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Irong Ring Party on Sat, Mar 3

PROFESSORS, if you're interested in attending this year's Iron Ring Party on Saturday, March 3, please note it will be taking place at the Supermarket located at 268 Augusta Ave. The event will run from 5-7:30pm.

Killam Prize Event in Toronto on Tue, Mar 6

Join the Canada Council for the Arts for this special anniversary event featuring acclaimed winners of the Killam Prize, including our very own Molly Shoichet. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from 7:30-9pm at Innis Town Hall located at 2 Sussex Avenue. The event includes a reception. Admission is FREE. However, you must register here.

Pedro AlvarezLLE talk by 2017-18 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer on Wed, Mar 7

Pedro Alvarez from Rice University is the 2017-18 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer. He will be giving the next LLE talk on Wednesday, March 7 from 12-1pm in WB116. His talk is entitled, Proliferation and control of multidrug-resistant “superbugs” in sewage treatment plants.

SOCAAR Seminar on Wed, Mar 7

Postdoctoral Intern Nicolas Groulx from the Department of Microbiology & Division of Infectious Diseases, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Research Institute, University of Toronto will be giving a talk entitled, Airborne interactions between viruses and PM2.5 as an unexplored modifier of viral viability. The talk is part of the SOCAAR Seminar Series and will take place on Wednesday, March 7 from 3-4pm in WB407.

Engineering Leadership Research Seminar on Wed, Mar 7

The Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) will be hosting Dr. Erin A. Cech on Wednesday, March 7. She will be giving a special talk entitled, Professional culture and inequality in engineering. The talk will take place in GB202 from 11am to 12pm.

CEGSA Wellness Carousel on Thu, Mar 8

GRADUATE STUDENTS, just a reminder that CEGSA will be hosting its Wellness Carousel on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30-7:30pm in GB202. Hear from experts in the field over dinner and dessert. Loot bags will also be provided. If you are interested in attending, you must register here.

2nd ChemE Exhibition & 33rd ChemE Dinner: RSVP by Fri, Mar 9

Friday, March 9 is the last day to register for the 2nd annual ChemE Exhibition & 33rd ChemE Dinner. If you plan to attend but have yet to register, please use the internal registration link sent to you through email. If you cannot find the email, email jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca before 5pm on Tuesday, March 6.

Spotlight on JLABS on Tue, Mar 13

On Tuesday, March 13 from 2-4:30pm in suite 1300 of the MaRS Centre, JLABS @ Toronto will be hosting a special spotlight event. The event will include an overview of JLABS and what it has to offer to entrepreneurs across the healthcare spectrum, as well as presentations and tours. Click here for more info. Visit cln.utoronto.ca to register.

IWI talk on Fri, Mar 16

The Institute for Water Innovation (IWI) is proud to host Manish Kumar from the Pennsylvania State University on Friday, March 16. He will be giving a special talk entitled, From biomimetic to bioinspired membranes: an unfitted journey. The talk will take place in WB407 from 12-1pm.

Alumni in the news

Congratulations to a number of our alumni:

  • Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1) is the new VP of PEO and Keivan Torabi (ChemE MASc 9T9, PhD 0T5) was elected PEO representative for the East Central Region.
  • Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to appoint Colin Crooks (ChemE 8T7, MASc 8T8) as chief executive of First Utility when its deal for Britain’s largest independent household energy supplier is completed. Read more here.
  • Laura Burget (ChemE 1T6) was profiled on CosmeticsDesign.com for co-founding Niu Body. Read more here.

Ignite, Imagine, Innovate: U of T Engineering hosts NSBE Conference

On Saturday, February 24, U of T Engineering hosted three chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for the group’s NSBE Region 1 East Canada Zone conference. The event was co-organized by Portia and Nicole Deterville both ChemE undergrad students. Read full story.


March 2, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 9

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Po Hsiang Wang

Date of Meeting: Friday, March 9
Start Time: 1pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
PhD Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Chair: Prof. A. Yakunin; Other Member: Prof. R. Mahadevan, Prof. E. Master

PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Kylie O'Donnell

Date of Meeting: Friday, March 9
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB407
PhD Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. Acosta ; Supervisor: Prof. E. Master ; Other Member(s): Prof. A. McGuigan, Prof. A. Yakunin

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Darren Rodenhizer

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, March 7
Start Time: 12:30pm
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Radisic; Supervisor: Prof. A. McGuigan; Co-Supervisor: Prof. L. Ailles (Medical Biophysics); Other Member(s): Prof. B. Wouters (Radiation Oncology)

SGS Sessional Dates




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:

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.

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


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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