February 21, 2023

How mentorship is inspiring the next generation of Black engineering researchers

Bettina Oghinan (Year 3 MechE) is featured in this story where she shares her plan to pursue graduate studies at UTIAS and the importance of having community to provide support and guidance.

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Four women engineering students on building a monument against sexism

Four women engineering students including Erika Narimatsu and Nat Espinosa-Merlano (Year 3 MechE) share their experience leading the design & building  process of the monument commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women & offer words of advice to girls interested in pursuing STEM in university.

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How U of T Engineering researchers are helping to design the future of nuclear waste management

A team of researchers from Professor Kamran Behdinan's lab, including flex-time PhD candidate Grant Minor (pictured) are collaborating with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to optimize the design and layout of a new plant for processing used nuclear fuel packages.

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Nebula, co-founded by MIE’s Neha Basra, wins $25K Prize at RBC Innovation Challenge

On January 27, Neha Basra (MechE 2T2+PEY), along with her teammates Alton Rego (Chem), Kim Watada (Chem), Mary Daka (CivMin), and Matthew McArthur (Architecture) placed 2nd at the RBC “Tech for a Greener Future” Innovation Challenge winning $25,000 in prize money and access to resources to further develop their concept “Nebula.”

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CARTE Applied AI/DS Seminar: Machine Learning in Physical Asset Management
Speaker: Professor Chi-Guhn Lee (MIE)
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 8:00-10:00pm | Virtual
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Complex systems we face today consist of numerous sub-systems and components, and its continuous operation depends on that of sub-systems and components. As such, we at C-MORE (Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering) have made significant research efforts in physical asset management by applying machine learning to asset condition monitoring and optimal maintenance recommendations. In this talk, we will cover fundamental notions of machine learning and its application to asset management. As part of the talk we will share multiple case studies as well as advanced algorithms developed.

Invited Speaker Seminar: Intelligent mechanical metamaterials that can sense, actuate, compute, and communicate
Dr. Amir H. Alavi, University of Pittsburgh
Friday, February 24, 2023 | 11:00am-12:00pm | Virtual
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In this talk, Dr. Amir Alavi will introduce the striking concept of “mechanical metamaterial electronics (meta-mechanotronics)” as a platform for designing intelligent matter that can sense external stimuli, self-power and process the information to create an integrated closed-loop control system.

MIE Research Seminar: Bridging Online and Offline Learning Towards Improved Data-Driven Decision Making
Speaker: Yunzong Xu, MIT
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am | MC331
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Machine learning is playing an increasingly important role in decision making, with key applications ranging from dynamic pricing and recommendation systems to personalized medicine and clinical trials. In this talk, we consider the challenge of reducing difficult online decision-making problems to well-understood offline supervised learning problems. Xu will also provide an overview of his additional work and broader research agenda on bridging online and offline learning towards improved data-driven decision making. He will highlight the importance of problem structures and discuss the exciting opportunities for the operations research community.

MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: 3D Printing Active Electronic Devices
Speaker: Michael McAlpine, Univserity of Minnesota
Friday, March 3, 2023 | 2:00-3:00pm | MC102
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Join Professor Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota to learn more about the ability to 3D print active electronic devices and how this technology could impact a variety of fields, including biomedical devices, wearable electronics, bioelectronics, smart prosthetics, and human-machine interfaces. Attendees also have the option of attending the Post-Lecture Reception to meet Professor McAlpine and continue their discussions. Registration for the reception is required - please register online.

CRAFT Project Awards 2023

CRAFT is pleased to announce that is launching an RFP for the CRAFT Project Awards 2023.
Through these awards, NRC will provide $50K in seed funding (which must be matched by UofT faculty) to support collaborative projects co-led by Research Officers at the NRC in Boucherville and U of T faculty members. Successful projects will aim to make fundamental advances in microfluidic technologies and their applications that align with one or more of CRAFT’s pillars (i.e., organ-on-a-chip, biofabrication, diagnostics and bioanalytics).
Deadline for application submission: Feb 28, 2023.
Those interested can download the full RFP and 2-page application here
Questions should be adressed to CRAFT co-Director, Dr. Teodor Veres,

Ontario Professional Engineers Virtual Event

On March 8 at 6 p.m. EST join the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education 2022-2023 scholarship recipients and five panelists who will share where their engineering degrees have taken them and how they embrace lifelong learning. 

Panelists include:
  • Lisa De Angelis, Vice President, Engineering & Asset Management of Civil Infrastructure at Metrolinx
  • Cory Jones, President, Neegan Burnside
  • Kibret Mequanint, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at University of Western Ontario
  • Emily Pepper, Consultant, Arup Group
  • Anik Masfiqur Rahman, Energy Markets Coordinator, Ontario Power Generation
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