In the News Archive (2018)

Top U of T Engineering news stories of 2018 December 21, 2018 - It has been another remarkable year at U of T Engineering. As 2018 winds down, our faculty, students and alumni continue to make headlines through innovative research, game-changing contributions to a wide range of industries and unforgettable educational experiences. Here’s a look back at five of the most-read stories on U of T Engineering News.
New NSERC Industrial Research Chair leverages nanotechnology to enhance health care December 14, 2018 - Professor Frank Gu can sum up his team’s leading-edge research in four words: big challenges, tiny tools. Gu and his team use nanoparticles — engineered materials measuring around one billionth of a metre — to address challenges in medicine, such as diagnosing infectious diseases and treating chronic eye conditions. After joining U of T Engineering... Read more »
Tenure-Stream opportunity! Apply now! December 11, 2018 - The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-­stream appointment in bioengineering or bioscience applied to environmental, energy or food systems. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will have... Read more »
ChemE Future Leaders: Muhammad Massod December 11, 2018 - Muhammad Masood (ChemE 2T0 + PEY) is in his 3rd year at U of T where he is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, with a minor in Bioengineering. He is most interested in fluid mechanics, process design, bioengineering, and in particular how chemical engineering relates to the oil and gas industry. Muhammad... Read more »
Professor Milica Radisic joins new Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) November 26, 2018 - U of T Engineering is partnering with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) to create a national innovation hub focused on microfluidics – a field in which tiny amounts of fluid are manipulated in small-scale devices to create everything from portable diagnostic “labs,” to repair kits for human organs. The new hub, called the Centre for... Read more »
Catching up with Stephanie Tzanis November 22, 2018 - Even though she’s no longer a student, Stephanie Tzanis (ChemE 1T7 + PEY) is still well known around the halls of Wallberg. Faculty, staff, and students remember her fondly as a true leader and a social butterfly. Some may be surprised to learn that she wasn’t always so outgoing. “I wasn’t as confident in high... Read more »
Dr. Kerolyn Shairsingh takes first look at traffic-related air pollution in Trinidad and Tobago November 21, 2018 - Dr. Kerolyn Shairsingh (ChemE PhD 1T8) conducted the first look into traffic-related air pollution in Trinidad and Tobago. Her research found that significant exposure to diesel exhaust appears to be occurring in Trinidad due to traffic. More:
In high demand: Why U of T graduates are among the most sought after on the planet November 21, 2018 - When it came to launching a career, Enakshi Shah (ChemE 1T7 + PEY) didn’t need to look far after graduating from the University of Toronto. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a passion for computer programming, Shah packed up her things and moved a few subway stops south of U of T’s downtown... Read more »
U of T co-hosts large international conference on sustainability November 19, 2018 - The XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering Incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, co-hosted by the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, ran from October 28-31, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The conference – one of the largest of its kind – welcomed nearly 1,400 delegates from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada,... Read more »
ChemE Future Leaders: Samantha Kim November 19, 2018 - Samantha Kim (ChemE 2T0 + PEY) is in the 3rd year of her degree in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T. When she’s not in class, she can usually be found volunteering or working in one of her numerous roles on clubs throughout campus. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading and... Read more »
Reinventing the toilet: U of T Engineering team presents sustainable prototype in Beijing November 8, 2018 - Professor Yu-Ling Cheng (ChemE and Centre for Global Engineering) and her team are currently in China exhibiting a prototype with the potential to address one of humanity’s most pressing challenges. They have created a sustainable toilet designed for the billions of people who lack access to effective sanitation or waste management systems. The team was... Read more »
World Health Organization highlights research work by CANUE November 5, 2018 - The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) was recently highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Housing and Health Newsletter on Housing and Health. CANUE was established at U of T in 2016 to provide a central hub for sharing methods and tools and to connect environmental health researchers across Canada and with... Read more »
Greg Evans discusses vehicle emissions on CBC Ontario Today October 30, 2018 - On Monday, October 1, Prof. Greg Evans (ChemE) joined CBC Ontario Today with Rita Celli to discuss his leading research on vehicle pollution and the importance of emissions tests in the wake of the Government of Ontario’s announcement on their plans to scrap the Drive Clean program:
STEPping up: how ISTEP plans to shape the next generation of engineering leaders October 15, 2018 - A major shift is underway in the engineering profession. While technical competencies remain paramount, engineering employers are increasingly seeking candidates who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to communicate effectively, and an aptitude for collaborating with colleagues of diverse skill sets and backgrounds. The Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) is... Read more »
Photo of Jennifer Farmer featured in Maclean’s October 12, 2018 - The above photo of Prof. Jennifer Farmer with a student in her lab was recently featured in a Maclean’s article describing U of T as the “Harvard of the North.” Read more.
Molly Shoichet Discusses Collaborative Installation “Artful Science,” now on Display at Pearson Airport October 11, 2018 - On Wednesday, October 10th, ChemE Professor Molly Shoichet appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning to discuss “Artful Science,” a collaborative initiative between the Department of Ambiance and Aesthetics, Greater Toronto Airports Authority and her own University of Toronto Research 2 Reality team. The exhibit, which will be on display at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport until December... Read more »
Past Lectures at the Leading Edge speaker awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry October 4, 2018 - On Wednesday, October 3, Professor Frances Arnold, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes. Professor Arnold becomes just the fifth woman to ever earn... Read more »
Catching up with Michael Tran October 3, 2018 - Michael Tran (ChemE 1T7+PEY) has always been interested in exploring different cultures and interests. At the age of 14, Tran moved from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Toronto for school. Described by his friends as intelligent, ambitious, dedicated and caring, he spent his spare time in high school learning new languages, playing in the... Read more »
Emily Moore named new director of Troost ILead September 28, 2018 - Dr. Emily Moore has been named the next director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), effective October 1, 2018. She is also appointed to a five-year term as an associate professor in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP).  Moore has served as a member of... Read more »
Basic research ‘at the root’ of innovation in Canada: U of T’s Molly Shoichet September 21, 2018 - Canada is well on its way to becoming a country where knowledge and ideas, not oil or timber, are its most important resources – but there’s more work to be done before we truly become an innovation nation. That was the message delivered by University of Toronto researcher and former Ontario chief scientist Molly Shoichet and... Read more »
The outstanding career of Joseph C. Paradi September 17, 2018 - On Friday, September 7, more than 150 colleagues, and current and former students gathered at the new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship to celebrate the remarkable career of Professor Emeritus Joseph C. Paradi (ChemE, MIE). “Prof. Paradi is known for his ability to translate vision into reality. As a colleague, I have witnessed... Read more »
Lectures at the Leading Edge 2018-19 Schedule Available Now! September 11, 2018 - Lectures at the Leading Edge is back for the 2018-19 school year with another incredible schedule featuring some of the brightest minds in engineering from around the world! Lectures at the Leading Edge enhance our culture of excellence by providing a rich view of the broad landscape and far-reaching horizons of chemical engineering and applied... Read more »
Large trucks are biggest culprits of near-road air pollution: U of T Engineering study September 10, 2018 - For the 30 per cent of Canadians who live within 500 metres of a major roadway, a new study reveals that the type of vehicles rolling past their homes can matter more than total traffic volume in determining the amount of air pollution they breathe. A two-year U of T Engineering study has revealed large... Read more »
Engineering research receives over $11 million in NSERC funding August 14, 2018 - Ten U of T Engineering projects were awarded NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants over three years totaling $11.5 million in funding. Four of these projects are led by ChemE professors: Tim Bender, Cathy Chin, Emma Master and Milica Radisic. Read more.
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 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 Alumni 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

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