In the News Archive (2017)

With co-curricular records, universities say grades aren’t everything December 8, 2017 - Volunteering, student government and sports teach useful skills. Now, students can prove it with the co-curricular record (CCR). Last year, about 9,000 students (about 10 per cent of undergraduates at... Read more »
Remembering victims of the Montreal Massacre: Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2017 - Every year on Dec. 6, people across the country remember the victims of École Polytechnique shooting and raise awareness about gender-based violence. At U of T, events are taking place... Read more »
$5.7M GAPP funding for Professor Mahadevan and team December 5, 2017 - Professor Krishna Mahadevan’s group will receive $5.7M from the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) – Round 8. The funds will support a project entitled, Genomics Driven Engineering of Hosts for... Read more »
Advice to first-year students December 5, 2017 - Maclean’s recently asked students, academics and business leaders — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario’s first Chief Scientist Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) — for advice to help future first-year... Read more »
U of T Engineering Holiday Gift Guide 2017 November 29, 2017 - A build-it-yourself robot kit, a revolutionary pressure cooker and a first-of-its-kind universal hex key are just a few of the items — all designed by U of T Engineering alumni... Read more »
Molly Shoichet named Ontario’s first Chief Scientist November 17, 2017 - University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) has been appointed Ontario’s Chief Scientist. “[Shoichet] is one of the top biomedical scientists in the country, with in-depth knowledge of Ontario’s research community,”... Read more »
Solar fuel breakthroughs from U of T November 16, 2017 - Making fuel out of polluted air, using it to power industry, and then taking the emissions from that industry back out of the air to create more fuel – it... Read more »
Research2Reality spotlights Alison McGuigan November 16, 2017 - Research2Reality recently interviewed Professor Alison McGugian. Her take away message was, “don’t be afraid to collaborate!” See what else she had to say.
BioZone Research leads to $100,000 start-up investment from Ontario Genomics November 2, 2017 - Ontario Genomics announced its investment in Ardra Inc. via its Pre-Commercial Business Development Fund earlier this week. Ardra, which developed out of postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering &... Read more »
Natural fibres: New yeast strains could turn plant waste into fabrics October 26, 2017 - Nylon — used in everything from clothing to car parts to toothbrush bristles — is derived from oil, a nonrenewable fossil fuel. A team of researchers from U of T Engineering... Read more »
Canada’s Top School by Reputation 2018: University of Toronto October 11, 2017 - This morning Maclean’s named the University of Toronto Canada’s Top School by Reputation for 2018. With almost 90,000 students, 14,000 faculty and a network of almost 600,000 alumni, the University... Read more »
Lumber donation arrives in Houston, Texas from White River Forest Products October 5, 2017 - Frank Dottori (ChemE 6T3), CEO of White River Forest Products (WRFP), spurred his team to mobilize and send to Houston over $20,000 worth of 8 foot 2×4 lumber to help... Read more »
New partnership to develop rechargeable aluminum-ion battery October 2, 2017 - Professor Gisele Azimi from U of T’s departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering has received $210,000 in funding from Potent Group Inc. The funds... Read more »
On a mission of compassion October 2, 2017 - The recipient of a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Deborah Emilia Solomon wants to devote her engineering career “to the service of others.” Read full story by Carol Toller and... Read more »
October 2017 cover of Nature Materials September 29, 2017 - This week, Professor Milica Radisic and team’s project entitled, Flexible shape-memory scaffold for minimally invasive delivery of functional tissues, made the cover of the journal Nature Materials. Despite great progress... Read more »
Young alumna participates in I-7/G-7 September 26, 2017 - This week in Torino, Italy, Angela Tran Kingyens (ChemE MASc 0T7, PhD 1T2) was part of the I-7, a small delegation of five other Canadians who advised the G-7 on... Read more »
Running is awesome. But is air pollution ruining the high? September 26, 2017 - In a recent article published by the Toronto Star regarding the adverse effects of outdoor activities on smoggy days, two students from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research... Read more »
