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Reinventing the toilet: U of T Engineering team presents sustainable prototype in Beijing

Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE and Centre for Global Engineering) and her team are currently in China exhibiting a prototype with the potential to address one of humanity’s most pressing challenges. They have created a sustainable toilet designed for the billions of people who lack access to effective sanitation or waste management systems. Read more.

World Health Organization highlights research work by CANUE

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) was recently highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Housing and Health Newsletter. CANUE was established at U of T in 2016 to provide a central hub for sharing methods and tools and to connect environmental health researchers across Canada and with other environmental researchers internationally. Professors Jeffrey Brook (Dalla Lana School of Public Health/ChemE) and Greg Evans (ChemE) have been heavily involved in the establishment of the consortium. Read more.

Three ChemE alumni honoured at 2018 EAN Awards

Three exemplary ChemE alumni were recognized on Thursday, November 1 at the annual Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards. Larry Seeley (ChemE 6T6, MASc 6T8, PhD 7T2) received the Engineering Alumni Medal. Elias Kyriacou (ChemE 7T6) won the Malcolm F. McGrath Alumni Achievement Award. Reena Cabanilla (ChemE 1T8) received the L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction. Learn more about their achievements.

Special talk on Mon, Nov 12

On Monday, November 12 from 4:30-5:30pm in Massey College’s Upper Library, the Science@Massey series will be hosting Dr. Kim Tait, a curator from the Royal Ontario Museum and a professor from the Department of Earth Sciences. She will be giving an informative talk entitled, Rocks, Rovers, Religion and the ROM: How in the world are these all related? A Q&A will follow from 5:30-6pm. Click here for the event poster.

reminderREMINDER: Next LLE is on Mon, Nov 12 and in the Bahen Centre!

Traditionally LLE talks are hosted on Wednesdays at noon in WB116. However, our next LLE is on Monday, November 12 from 1-2pm in BA1170. Prof. Lutgarde Raskin from the University of Michigan will be giving a talk entitled, Can Engineering Controls Shape the Drinking Water Microbiome and Reduce the Risk of Opportunistic Infections? Prof. Raskin is the 2018-19 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer.

REMINDER: BioZone special seminar on Thu, Nov 15

BioZone and IWI will be hosting a special seminar on Thursday, November 15 from 1-2pm in WB407. The talk will be given by Dr. Jane Fowler, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark with research interests revolving around sustainable biotechnologies for biological drinking water and wastewater treatment using mixed microbial communities. Her talk is entitled, Biofilm thickness modulates community assembly processes and functionality in wastewater treatment.

REMINDER: Annual BioZone Mass Spectrometry User Meeting on Fri, Nov 16

On Fri, November 16 from 12-5pm in WB407, BioZone will be hosting its annual Mass Spectrometry User Meeting. The aims of the meeting are to provide users with information on the latest techniques and methods the facility is capable of performing, and to determine what sample prep techniques and analysis tools users are interested in. Click here for more info and to register.


November 8, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 40

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Samantha Cheung

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 15
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. D. G. Allen; Co-Supervisor: Prof. S. Short; Other Member(s): Prof. G. Wolfaardt

PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Shyam Srinivasan

Date of Meeting: Friday, November 16
Start Time: 8:30am
Location (Building and Room): WB215
PhD Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Co-Supervisor: Prof. W. R. Cluett; Chair: Prof. A. Yakunin; Other Member: Prof. S. Klamt (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems), Prof. S. Shah

Upcoming SGS Sessional Dates


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Monday, November 12 - LLE: Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan (AEESP Distinguished Lecture Series), co-hosted with CivMin, Ryerson, and York, Can engineering controls shape the drinking water microbiome and reduce the risk of opportunistic infections?, BA1170 from 1-2pm

Wednesday, November 21 - LLE: Alan Aspuru-Guzik, U of T, Department of Chemistry, Closed-loop discovery of materials: Robotics, artificial intelligence and predictive methods for the design of active organic materials, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, December 5 - LLE: Ron Weiss, MIT, Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - LLE: Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Reaction Mechanisms and Structure Sensitivity for Heterogeneous Catalyst Discovery from First-Principles, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - LLE: John Lienhard, MIT, Co-hosted with IWI, Thermodynamics and Transport in Desalination Systems Engineering, WB116 from 12-1pm

Friday, February 22, 2019 - GRD: Great Hall, Hart House, full day

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - LLE: Ian Gilmore, National Physical Laboratory, UK, co-hosted with OCAAM, Metabolic imaging at the single-cell scale - recent advances and future challenges in mass spectrometry imaging, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - LLE: Alfred Spormann, Stanford, Microbial Electrosynthesis for a Carbon-neutral Energy and Chemicals Economy, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - LLE: Jennifer Case, Virginia Tech (Education Lecture and Seminar), co-hosted with ISTEP, Going beyond the fads and jargon: What does research tell us about teaching for high quality learning in science and engineering?, WB116 from 12-1pm


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