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Two ChemE Alumni Recognized with Arbor Awards

The University of Toronto has honoured two alumni from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry with Arbor Awards. The awards recognize outstanding voluntary service to the university.

“On behalf of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our many alumni and friends who offer their time and expertise to benefit our students and support our Faculty,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “We value their tremendous contributions and take great pride in the recognition they have received through the Arbor Awards.”

The following alumni were recognized at the annual ceremony:

Alan Bowler (ChemE 5T3)
Bowler has been a class leader for six decades and has helped to plan the Class of ’53 annual gatherings and five-year reunions, as well as getting the Skule Lunch & Learn newsletter out on time.

Gerard Charles Frost (ChemE 5T1)
Frost has passed his skills and in-depth knowledge on to younger students through his volunteer work with the Faculty. In the last two years, he has guided and instructed first-year students in their Engineering Strategies & Practice coursework and mentored students interested in pursuing a career in water technology.


October 4, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 33

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Research Office

Reminder: Connaught Global Challenge Award Letters of Intent Due by October 15
Please be advised that the deadline for Connaught Global Challenge Award Letters of Intent is Tuesday, October 15.The successful proposal will bring together the University’s leading researchers from multiple disciplines with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors to heighten the University’s contribution to important issues facing society. Applications are to be made using the form available on the Connaught website and submitted electronically via My Research Applications. Applicants are encouraged to login well in advance of the October 15 submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with login credentials and to leave appropriate time for the routing and approval process. Full program details and application materials can be found on the Connaught website: http://connaught.research.utoronto.ca/. Questions may be addressed to connaught.secretariat@utoronto.ca or 416-978-3211. 

New Option Following a NSERC Engage Grant
Engage Plus Grants will support a completed Engage project for an additional six months of activity so that the partners can build on progress in the Engage Grant and/or continue the project while seeking longer term funding support. Key highlights about Engage Plus include:

  • NSERC and the industrial partner will both contribute cash towards the direct costs of the project. NSERC will match the cash contribution of the industry partner up to a maximum of $12,500. Any portion of the industry partner’s cash contribution that the university requests as overhead will not be matched by NSERC.
  • The project must involve the same university researcher and the same industrial partner.
  • Intellectual property developed during an Engage Plus Grant belongs to the industry partner.
  • The application process follows the same, simple steps as in an Engage Grant.
  • Decisions will be communicated by NSERC within four to six weeks.

An Engage Grant project can only be awarded one Engage Plus Grant. NSERC will accept applications for an Engage Plus Grant that builds on any completed Engage Grant project until Monday, February 3, 2014. Afterwards, Engage Plus Grants will only be accepted within the final month of the Engage Grant, or within the six month period following the end of the grant. For more information, please refer to the Engage Grants description on NSERC’s website or contact your Regional Office (1-877-767-1767).

Grad Office

Graduating in November?
The Office of Convocation has a handy Graduation Checklist to keep you on track for November graduation. As of October 15 you can book your gown and hood, request guest tickets and RSVP your attendance at the Office of Convocation website. Unable to attend? Consult the Office of Convocation website on how to receive your diploma.

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination – G. Lestari
Date of Meeting: Monday, October 7 in WB407 at 2 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. T. Bender; Supervisor: Prof. E. Kumacheva; Other Member(s): Prof. A. Ramchandran, Prof. M. Winnik

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – M. N. Rahman
Date of Meeting: Tuesday, October 8 in CCBR 11th Fl. at 2 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Shoichet; Supervisor: Prof. P. Zandstra; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Rossant, Prof. D. Van Der Kooy




WHMIS Refresher
Our annual WHMIS refresher session will be held on Monday, October 7 from 11am until noon in WB116. Only one in-person session will be held. The WHMIS refresher will be available online for those who cannot attend in person with an exam required at the end of the online session. This is a requirement for all personnel registered with or working in the Department and includes those registered with the Department but working elsewhere on or off campus. People who have successfully completed CHE2222 in 2013 are exempt. Attendance will be taken. It is important to attend the whole session as all information is important. Doors will be locked once the session begins at 11:10am. No exceptions. So please be prompt.

Special Lecture on Catalytic Vehicle Emission Control
On Monday, October 7 starting at 2pm in WB215, Charles H.F. Peden from the Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be giving a talk entitled Future Challenges for Catalytic Vehicle Emission Control. If you would like to meet with the seminar speaker, please send an email to cathy.chin@utoronto.ca or charles.mims@utoronto.ca

CEGSA Thanksgiving Luncheon
On Thursday, October 10 starting at noon, CEGSA will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in the Graduate Common Room (WB247). Don't miss out on this delicious event. A non-perishable food item or $4 will get you a huge plate of your favourite Thanksgiving fixings.


Chem Eng Events

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October 16, 2013 - Emerging Leaders: Jose Moran-Mirabal, McMaster University, The Study of Cellulose Structure and Cellulase-cellulose Interactions Through High-resolution Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

November 6, 2013 - Emerging Leaders: Javid Rzayev, University of Buffalo, Nanostructured Materials from Molecular Bottlebrushes, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

November 20, 2013 - LLE: Michael E. Mackay, University of Delaware, Solar Energy and Plastics - Do These Two Words Belong Together, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

November 27, 2013 - LLE: David Julian McClements, University of Massachusetts, Structured Colloidal Delivery Systems for Encapsulation and Delivery of Bioactive Components, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

January 8, 2014 - LLE: Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta, Opening the Black Box of Nanostructure Syntheses - Steps to Understanding Chemistry on the Nanoscale, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

January 15, 2014 - LLE: Suzanne Kresta, University of Alberta, Innovation, Reliability, or Both? Education for Engineers as Entrepreneurs and Leaders, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

January 22, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Suljo Linic, Conversion of Solar into Chemical Energy on Plasmonic Metal Nanostructures, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

January 31, 2014 - ChemE Industry Open House: More information will be available soon.

January 31 - February 2, 2014 - GRW: Faculty registration will be available soon.

February 5, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Eduardo Asselin, University of British Columbia, title of talk pending, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

March 19, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Todd Squires, University of California, title of talk pending, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

March 26, 2014 - LLE: Norman J. Wagner, University of Delaware, Shear Thickening Fluids and their Applications as Field-responsive Protective Materials, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

March 28, 2014 - 29th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner: Full details will be provided closer to the date, 6-9:30pm, 89 Chestnut Street Residence.

April 2, 2014 - LLE: Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School, Building with Biology for Health and Sustainability, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

April 9, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Chris Cappa, University of California, Berkeley, The Influence of Chemical Mixing and Morphology on the Heterogeneous Oxidation of Organic Particles, 12:30–2pm, WB116.


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