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March for Science

chuck mims

Last weekend several members of the ChemE community participated in the March for Science including Professor Chuck Mims (pictured above in the middle) at the Washington march and Professors Elodie Passeport, Elizabeth Edwards and Arthur Chan (pictured below) at the Toronto march. The demonstrations across US and Canadian cities were aimed primarily at President Donald Trump and his plans to cut back on environmental protection and spending on research.

group photo

TTC subway is 10 times more polluted than outside

The air quality on TTC platforms and trains is comparable to a typical day in Beijing, says Professor Greg Evans. Waiting for a train in Toronto exposes you to three times the pollution found on Montreal’s Metro and five times the pollution found on Vancouver’s SkyTrain. Read full story.

Four ChemE members recognized at the 10th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence event

U of T Engineering faculty and staff gathered together on April 26 to recognize their colleagues’ exceptional contributions to the Faculty’s teaching and research missions at the 10th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception. This event honours the recipients of Engineering’s staff, research and teaching awards, as well as those who received awards and major research grants over the past year.

  • Professor Greg Evans received the Research Leader Award
  • Pauline Martini received the Innovation Award
  • Endang (Susie) Susilawati received the Quality of Student Experience Award
  • Professor Will Cluett received the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award

Read full story.

Five ChemE students receive Gordon Cressy Awards

Named after the former U of T Vice-President of Development and University Relations, the Gordon Cressy Award recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated leadership qualities by contributing to the improvement of the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Five students from our Department received a Gordon Cressy Award.

  • Stephanie Gaglione (ChemE 1T7)
  • Andrew Kostruba (ChemE 1T7)
  • Natalia Mykhaylova (ChemE PhD 1T7)
  • Madhushan Perera (ChemE 1T6+PEY)
  • Nimalan Thavandiran (ChemE PhD 1T7)

Read full story.

Battling infectious diseases with 3-D structures

An international team including researchers from BioZone has determined the 3-D atomic structure of more than 1,000 proteins that are potential drug and vaccine targets to combat some of the world’s most dangerous emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. These experimentally determined structures have been deposited into the World-Wide Protein Data Bank. Read full story.

Supermileage Team aims to retake top spot at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas

The University of Toronto’s Supermileage Team is hoping to retake the top spot at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (SEMA) competition, having snagged a silver medal last year. The team, composed of U of T Engineering students including driver Kristine Confalone (ChemE 1T7), has been working around the clock to design and build two hyper-efficient vehicles to race in two categories: gasoline prototype and battery electric. They’ll put them to the test April 27 to 30 in Detroit. Read full story.

Grand opening of Rorschach Brewing Company

Rorschach Brewing Company is Toronto’s newest craft brewery, which officially opened its doors on April 22. Founded by three ChemE graduates from the Class of 1T0 – Matthew Reiner, Christopher Ristevski and Mohan Pandit – Rorschach is the culmination of years of home-brewing, traveling, and exploring countless craft breweries and beer gardens. The three, by a chance encounter met Ben Ragan, a kombucha enthusiast with years of experience in fruit fermentation who has joined them on their journey. The opening of Rorschach was attended by members of the Department including Professors Grant Allen and Jennifer Farmer. Read full story.


April 28, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 12

In this issue:

Special Events
Departmental Events


Special Events


Future Environments: Art and Architecture in Action

On May 3 come out and learn how art and technology are driving architecture toward new forms. Doors open at 4:30pm, presentations at 5:30pm and reception at 7pm. Presenations will be held at Convocation Hall and the reception at the U of T Art Centre. For more info (including how to register), click here.

LSCDS 11th Annual Career Day

The Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) will be hosting its signature Career Day on May 5 from 9am to 5pm in the Bahen Centre. The Career Day provides students with a forum to explore career paths within a variety of industries, and to gain insight from, and network with successful professionals. For more info (including how to register), click here.

Graduate Engineering Career Fair

Mark May 11 in your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet with diverse companies - from startups to multinational organizations - who are hiring students and alumni with graduate degrees in engineering. Employers attending the Graduate Engineering Career Fair taking place at the Examination Centre are seeking experienced candidates with MEng, MASc and PhD degrees to fill a wide range of positions. This is an opportunity to bring your career experience to companies who are looking for employees like you to make a difference in their workplace. For a list of participating employers and to register, visit uoft.me/engcareerfair

Medicine by Design Global Speaker Series

Zev Gartner from the University of California, San Francico will be giving a talk entitled, Building Tissues to Understand how Tissues Build Themselves. The talk will take place on May 16 from 12-1pm in the Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172. For more info (including how to register), click here.

Techno-economic Assessment Workshop

BioZone's NSERC Industrial Biocatalysis Network is hosting a workshop on techno-economic analysis running from May 28-29 on campus. For more info (including how to register), click here.



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Tuesday, June 13 - Spring Convocation - academic procession and reception registration will open in May, the Convocation Ceremony this year starts at 6:30pm in Con Hall


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