February 7, 2023

Black History Month & Launch of the Black Cultural Competency Toolkit

February is Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate, uplift and reflect upon the experiences of the Black community. To advance your own work towards improving Black inclusion and fostering Black excellence, U of T Engineering has launched the Black Cultural Competency Toolkit. This self-directed toolkit includes three modules and it is recommend to complete them in order.

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This new fabric coating could drastically reduce microplastic pollution from washing clothes

A team of U of T Engineering researchers, led by Professor Kevin Golovin, have designed a solution to reduce the amount of microplastic fibres that are shed when clothes made of synthetic fabrics are washed.  

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MIE Research Seminar: Optimal Responses to Epidemics: Models to Support Good Decisions
Speaker: Isabelle Rao, Stanford University
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am | MC331
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Policy makers make consequential choices about how to allocate limited resources to improve population health. My research aims to find avenues to optimize the use of these resources. The first part of my talk addresses the problem of how to optimally allocate limited vaccines to control the spread of an infectious disease. In the second part of the talk, I briefly present a dynamic model to assess the effectiveness of interventions for controlling the US opioid epidemic.

MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Re-engineering the Future of Diagnostic Safety: A Human Factors Engineering Approach
Professor Kristen Miller, School of Medicine, Georgetown University
Friday, February 10, 2023 | 2:00-3:00pm | MC102
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In this talk, Dr. Kristen Miller will share findings from a research portfolio of human factors engineering and diagnostic safety including systems engineering approaches that leverage health IT, patient engagement, rapid-cycle prototyping, and usability testing.

MIE Research Seminar: Generalized Submodular Optimization—Theory, Algorithms, and Applications
Speaker: Qimeng (Kim) Yu, Northwestern University
Monday, February 13, 2023 | 10:00-11:00am | MC331
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In this talk, Qimeng (Kim) Yu will consider two subclasses of Generalized Submodular Optimization, namely k-submodular optimization and Diminishing Returns (DR)-submodular optimization. We will discuss the polyhedral theory for the mixed-integer set structures that arise from these problem classes, which leads to exact solution methods. Our algorithms demonstrate effectiveness and versatility in experiments with real world datasets, and they can be readily incorporated into the state-of-the-art optimization solvers.

ARCDO Student Training: Addressing Racial Microaggressions: Tools, Strategies and Discussions
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 5:30-7:30pm | Virtual
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Learning Objectives:
  • Increase understanding of the experiences and impact of racial microaggressions – identify forms of racial microaggressive behavior and comments
  • Discuss and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of subtle discrimination within the work and learning environments
  • Increase understanding of the role of management in effectively addressing and responding to occurrences of microaggressions/subtle discrimination?
Invited Speaker Seminar: Intelligent mechanical metamaterials that can sense, actuate, compute, and communicate
Speaker: Amir H. Alavi, PhD, 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 Graduate Students - Submit an Abstract!

The MIE Graduate Research Symposium returns in 2023 and abstract submission is now open! 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.

Participants Needed for Research Study

The Human Factors & Applied Statistics Lab is seeking participants for a high-fidelity driving simulator study on driving behavior.

Participants should:
  • be 18 to 25 years old and have driven fairly regularly in urban environments,
  • be able to drive without glasses (contact lenses are allowed),
  • be able to read and speak English,
  • have at least a G2 license or equivalent.
If you are interested in participating please view the poster for more details or reach out to Mehdi Hoseinzadeh at

Institute of Industrial and System Engineers: Six Sigma Green Belt Training

Achieve increased productivity and enhanced quality with IISE's Six Sigma Green Belt training certification. Learn valuable skills such as process capability, DMAIC process, basic statistical analysis, and root cause analysis, all on-demand and at your own pace.

With a 6-month course completion deadline, there's never been a better time to register! Please register here or visit Don't miss out, registration ends Monday, February 20, 2023!
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