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

    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 seven engineering chairholders join 27 others from faculties across the University of Toronto. Duncan, a U of T graduate who has taught … Read More

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

    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 attend the EngSoc Heritage Event to reconnect with their peers, share stories and meet the latest generation of U of … Read More

  • 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). Parking app takes home top prize at Hatchery Accelerator competition

    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 Entrepreneurship Hatchery, was kicked off by a special panel presentation from Silicon Valley seed accelerator Y Combinator, the incubator that has … Read More

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

    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. “But the magic almost didn’t happen.” Roughly 120 metres into her 1,500-metre race, her shoe nearly fell off, a situation … Read More

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

          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, or realize something that they can apply to their own life and work.” Sinukoff (ChemE 8T2, MASc 8T4) is a … Read More

  • 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. Q & A with U of T Engineering’s newest professor: Lesley Warren

    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 linked to the roles microorganisms play in geochemical cycling, with a significant focus on water quality management in mining contexts. … Read More

  • Introducing Prof. Lesley Warren

    In January 2016, Prof. Lesley Warren will join the Department of Civil Engineering as the new Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering. “As an applied scientist who combines geochemistry with molecular and experimental microbiology to identify the processes that affect water quality and waste/reclamation context stability for the minerals and energy sectors, this position seems like the perfect fit for me,” said Warren. Prof. Warren, currently a professor at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University, specializes in sustainable mining … Read More

  • Photo in front of graffiti wall with convocation dome in the background The next issue of the Civilian is headed to your mailbox

    Watch your mailbox for the December 2015 issue of the Civilian. Also available in digital: Read the magazine online. If you don’t receive the magazine and would like to, please send an email with your name, graduation year, and mailing address to civ.communications@utoronto.ca.

  • Sasha Gollish with Governor General David Johnston. Gollish was named one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians earlier this week. (Photo: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG) Sasha Gollish honoured as one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

    This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. Sasha Gollish (CivE MEng 1T0, EngEd PhD Candidate) has been named one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The award was presented by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall on Monday. The Academic All-Canadian list recognizes student-athletes who maintain an academic average of 80 per cent or higher while competing for one or more of their university’s varsity teams. Each … Read More

  • Eric Miller in front of ttc Can this engineering expert solve Toronto’s transit woes?

    This story originally appeared on U of T News. For years, the University of Toronto has been an “under-utilized resource” for the City of Toronto, Professor Eric Miller (CivE) says — but he is at the forefront of changing that. A civil engineering professor and the director of U of T’s Transportation Research Institute, Miller has had a close working relationship with the City of Toronto for many years. But with both President Meric Gertler and Mayor John Tory stressing closer ties, that … Read More

  • Map of the 2015 disaster at Mina, Saudi Arabia Tradition, Transit & Tragedy | Managing the crowd during the hajj pilgrimage can mean life or death

    Beyond the streets of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, lie the Islamic holy sites of Mina, Jamarat, Arafat and Muzdalifa. These sites are the destinations on an annual pilgrimage, called the Hajj, which all able Muslims are called to complete once in their life. The sites and surrounding areas remain unused for much of the year, but during the Hajj, as many as two million people visit during the five-day pilgrimage period. Tragedy struck on September 24, 2015, when a crowd collapse caused the death … Read More

  • Marianne Hatzopoulou1 Introducing Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou

    Prof. Hatzopoulou joined the Department’s transportation research section this fall. Hatzopoulou investigates how emissions are generated by on-road vehicles, how they disperse in urban environments and who is exposed. She tries to understand how traffic patterns, road design and the characteristics of built environments can be modified to improve air quality in urban areas. “U of T is a vibrant, diverse and inspiring place to do research,” said Prof. Hatzopoulou. “I can collaborate with a wide range of researchers in transportation, environment and health. The City of Toronto … Read More

  • Civilian Dec2015 FINAL web_reduced size_Page_10 Rebuilding Engineering at U of T

    How the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship is changing conceptions of academic buildings The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE) continues to advance its mission to: encourage students and faculty to spearhead research, enhance teaching and learning methods, and create a diverse, thriving community. The physical spaces that FASE occupies, however, have remained relatively static since 2002, when the Faculty opened the Bahen Centre for Information Technology on St. George Street. In need of a space that reflects the changing … Read More

