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Jo-Anne WilsonWelcome Jo-Anne Wilson

Please welcome Jo-Anne Wilson to ChemE. She is now the new Undergraduate Office Assistant and TA Assistant in the Student Services Office, WB216A. She comes to us from the Faculty Registrar’s Office, Transcript Centre at Arts and Science. She can be reached at ugradassist.chemeng@utoronto.ca.

Smoke test on Mon, Feb 12

Please note that we will be having a smoke test Monday, February 12 at 9:30am, as part of the testing of the ventilation system upgrades. Fire prevention will be on site and alarms will be by-passed.

Occupancy Granted for WB233, 319, 324 and 325

Some good news on the renovations. We have occupancy granted for WB233, 319, 324 and 325. It’s no longer a construction zone and so people can now enter the space.

Graditude 2018Help our students out with Graditude on Mon, Feb 12

Pictured left are our student leaders receiving funds from last year's Graditude Campaign, which raised $1,689 for ChemE student clubs this year. PROFESSORS, the Professor-Student Mixer on Monday, February 12 from 5-7pm in the undergraduate common room will be raising funds for Graditude 2018 through triva matches against professors. Students need to pay-to-play. PROFESSORS, if you're interested in attending, email csche@skule.ca as soon as possible.

CEGSA Lunar New Year Lunch on Thu, Feb 15

On Thursday, February 15 starting at 12pm in WB247, CEGSA will be hosting its Lunar New Year Lunch. Come out for some yummy Chinese food!

  • $5 for a warm meal
  • $4 if you bring reusable cutlery and plate or donate a non-perishable food item
  • $3 if you do both!

Trojan Technologies looking to hire a grad student

Trojan Technologies is looking for a graduate student for a four month MITACS project, Control/sequestration of sulfide in the sewer line. Interested student will be involved in lab/bench tests but not limited to:

  • Preparation and characterization of Fe(II) solution/slurry using commercially available reagents,
  • Investigate the effect of reagent pH on the final product,
  • Characterize the above product,
  • Use the product to control/sequester sulfide in primary effluent,
  • Compare the efficacy and efficiency of the product with commercially available Fe(II).

Please send questions and/or cover letter and cv to Ali Amiri at aamiri@trojanuv.com

MSc and PhD opportunities

The Hydrometallurgy and Environment Group at Queen’s University has several immediate positions for Ph.D. and Master’s students. Sponsored by the largest Canadian and International Mining Companies, the research projects will focus on the bacterial extraction of gold from gold ores, as well as design and engineering of novel reagents for gold extraction. The projects are interdisciplinary as those include the chemical and electrochemical processing, bioreaction studies, kinetics and thermodynamics studies, etc. Positions to start May or September 2018. Contact: Professor Ahmad Ghahreman at ahmad.g@queensu.ca. For more details, click here.

Vote Sean Caffrey

ADMIN STAFF, BioZone's Sean Caffrey is running for the administrative seat on the Governing Council. If you haven't already voted, consider selecting Sean. Voting closes on Friday, February 16 at 5pm. Click here to cast your vote.


February 9, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 6

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Samantha Payne

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, February 14
Start Time: 1pm
Location (Building and Room): CCBR 10th Floor Meeting Room
PhD Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. V. Sefton; Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. C. Morshead (IMS), Prof. A. Nagy (Mount Sinai), Prof. M. Radisic

SGS Sessional Dates

Monday, February 26: Final date to drop full-year and Winter session courses without academic penalty.




PhD opportunities at TU Graz

Graz University of Technology (Austria) has two PhD opportunities spanning three years starting in summer 2018. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 11. For details, click on the links below:

HSI call for submissions

The Health Science Inquiry (HSI) is a student-run organization that produces an annual scientific publication showcasing the writing and art of Canadian trainees. The group is partnered with internationally recognized academic journals, fostering discussion on global health issues pertinent to Canadians and Canadian emerging scientists. Each issue of HSI is framed around a specific theme - this year’s theme is Chronic Disease. If you're a grad student who'd like to provide a submission, click here for more info. The submission deadline is Friday, February 16.

PEO 2018 Council Elections

Note to ChemE members with a PEng: PEO 2018 Council Elections starts TODAY! Voting closes on Friday, February 23 at 4pm. Complete details, including how to vote, candidate information and video recordings of the All Candidates Webcasts, can be found at peovote.ca.

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

Ontario Genomics is pleased to announce that two new rounds of Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) are now open. The GAPP funds public-private research collaborations focused on developing genomics-derived technologies that address opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits or other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and tools. The program provides a unique opportunity for Receptor organizations to collaborate with an ’omics researcher, and to leverage their R&D investments with public funding. Click here for full details, including info on how to apply. The deadline is Monday, February 26.

U of T Pharma, Biotech & Health Care Career Fair on Mar 7

On Wednesday, March 7 from 11am to 3pm in MedSci's David Naylor Students Commons, U of T will be hosting its Pharma, Biotech & Health Care Career Fair. Come out and meet organizations and companies that want to hire undergraduate, graduate students and recent alumni. For more info, visit cln.utoronto.ca

LLE date change

Sanjay Sarma's lecture entitled, Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 21. Please note the change in your calendars.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Friday, February 23, 2018 - ChemE Graduate Research Day (ChemE GRD) - starts at 9am, Hart House and Wallberg Building

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2017 AEESP Distinguished Lecture/LLE - Pedro Alvarez, Rice University, Proliferation and Control of Multidrug-Resistant "Superbugs" in Sewage Treatment Plants, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - LLE - Sanjay Sarma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, starts at 12pm, WB116

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 2nd annual Chemical Engineering Exhibition and 33rd Chemical Engineering Dinner - exhibition events starts at 4pm, dinner starts at 7pm, 89 Chestnut Street Residence

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - LLE - Kristala Jones Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Metabolite Valves: Dynamic Control of Metabolic Flux for Pathway Engineering, starts at 12pm, WB116


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