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The next issue of the Civilian is headed to your mailbox

December 10, 2015
Photo in front of graffiti wall with convocation dome in the background

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.

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Sasha Gollish honoured as one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

December 1, 2015
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)

This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News. 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 (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...

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Can this engineering expert solve Toronto’s transit woes?

December 1, 2015
Eric Miller in front of ttc

“We are non-ideological,” says Professor Eric Miller of U of T’s Transportation Research Institute, which is assessing Toronto’s transit needs and examining the SmartTrack Plan. “It has to be evidence-based.” (Photo: Roberta Baker) 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...

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Tradition, Transit & Tragedy | Managing the crowd during the hajj pilgrimage can mean life or death

November 30, 2015
Map of the 2015 disaster at Mina, Saudi Arabia

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...

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Introducing Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou

November 30, 2015

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...

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Rebuilding Engineering at U of T

November 30, 2015

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...

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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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