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Skule Days, 1961-1965

November 30, 2015

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...

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Spirit of service alive in alumni volunteers

November 30, 2015

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...

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Changes on campus

November 30, 2015

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...

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Shear brilliance

November 30, 2015

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 ...

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Particle Man

November 30, 2015

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...

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Eight Ways to Limit Your Exposure to Particle Pollution

November 30, 2015

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...

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CivE alumni honoured by industry organizations

November 30, 2015

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...

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Civil Engineering Student Competes in the Modern Pentathlon at PanAm 2015

November 30, 2015
Donna Vakalis competing in the modern pentathlon.

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...

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

July 23, 2015

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)™. (more…)

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Memories of Gull Lake

June 19, 2015

Why learning to survey is an unforgettable experience for University of Toronto engineers. (more…)

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