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December 17, 2015  |  Volume 9, Issue 4
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The Engineering Newsletter

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto

In this issue


Spotlight

Top 3 Stories

In the Media

Awards & Honours

Announcements & Appointments

Events

Research Grants & Opportunities

Bulletin

Meet Your Colleagues

Social Media Spotlight


 

A Message from Dean Cristina Amon


Two weeks ago, I had the honour of taking part in the U of T Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony. While there, I reconnected with U of T Engineering alumni in Hong Kong and Singapore, and I had fruitful meetings with friends of the Faculty who are interested in supporting our forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). The trip was a wonderful reminder that our vibrant community truly reaches all corners of the globe.
 
We continue to build the strength of our international connections. This past summer, more than 60 of our undergraduates participated in research exchanges in Beijing, Jerusalem, Singapore and myriad other global cities. We also hosted more than 300 international exchange students, including through programs such as Ciência sem Fronteiras. Moreover, thanks to targeted recruitment and scholarships, the proportion of our students who come from outside of Canada is higher than ever. Across our undergraduate and graduate programs, international students make up more than a quarter of our student body, representing 109 countries.
 
As you will read in this issue, U of T engineers bring different global perspectives while addressing challenges from the movement of ambulances through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to the health of fish farms in Vietnam. We integrate this approach into our curriculum. For example, student teams in the course An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges, offered by the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN), have worked on several global initiatives, including improved toilets for the developing world and breast pump technology to fight childhood hunger in Bangladesh. Through CGEN, we also offer the Engineering and Globalization Certificate, which enables students to develop the professional competencies necessary to address technological challenges in an increasingly global society.
 
We have much to be proud of, and there is more work to be done. Over the upcoming winter break, many of us will welcome family and friends from outside of Canada, or will travel abroad to visit them. Let us use these opportunities to think about our work in a global context, and ask ourselves how we will contribute to being part of the next generation of global engineering leaders.
 
Thank you for your continuing pursuit of excellence. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and rewarding 2016!



— Cristina

Spotlight: Global Engineering

A look at our featured stories for this month
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Meet four international scholars from U of T Engineering

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Ambulances in Dhaka: closing the emergency medical services gap 

 
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Three ways U of T engineers are addressing food and nutrition issues around the world

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Designing across cultures: MIE's international capstone course

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Professor Amer Shalaby on improving transportation at the world’s largest gathering

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Five engineering students enriching their studies with research exchanges

Top 3 Engineering News Stories

Some of the most-read stories on our news site
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Kinetica: engineering safer buildings in Toronto, China and worldwide

 
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From Canada to Washington, DC: a Q&A with alumnus Stephen Selk

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Meet one of U of T Engineering’s MasterCard Foundation Scholars


For more Engineering stories, visit the news site.

 In the Media

A highlight of media coverage this month

 Awards & Honours

Announcements & Appointments

 Events

To view all upcoming events, visit the Engineering Faculty Calendar.
 

Research Grants & Opportunities

For a full list of grants and opportunities this month, visit our research grants and opportunities page.

 Bulletin

The Bulletin is a place for U of T Engineering community news and announcements not found on our news site or Faculty calendar. Please send all submissions to Engineering Communications.
 

Meet Your Colleagues

Meet Your Colleagues
Deepa Kundur
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Fun fact: When living in Texas, Deepa designed her own home (with the help of a builder) and subsequently continued to renovate it for fun.
Meet Your Colleagues
Geoff Wichert
Divisional Reporting and Information Analyst, Business Management Services


Fun fact: Geoff is a chaplain on campus and has officiated weddings for both students and faculty members.
 
Social Media Spotlight

Social Media Spotlight


All this month in the Bahen Centre atrium, visitors and students alike have been interacting with this amazing table created by U of T Engineering's Spark Design Club. The device uses more than 200 infrared sensors and more than 800 green LED lights to react to the presence of objects above it. Check out the video on Instagram!

To have your photo featured in the social media spotlight, simply tag @UofTEngineering in your tweets or Instagram posts!
 
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