Elements of bio-mining: Engineering collaboration aims to turn mine waste into valuable metals September 22, 2017 - An industry-academic collaboration – led by Professors Vlad Papangelakis and Elizabeth Edwards – is studying the use of microorganisms to treat mine waste in tailings ponds. The project hopes to... Read more »
Better bioprocessing: Meet Professor Nikolai DeMartini September 15, 2017 - From pulp and paper to biofuels, many industries are based on turning renewable biomass — trees, plants, food waste — into energy and green materials. But even though the primary... Read more »
Gisele Azimi partners up to transform steel industry September 14, 2017 - Professor Gisele Azimi from U of T’s departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering has received $750,000 in funding from Tenova Goodfellow, the Natural Sciences... Read more »
Scaling up safely: Meet Professor Ariel Chan September 14, 2017 - Whether they are producing medicines, plastics or fuels, chemical plants around the must be designed and operated in a way that is efficient, effective and most importantly, safe. Professor Ariel... Read more »
Building the ‘bark biorefinery’: Meet Professor Ning Yan September 5, 2017 - With 347 million hectares of forest land — about 9 per cent of the world’s total — Canada is a leader in forest products, from softwood lumber to newsprint. But... Read more »
BioZone PIs awarded two ORF-RE 8 grants August 15, 2017 - BioZone PIs are leading two Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) round 8 applications. Each project is worth $12M over 5 years with a $4M contribution from the Ministry... Read more »
Mining microbes could unlock wealth, clean tailings August 15, 2017 - With luck, ingenuity and some scientific know-how, Sudbury’s tailings ponds could become a new source nickel, copper and zinc. Researchers from Laurentian University, the University of Toronto and the University... Read more »
Injectable tissue patch could help repair damaged organs August 15, 2017 - A team of U of T Engineering researchers is mending broken hearts with an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage stamp. Repairing heart tissue destroyed by a... Read more »
The best place to treat type 1 diabetes might be just under your skin August 14, 2017 - A group of U of T researchers have demonstrated that the space under our skin might be an optimal location to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). The new study, led... Read more »
Tissue engineering pioneer Michael Sefton to lead Medicine by Design as executive director June 28, 2017 - Engineering professor Michael Sefton has been appointed executive director of Medicine by Design, a University of Toronto initiative that is accelerating discoveries in regenerative medicine research to improve treatments for... Read more »
Ontario researchers to study dust for carcinogens after Fort McMurray fire June 15, 2017 - A group of Ontario researchers, led by ChemE Professor Arthur Chan, is travelling to Fort McMurray, Alta., next month to study dust left in homes from the forest fire that... Read more »
Graeme Norval talks safe chemical transportation with CBC June 13, 2017 - For the first time, Londoners are getting a glimpse into the dangerous goods passing through the city almost daily on the country’s two major railways. A list of the top ten... Read more »
U of T Engineering researchers search for toxins in the aftermath of Fort McMurray wildfire June 9, 2017 - This summer, postdoctoral researcher Lukas Kohl (ChemE) and undergraduate student Cynthia Jing (Year 2 EngSci) will be vacuuming strangers’ homes in northern Alberta. But they’re not necessarily there to clean... Read more »
Molly Shoichet featured on CBC Radio’s Ideas June 9, 2017 - Once a year the Canada Council Killam Prize is bestowed on five of Canada’s top academics in five different fields. Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Radio’s Ideas, interviews this year’s winners... Read more »
Designing the engineer of 2050: ChemE prof co-chairs Canadian Engineering Education Association conference May 31, 2017 - Leading engineering educators will converge  at U of T Engineering from June 4–7 for a major national conference organized around a single urgent question: How can we prepare the next generation... Read more »
U of T Engineering welcomes four global Pearson scholars May 30, 2017 - Deborah Emilia Solomon (Year 1 ChemE) came home one day to find a bulging envelope from the University of Toronto. Inside she found confirmation she had received one of the inaugural... Read more »
