In the News

ChemE alumna named ONWiE Chair July 17, 2018 - Kim Jones (ChemE 0T3) was recently named Chair of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE). Jones, a professor with the McMaster Engineering Faculty, comes to this role with a wealth of experience in supporting women in engineering, having previously served as a McMaster Engineering Faculty Leadership Fellow where her focus was diversity. Jones is... Read more »
ChemE student takes on the world as a member of Iron Dragons July 4, 2018 - Reigning national champions Iron Dragons are heading to Szeged, Hungary this summer to represent Canada on the world stage. The U of T Engineering student dragon boating team is sending men’s, women’s, and mixed teams — 60 students in total — to compete in 200 metre, 500 metre and 2,000 metre events at the International Dragon... Read more »
Troost family boosts engineering leaders of tomorrow with new $3-million gift June 28, 2018 - Underscoring their deep commitment to innovative leadership education, William Troost(ChemE 6T7) and his wife Kathleen have made a $3-million gift to accelerate pioneering programs and initiatives at U of T’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Recognizing their longstanding support and close to $10 million in... Read more »
ChemE grads to watch June 11, 2018 - Oluwatobi Edun (ChemE 1T7 + PEY), Natalia Mykhaylova (ChemE PhD 1T8) and Elizabeth White (ChemE 1T7+PEY) have made the Faculty’s 2018 “15 Grads to Watch” list. At Spring Convocation on June 19, 2018, more than 1,400 U of T Engineering students will mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Having enriched the... Read more »
Prof. Milica Radisic and 15,000 runners, cyclists take over Toronto’s highways for Ride for Heart June 3, 2018 - Professor Milica Radisic, Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, was among thousands of runners and cyclists who participated in the Manulife Ride for Heart on Sunday, June 3. The event raised close to $6M for Heart & Stroke research. Professor Radisic’s project in using steam cells to create beating heart tissue will benefit... Read more »
CBC interview with Prof. Levente Diosady June 1, 2018 - Professor Levente Diosady, the recipient of the 2018 Engineers Canada Gold Medal, recently sat down with CBC’s Gill Deacon to discuss his work. Listen to the interview.
Mining your phone: Recovering rare earth elements from e-waste June 1, 2018 - A retired smartphone languishing in a drawer may seem nearly worthless, but from a material point of view, it’s a gold mine. Professor Gisele Azimi and her team are developing new methods for recovering strategic materials — including rare earth elements — from disused electronics and other forms of waste. Read more.
Preparing future engineers: U of T Engineering to launch new transdisciplinary institute May 25, 2018 - U of T Engineering’s newest research institute answers a challenging question: how should we prepare the next generation of engineering leaders for the world they will face in 2050? The Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) was approved by the University’s Governing Council earlier this month, and will begin operations Sunday,... Read more »
PhD alumnus receives large government grant May 18, 2018 - Phycus Biotechnologies Inc. – founded by Vik Pandit, a ChemE PhD alumnus who was supervised by Prof. Krishna Mahadevan – will receive a grant totaling $375,000 through the Low Carbon Innovation Fund. The grant will help the company develop its innovative technology platform for producing biobased chemicals from CO2. The University of Toronto’s BioZone will... Read more »
ChemE student leadership recognized at 2018 Cressy Awards April 20, 2018 - On Tuesday, April 17, 23 undergraduate and graduate engineering students were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the Engineering and University communities with 2018 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards. Prior to the formal awards ceremony at Convocation Hall, students joined Dean Cristina Amon, Paul Cadario (CivMin 7T3) and chairs and directors for the annual Dean’s... Read more »
Two ChemE profs receive Discovery Accelerator Supplements April 18, 2018 - Profs. Cathy Chin and Arun Ramchandran recently received three-year Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) on top of their five-year Discovery Grants. The DAS Program provides substantial and timely resources to researchers who have a superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and who show strong potential to become international leaders... Read more »
Student Life Catalyst Award 2018 April 17, 2018 - The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is now accepting nominations for the Student Life Catalyst Awards, sponsored by the Department’s faculty and staff. These awards seek to recognize deserving undergraduate and graduate students who are convocating for their significant contributions to the student life experience at the Department. Such contributions include undertaking formal... Read more »
Professor Nikolai DeMartini receives NSERC Industrial Research Chair April 9, 2018 - The NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRCs) provide funding over five years to support academic-industry collaborations on both fundamental and applied research that is of commercial interest. The latest appointments bring the total number of IRCs at U of T Engineering to 10, joining existing collaborations in areas ranging from drinking water treatment to nuclear power... Read more »
Creating the perfect cup of coffee: U of T researchers team up with Toronto roaster to refine process April 6, 2018 - Andrew Paton, a ChemE PhD alumnus who was supervised by Professor Timothy Bender, is teaming up with coffee company Cut Coffee to figure out how to manipulate the roasting process to bring out specific flavours in coffee beans. Paton now works with U of T’s Impact Centre, an innovation hub that regularly partners with companies looking... Read more »
Myhal family champions next-generation engineering innovation and entrepreneurship April 6, 2018 - This spring when U of T Engineering opens the doors to the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Myhal Centre), it will mark the success of an ambitious campaign and reflect a new era for engineering – one with multidisciplinary collaboration and active, experiential learning at its core. The Myhal Centre will offer one of the finest teaching and research... Read more »
