January 24,2023

Markus Bussmann and Goldie Nejat elected ASME fellows

Professor Markus Bussmann and Professor Goldie Nejat have been elected as Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). The distinction of Fellow is bestowed upon ASME members who have 10 or more years of active practice and membership in recognition of significant achievements in the engineering profession.

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New catalyst design could make better use of captured carbon

A new catalyst design created by a U of T Engineering research team, including Professor David Sinton and postdoctoral researcher Adnan Ozden (MIE PhD 2T2), could significantly improve the practicality of an electrochemical process that converts captured CO2 into multi-carbon molecules, which represent some of the key building blocks of the chemical industry.

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CARTE AI/DS Seminar Series: Machine Learning for Understanding Construction Resource Use and Embodied Greenhouse Gases. Big Problem/Small Data
Speaker: Professor Shoshanna Saxe, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, U of T
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 9:00-10:00pm | Virtual
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We are currently facing two pressing 21st century challenges that are in tension. On one hand, there is demand for a massive expansion of the built environment to meet social and economic goals. On the other, the use of construction materials (which currently make up ~20 – 25% of annual greenhouse gas emissions) must be dramatically reduced to meet global climate change commitments. The talk will also explore the challenge of working on the big problem of built environment resource use and embodied GHG with little data and will discuss efforts to create detailed resource use in buildings data from scratch.

UoFT x TMU SEA: Back to the Future of Sustainable Urban Development
Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 9:00am-5:30pm | Medical Science Building, U of T
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The Sustainable Engineers Associations (SEA) from U of T and TMU welcome you to our first in-person conference since 2020, the Sustainability Conference 2023! This event is sponsored by Climate Positive Energy and will take place Saturday, January 28th 2023, from 9:00AM -5:30PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as the exclusive opportunity to network with some of the top leaders and academics within the sustainability industry!

MScAC Talks: Introduction to Explainable AI: Techniques and Design
Speaker: Vera Liao, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Montréal 
Monday, January 30, 2023 | 5:00-6:00pm | Virtual
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As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are increasingly used to make important decisions and perform autonomous tasks, the need to provide explanations to allow users and stakeholders to understand the AI has become a ubiquitous concern. Recently, a number of open-source toolkits are making the growing collection of Explainable AI (XAI) techniques accessible for researchers and practitioners to incorporate explanation features in their AI systems. This talk aims to provide an overview on the technical and design methods for XAI for those interested in implementing or designing explainable AI systems.

ARCDO Workshop: Understanding Anti-Brown Racism in Canada
 Raj Dhir, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Tuesday, January 31 2023 | 1:00-3:00pm | Virtual
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This workshop will explore anti-Brown racism through a human rights lens based on the unique experiences of South and Southeast Asians, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, and North Africans in Canada. We will explore the different manifestations of this racism – whether it is direct or systemic – based on distinct cultural stereotypes, religious differences, and economic insecurity.

Engineering Alumni Network Awards: Nominations Open

U of T Engineering enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s leading engineering programs thanks to the efforts of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who make up our community. The Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards celebrate and recognize alumni for their outstanding achievements. 

Nominating an alumnus/a for an EAN award is now easier than ever. Submissions are welcomed from all alumni and friends looking to recognize a member of the alumni community for their achievements. 

To learn more about the award categories or how to nominate a friend or colleague please visit the EAN website.

Save the Date & Call for Abstracts: Graduate Research Symposium

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is pleased to announce the return of our Annual MIE Graduate Research Symposium! The Symposium will take place at Hart House on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 and will showcase the ground-breaking research from our graduate students.

The Symposium will consist of oral and poster presentations, networking opportunities with faculty and industry and ultimately the opportunity to showcase your research with your peers and colleagues.

All MASc, PhD and MEng students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. MASc and PhD students may also submit their abstracts for oral presentaiton. All abstract submissions will be collected through the Google Form linked here. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, May 1, 2023.

Stay tuned for more information about presentation awards, registration and our exciting guest speaker!
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