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News & Announcements

October 2017 cover for Nature Materials

This week, a team project led by Professor Milica Radisic entitled, Flexible shape-memory scaffold for minimally invasive delivery of functional tissues, made the cover of the journal Nature Materials. Professor Radisic’s team is mending broken hearts with an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage stamp. Their technique lets them use a small needle to inject a repair patch, without the need to open up the chest cavity. Click here to view the cover, which depicts a flexible tissue scaffold emerging from a glass pipette with a tip one millimetre wide and unfolding itself after injection into the body. (Image provided by Miles Montgomery and Rick Lu)

Young alumna participates in I-7/G-7

This week in Torino, Italy, Angela Tran Kingyens (ChemE MASc 0T7, PhD 1T2) was part of the I-7, a small delegation of five other Canadians who advised the G-7 on innovation policy. This was the first year non-government people were invited to weigh in on topics related to innovation. Angela’s work centered around how artificial intelligence can help governments make better decisions and deliver policies and service more effectively. Angela is an Investor with Version One Ventures – an early-stage fund that invests in outstanding founders who are building companies that leverage network effects created through connecting people and/or data. You can follow Angela through her company’s blog.

Students from SOCAAR photographed by Toronto Star

In a recent article published by the Toronto Star regarding the adverse effects of outdoor activities on smoggy days, two students from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research were photographed testing air quality at Sugar Beach in Toronto. Click here to read the story and view the photo.

Chem Club's Research Repository

Chem Club would like to invite professors to join its Research Repository to make student research a bit more accessible to ChemE undergrads. Professors can forward their details to michael.fediw@mail.utoronto.ca.

Call: International Climate Protection Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 20 fellowships to prospective leaders from non-European transition or developing countries, who are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. The young climate experts will go to Germany for a year to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a research-related project. For detailed information and all application requirements, click here. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance, please email info@avh.de.

CIFST's New Professionals Program

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) has a new committee: the New Professionals Program. The committee is seeking two student representatives from each Ontario College and University. If you are a grad student interested in representing U of T, please contact Sophia Walter for more information. She can be reached at swalter@powellmay.cbpowell.com.

Call: CIFST volunteers

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) is looking for volunteers to assist with two upcoming events: its annual Ontario Technical Session on Friday, October 20 and its Tabletop Suppliers Night on Tuesday, November 7. If you'd like to help out for either of these events, contact Sophia Walter. She can be reached at swalter@powellmay.cbpowell.com.


September 29, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 32

In this issue:

Upcoming Events
Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Upcoming Events


LLE on Wed, Oct 4

On Wednesday, October 4, David Dreisinger from the University of British Columbia will be giving a talk for LLE entitled, The Role of Hydrometallurgy in Meeting the Supply Chain for Life in the 21st Century. The talk starts at 12pm in WB116.

CEGSA Thanksgiving Lunch on Thu, Oct 5

All are welcome to join CEGSA for its annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, October 5 in the grad common room (WB247) from 12-1pm.

  • $5 for a warm delicious meal
  • $4 if you bring reusable cutlery and plate or donate a non-perishable food item
  • $3 if do bring reusable cultery and plate, as well as donate a non-perishable food item

U of T Engineering Connect: Improve Your Online Presence on Wed, Oct 11

All students are invited to attend a workshop to learn how to use U of T Engineering Connect to improve their online brand. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 12:30-1:30pm in BA2135. To register, visit: bit.ly/onlinebrandworkshop.

BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility: User Meeting on Mon, Oct 23

The BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility is holding its annual user meeting (open to all) on Monday, October 23 from 9am to 2pm. Topics include:

  • New developments in mass spectrometry analysis
  • Using mass spectrometry to support research
  • Starting material requirements, sample prep, and protocol development

For more info and registration, click here.


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Po Hsiang Wang

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, October 4
Start Time: 10:00 am Location (Building and Room): WB407
Reading Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Chair: Prof. A. Yakunin; Other Member: Prof. E. Master

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Dylan Valleau

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, October 4
Start Time: 15:00 Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. A. Savchenko; Chair: Prof. A. Yakunin; Other Member: Prof. A. Ensminger (Molecular Genetics )

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Locke Davenport Huyer

Date of Meeting: Monday, October 2
Start Time: 10:30 am Location (Building and Room): WB115
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Supervisor: Prof. M. Radisic; Other Member(s): Prof. T. Bender

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Mark Soberman

Date of Meeting: Monday, October 2
Start Time: 9:00 am Location (Building and Room): WB407
Committee: Chair: Prof. C. Q. Jia; Supervisor: Prof. R. R. Farnood; Co-Supervisor: Prof. S. Tabe; Other Member(s): Prof. R. Hofman (CIV)

Important Dates

Monday, October 30: Final date to drop fall session full and half courses without academic penalty.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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