November 8, 2022 

Creating her own odds: MechE student competes in 2022 U23 World Wrestling Championships months after injury

Kirti Saxena (MechE 2T2+PEY) recently represented Canada at the 2022 U23 World Wrestling Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. The event marked Saxena’s return to competitive wrestling after sustaining a serious injury to her lower body earlier this year. 

“There were some people who said I wouldn’t be able to walk all summer, and most of the statistics out there backed up that opinion, but I wanted to create my own odds.”  

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Professor Myrtede Alfred investigates maternal health disparities experienced by racialized patients in U.S. clinical systems

The United States is the world’s most expensive country to give birth. Yet, its maternal mortality rate was the highest compared to other wealthy nations, with 23.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2020.

Professor Myrtede Alfred (MIE), has dedicated her career to integrating equity in patient safety efforts in maternal care. Now, she is conducting new research to further understand the disproportionate rates of racial and ethnic maternal health disparities in the U.S.

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Students from Bolivia, South Korea, Tanzania and Türkiye on the transition to first year at U of T Engineering

The 2022 Pearson Scholars spoke with writer Safa Jinje about what led them to U of T, their experiences in Toronto so far, and their hopes for the future. IndE student Boran Ocak shares their experience as they begin their time with U of T Engineering.

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Fall Study Break & Student Resources

The Engineering Fall Study Break \will take place between November 7 – 11, 2022. During this week there will be no Fall Term Engineering courses. We hope you can take some time during the break to slow down, rest and prepare for the rest of the term.

The Faculty and the University offer many resources if you're looking for a dose of wellness, help with your studies or a way to burn off some energy:

Academic Resources
Mental Health Resources Health & Wellness
PsychEng Seminar: Introduction to Human Factors and User Centred Design
Speaker: Prof. Patricia Trbovitch, Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 12:10-1:30pm | Room 2135, Bahen Centre
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The PsychEng seminar series (part of the Collaborative Specialization in Psychology and Engineering) aims to spark and/or showcase interdisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering, psychiatry and psychology. The full abstract for this talk will be posted at least one week before the seminar.

Distinguished Seminar Series: Small Particles Hoisting Gigantic Industrial Processes – the I2I (Idea-to-Industrialization) road of Particle Technology
Speaker: Dr. Jesse Zhu, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario 
Friday, November 25, 2022 | 2:00-3:00pm | MC102
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Fine particles under 30 microns are very sticky and therefore extremely difficult to handle, due to the stronger interparticle forces, leading to poor powder flowability and fluidization. However, they are also very useful due to their small size and the very large specific surface areas. A nano-modulation technology has been developed that can significantly enhance fine particle flowability by coating a small fraction of nano particles onto their surfaces. This talk will review some of the stories behind the technological development and reveal some critical details of the technologies

CARTE Industry Speaker Seminar: Correspondent Banking Networks Optimization
Speaker: Nima Safaei, Senior Data Scientist at Scotiabank
Friday, November 25, 2022 | 12:10-1:30pm | Room 360, Myhal Centre
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Correspondent Banking (CB) Network refers to a network of financial institutions providing cross-border payment services for customers through different channels such as SWIFT, Fedwire, etc. Through the CB network, banks and their customers can access financial services in different jurisdictions and provide cross-border payment services to their customers, supporting, among other things, international trade and financial inclusion. We employ the mathematical programming approach in conjunction with the graph theory to optimize a CB network. Optimizing the network requires decisions to be made to onboard, terminate or restrict the bank relationships to optimize the size and overall risk of the network. 

Faculty News

Professor Greg Jamieson is the recipient of a prestigious Human Factors & Ergonomics Society award for a paper published in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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Professor Goldie Nejat was interviewed recently on a recent segment of CBC's The Current about  socially assistive robots and how they could be utilized in long-term care.

You can listen to the segment on the CBC Listen website.
Professor Birsen Donmez publishes a new paper in Accident Analysis & Prevention: Drivers don’t need to learn all ADAS limitations: A comparison of limitation-focused and responsibility-focused training approaches. 

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Lean Green Belt Training

The Institute of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE) is holding a 3-day Lean Green Belt training on November 18th-20th!

Lean Green Belt is a process improvement certification that is recognized across industries. You will learn about 5S, SMED, the seven wastes, and more process optimization concepts! The MIE Department is also subsidizing more than half the cost for every MIE student who joins! To join, please complete the registration form here or visit

Apply and help your resume stand out!

Sustainability Scholar Survey - November 9, 2022 Deadline

This 5-minute survey is part of a Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) project on Increasing awareness and enrollment of our Sustainability Scholar Programs. Response deadline is Nov. 9.
Students within FAS, FASE, Daniels and UTSC who are not currently enrolled in a Sustainability Scholar program are asked to fill out this survey here.
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