Preparing the next generation of engineering leaders to grow Africa’s megacities sustainably May 30, 2017 - Today, seven of the world’s 100 largest cities are in Africa. But by 2050, population models predict that this will rise to 21, and eventually reach 40 by the end... Read more »
One small step for man, one giant leap for these U of T Engineering students May 25, 2017 - University of Toronto engineering students, including ChemE fourth-year students Haroon Dawood, Stephanie Gaglione, Jason Martins and Madhusan Perera, recently completed a project that was out of this world. With help... Read more »
Two ChemE students among U of T’s grads to watch May 24, 2017 - This year’s 14 “Grads to Watch” embody the spirit of U of T Engineering. Among the Grads to watch are  Stephanie Gaglione (ChemE 1T6+PEY) and Jason Martins (ChemE 1T6 +PEY).... Read more »
ChemE Alumna elected chair of U of T’s Governing Council May 24, 2017 - U of T Engineering alumna Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) has been elected chair of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which oversees the academic, business and student affairs of the... Read more »
Molly Shoichet talks about regenerating brain cells May 8, 2017 - Prof. Molly Shoichet (ChemE), recently delivered a talk at the StemCONN Symnposium in Connecticut. The talk was titled “Can We Really Regenerate the Brain?” The discovery of adult neural stem... Read more »
High school student wins Sanofi Biogenius Challenge for 3D tumour research at U of T Engineering May 1, 2017 - Jody Mou, a Grade 12 student at University of Toronto Schools, has designed a system to rapidly manufacture 3D tumour models used to study cancer in the lab. The innovation... Read more »
Call for nominations: 2017 Student Life Catalyst Awards May 1, 2017 - 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... Read more »
Grand opening of Rorschach Brewing Company April 28, 2017 - Rorschach Brewing Company is Toronto’s newest craft brewery, which officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Founded by three ChemE graduates from the Class of 1T0 – Matthew... Read more »
Supermileage Team aims to retake top spot at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas April 27, 2017 - The University of Toronto’s Supermileage Team is hoping to retake the top spot at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (SEMA) competition, having snagged a silver medal last year. The team, composed... Read more »
Battling infectious diseases with 3-D structures April 26, 2017 - CHICAGO – An international team of scientists led by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has determined the 3-D atomic structure of more than 1,000 proteins that are potential drug... Read more »
TTC subway is 10 times more polluted than outside April 26, 2017 - The air quality on TTC platforms and trains is comparable to a typical day in Beijing, says Professor Greg Evans. Waiting for a train in Toronto exposes you to three... Read more »
Chris Yip to head international partnerships at U of T April 13, 2017 - Professor Christopher Yip, Director of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), has been appointed as U of T’s first Associate Vice-President of International Partnerships, effective the start of July... Read more »
Wildfires in Fort McMurray not forgotten March 31, 2017 - Almost a year after the worst natural disaster in Canada’s history, the residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, are continuing to rebuild their lives, and come to grips with the physical,... Read more »
International research group finds link between late-night dinners and breast cancer March 24, 2017 - Women who eat rice or noodles after 10pm are more at risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increases by half if food is consumed after 10pm at least once... Read more »
ChemE Alum leads Hydrogenics to Deal for 2.4 MW Power-to-Gas Plant March 22, 2017 - Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Wind to Gas Südermarsch GmbH &... Read more »
The invisible clean-up crew: Engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants February 21, 2017 - U of T engineering professor Elizabeth Edwards is internationally recognized for using biotechnology to clean up industrial solvents in soil and groundwater. Her technique earned her the prestigious Killam Prize... Read more »
ChemE team invents double-fortified salt to improve nutrition for 24 million in Uttar Pradesh February 15, 2017 - Double-fortified salt (DFS) is now being distributed to 4.6 million families — representing more than 24 million people — in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The product, developed at... Read more »