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News and Important Dates

Charles JiaChemE Prof Wins MetSoc Environmental Award

Professor Charles Jia is the 2015 recipient of the MetSoc Environmental Award presented by the Metallurgy & Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). This award recognizes significant contributions to the field of environmental science and engineering, as well as sustainable development in the metallurgical industry. Read more.

sean caffreyNew Executive Director of BioZone

Prior to joining BioZone, Sean Caffrey worked at Genome Alberta as the Director of the Alberta Epigenetics Network (AEN). He also managed the Genome Canada funded Hydrocarbon Metagenomics Project. Caffrey received an MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation from the Haskayne School of Business and a PhD in Microbial Genomics from the University of Calgary. In addition to his interests in science and genomics, Caffrey is a professional photographer. His travel photography has appeared in major publications such as National Geographic.

LLE2016Lectures at the Leading Edge 2015-16

The full schedule for LLE 2015-16 has been set. The series enhances our culture of excellence by providing a rich view of the broad landscape and far-reaching horizons of chemical engineering and applied chemistry education and research. All lectures are held on a Wednesday at 12:30pm in WB116. The lectures are free and no rsvp is required; everyone is welcome to attend.

safety2015 Safety Training Schedule

CHE 2222H: New Graduate Students/New PDF's/New Res. Assoc./New Res. Assist./New Lab. Tech. and New Visiting Res: In-Person Training - Tuesday, September 8, 9:10am-12pm, WB116; Evaluation Examination - Tuesday, September 22, 1-2pm, WB116

Fourth-Year Undergraduate Students: In-Person Training - Tuesday, September 8, 9:10am-12pm, WB116; Evaluation Examination - Tuesday, September 22, 1-1:30pm, WB116

orientationFACULTY and STAFF Needed for First-Year Orientation on Wed, Sept 9

The Department will be hosting its first-year orientation session and lunch on Wednesday, September 9 from 12-2pm. Professors and staff are still needed for the intro session in WB116 from 12-12:30pm and lunch in the undergrad common room from 12:30-2pm. To help us welcome our new students, please RSVP to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca at your earliest convenience.

admin staffADMIN STAFF Needed for Graduate Orientation Sessions on Fri, Sept 11

The grad office will be hosting the MASc/PhD orientation session on Friday, September 11 from 1-2pm in WB115. Introduction of administrative staff will take place at 1:05pm. The MEng orientation session will be held from 2:30-3:30pm in WB219. Introduction of administrative staff will take place at 2:35pm. To all staff members, please mark down the times and locations and prepare a very brief intro to share during the sessions (2-5 sentences is fine). If you cannot attend, please inform grad.chemeng@utoronto.ca


The Department still needs two people to fill the morning OUF shift on Friday, September 25 from 9:15am-12pm. If you're interested in volunteering, email jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca by Tuesday, September 8. All volunteers are required to attend a short training session. Training session information will be emailed to you if you're interested in helping out.


September 5, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 33

In this issue:

Grad Office
Grad Deadlines


Grad Office



Date of Meeting: Thursday, September 10 in WB139 at 2 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. T. Kortschot; Supervisor(s): Prof. R. R. Farnood; Other Member(s): Prof. M. Sain

Graduate Orientation Sessions on Fri, Sept 11

MASC/PhD incoming students
Time: 1-2pm
Location: WB116

MEng incoming students
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: WB 219

Doctoral NSERC Awards

Submission deadline: Monday, September 28 at 5pm
Value/Duration: PGS D - $21,000 per year for 2 or 3 years; CGS D - $35,000 per year for 2 or 3 years
Level of Study: Doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
Results: March 31, 2016 directly from NSERC via Canada Post
Detail information: refer to email announcement sent on Sept 3rd.

2016-17 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

ChemE Student submission deadline: Friday, September 14
Value/Duration: $50,000 per year for three years
Level of study: To support PhD, or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD

2015 CIHR Doctoral Research Awards

Competition deadline: Thursday, October 1
U of T Component of Application: Creating an MRA application & “Institutional Signature”
Deadline to submit MRA: Thursday, September 24
Apply directly to CIHR through ResearchNet
Funding opportunity details are available on ResearchNet
Full application instructions are available on the CIHR website
Application instructions through U of T available on the Research and Innovation website

Graduation for November 2015

MEng and MASc students should request graduation by emailing Cindy Cao (grad.chemeng@utoronto.ca) by Wednesday, September 30. Detailed information was sent previously through an email announcement on Tuesday, August 18. PhD students who completed the Final Oral Defense should contact SGS Doctoral Office to arrange graduation.


Fall Session Deadlines for Grad Students


Monday, September 14 - Most formal graduate courses and seminars begin in this week

Wednesday, September 16 - Summer session grades released for viewing by students on Student Web Services (ROSI)

Friday, September 18 - Registration for Fall session ends; after this date, a late registration fee will be applied

Monday, September 28
- Last day to add a full year or Fall session courses



Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Monday, September 7 - Labour Day, the University will be closed

Wednesday, September 9 - First Year Orientation, WB116 and undergrad common room, 12-2pm

Thursday, September 10 - Classes Begin

Wednesday, September 16 - LLE , Technology, If Necessary, But Not Necessarily Technology — The Role of Technology in Global Development & Global Health, Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, October 7 - LLE, Engineering Education - What's in Store for the Next 100 Years, Milo Koretsky, Oregon State University, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, October 21 - LLE, Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture, Finding the Right Balance - From Small Molecules to Membrane Proteins, Dame Carol Robinson, Oxford University, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 11 - LLE, Open Source Science: A Road to Industry Engagement and Funding, Aled Edwards, University of Toronto, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 18 - LLE, Engineering Fracking Fluids with Computer Simulation, Eric Stefan Shaqfeh, Stanford University, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 25 - LLE, Molecular Bioinspiration and Interfaces, Markus Linder, Aalto University, Finland, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, December 9 - LLE, Aggregation-Induced Emission: Together We Shine, Ben-Zhong Tang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - LLE, Research in an Industrial Catalysis World: A Lifelong Adventure, Stuart Soled, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - LLE, Bioconversion of Methane by Aerobic Methanotrophic Bacteria, Mary Lidstrom, University of Washington, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - LLE, 2015 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, The Interplay Between Chemicals and Microbiomes; An Environmental Biotechnology Perspective, Nancy Love, University of Michigan, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - LLE, Making the Environment Part of the Next Generation of Urban Water Infrastructure, David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - LLE, Thermodynamics in Cryobiology: How Math Can Save Knees, Janet Elliott, University of Alberta, 12:30-2pm, WB116


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