Globe and Mail Op-ed by Prof. Greg Evans: Flying blind: The future of work in Canada depends on better research April 6, 2018 - Another week brings another public call for education reform – the latest comes from Dave McKay, president and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, with the bank’s report Humans Wanted that urges Canadian educators to “find new ways to support and unleash the skills of Canada’s youth.” In many ways, we agree with Mr.... Read more »
ChemE students recognized for academic and extracurricular excellence April 6, 2018 - From varsity track stars to aerospace team leaders, 10 remarkable undergraduate students were honoured by the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (OPEFE) for excelling both within and beyond the classroom. Scholarships totalling $15,000 were presented to students at a reception held in U of T’s Galbraith Building on March 19. “It’s an honour to present... Read more »
Prof. Elizabeth Edwards featured in Research2Reality: Thanks, Invisible Little Water Filters April 3, 2018 - Many researchers are turning to Nature for problem-solving inspiration. Elizabeth Edwards, Professor in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Director of Biozoneat the University of Toronto, is using single-celled microorganisms to clean up contaminated water. “Little microorganisms, single-celled creatures, use the things that we think are nasty – contaminants or poisons – they... Read more »
Professor Milica Radisic named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction March 16, 2018 - Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) has been named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction for 2018. This prestigious recognition honours the outstanding achievements of those who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their community. Professor Radisic is the Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and Associate Chair, Research for... Read more »
Locke Davenport Huyer wins University of Toronto Awards of Excellence March 16, 2018 - PhD Candidate Locke Davenport Huyer (ChemE, IBBME) has been recognized with a University of Toronto Award of Excellence. Davenport Huyer has been named a UTAA Graduate Scholar. His biomedical engineering research focuses on creating a new kind of polyester material for building artificial cardiac tissue, and he has already published two first-author papers about his findings... Read more »
Fujitsu visits U of T Engineering to launch collaborative research lab March 16, 2018 - Multinational information and communication technology company Fujitsu Limited visited U of T Engineering on Wednesday to officially launch the Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory at the University of Toronto. The new multidisciplinary research hub will accelerate collaborative work in fields including machine learning, quantum-inspired computing, smart cities, advanced health care and financial technology. A global delegation... Read more »
Ignite, Imagine, Innovate: U of T Engineering hosts NSBE Conference March 1, 2018 - On February 24, 2018, U of T Engineering hosted three chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for the group’s NSBE Region 1 East Canada Zone conference. Forty-nine high school students, university students and young professionals came together for panel discussions, career development workshops and networking sessions focused on NSBE’s mission “to increase... Read more »
ChemE Alums Elected to PEO Council in 2018 February 27, 2018 - Congratulations to Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1) and Keivan Torabi (ChemE MASc 9T9, PhD 0T5) on being elected to the PEO Council. During the February 2018 PEO Council votes, Marisa was elected the new PEO VP/EOM, and Keivan was elected PEO representative for the East Central Region. Also, on behalf of PEO, thanks to all candidates and... Read more »
Kathleen Wynne visits U of T Engineering to talk diversity in STEM February 15, 2018 - On Tuesday, February 13, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited U of T Engineering to speak with students about challenges and opportunities facing students today and the importance of diversity in the STEM disciplines. The Premier began her visit at the site of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Faculty’s newest building, which... Read more »
Professor Molly Shoichet Featured in Canadian Geographic February 13, 2018 - Molly Shoichet is an expert in regenerative medicine, holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, teaches at the University of Toronto and is now Ontario’s first Chief Scientist. Appointed in November 2017, Dr. Shoichet is tasked with helping to better inform government decision-making, restore the public’s trust in government science and work... Read more »
Tour the stunning student spaces in the Myhal Centre: Floors 1 to 4 January 31, 2018 - On April 27, 2018, U of T Engineering’s newest building, the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship officially opens its doors. So what exactly is in store for students, staff, faculty and alumni as they enter for the first time? In this two-part series, we provide a floor-by-floor preview: Part 1: Floors 1 to 4
National Society of Black Engineers hosts conference at U of T Engineering January 31, 2018 - Three chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are joining forces to inspire the next generation at the group’s NSBE Region 1 East Canada Zone conference, to be hosted at U of T Engineering Feb. 24, 2018. Designed on the theme of ‘Ignite, Imagine, Innovate,’ the one-day event brings together high school students,... Read more »
Crunching the numbers on Toronto’s King Street transit pilot January 9, 2018 - Toronto’s King Street transit pilot project aims to improve transit reliability, speed and capacity, along with a number of other measures included in a comprehensive evaluation and monitoring program. For a team of researchers, it also presents an ideal opportunity to study the effects — both direct and indirect — of traffic changes on air and... Read more »
Milica Radisic appears on The National January 3, 2018 - Professor Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME) demonstrated her lab’s beating “heart on a chip” research on The National. Click here to view the segment.
Mark Kortschot appears in Downsizing film January 3, 2018 - The new Paramount Pictures film Downsizing stars Hollywood A-list actors Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz. But U of T Engineering students who look closely at the film’s trailer may notice some other familiar faces including Professor Mark Kortschot (ChemE) who appears as an extra in the movie. Read full U of T Engineering... Read more »