Posts Categorized: News 2013

New Alumni Networking Group Links Women of Skule

ELSIE, named for Elizabeth “Elsie” MacGill, the first woman to receive an engineering degree in Canada when she graduated from University of Toronto in 1927, unites female Skule grads just launching their careers with those more established. The independent networking group…

Air Pollution: How Bad is Your Neighbourhood?

Epidemiologists’ understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma, has grown increasingly precise in recent years. What’s less well known is precisely where the air is most…

Alum Leads $1.25B Project

At just 32, Lim Yeow Keong (ChemE 9T7) found himself with a US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) mega-project on his hands. Fresh from a two-year stint in a supporting role as commercial director of United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah Independent Water and Power Plant,…

Innovations for Developing Countries: Grand Challenges Canada

ChemE Professors Krishna Mahadevan, Alexei Savchenko and Alexander Yakunin just received a big boost for their project entitled Low Cost Synthesis of Tuberculosis Drug Using Synthetic Biology, thanks to a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). The GCC grant is awarded to health care innovations that…

Remembering Leon J. Rubin

The 100th anniversary of his birth – this November 22 – is an opportune time to remember Leon J. Rubin, a remarkable alum. Rubin graduated as a chemical engineer from the Department in 1938, where a year later he obtained…

$4.9 Million for Greener, Lighter Cars

By Jenny Hall A University of Toronto research team has won $2,513,500 from Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) to work with Ford Motor Company to develop a novel new material for car parts using renewable resources extracted from wood pulp. Together…

The Geography of Pollution

Epidemiologists in recent years have developed an increasingly precise understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma. What’s less well known is precisely where the air is…

UK Supports Diosady’s Iron Fortified Tea Solution

The UK is backing new research into iron fortified tea leaves, which it is hoped will save the lives of thousands of mothers and babies in the developing world. Across the world, a woman dies in childbirth every 2 minutes.…

Professor Elizabeth Edwards Talks Career and Parenthood

Elizabeth Edwards, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Toronto and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is now 19, credits her outlook to great mentorship. Her late mother was a professor of urban planning at…

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