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OCCAM partner honoured at fourth annual U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception

More than 150 industry and community leaders, government partners and faculty members gathered on Wednesday, November 13 for the U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception. Now in its fourth year, the event celebrated the Faculty’s ties with over 400 industry partners while paying special honour to four companies. Hitachi High-Technologies Canada (HHTC) was one of those companies - it received the Faculty's Corporate Academic Citizen Award for its longstanding partnership with the Ontario Centre for the Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM). Read more.

Christian Marcello (ChemE 1T7+PEY) saves animals through social enterprise Team Plover

"To date we’ve been able to help rescue 214 pets," explains Christian Marcello (ChemE 1T7+PEY), founder of Team Plover, a social enterprise that is striving to help every pet find a loving home. Team Plover makes and sells dog collars and leashes and uses the proceeds to relocate unwanted animals that might otherwise be put down. Read more.

Venkatesh Mannar giving the next LLE talk on Wed, Nov 27

The next LLE talk on Wednesday, November 27 will be co-hosted with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN). The talk will be given by Venkatesh Mannar from CGEN and will run from 1-2pm in MY150. His talk is entitled, "Empowering women and children to achieve their full physical and mental potential thorugh micronutrient-enriched salt."

The 2020 Graditude Campaign is approaching!

Pictured above are our student leaders receiving funds from the 2019 Graditude Campaign, which raised $2,276.47 for ChemE student clubs this academic year. The amount raised consists of: $1,776.47 in donations, $150 from the Faculty for achieving the highest departmental per-capita amount, and $350 from ChemE (the department committed to match every dollar raised over $700 up to $350). The 2020 Campaign opens in January. Watch out for our students' Graditude events in the new year and help them raise even more!

Mandatory WHMIS Refresher on Mon, Dec 2

The WHMIS Refresher Session for ChemE will be held on Monday, December 2 from 12:10-1pm in WB116. This session will provide health and safety updates relevant to all staff and students. Attendance is mandatory for all staff, researchers, and graduate students, except individuals that completed CHE2222 in 2019. If you are unable to attend, there will be an online version of this session available later in December, which will be accompanied by a test.

Office 365 workshop on Wed, Dec 4

The IT team is hosting an Office 365 workshop on Wednesday, December 4 from 10am to 12pm in WB407. Although this workshop is targeted for staff, interested faculty members are encouraged to attend. SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Forms will be discussed. To register, click here.

Skule Lunch & Learn featuring Greg Evans on Wed, Dec 4

Prof. Greg Evans will be giving the next Skule Lunch & Learn talk on Wednesday, December 4. The event will take place on the 5th floor atrium of the Myhal Centre, run from 11:30am to 1pm, and include a holiday-themed buffet lunch. Prof. Evans' talk is entitled, "Re-engineering Education for a Changing Landscape: Fostering a Path to Lifelong and Lifewide Learning." Tickets are $25. For more info and to register, click here.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Fri, Dec 6

At 5pm on December 6, 1989, a gunman entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique and murdered 14 women and injured several more. The victims were targeted because of their gender, and the date has become a day of remembrance and action against gender-based violence and discrimination. We are one of 14 engineering schools across Canada uniting to commemorate this anniversary. Each school will shine a beam of light into the sky at 5pm on Friday, December 6, from UBC in the west to Dalhousie in the east. Each ceremony across the country will be broadcast live on CBC. U of T Engineering's memorial event will run from 4:45-5:30pm at King's College Circle. It is open to all students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as members of the Ryerson, OTU and York engineering communities. For more details and to register, click here. In the event of inclement weather, guests will gather on Level 8 of the Myhal Centre.

Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Lin Xie 

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, November 26
Start Time: 1pm
Location (Building and Room): RS207 
Reading Committee Membership
Supervisor: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Chair: Prof. R. C. Newman; Other Member: Prof. S. Thorpe (MSE)

MASc Departmental Oral - Scott Proulx

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, November 27
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB407
Thesis Title: Using a Model-Guided Approach to Design and Characterize Strains of Escherichia coli Producing cis,cis-Muconic Acid
MASc Departmental Oral Examination Committee Membership
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Chair:  Prof. B. A. Saville; Other Member(s): Prof. A. Yakunin

MASc Bypass Oral Examination – Olivia Bulka 

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 28  
Start Time: 9:30am
Location (Building and Room):  WB407
MASc Bypass Oral Examination Committee Membership
Committee: Supervisor: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Co-Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Chair: Prof. A. Ramchandran; Other Member(s): Prof. Hannes Rost (Molecular Genetics & Computer Science), Prof. A. Yakunin

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Kaushikraj Venkatesan

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 28 
Start Time: 2pm
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. K. Pardee (Pharmacy)

SGS 2019-2020 Sessional Dates

Upcoming Events

November 27 - LLE: Empowering Women and Children to Achieve their Full Physical and Mental Potential through Micronutrient-Enriched Salt (Venkatesh Mannar, University of Toronto) | Myhal MY150 | 1-2PM

November 29 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - Prof. Tim Bender will give an update on the biodiesel initiative and Prof. Yu-Ling Cheng will talk about her approach to teaching CHE1110 | WB139 | 12-1PM

December 20 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM

January 22 - LLE: Bridging Chemical Engineering and Quantum Nanotechnologies to Healthcare and Environmental Protection Applications (Frank Gu, University of Toronto) | Wallberg Building WB116 | 12-1PM

January 31 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM

February 5 - LLE: The Rise of Sustainable Finance in Addressing Climate Change (Nicole Vadori, AVP and Head of Environment, TD Bank) | Wallberg Building WB116 | 12-1PM

February 21 - ChemE Graduate Research Day (GRD) | Great Hall, Hart House for poster session and lunch, various locations for interviews and tours | 9AM-5PM

March 6 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM

March 18 - LLE: Renewable Chemicals and Fuels: From First Principles to Chemical Manufacturing (Dionisios Vlachos, University of Delaware) | Wallberg Building WB116 | 12-1PM

March 25 - LLE: Lubricin – Alleviating the Effects of Dry Eye (Gerald Fuller, Stanford University) | Wallberg Building WB116 | 12-1PM

March 27 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM

April 3 - 4th annual ChemE Exhibition & 35th ChemE Dinner | 89 Chestnut Street Residence | 4-9:30PM

April 8 - LLE & AEESP Distinguished Lecture: Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind: Acid Mine Drainage and Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains (Diane McKnight, University of Boulder – Colorado) | Wallberg Building WB116 | 12-1PM

April 24 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM

May 29 - Teaching Effectiveness Food for Thought Lunch: Topic - tbd | WB215 | 12-1PM
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