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November 30, 2015  |  Volume 9, Issue 3
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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


This fall, we enter the fifth and final year of our Academic Plan 2011–2016. We continue to make significant progress toward our ambitious goals, and in some cases have set new goals after surpassing our targets well ahead of schedule. In this issue of The Engineering Newsletter, I am pleased to share our Academic Plan 2011–2016 — Year Four: Progress and Achievements, a report that highlights our accomplishments and updated goals.

We have much to be proud of. Actively working to foster a culture of excellence, U of T Engineering continues to be the top engineering school in Canada and among the world's best. We received 25 per cent of all the major awards given to Canadian engineering faculty members, despite the fact that our professors make up only 5.5 per cent of the national total.

Our strong reputation drives demand for our programs and given our high selectivity, our students are among the most talented. We have increased the diversity of our student body: this year 31.1 per cent of incoming undergraduates are women — our highest proportion yet, up from 20 per cent a decade ago. As a result of strategic recruitment in South America and other areas of the world, more than a quarter of our students come from outside of Canada, representing 109 countries.

Attracting the world’s best and brightest allows us to conduct unparalleled research. We are well on our way to achieving our new Tri-Council funding goal after reaching our previous goal three years early. Our faculty members play key roles in major research projects such as U of T’s Medicine by Design initiative and the Translational Biology and Engineering Program, which is part of the groundbreaking Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. 

The forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) will further strengthen this spirit of excellence by catalyzing collaborative research, innovative learning pedagogies and entrepreneurial activities. We continue to receive tremendous support from our U of T Engineering community as we look forward to the CEIE's opening in 2017.

I welcome your feedback on Year Four: Progress and Achievements. Thank you for your continued commitment to our Faculty. I look forward to all that we will achieve together over the coming year.

— Cristina

Spotlight: Academic Plan 2011–2016 — Year Four: Progress and Achievements

Read the full Academic Plan 2011–2016 — Year Four: Progress and Achievements on the Engineering website, or go directly to the report's chapters at the links below.

Academic Plan 2011–2016 — Year Four: Progress and Achievements
1. Executive Summary 5. Research Foci
2. Culture of Excellence 6. Outreach, Collaboration and Influence
3. Positioning 7. Resource Allocation
4. Educating Future Engineers
and Student Experience
8. Conclusion

Top 3 Engineering News Stories

Some of the most-read stories on our news site
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Improving defibrillator accessibility to save more lives

 
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A tumour you can unroll: engineers create new technology for understanding cancer growth

 
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Discovery of ‘slithering sperm’ could improve infertility treatments

 

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
Allison Van Beek
Instructional Technology Specialist


Fun fact: Allison and her husband once appeared on an episode of HGTV’s Tackle My Reno.
Meet Your Colleagues
Timothy C. Y. Chan
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Fun fact: Professor Chan enjoys playing tennis and piano, and hopes one day to visit all seven continents
 
Social Media Spotlight

Social Media Spotlight


In honour of Remembrance Day, U of T Engineering students adorned the gates at King's College Circle with a banner of handmade poppies, and displayed a nearly life-sized replica of a 1918 Royal Flying Corps Sopwith Camel in front of Simcoe Hall. The creations were featured on local TV and radio, and were widely shared on social media.

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