide users and potential users of the facility an understanding of mass spectrometry, sample requirements and limitations in addition to methods involved in mass spectrometry data processing. This workshop will allow attendees to experience data processing in real time with data derived from actual samples. Key topics will include: Basic Principles of Mass Spectrometry Sample Preparation and Limitations…

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CANCELLED: MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Peer Fischer, Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Lab, University of Stuttgart

This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming MIE Distinguished Seminars.   CANCELLED: Professor Peer Fischer: Microsystems and nanorobots actuated by light, magnetic fields, and 3D ultrasound Abstract Inspired by Richard Feynman’s famous lecture “There’s plenty of room at the bottom”, researchers are striving to build synthetic motors, machines, and robots ‘bottom up’ from the nanoscale. However, despite progress in crafting static structures of increasing complexity, truly functional dynamic machines are still in…

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* CANCELLED* Distinguished Lecture Series: Silvio Baldassarra

* EVENT IS CANCELLED* No rescheduled date for the event has been set yet.   SkyDome: Open and Shut Case Silvio Baldassarra, Chairman of NORR Architects & Engineers Limited B.Arch., OAA, AAA, MAIBC, AANB, AAPEI, MAA, FRAIC BIo Silvio Baldassarra is an Architect with 45 years of experience in design and management of large complex projects in commercial, government, hospitality, sports and transportation sectors.  He was the project architect responsible for the retractable roof of SkyDome (Rogers Centre) in Toronto when…

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CANCELLED: MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Albrecht Schmidt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  This event is open to the public and registration is not required. View all upcoming MIE Distinguished Seminars.   CANCELLED: Professor Albrecht Schmidt: New Interaction Paradigms in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Human-AI Collaboration to Amplify the Mind Abstract The use and development of tools are strongly linked to human evolution and intelligence. Physical tools, from the wheel to the plane and from knifes to production machines, have transformed what people can do and how people live. Currently, we…

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CANCELLED: 20th Engineering Science Alumni Dinner

The University of Toronto is recommending cancellation of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses or academic requirements. The health and wellness of our EngSci community remains our top priority, and as such we will be cancelling the Engineering Science Alumni Dinner on Friday, March 27. Refunds will be issued.  Christina Heidorn (engsci@utoronto.ca) will contact registrants directly to process refunds. SAVE THE DATE!  20th Engineering Science Alumni Dinner Friday, March 27, 2020 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm Great…

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April 2020

PsychEng Seminar: The Hippocamera: A neuroscience-guided digital memory augmentation device, Prof. Morgan Barense

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Hippocamera: A neuroscience-guided digital memory augmentation device Prof. Morgan Barense, U of T Dept. of Psychology Please come back later for abstract and biography. RSVP link will be available at least 1 week prior to talk.

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CANCELLED: OR Seminar: Prof. Pengyi Shi, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

Speaker: Prof. Pengyi Shi, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University   Website: https://web.ics.purdue.edu/~shi178/

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POSTPONED: Skule Lunch & Learn: Machine Learning for Medical Imaging with Imbalanced Data

***The in-person portion of this event has been canceled. A livestreamed version of this event will be rescheduled for a later date.*** Join us this month as Prof. Shahrokh Valaee, discusses the challenges at the forefront of medical imaging for the future. The success of machine learning in tackling challenging problems has made it the focus of research in academia and industry. The popularity of machine learning is indebted to the emergence of deep neural networks—networks that have multiple layers…

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Good Friday holiday: University closed

April 10

Good Friday holiday: University closed.

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CANCELLED: Engineering Science Praxis II Showcase

During the Praxis II Showcase, students in this first year course share their proposed engineering designs for a wide variety of projects in the Toronto area. Learn more »

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CANCELLED Mikhail Shapiro- Biomedical Engineering Invited Seminar

Abstract: Talking to Cells: Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function The study of biological function in intact organisms and the development of targeted cellular therapeutics necessitate methods to image and control cellular function in vivo. Technologies such as fluorescent proteins and optogenetics serve this purpose in small, translucent specimens, but are limited by the poor penetration of light into deeper tissues. In contrast, most non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging – while based…

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CANCELLED: OR Seminar: Prof. John Dickerson, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Speaker: Prof. John Dickerson, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland Website: http://jpdickerson.com

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LIVESTREAM: Skule Lunch & Learn: Machine Learning for Medical Imaging with Imbalanced Data

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us online this month as Prof. Shahrokh Valaee, discusses the challenges at the forefront of medical imaging for the future. The success of machine learning in tackling challenging problems has made it the focus of research in academia and industry. The popularity of machine learning is indebted to the emergence of deep neural networks—networks that have multiple layers of processing units. The availability of data is the chief requirement for proper operation of deep neural networks. Unfortunately, applications such…

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May 2020

LIVESTREAM: Alumni Coffee with Chris Yip

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Registration Link here   Alumni Coffee with Chris Yip Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Join Dean Yip as he discusses current UofT Engineering COVID-19 Initiatives 10:00 am – 10:45 am Measuring and adjusting during the quarantine has been a balance of interesting problem sets and creatively achieving solutions to serve 7,700 students, and hundreds of faculty and staff.  With 50,000+ alumni in over 125 countries sharing their COVID-19 projects, initiatives and ideas, the potential for change and impact inspires strong pride! …

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LIVESTREAM: Skule Lunch & Learn: The Development of the Entrepreneurial Human Capital – The Entrepreneurship Hatchery

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us online this month as Joseph Orozco, Executive Director of the U of T Engineering Entrepreneurship Hatchery, discusses the value of entrepreneurial human capital to our evolving economy, and the opportunities given to our students and alumni. Founded in 2012, The Entrepreneurship Hatchery has been driven by the ideal that students  should leave University of Toronto  not only with a degree but with a job that they have created themselves and the commitment of developing the entrepreneurial human capital …

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Victoria Day

May 18

The university will be closed.   Enjoy the holiday!

