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News & Announcements

Alison McGuiganResearch2Reality spotlights Alison McGuigan

Research2Reality recently interviewed Professor Alison McGugian. Her take away message was, “don’t be afraid to collaborate!” See what else she had to say.

Grad student thwarting away cyber criminals

PhD student Nataliya Mykhaylova, supervised by Professor Greg Evans, recently won a student competition related to cyber security. The competition was sponsored by the London-based SWIFT Institute, which issued a challenge to teams of Canadian university students to come up with new ideas to thwart cyber criminals. Mykhaylova, through her PhD studies, has been testing different devices and came up with lots of ideas to enhance cyber security from the hardware level. Click here to read the full story and listen to a podcast where Mykhaylova talks about her novel model.

Solar fuel breakthroughs from U of T

Making fuel out of polluted air, using it to power industry, and then taking the emissions from that industry back out of the air to create more fuel – it sounds too good to be true. But while there are a few hurdles to clear, a team led by University of Toronto’s Geoffrey Ozin of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts & Science is getting closer to closing the carbon cycle. Ozin is also currently working with a dozen U of T fourth-year chemical engineering students to design and build a pilot-scale version of his laboratory demonstration ‘solar refinery’ connected to U of T’s physical plant. Read the full U of T News story.

WB windows upgraded

If you didn't get a chance last week to view our time-lapse video which documents our window upgrade, click here for a quick glimpse.

MEng/MASc opportunities

If you know someone interested in pursuing a MEng or MASc project at ChemE, please refer them to these posts:

Looking for work as an environmental engineer?

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. is looking to hire a Junior Environmental Professional to join its growing corporate environmental team in Victoria, BC. For details, including how to apply, click here.

Special lecture on Mon, Nov 20

As part of MSE's Distinguished Lecture Series, Kathryn Grandfield from McMaster University will give a special talk entitled, Correlative Microscopies for Investigating Bone and Biomaterials Interfaces. The talk will take place on Monday, November 20 from 4-5pm in MB128.

Global Speaker Series on Tue, Nov 21

Edward Botchwey from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University will be giving a special talk entitled, Harnessing inflammation pathways and membrane lipidomics for stem cell biomanufacturing and regenerative engineering. The talk will take place on Tuesday, November 21 from 12-1pm in the Red Room of CCBR located at 160 College Street. For more info, click here. The event will also be live streamed here.

William SampsonLLE featuring William Sampson on Wed, Nov 22

William Sampson from the University of Manchester will be speaking at LLE on Wednesday, November 22 starting at 12pm in WB116. He will be giving a talk entitled, Optimising structure-property dependencies of stochastic materials by probabilistic modelling.

CEGSA Movember Bowling on Fri, Nov 24

There's still time to register for CEGSA's Movember Bowling event on Friday, November 24 at Bathurst Bowlerama. Festivities begin in the grad common room (WB247) at 5:30pm. Pizza will be served. $7/person (includes pizza, shoes and of course bowling). A portion of the funds will be donated to the Movember Foundation. To register email cegsa.chemeng@utoronto.ca asap.

Attend the CNA2018 for free!

Looking for that internship or first job in nuclear? Then you need to attend CNA2018...absolutely free! Apply to be one of 100 students to receive an all expenses paid trip to Ottawa to attend CNA2018. Visit cna.ca/conference for full details and fill out the application under the 'Student Registration' tab today! All applications must be received by Thursday, November 30 to be considered.

Conflict Management Workshop on Mon, Dec 4

The Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) will be hosting a hands-on seminar designed by the Whittaker Melnike Group Inc. for anyone looking to improve how they approach and mitigate conflict. The event will take place on Monday, December 4 from 6:30-9pm in BA2159. Space is limited! The cost is $30+HST. For full details and to register, click here.

Song of the Season on Wed, Dec 6

Beloved music of the holiday season comes in many forms, melodies and traditions! The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto have prepared a special selection of warm-hearted music in honour of this festive time. On Wednesday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, performers will share their own traditions through a program of solos, duets and carols. If you wish to attend this free event, click here.


November 17, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 39

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events




Ultracentrifige for sale

BioZone has a barely used ultracentrifuge for sale. The model is a Thermo Scientific Sorvall WX80 Ultracentrifuge with T647.5 Rotor. For specifications, click here. If you are interested in purchasing the unit, please contact Sean Caffrey at sean.caffrey@utoronto.ca

Mass hiring at Bantrel!

Bantrel will be hiring 165 PEng and engineering graduates over the next two months for the two-year construction of a new nuclear plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. These are STAFF positions, so after the completion of the Waynesboro site, Bantrel will be looking to bring their people back for permanent relocation at various sites throughout Ontario including Toronto. Prior experience in nuclear isn't necessary! For more information including how to apply, click here.

Job opportunity with MOECC

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is looking to hire a Senior Organic Chemistry Research Scientist. The successful candidate will have a PhD level degree in Chemistry. For more details including how to apply, click here.

Post-Doctoral Opportunity starting January 2018: Condition Monitoring of Lubricating Oils in Diesel Engines

The Nanomechanics Research Group at Carleton University in Ottawa is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a term of up to 2 years starting January 2018. The successful candidate will work on a project to model the degradation of lubricants in bearing and engine lubrication environments. Click here for more information, including how to apply.

PhD opportunity - apply asap

If you’re thinking of doing a PhD, there’s an opportunity starting in January or May 2018. The successful PhD candidate would help investigate the amounts and factors related to the release of microfibers and contaminants from clothing, and would be co-supervised by Miriam Diamond and Chelsea Rochman from U of T, as well as Lisa Jautunen and Amila de Silva from Environment and Climate Change Canada. Funding is available for four years. For more information, including how to apply, click here.

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 for 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


Grad Office



Date of Meeting: Monday, November 20
Start Time: 3pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. Chan; Supervisor: Prof. G. Evans; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Brook (Adjunct), Prof. J. Wallace (MIE)


Date of Meeting: Tuesday, November 21
Start Time: 11am
Location (Building and Room): Donnelly Centre 11th floor conference room
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Other Member(s): Prof. W. Chan (IBBME)

SGS Sessional Dates


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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