September 29, 2015  |  Volume 9, Issue 1
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The Engineering Newsletter

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto

In this issue


Top 3 Stories

In the Media

Awards & Honours

Announcements & Appointments


Research Grants & Opportunities


Meet Your Colleagues

Social Media Spotlight


A Message from Dean Cristina Amon

Welcome to the 2015–16 academic year.

This fall, we welcome our newest professors, 1,216 new undergraduate students and 804 new graduate students. Our engineering community is stronger and more diverse than ever before. Among incoming undergraduates, 31.1 per cent are women — our highest proportion yet — and 30.3 per cent come from outside of Canada, representing 66 countries.

Our Faculty attracts these remarkable students with innovative educational programs and pioneering research, as well as inspiring opportunities for leadership and entrepreneurial activities. For example, this month we launched the new Engineering Science major in Robotics Engineering, minor in Nanoengineering, and undergraduate certificate in Communication. We also celebrated The Entrepreneurship Hatchery's annual Demo Day.

We will further catalyze innovation in education and multidisciplinary research in the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which broke ground this past June and will open in 2017. We can see its spirit on display in the spectacular graffiti artwork that surrounds the construction site on St. George street.

In this year's first issue of The Engineering Newsletter, I am proud to share our seventh Annual Report of Performance Indicators, which provides a comprehensive analysis of our tremendous progress over the last decade, and demonstrates how we are meeting the ambitious goals of our Academic Plan.

My warmest wishes for a rewarding academic year.
– Cristina


Spotlight: Annual Report 2015

Read the full Annual Report on the Engineering website, or go directly to the report's sections and chapters at the links below.
Academic Plan: Selected Achievements  
1. Undergraduate Studies 7. Advancement
2. Graduate Studies 8. Communications
3. Research 9. International Initiatives
4. Cross-Faculty & Experiential Learning 10. Diversity
5. Awards & Honours 11. Financial & Physical Resources
6. World Recognition by Rankings 12: Appendices

Top 3 Engineering News Stories

Some of the most-read stories on our news site

New “Tissue Velcro” could help repair damaged hearts


U of T Engineering startup brings the power of deep learning to genomics

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Interactive air pollution map for Pan Am Games developed by U of T Engineering researchers

For more Engineering stories, visit the news site.

 In the Media

A highlight of media coverage this month in addition to those above:

 Awards & Honours

Announcements & Appointments


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


The Bulletin is a place to share 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
Estelle Oliva-Fisher,
Assistant Director, Student Experience and Teaching Development

Fun fact: When she's not busy looking after her very active son, Estelle expresses her creativity by decorating cakes.
Meet Your Colleagues
Arthur Chan,
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Fun fact: Prof. Chan is an avid cyclist and camper who has travelled to all seven continents.
Social Media Spotlight

Social Media Spotlight

The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) street art installation at the University of Toronto, painted by graffiti artist Jason Wing (a.k.a. SKAM) is now on display on St. George Street. At 276 feet (84.1 metres) it is the longest single graffiti installation in Toronto. You can learn more about the design on the faculty website or follow #CEIExSKAM and #uoftengineering to find out how people are reacting to it.

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

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