October 19, 2022 

In Memoriam: Professor Charles Ward

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Charles Ward on October, 12 at Bridgepoint Hospital. 

Professsor Ward received his BSc from the University of Texas, Arlington, and his doctorate from Northwestern University. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Toronto in 1967, and was promoted to Professor in 1977.

He was the Director of the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory. A theory for predicting the rate of molecular transport across phase boundaries—Statistical Rate Theory—was developed in his lab. It has been cited in the open literature over 400 times. He and his students have published over one hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals. His studies of interfacial kinetics led to the measurement of a temperature discontinuity at the liquid-vapour interface during evaporation and to the measurement of a new property of water: the surface thermal capacity. This property defines the energy transport by surface-tension-driven flow.

The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) has recognized his research contributions. In 1988 he received the Robert W. Angus Medal in recognition of a paper on surface science and in 2008 he received the Jules Stachiewiez Medal for his contributions to heat transfer.

Following his wishes, a visitation will be held at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home on Sunday, October 23, from 2 to 4 pm. The Home is located at 467 Sherbourne St in Toronto, and parking is available on the north side of the building. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the Scott Mission or the Art Gallery of Ontario, his favoured charities.

New CRAFT Tissue Foundry provides infrastructure dedicated to bioengineering innovation

The Tissue Foundry offers a wide range of instruments to allow microfluidics researchers to complete the preclinical assessment of their devices, culture and image tissues for their research, and print physiologically relevant 3D structures using biomaterials and cells. NRC Technical Officers at CRAFT support the Foundry and train students who would like to use the equipment for their research projects.

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Community Spotlight: Melissa Ma, Mech 2T4

Melissa Ma (MechE 2T4) makes a point of seeking out as many hands-on learning experiences as possible as she completes her Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Toronto. She is the Leader of the Braking System Team for the U of T Hyperloop Team and recently presented at her first academic conference.

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Goldie Nejat featured in '50 women in robotics you need to know about 2022'

Professor Goldie Nejat was recently featured on the Women in Robotics 2022 list of '50 women in robotics you need to know about. Professor Nejat is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Lab.

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MScAC Talk: The Next Wave of AI Commercialization
 Parasvil Patel, Partner, Radical Ventures
Monday, October 24 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | Virtual 

This talk will explore how the commercialization of AI innovation and associated AI startup activity has happened in waves, each with its distinctive pattern. The talk will cover the progression and successes of AI commercialization wave by wave with illustrative examples. It will conclude with a discussion of current and future startup opportunities with time for Q&A.

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PsychEng Seminar: What Makes a Robot Seem Like a Moral Entity?
 Jason Plaks, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, U of T
Tuesday, October 25 | 12:10pm-1:30pm | Room 2135, Bahen Centre

What increases – and decreases – the likelihood of attributing moral features to robots? In contrast to research that has focused on robots’ physical features and gestures, our work has begun to examine – and manipulate – psychological features.

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MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Applying Rheology to Solve Engineering Problems
 Professor Emeritus Christopher Macosko, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) at the University of Minnesota
Friday, October 28 | 2:00pm-3:00pm | MC102

This seminar will briefly introduce modern rheological characterization methods and then show how they can be applied to solve three engineering problems. Formulation of biomedical hydrogels is guided with linear viscoelastic analysis. Yield stress and thixotropic characterization are used to design 3D printing inks. Measures of shear normal stresses lead to eliminating flow instabilities in polymer extrusion.

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CARTE Industry Seminar: Active Learning for Optimizing RNA Based Vaccines and Therapeutics
Michael Bailey, Computational Scientist at Sanofi Data and AI Center of Excellence
Friday, October 28 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Room 380, Myhal Centre

RNA vaccines saved the world from COVID. But vaccines are just one of several potential uses for this breakthrough technology. As the world leading vaccine manufacturer and one of the largest pharma companies, Sanofi has recently launched its RNA Center of Excellence to lead the way in the development and use of RNAs for vaccines and therapeutics. While promising, the use of mRNA raises several new computational challenges. Michale Bailey will discuss these challenges and will also present the methods developed to address these issues. 

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AMIGAS Executive Election

Are you looking for ways to get involved in graduate student life, make the most of this school year and gain some leadership experience? AMIGAS is hiring Directors for each executive team for the 2022-2023 year!

We are excited to host many events in person this year and are looking for people that are enthusiastic and ready to get involved in the Mechanical Engineering Grad Community. All current MIE graduate students who will be completing their degree in or after fall 2023 are eligible to apply. Please make sure to encourage your friends and lab-mates from MIE to sign up and to be more involved with the student activities.

We are hiring for the following positions: Admin Directors, Student Affairs Directors, Social Directors, and Academic and Professional Development VP and Directors. Please sign up for a maximum of two positions which you feel you are most comfortable with by submitting a response in the form below. More details about the positions and structure of AMIGAS are provided in the form!
Applications are now due by November 4th at 1 pm EST. Voting will take place in person on November 4th, Friday, at 5 pm EST. Click here to complete the form.

Troost ILead Difference Maker Award

Do you have a proven track record and a high commitment to making your community a better place? Are you an individual with dreams and the determination to get there? Are you a person who has actively expressed leadership and demonstrates a commitment to your own potential and ongoing development? If this is reflective of you, then we encourage you to apply for the Troost ILead Difference Maker Award. This one-time $50,000 award is for a remarkable fourth-year undergraduate student who is ready to dream, launch and make the world a better place. Deadline: October 31, 2022.

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Scholarship Opportunities

5T3 (1953) Engineering Award: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation year, the Class of 5T3 made a commitment of creating an award fund to support a scholarship for upper-year students. The award is valued at $31,755.38. Third-year students are invited to apply. Deadline: October 24, 2022

Scrymgeour Scholarship in Engineering Entrepreneurship I and II: This scholarship is open to full-time domestic students in their third year of any undergraduate program at U of T Enginnering on the basis of enrolment in the Engineering Business Minor, in addition to entrepreneurial spirit and leadership demonstrated through involvement in sports, cultural and extracurricular activities and community engagement. Deadline: October 28, 2022

Ontario-Ukraine Solidarity Scholarship: In response to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the province of Ontario has created the Ontario-Ukraine Solidarity Scholarship to support students attending Ontario universities. The scholarship valued at $10,000 will be awarded to four students from the University of Toronto in Fall 2022. To qualify, students must be impacted by the Ukrainian conflict or other conflicts around the world; be registered in full-time or part-time studies; be studying at the undergraduate level; be physically present in Ontario for the 2022-23 academic year; have financial need; and demonstrate academic merit. Deadline: October 28, 2022

View all Scholarship Opportunities on the U of T Engineering website

Career Opportunities

Assistant Professor/Tenure Track, Mechanical Engineering at University of Manitoba

Faculty Opening in Applied Operations Research and Operations Management at University of Waterloo

Senior Engineer/Scientist (Mechanical/Piping Design) at Kinectrics Inc.

Assembly Engineer at SWJ Technology

Industrial Engineer at SWJ Technology

Robotic System Planner at Cimcorp Automation Ltd.

View more job postings on the U of T Engineering CONNECT job board.
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