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News and Announcements

Happy holidays!

This will be the last issue of Chem Eng News for 2017. It's been another great year here in the Department with lots for us to look forward to in the new year, including GRD 2018. For professors, please remember to fill out your registration form before we break for holidays. Another great event taking place next year is the 29th Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference - U of T and Ryerson have the privilege of being host universities. More updates in the new year. Happy early holidays!

$5.7M GAPP funding for Professor Mahadevan and team

Krishna Mahadevan’s group will receive $5.7M from the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) – Round 8. The funds will support a project entitled, Genomics Driven Engineering of Hosts for Bio-Nylon. Read full Sarnia Observer story.

M4Dynamics hiring an EIT

M4Dynamics, a consulting company based on Toronto focused on Multiphysics and Thermodynamic Simulation and Thermochemistry-based Software Development has one fulltime position available for an entry level Engineer in Training (EIT) to work out of M4Dynamics office at Mississauga. Candidates are expected to be familiar and have a good understanding of Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics of Solutions, Extractive Metallurgy, Reaction Kinetics, Chemical Process Simulation. Knowledge on simulation of other physics phenomena such as structural mechanics, electric currents and their interactions is also desirable. Start date in December 2017 or January 2018. For more info click here. To apply or if you have questions, please email jobs@m4dynamics.com.

Advice to first-year students

Maclean’s recently asked students, academics and business leaders — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario’s first Chief Scientist Molly Shoichet — for advice to help future first-year students. Read what they had to say.

With co-curricular records, universities say grades aren’t everything

Volunteering, student government and sports teach useful skills. Now, students can prove it with the co-curricular record (CCR). Last year, Oluwatobi Edun (ChemE 1T8) used his CCR to land a one-year industry internship. Read full Maclean's story.

Remembering victims of the Montreal Massacre: Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Every year on December 6, people across the country remember the victims of École Polytechnique shooting and raise awareness about gender-based violence. Elizabeth White (ChemE 1T7+PEY) and a group of engineering students created a monument to honour victims of violence against women – this year focusing on missing and murdered Indigenous women. The structure was displayed on King’s College Circle on Wednesday, December 6. Read full U of T News story.

CEGSA Holiday Lunch on Wed, Dec 13

The annual CEGSA Holiday Lunch is set for Wednesday, December 13 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!


December 8, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 42

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – K. Sampson

Date of Meeting: Monday, December 11
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. T. Bender; Chair: Prof. C. M. Yip; Other Member: Prof. D. Seferos (Chemistry)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – David Josey

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, December 12
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. Seferos (CHM); Supervisor: Prof. T. Bender; Other Member(s): Prof. Z-H. Lu (MSE)

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Alexander E. G. Baker

Date of Meeting: Thursday, December 14
Start Time: 10:30am
Location (Building and Room): CCBR 6th Floor Meeting Room
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. Kumacheva(Chemistry); Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. S. Done (Medical Biophysics)

MASc Bypass Oral Examination - Mitchell Zak

Date of Meeting: Friday, December 15
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB139
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. D. G. Allen; Co-Supervisor: Prof. V. G. Papangelakis; Chair: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. G. Azimi; Prof. E. Master

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.

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

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, 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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