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Ha LeWelcome Ha Le

Ha Le joined us this week as our interim Teaching Assistant (TA) Administrator and Undergraduate Office Assistant. She will be with us until February 2018 while we look to fill the position permanently. If you have any questions for Ha, she is located in WB216A and can be reached at ugradassist.chemeng@utoronto.ca or extension 63271.

Infrastructure updates

Unit OpsUnit Ops: New refrigeration units have arrived safely.

ventilationVentilation: AHU5 and AHU6 are here! The glycol heating system is progressing. Startup in very early January 2018.

Labs: MOTT lab furniture due this week; installation will be completed before we break for holidays.

U of T Engineering Holiday Gift Guide 2017

A build-it-yourself robot kit, a revolutionary pressure cooker and a first-of-its-kind universal hex key are just a few of the items — all designed by U of T Engineering alumni and students — that we feel should be on everyone’s holiday shopping list. Click here for 12 U of T Engineering-approved gift ideas!

LLE on Wed, Dec 6

On Wednesday, December 6 from 12-1pm in WB116, Julia Kornfield from the California Institute of Technology will be giving a talk entitled, Megasupramolecules.

SOCAAR seminar on Wed, Dec 7

As part of the SOCAAR Seminar Series, Dr. Kelly Sabaliauskas from Toronto Public Health will be giving a talk entitled, Building Resiliency Against the Impacts of Extreme Heat in Toronto. The talk will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 3-4pm in WB407.

Special talk on Thu, Dec 7

On Thursday, December 7 from 11am to 12pm at the Fields Institute, Stewart Library, Ryan Alexander Church from BiomeRenewables will be giving a talk entitled, Thresholds Abound: How Biomimicry led to an Understanding of Fluids, the PowerCone Technology, and a Better Wind Turbine.

CEGSA Holiday Lunch on Thu, Dec 14

The annual CEGSA Holiday Lunch is set for Thursday, December 14 at 12pm in WB247! There will be turkey, ham, potatoes, pie, plus all of the holiday fixings. It costs $5 for a plate, $4 if you bring a non-perishable food donation or your own plate & cutlery, or $3 if you bring both!

Alum looking to hire

Zoe Coull (ChemE PhD 1T0), Founder of Ice Dragon Corrosion, is looking to expand her team. She's seeking engineers with at least three to four years of experience, including field work. The ideal candidate should have a background in in structural, civil, mechanical or corrosion engineering. Training will be provided, attitude is most important. If you'd like more info, please email jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca


December 1, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 41

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Departmental Oral Examination – Masood Khaksar Toroghi

Date of Meeting: Friday, December 8
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB215
PhD Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Co-Supervisor: Prof. W. Cluett; Chair: B. A. Saville; Other Member: Prof. R. R. Farnood, Prof. M. Radisic

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - A. Ganesh

Date of Meeting: Thursday, December 7
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): CCBR 812
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Supervisor(s): Prof. M. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. S. Wu (Pharmacy)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – N. Mykhaylova

Date of Meeting: Thursday, December 7
Start Time: 10:30am
Location (Building and Room): WB243
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. T. Bender; Supervisor: Prof. G. Evans; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Brook (Environment Canada), Prof. M. Thomson (Chemistry)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Taeho Kim

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, December 5
Start Time: 1pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. G. Allen; Supervisor: Prof. A. Yakunin; Co-Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. A. Savchenko

SGS Sessional Dates




MEng/MASc opportunities

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

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.

FPInnovations is hiring!

FPInnovations is looking to hire a project/process engineer for its Bio-economy Centre in Thunder Bay. Ideally, the successful candidate has already had a few years of working experience. For more information, click here.

Patheon is hiring!

Patheon is looking to hire a technologist to perform formulation, scale up and other manufacturing related assignments, and participate in maintaining the equipment in the PPT area. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

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


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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