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LIVESTREAM Alumni Discussion Panel: COVID-19 – Engineering Solutions for our Current Crisis

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LIVESTREAM Alumni Discussion Panel: COVID-19 – Engineering Solutions for our Current Crisis May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Registration Link here Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm FREE!   The COVID-19 crisis has impacted virtually every sector and way of life on earth. Whether big or small, every person has been affected by the spread of this global pandemic. Yet as swiftly as the virus spread across the world, so too have members of the…

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CANCELLED: Alumni Reunion 2020

May 30 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

COVID-19 Update: In light of the current situation, U of T Alumni Reunion events scheduled for May are cancelled. Learn more on U of T’s COVID-19 page. EngSci and EngPhys alumni from honoured years ending in 0 and 5 are invited to come back to EngSci on Saturday, May 30, for an informal get-together to reminisce and learn what’s new in our program. The day will also include other U of T Engineering reunion events, including Skule Kids, a program…

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June 2020

Spring Convocation: Virtual Ceremony

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Congratulations to our EngSci Class of 2T0 and 1T9 PEY! The University of Toronto will host a virtual ceremony to celebrate our graduates on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm (EDT). We understand the importance of celebrating your remarkable achievements and hard work in reaching this significant milestone, even at a time when our traditional convocation ceremonies are not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find full details on the Convocation website. We look forward to celebrating with you…

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Transformative Transportation ’20, iCity-CATTS Research Day

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The iCity-Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems (iCity-CATTS) presents its 3rd annual Research Day, Transformative Transportation ’20. This year’s event will take place online. All are welcome to attend, but registration is required. Registration closes at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd.

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Fireside Chat with Chris Yip & Mark Rittinger

June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Registration Link here Fireside Chat with Chris Yip & Mark Rittinger Thursday, June 4, 2020 Join Dean Yip and new Executive Director of Advancement, Mark Rittinger, as they discuss some current UofT Engineering Advancement priorities 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Livestream! Once you register for the event, a URL link for the livestream will be sent to you the week of the event. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

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Rhodes Scholarships for China Info Session

June 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

The inaugural class of Chinese Rhodes Scholars joined Oxford University in 2016. As of 2020, there are twenty Rhodes Scholars from China. They are “fighting the world’s fight.” Join them. The Rhodes Scholarship program is the oldest (established 1903) international scholarship program in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the program offers 102 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom – one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes…

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ARCDO: Let’s Talk Allyship and Solidarity

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Open to students, staff, faculty, librarians, chaplains, community What exactly do the words solidarity and allyship mean? What tools are needed to be an effective ally? Can allyship be a form of identity? Join us as we critically discuss, reflect and learn more about what it means to be an ally and to stand in solidarity in the fight to end anti-Black racism. This session is open to all persons. This session will be hosted via Zoom. For connection information,…

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U of T Engineering Research Conference

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - June 10 @ 4:00 pm

The inaugural U of T Engineering Research Conference (UTERC) is a unique opportunity for students, researchers, and industry professionals to engage online with our students and learn about the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s leading research.

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ARCDO: Talking about Racism at Home

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Open to students, staff, faculty, librarians, chaplains, community As conversations about racism impacting Black, Indigenous, Asian and many racialized communities increase in mainstream media, how are we translating this discussion into our personal lives particularly with children? Join us as we discuss different techniques and strategies parents can engage in to discuss current events and overall conversations about the reality of race and racism with their children. This session will be hosted via Zoom. For connection information, see the Anti-Racism and…

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POSTPONED: Spring Convocation Celebration

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Spring Convocation will be held online. A virtual Convocation will be broadcast on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm (EDT). Find full details on the Convocation website. We look forward to celebrating with our EngSci Class of 2T0 and 1T9 PEY in person at a later date. Congratulations to our graduating students! Graduating students will receive an invitation and registration instructions via email in spring.

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EEDIAG Open Conversation: Addressing anti-Black racism & unpacking active allyship

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Engineering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Group will be hosting an open conversation on addressing anti-Black racism & unpacking active allyship We’re asking U of T Engineering to step forward and take action in dismantling systemic anti-Black racism at U of T and in our communities. Join us in our work to learn and unpack what it means to be an active ally to the Black community with the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) & follow-up Open Conversation.…

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U of T Engineering’s Voices With Impact Subseries

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Voices With Impact is an online festival for films and ideas around underrepresented topics related to mental health hosted by Art With Impact. Join members of the U of T Engineering community on Monday, June 22nd after the film premieres to discuss and celebrate our unique experiences in relation to film showcase themes. Then, explore the rest of the festival throughout the week by participating in the interactive sessions organized by Art With Impact. Voices With Impact presents: LGBTQIA+ Mental Health: Film Showcase and Filmmaker…

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U of T Presidential Days

June 29 - June 30

U of T Presidential Days: June 29 & 30, 2020. University closed.

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July 2020

Canada Day: University closed

July 1

Canada Day: University closed.

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August 2020

Civic holiday: University closed

August 3

Civic holiday: University closed.

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