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  • Two new faculty are cross appointed with CivE and MIE Two new faculty members join Civil and, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Collaboration is the key to success and the driving factor behind the hiring of two new professors that are cross-appointed with the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Professors Marianne Touchie (CivE, MIE) and Fae Azhari (MIE, CivE) joined the Faculty at the beginning of July. Professor Touchie completed a BASc and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on improving the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of existing buildings to make them more comfortable, healthy and sustainable through comprehensive retrofits. Professor Azhari holds degrees in Civil Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and University of British Columbia, Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley, and Structural Engineering and Mechanics from UC Davis. She specializes in structural health monitoring (SHM) of engineering systems. U of T Engineering spoke with the new professors to find out more about their research and what they’re looking forward to at U of T: Fae Azhari Could you explain the focus of your research? My work focuses on SHM of engineering systems. Similar to the way a doctor would point out when an organ is malfunctioning in a patient’s body during regular check-ups, SHM is able to diagnose and locate any anomalies in an engineering system. Since this diagnosis happens at a very early stage, the remedial procedure will usually be timely and cost effective. My goal is to address some of the gaps in the succession of tasks from sensor development to implementation and decision making. Why did you choose U of T? Long before pursuing academia, I visited Toronto and the campus here. The historical feel and the intellectual vibe stayed in my mind. I’m so happy to be working here now. My research field is multidisciplinary, and having access to the many great resources, facilities, colleagues and mentors at U of T will be extremely valuable in advancing my research and career. What are you most looking forward to in your new position? I like the sense of collegiality at U of T and look forward to effective collaborations with other researchers. As a new professor, what one piece of advice would you give to new students? At university you are often your own teacher so expect to be treated that way. Try to be proactive and do not be afraid to ask questions. What do you hope to accomplish in your new position/during your time at U of T Engineering? I hope to one day truly ‘profess’ my subject.; to understand the old and new bodies of knowledge in such a way that I can properly judge their significance and place in the grand scheme of things. Marianne Touchie Could you explain the focus of your research? My research focuses on the question of how do we improve the quality of our indoor environment as we strive for greater energy efficiency? Making buildings more comfortable and healthy often come at an energy cost. Why did you choose U of T? U of T is my alma mater so I am well aware of the significance and impact of the research done here and I am looking forward to collaborating with so many talented colleagues and students in both the lab and the classroom. What are you most looking forward to in your new position? With a cross appointment between Civil Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, I’m excited to bring together students from across disciplines. As a new professor, what one piece of advice would you give to new students? Allow yourself to wrestle with a problem before asking for help. It is effortless to use Google or message someone to find an answer. But this process doesn’t improve your own ability to problem solve, think critically or take your own position on an issue. During your time at U of T you will gain plenty of technical knowledge but transferable skills like problem solving will be of the most valuable after graduation. What do you hope to accomplish in your new position/during your time at U of T Engineering? Within Civil Engineering, I would like to continue growing the Canadian Centre for Building Excellence (CCBE) with Professors Kim Pressnail and Jeffrey Siegel into a world-renowned research centre for healthy, energy efficient buildings. I would also like to create stronger links through multidisciplinary design courses which will give students an opportunity to tackle today’s important problems with colleagues from a variety of technical backgrounds.

    Collaboration is the key to success and the driving factor behind the hiring of two new professors that are cross-appointed with the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Professors Marianne Touchie (CivE, MIE) and Fae Azhari (MIE, CivE) joined the Faculty at the beginning of July. Professor Touchie completed a BASc and … Read More

  • What Happened to the Civilian? Pile of Civilian Magazines

    Some might be asking where the Civilian is. It usually arrives in mailboxes in June. It wasn’t because of the potential for a Canada Post service disruption. We’ve changed the publication schedule of the Civilian to align with the new publication of the U of T Magazine, so you will now be receiving a longer Civilian … Read More

  • Robert C Andrews: high-tech solutions for cleaner, safer drinking water Professor Robert C Andrews (left) with Profs. Ron Hofmann and Susan Andrews in the Drinking Water Environmental Labs

    Recipient of the Dr. Albert E Berry Medal for outstanding contributions to environmental engineering Prof. Robert C Andrews, PEng, of the Drinking Water Research Group (DWRG) in the University of Toronto’s Civil Engineering Department, accepted the Dr. Albert E Berry Medal at a Canadian Society for Civil Engineers gala on Friday, June 3. The award, … Read More

  • University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering announces establishment of the Foundation CMG Research Chair in Fundamental Petroleum Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics Professor Giovanni Grasselli, left, with FCMG President Duke Anderson in October 2015. (Courtesy: FCMG)

    Story originally appeared on U of T News Toronto, ON – University of Toronto Professor Giovanni Grasselli, of the Department of Civil Engineering, has been named the inaugural holder of the Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Petroleum Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics. Professor Grasselli is joining 12 chairs at 12 universities, including Penn … Read More

  • CivMin’s Grads to Watch Grads to watch: Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patino, Gege Wen and Bishnu Gautam