  • 6T5 reunion Skule Days, 1961-1965

    The Class of 6T5 produced a souvenir album on the occasion of their 50th reunion. Construction on the Berlin Wall began in 1961 as the CivE Class of 6T5 prepared for its first day at the University of Toronto.  During their four years of study, these students witnessed the height of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy and three Stanley Cup wins by the Toronto Maple Leafs!  These experiences bonded the Class of 6T5 and helped to create … Read More

  • Civilian Dec2015 FINAL web_reduced size_Page_08 Spirit of service alive in alumni volunteers

    As a Civil Engineering student in the late ‘70s, Arun Channan’s involvement ran the gamut from the Brute Force Committee and the Engineering Society, to the Concrete Canoe Competition, Cannon Guard, and Civil Club. One of his fondest memories is affixing giant Mickey Mouse ears to the SAC dome at three o’clock in the morning as a prank. Now, as an alumnus, Channan (CivE 8T0) has volunteered his time to the Department of Civil Engineering … Read More

  • Aerial view of Front Campus looking North. Changes on campus

    Small and large changes at iconic places on the St. George Campus This past summer, a pedestrian-only zone was put in place to increase the accessibility and safety around Convocation Hall. Inspired by the circular form of front campus, the playful circles that dot the pavement in signature U of T blue and white, make a fun and functional addition to the campus. Students can use the space to chat with friends after class and … Read More

  • 2015-04-15 - PB4K Panoramic Shear brilliance

    U of T Completes Groundbreaking Experiment on Shear Resistance Supervised by Professors Evan Bentz and Michael Collins, master’s student Phil Quach (CivE 1T2, MASc 1T5) headed new groundbreaking experiment in the Structures Lab to discover the effect of extreme member depth on shear resistance. A shear failure is a critical issue that all engineers want to prevent. It is one of the ways a structure can collapse catastrophically with little to no warning, such as  … Read More

  • particle pollution Particle Man

    Prof. Jeff Siegel studies particle pollution in landmark indoor air quality study Prof. Jeffrey Siegel likens engineers to “people who practice medicine without licenses,” and his research on particle pollution highlights the intersection between civil engineering and health. Prof. Siegel, a cross-appointed faculty member at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, has been studying particle pollution since the late 1990s. He is currently part of a research study by the University of Toronto, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Health Canada … Read More

  • particle pollution Eight Ways to Limit Your Exposure to Particle Pollution

    It’s all about limiting the effects of combustion and creating ventilation! Avoid burning candles indoors. You may love the smell of your scented candles, but combustion creates particles that compromise your health. Always cook in well-ventilated areas. Buy an overhead vent fan for your oven and keep it on while you’re preparing meals. When walking on the sidewalk, keep close to the building side rather than the roadside to lessen the effects of particles from vehicle exhaust fumes. Limit the amount of cleaning products you use in your home. Even … Read More

  • CivE alumni honoured by industry organizations

    Norbert Morgenstern (CivE 5T6) Canadian Academy of Engineering Honorary Fellow Morgenstern has led a distinguished career in Geotechnical engineering. A distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, he is a member of the Order of Canada and won the Killam Prize in Engineering in 2001. He also received the EAA Engineering Alumni Medal in 1995. Michael Butt (CivE 6T3) Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Management Medal Butt has committed over 50 years to the construction engineering industry. He founded Buttcon Limited in … Read More

  • Donna Vakalis competing in the modern pentathlon. Civil Engineering Student Competes in the Modern Pentathlon at PanAm 2015

    A fourth-place finish qualifies her for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro Donna Vakalis, a PhD candidate studying the impact of indoor building environments on public health and productivity, competed in the modern pentathlon for Team Canada. The sport includes competition in fencing, swimming, show jumping, and running and shooting. Vakalis won the running and shooting combined event to place fourth overall; qualifying her for the Olympic Games. “We look forward to cheering on Donna at the 2016 Rio … Read More

  • Gemini_HOUSE BB_SD Turning an 1870’s solid masonry house into a low-energy home

    Using a Nested Thermal Envelope DesignTM This project involves the renovation of a historic solid masonry home on the University of Toronto campus using an innovative, low-energy approach known as GEMINI Nested Thermal Envelope Design (GEMINI NTED)™. The intent of this project is to educate and to inspire by demonstrating that this design approach is an effective method of achieving superior energy performance in buildings through the use of an additional thermal envelope surrounding core-designated spaces. … Read More

  • Silver Lake Memories of Gull Lake

    Why learning to survey is an unforgettable experience for University of Toronto engineers.

