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U of T co-hosts large international conference on sustainability

The XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering Incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, co-hosted by the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, ran from October 28-31, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The conference – one of the largest of its kind – welcomed nearly 1,400 delegates from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. Read more.

U of T Engineering celebrates industry partnerships

U of T Engineering recognized three key industry partners at its annual Industry Partners’ Reception on Wednesday, November 14, including the partnership between Prof. Gisele Azimi and Tenova Goodfellow founded by Howard Goodfellow (ChemE 6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T8). Read more.

Dr. Kerolyn Shairsingh takes first look at traffic-related air pollution in Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Kerolyn Shairsingh (ChemE PhD 1T8) conducted the first look into traffic related air pollution in Trinidad and Tobago. Her research found that significant exposure to diesel exhaust appears to be occurring in Trinidad due to traffic. Read more.

In high demand: Why U of T graduates are among the most sought after on the planet

When it came to launching a career, Enakshi Shah (ChemE 1T7 + PEY) didn’t need to look far after graduating from the University of Toronto. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a passion for computer programming, Shah packed up her things and moved a few subway stops south of U of T’s downtown Toronto campus to a fast-growing software development firm, where she’s now hammering out code for a who’s who of the corporate world. Read more.

Alumnus wins entrepreneurship award

Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3), founder of Li-Cycle Technology™, has won the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Learn more.

Catching up with Stephanie Tzanis

Even though she’s no longer a student, Stephanie Tzanis (ChemE 1T7 + PEY) is still well known around the halls of Wallberg. Faculty, staff, and students remember her fondly as a true leader and a social butterfly. Some may be surprised to learn that she wasn’t always so outgoing. Read more.

ChemE Future Leaders: Samantha Kim

The very first instalment of our brand new ChemE Future Leaders profile series is out NOW! Learn all about Samantha Kim (ChemE 2T0 + PEY Co-op) here.

Student Experience Mentorship Program

The Student Experience Mentorship Program is now accepting applications from staff and faculty to participate in the January – April 2019 program. This program pairs a faculty or staff member with a student Mentor to build a relationship and learn about the student experience close up. Please note that all participants must be available to attend the group meeting and launch on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 12-2:30pm (lunch will be served) and the group meeting and Celebration Lunch on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 12-2pm. If you apply to the program please ensure that you block off those dates and times and that your supervisor supports your participation in the program. Applications are due Wednesday, January 9, 2019. If you have questions, please email Erin Clifford at erin.clifford@utoronto.ca.

Special talk on Mon, Nov 26

John Starkey (MinE 6T1) will be giving a talk entitled, Designing SAG Mills That Work As Intended. The talk will take place on Monday, November 26 from 1-2pm in room 500 of the Lassonde Mining Building.

BioZone Research Symposium on Fri, Nov 30

It’s that time of year again! Join BioZone on Friday, November 30 for a day of exciting student research presentations, 3MTs and poster sessions. Get to know what the labs in BioZone are doing. Pizza will be provided after the event for people who register on Eventbrite (cost is free).

LLE on Wed, Dec 5

Don't miss the last LLE of the semester on Wednesday, December 5 from 12-1pm in WB116. Ron Weiss from MIT will be giving a talk entitled, Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications.


November 23, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 41

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


CNA2019 in Ottawa, free of charge!

Grad students, are you looking for a job in the nuclear industry? If yes, you need to attend CNA2019 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa from Wednesday, February 27 to Friday, March 1, 2019 … absolutely free! Apply to be one of 100 students to receive an all expenses paid trip to attend CNA2019. See some of the world's top nuclear leaders on stage, rub elbows with top executives and recruiters and learn about the great career that awaits you in nuclear. Fill out your application online under the 'Student Registration' tab today! Visit cna.ca/conference for all the details. All applications must be received by Friday, November 30 to be considered.

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - Eric Donders

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 29
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): Donnelly Centre 10th Floor Meeting Room
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Other Member(s): Prof. W. Chan (IBBME)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Mark Soberman

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 29
Start Time: 2pm
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)

Upcoming SGS Sessional Dates


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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