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News & Upcoming Events

Molly Shoichet Inspires at YWIES

More than 70 top students from schools across the Toronto area gathered at the Faculty’s Young Women in Engineering Symposium (YWIES). The event began with a keynote address by Professor Molly Shoichet (IBBME, ChemE), who shared first-hand how she became a researcher, her cutting-edge work at the interface of engineering and medicine — and why she hopes they, too, will pursue a career in engineering. Read more.

New Strategy to Fight Parasitic Plant

ChemE Professor Alexei Savchenko, along with Professor Peter McCourt in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology, have created a genetically engineered plant biosensor, a tool that will help them hunt for molecules that could prevent Striga infestations. The research was recently published in the journal Science. Read more.

SOCAAR Seminar on Fri, Oct 16 from 2-3pm

On Friday, October 16 from 2-3pm in WB407, Dr. Roberto Guardani will present on Air Quality Monitoring in Megacities: Studies at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of São Paulo.

Your Vote Counts!

Federal election is on Monday, October 19! The Faculty is mounting a small non-partisan campaign to encourage students to vote. Please help by reminding students of the importance of their participation and by pointing them at useful resources:

Elections Canada information for first-time voters and students

Vote Compass - for those who are still undecided

Info on voting locations, voter registration and advance polls

Frieder Mugele Presents on Wed, Oct 21 at 9am

Professor Frieder Mugele from Physics of Complex Fluids, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands) will present Controlling Drop Dynamics by Electrically Tunable Energy Landscapes on Wednesday, October 21 at 9am in the Red Seminar Room of the Donnelly Centre (160 College Street).

WHMIS Refresher on Thu, Nov 5 from 12-1pm

Our Annual WHMIS refresher session will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 12-1pm in SF-1105. Only one in-person session will be held. The WHMIS refresher will be available online for those who cannot attend the 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 2015 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 12:10pm. No exceptions. So please be prompt.


October 9, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 38

In this issue:

Grad Office


Grad Office


Peter Schnurr Wins Poster Contest

PhD Candidate Peter Schnurr recently took first place in the Engineering & Analysis portion of the Student Poster Competition at this year's Algae Biomass Summit in Washington D.C. His poster discussed Factors Affecting Algae Biofilm Growth and Internal Lipid Concentrations: Light and Nutrients, co-authored by Grant Allen (ChemE) and George Espie (UTM Biology).

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – P. P. Czupiel

Date of Meeting: Thursday, October 15 in RS407 at 2pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. McGuigan; Supervisor: Prof. M. S. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Moffat



Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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

Thursday, November 26 - Scholars & Leaders Reception, 6-8pm, Massey College

Friday, November 27 - Chem Club Dinner and Dance, 6-10pm, Atlantis (955 Lakeshore Blvd W)

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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