  • Eight U of T engineers inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

    Eight members of the U of T Engineering community have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

  • Grads to Watch: 16 global engineering leaders

    We’re delighted to celebrate 16 exceptional “Grads to Watch” — just a few of the talented and accomplished U of T engineers who will receive their degrees at Spring Convocation on June 15. Selected by their home departments, each of these remarkable future Skule alumni contributed to enhancing U of T Engineering’s vibrant community. Read the full article at U of T Engineering News.

  • U of T engineers awarded $16.9 million for research excellence and infrastructure

    This week, U of T Engineering received $16.9 million from the Government of Ontario to advance 13 innovative research projects. Awarded through the Ontario Research Fund (ORF), three of the most significant grants build on the Faculty’s established research excellence in sustainable combustion for aircraft, city building and solar energy. Read the full article at U of T Engineering News.

  • Engineering students race concrete canoes across Toronto’s waterfront

    On May 10, more than 250 engineering students from 12 universities across Canada converged in Toronto to make the unfloatable float. They raced canoes made of concrete — boats they designed and built themselves — for the 2015 Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition(CNCCC). Hosted by U of T Engineering, the competition involved students from a diverse range of engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, industrial and materials science. These teams spent the last year constructing their own canoes, with the … Read More

  • This home has 19th-Century bones and 21st-Century guts

    Strange bedfellows, the architect and the engineer. Yet, in our increasingly ecoconscious world, coaxing them to get under the covers has never been more important.

  • Victorian home on UofT campus gets a radical, engineering-heavy makeover

    The not-so-simple scheme: A box within a box.

  • Gemini Project Update: Fan Depressurization Test #3

    Following the foaming of the basement, a third interim fan depressurization test was performed prior to proceeding with the drywall installation in the basement.

  • Gemini Project Update: Fan Depressurization Test #2

    Once the doors, windows, and drywall were installed, a second interim fan depressurization test was conducted.

  • Gemini Project Update: Air Sealing the Windows and Doors

    Over the past month, the windows and doors have been installed at the Gemini House thereby completing the Perimeter and Core envelopes.

  • Gemini Project Update: Core and Perimeter Ceilings and Light Tubes

    Similar to the construction of the Core and the Perimeter walls, the Gemini House incorporates a Core and Perimeter ceiling, one covering Perimeter rooms and one covering the Core areas.

  • Gemini Project Update: Radiant Floor Installation

    The Gemini House incorporates a radiant floor design as its primary space heating system.

  • Gemini Project Update: Fan Depressurization Test #1

    The first fan depressurization test was conducted as an air leakage diagnostics test to evaluate the quality of the spray foam installation in the exterior walls.

  • Gemini Project Update: Application of Spray-foam Insulation

    Construction continues in June with the application of a closed-cell polyurethane spray foam insulation in the Core and Perimeter walls.

  • Gemini Project Update: Venting Historic Brick

    Although the main focus of this project is to turn a historic home into a low-energy one, another important aspect is to reduce the likelihood of damage occurring within the exterior brick walls.

  • Gemini Project Update: Basement Floor Slab

    The construction of the envelope begins with the basement floor slab. To reduce construction costs the design team chose to keep the existing slab, with the exception of the southwest corner that will house the majority of the mechanical systems.

  • Gemini Project Update: Core and Perimeter Space Design

    This post will briefly cover one of the most important aspects of the Gemini design, the space configurations.

  • Gemini Project Update: Demolition

    The majority of the interior demolition has been recently finished. In order to retain the character of the house later on, historical features such as mouldings and plaster work have been saved.

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