    This is an excerpt from a longer story, originally posted on Engineering News. For these U of T Engineering students, the short walk across the stage at Convocation Hall marks both the end of one journey and the beginning of another. This year’s “Grads to Watch” are just a few of the talented Engineering graduates … Read More

  • Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation honours CivE student for mentorship of young women Sara Maltese (Year 3 CivE) has received the 2015 Marie Carter Memorial Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. (Courtesy: Sara Maltese)

    This story originally appeared on Engineering News. Sara Maltese (Year 3 CivE) was in a high school physics class when she heard a presentation that would change her life. “A group called Women in Science and Engineering gave a presentation about opportunities in engineering,” says Maltese. “After hearing about the different programs, projects and career … Read More

  • Resilient cities need to be financially resilient too: Sandford Fleming Forum The dining hall in the Faculty Club hosting the Sandford Fleming Forum on May 2 | Future Proofing: How Resilience Planning Supports the Future Functionality and Value of Fixed Assets and Infrastructure

    Exploring the financial aspects of resilience, The Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure hosted its twice-annual Sandford Fleming Forum on May 2. Tania Caceres (Senior Real Estate Expert at RiskNexus), Lisa Prime (Director of Environment and Innovation at Waterfront Toronto) and Michael Kosturik (Regional VP for Intact Insurance) weighed in on the risk, reward and … Read More

  • Mining’s hardest workers are too small to see Aerial view of an arid, craggy landscape surrounding tailing ponds.

    …and we need to know what they’re doing The image that is conjured up when thinking about mining is a vast underground network of tunnels, big open pits, larger than life machinery or grease-covered workers with headlamps on. But the largest workforce out in any mining operation is the microbes that are working 24/7, constantly … Read More

  • Meet CIVMINs 2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Winners 15 U of T Engineering students were honoured with Gordon Cressy Leadership Awards on April 20, 2016 in recognition of their leadership and commitment to improving the world around them. (Photo: Roberta Baker)

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patiño (Year 4 CivE + PEY) During his time at U of T Engineering, Ernesto has held a wide variety of leadership roles while proving to be a tireless leader. As the U of T Civil Engineering Club academic representative, Ernesto pioneered … Read More

  • Clean air map from U of T Engineering researchers helps cyclists avoid air pollution Civil engineering post-doctoral researcher Sabreena Anowar and Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou (CivE) are studying the risks of air pollution on cyclists and their impact on route choice. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

    This story originally appeared on U of T News. Cyclists face a difficult dilemma: on one hand, cycling is good for your health and the environment; on the other, cyclists are more exposed to risks such as accidents and air pollution. New research from U of T Engineering is helping cyclists map cleaner routes to … Read More

  • Eric Miller reports from the trenches of Toronto’s transit wars Professor Eric Miller (CivE) addressed a crowd University of Toronto alumni and friends on as part of the U of T in Your Neighbourhood lecture series. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

    This story originally appeared on Engineering News. Professor Eric Miller of the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering addressed a crowd of more than 80 University of Toronto alumni and friends on March 28 as part of the U of T in Your Neighbourhood lecture series. Few topics are more relevant in Torontonians’ neighbourhoods than transit. Plans … Read More

  • Meet 2 alumni volunteers who make an impact at U of T Engineering Alumnus David Cheung (CivE 1T1 + PEY) chats with undergraduate students during an Alumni Mentorship Program event. (Photo: Nick Kachibaia)

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering Alumni. Mentoring a student startup, joining a departmental advisory board or becoming a global ambassador for U of T Engineering are just a few ways alumni are volunteering their time and expertise to Skule™. “Volunteering is my investment in what I view as one of the … Read More

  • Skule™ community honoured at EngSoc Heritage and Awards Celebration [PHOTO GALLERY] Generations of Engineering Society presidents reconnected at the Engineering Society Heritage and Awards Celebration. L-R: Bill Hollings (EngSci 8T5), Márta Ecsedi (CivE 7T6), Kevin Sui (EngSci 1T1), Teresa Nguyen (CivE 1T5), Ernesto Díaz Lozano Patiño (Year 4 CivE + PEY), David Cheung (CivE 1T1 + PEY), Milan Maljković (Year 4 CompE + PEY), Scott Jolliffe (ChemE 7T3) and Howard Malone (CivE 6T1). (Photo: Keenan Dixon)

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering Alumni. On Thursday, March 24, the Skule™ community honoured the successes of U of T Engineering at the 2016 Engineering Society Heritage and Awards Celebration. Past and present Engineering Society (EngSoc)officers, alumni, staff and students mixed and mingled over dinner at the University of Toronto’s Faculty Club, … Read More

  • Arun Channan: hands-on with Habitat for Humanity Alumnus Arun Channan’s (CivE 8T0) background in civil engineering influenced him to become a dedicated volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. (Courtesy: Arun Channan)

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. Many of our alumni volunteer with U of T Engineering. In celebration of National Engineering Month, we turn the spotlight on those that go the extra mile by volunteering in the greater community. From climbing one of the Seven Summits for charity to surgical education … Read More

