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News and Announcements

Alison McGuigan wins Connaught Fund, McLean Award

Alison McGuiganProfessor Alison McGuigan is the 2017 winner of the Connaught Fund, McLean Award. This $125,000-award is presented annually to support an emerging research leader conducting basic research in physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. The McLean Award is restricted to full-time members of U of T’s faculty who conduct research in the fields designated above and who are, as of the date of application, within twelve years or less of having received their PhD. Read more.

Special lecture, Tue, Sep 12

Dr. Morton Barlaz, Distinguished University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University will be giving a special seminar entitled, A Model to Describe Heat Generation and Accumulation in Solid Waste Landfills. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, September 12 from 3-4pm in WB407.

WEAO workshop on personal branding, Thu, Sep 14

The Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) invites you to an informative soft-skills workshop on Thursday, September 14 from 6-9pm in room 2101 of the Sid Smith Building. The workshop’s goal is to help participants establish their own personal brand and learn how it can be used to kick-start or grow their career. This workshop is ideal for grad students about to enter the workforce. Registration is $15 + HST. Space is limited so register online asap if you’re interested. Refreshments will be provided.

Special seminar with alum/pop culture phenom, Mon, Sep 25

You are invited to a thought-provoking and inspiring talk on Monday, September 25 from 5:30-6:30pm in MC102 followed by a reception in GB202. The talk will be given by author and pop culture phenom Jonny Sun (EngSci 1T1 + PEY), best known by his Twitter alias: “jomny sun, aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge." Find out why Time magazine selected Sun as one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Internet.” Sun will discuss how his short-form writing project on Twitter became a critically acclaimed book and how his time at U of T Engineering was formative to his creative and personal development. The cost to attend is $10 for the reception and event; or $25 for the reception, event and a copy of Sun’s book. Light refreshments will be provided. For more info and to register, click here.


September 1, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 28

In this issue:

Departmental Events




Early closure today!

In celebration of long weekend, all offices in the Department will be closing at 3pm today.

Training for 4th-year students and new grad students/researchers

Training will take place on Tuesday, September 5 from 9:10am to 12pm in WB116. Please click on the relevant link below for more info:

Safety training for new admin staff

All new admin staff must complete safety training courses. Please visit, http://healthandsafety.chem-eng.utoronto.ca/ and click on "New Administrative Staff" to complete all the required courses. Upon completion of all requirements, submit the confirmation to Gelareh at gelareh.bankian.tabrizi@utoronto.ca. If you have any questions, please contact Gelareh.

LLE 2017-18

The schedule for this year's Lectures at the Leading Edge (LLE) series is now available. Click here for the full schedule.



Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Wednesday, September 20 - Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture/LLE - Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Innovation by Evolution: Brining New Chemistry to Life, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, October 4 - LLE - David Dreisinger, University of British Columbia, The Role of Hydrometallurgy in Meeting the Supply Chain for Life in the 21st Century, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, October 18 - LLE - Kathleen Stebe, University of Pennsylvania, Curvature Directed Assembly of Colloids at Interfaces, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 22 - LLE - William Sampson, University of Manchester, Optimising Structure-Property Dependencies of Stochastic Materials by Probabilistic Modelling, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, December 6 - LLE - Julia Kornfield, California Institute of Technology, Megasupramolecules, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - LLE - Philip Jessop, Queen's University, Co2-Switchable Materials, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - LLE - Peter Adriaens, University of Michigan, CleanTech Meets FinTech: A Data-Driven e-Ship Disruption in Environmental Engineering, starts at 12pm, WB116

Friday, February 23, 2018 - ChemE Graduate Research Day (ChemE GRD) - Details coming soon

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - LLE - Sanjay Sarma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, starts at 12pm, WB116

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

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 2nd annual Chemical Engineering Exhibition and 33rd Chemical Engineering Dinner - Details coming soon

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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