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Welcome Prof. Frank Gu

Frank GuProfessor Frank Gu joined ChemE this month at the rank of Full Professor. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Gu was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gu received his PhD from Queen’s University where he majored in Chemical Engineering. Following completion of his graduate program, he pursued postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gu has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. His leading-edge projects have produced new materials and tools for targeted drug delivery, rapid pathogen detection, and passive water treatment. His research has had tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive nanoparticles for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies that are the core technology of H2nanO, a Canadian start-up company. Dr. Gu has authored and co-authored more than 200 journal and conference publications, as well as 25 U.S. and World patents and applications. Please help us welcome Dr. Gu. His office is located in WB329 and he can be reached through email at f.gu@utoronto.ca.

Spring Convocation photos!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Follow the links below to view 2018 Spring Convocation pics:

Convocation Reception
Convocation Procession
Convocation Ceremony
Post Convocation

Introducing our 2018-19 CEGSA senior executive team

President: Mitchell Zak
VP Student Affairs: Ezzat Jaroudi
VP Marketing and Communications: Amir Ghayour
VP Operations and Finance: Amir Foroozan Ebrahimy
VP Events: Thanmayee Mudigonda and Samantha Cheung

Over the summer, these students will be transitioning into their new senior exec roles so please stop them in the hall and say hi!

Troost family boosts engineering leaders of tomorrow with new $3-million gift

Underscoring their deep commitment to innovative leadership education, Bill Troost (ChemE 6T7) and his wife Kathleen have made a $3-million gift to accelerate pioneering programs and initiatives at U of T’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Recognizing their longstanding support and close to $10 million in cumulative giving to the Faculty, ILead will be renamed the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead). Read more.

UnERD on Tue, Aug 14

The 2018 Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD) will take place in the Bahen Centre on Tuesday, August 14. This is the perfect conference for our undergrads to showcase their findings and accomplishments to like-minded students and professors. Attendees will have the chance to learn about research being done in the community and discover the opportunities available to undergraduate students. Please encourage our undergrads to participate. Click here or important dates and details to share with them.

Iron Dragons take on the world

Reigning national champions Iron Dragons are heading to Szeged, Hungary this summer to represent Canada on the world stage. The U of T Engineering student dragon boating team is sending men’s, women’s, and mixed teams — 60 students (including students from ChemE) — to compete in 200 metre, 500 metre and 2,000 metre events at the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships from July 17 to 22, 2018. The Iron Dragons practice out of the Iron River Racing club in west Toronto. Read more.

ChemE alumna recognized by the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Audrey Mascarenhas (ChemE 8T2) is among the Canadian Academy of Engineering's 57 new fellows. Mascarenhas, President and CEO of Questor Technology, is a transformational engineering leader, whose innovative can-do approach has led to the creation of leading-edge clean air environmental technology for the energy sector. She is a passionate supporter of values-based engineering and corporate decision making, and dedicated to giving back to her local and global community. Her contributions have been acknowledged by the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services, and the Business in Calgary 2014 Leader of Tomorrow award. Read more.


July 6, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 23

In this issue:

Grad Office


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting - Nazanin Abbas Nejad Orang

Date of Meeting: Monday, July 9
Start Time: 9am
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. H. N. Tran; Co-Supervisor: Prof. A. Jones; Chair: Prof. W. Cluett; Other Member(s): Prof. M. Bussmann (MIE)

PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Kayla Nemr

Date of Meeting: Thursday, July 12
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): WB407
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. Yakunin; Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. D. G. Allen, Prof. E. Master

PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Ayman El-Zoka

Date of Meeting: Monday, July 16
Start Time: 12pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Committee: Chair: Prof. N. DeMartini; Supervisor: Prof. R. Newman; Co-Supervisor: Prof. D. Perovic; Other Member(s): Prof. U. Erb (MSE), Prof. D. W. Kirk

Upcoming SGS sessional dates

REMINDER: 2018/19 CGEN Graduate Scholarships

The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) offers multiple scholarships annually to qualifying MASc and PhD students. The scholarships range from $5,000 to 15,000 and include the Paul Cadario Doctoral Fellowship in Global Engineering and the Metcalfe Family Graduate Fellowship for Sustainable Energy Research. If you are interested in applying for either, the deadline for both awards is Thursday, July 12 at 5pm. For application details, click here.

REMINDER: PhD opportunities

The Smart Materials and Composite Lab is looking to recruit two PhD students with polymer backgrounds for the following projects:

  • Conducting polymer based pressure Sensors for smart skin applications
  • Development of smart materials actuator for soft robotics applications

Both research opportunities would start in the Fall. For more info on the projects, click here. To apply, please email Prof. Hani Naguib at naguib@mie.utoronto.ca for application and deadline details.


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