  • Advanced imaging techniques let U of T Engineers see inside rock Professor Giovanni Grasselli, left, with FCMG President Duke Anderson in October 2015. (Courtesy: FCMG)

    This story appeared originally on U of T Engineering News. “In cities from Toronto to Tokyo, before you undertake a massive infrastructure project such as building a new subway, engineers have to predict how the ground might react to digging a gigantic hole underneath a city of skyscrapers. Professor Giovanni Grasselli, of the Department of Civil … Read More

  • Classes of the past celebrate outstanding undergrads of today Undergraduate students Eric Elmoznino, Liam MacKichan and Ernesto Díaz Lozano Patiño were honoured by alumni for their leadership and commitment to the U of T Engineering community and beyond. (Photo: George Hatiras)

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering Alumni U of T Engineering alumni have recognized three undergraduate students for their contributions beyond the classroom. Eric Elmoznino (Year 2 CompE), Liam MacKichan (Year 3 EngSci) and Ernesto Díaz Lozano Patiño (Year 4 CivE) were celebrated on March 9, 2016 at the Skule™ Lunch & Learn … Read More

  • Six engineering innovations get a boost from NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants Composite-160x160

    This story originally posted on Engineering News. New funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will advance U of T Engineering research in sustainable energy, telecommunications and more. On March 1, NSERC announced six Strategic Partnership Grants to help U of T engineers address some of the greatest challenges facing Canada and … Read More

  • Hana Zalzal: Professional makeup maven Hana Zalzal

    This story appeared originally on U of T News. This article is part three of a five-part series on #EngineeringtheUnexpected, in celebration of the firstGlobal Day of the Engineer on February 24, 2016 What do Hollywood stars Courtney Cox, Camryn Manheim, Lindsay Lohan and Debra Messing have in common? They have all designed custom lipstick shades … Read More

  • The link between air quality and human health Jeffrey Siegel

    This story originally published by U of T Engineering News. When it comes to air quality, most people think car exhaust, industrial emissions and smog pose the biggest dangers. But Professor Jeffrey Siegel (CivE) says it’s the environment inside our homes and offices that should concern us most.“We spend about 90 per cent of our … Read More

  • Seven U of Tengineers awarded Canada Research Chairs CRC-Announcement1-600x400

    This is an excerpt of a story that originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. Seven researchers from across U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, including two Civil Engineers, have received significant federal support for their research with new or renewed Canada Research Chairs. The announcement was made today by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. The … Read More

  • Engineering Society presidents reflect on Skule™ culture Passing of the torch: Former University of Toronto Engineering Society (EngSoc) president Teresa Nguyen and current EngSoc president Ernesto Diaz Lozano Patiño. (Photos: EngSoc)

    This story originally appeared on Engineering Alumni& Friends. Since 1885, the University of Toronto Engineering Society (EngSoc) has brought students together and fostered a unique sense of camaraderie that has become a hallmark of U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. On March 24, all past and present EngSoc officers are invited to … Read More

  • Parking app takes home top prize at Hatchery Accelerator competition Recipe for success: coffee, and advice from Joseph Orozco, entrepreneur and executive director of The Entrepreneurship Hatchery (right). Twenty-three student teams worked to turn ideas into viable business plans at Hatchery Accelerator Weekend, Jan. 22 and 23 at the University of Toronto. (credit: Cherry Fan).

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. There is only one rule at Hatchery Accelerator weekend: there are no rules. Fuelled by coffee, snacks and sage advice, on January 22 and 23, students worked furiously to transform their wildest entrepreneurial ideas into viable business models in just 28 hours. The competition, hosted by The … Read More

  • Sasha Gollish teaches alumni a lesson in persevering on and off the track Running veteran Sasha Gollish is pursuing a PhD aimed at advancing engineering education with lessons from the track. (Photo: Leigh Tynan)

    This story originally appeared on Engineering Alumni & Friends. Middle-distance runner Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, EngEd PhD Candidate) made Canada proud last summer when she captured a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. “It was magical,” Gollish said to a roomful of alumni at a Skule™ Lunch & Learn event on Jan. 13. … Read More

  • Three industry professionals leading U of T Engineering courses Randy Sinukoff, a Senior Associate at Stantec Consulting Ltd., teaching his graduate level course, CHE1431H Environmental Auditing. (Photo by Tyler Irving)

          This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News Friends. For Randy Sinukoff, the best part of being a course instructor is watching new understanding take root. “I love it when the light goes on in someone’s head,” he says. “I love it when they discover something they never thought of before, … Read More

  • Q & A with U of T Engineering’s newest professor: Lesley Warren Dr. Lesley Warren is the latest professor to join the Faculty as the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering within the Department of Civil Engineering.

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. Professor Lesley Warren joined the Department of Civil Engineering and the Lassonde Institute of Mining on Jan. 1, 2016 as the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering. Warren is an aqueous and microbial geochemist, who has pioneered the development of integrated approaches to address key questions … Read More