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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8)

October 23, 2019

  Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8) poses for a photo overlooking the University of Toronto’s downtown campus from the new Myhal Centre.   Engineers and the environment: Finding the path   An Australian who only planned a stopover in Canada at the beginning of his 1954 travels, Barry Hitchcock (Civ 5T8) found himself in love and stayed. A degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, some time back home “down under” to work, then...

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MEET: Simonne Varela

October 17, 2019

Civ Club Chair 2019-2020 CIV CLUB CHAIR — Simonne Varela (CivE fourth year, 1T9 + PEY), the Civ Club Chair, in the Civ Club on Friday, October 4, 2019. The Civ Club is for Civil Engineering students in CivMin.PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T Simonne Varela (CivE fourth year 1T9 + PEY),  Chair of Civ Club, is a natural for the demanding role of coordinating student interests and exercising...

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MEET: Jihad Raya

October 17, 2019

Min Club Chair 2019-2020 MIN CLUB CHAIR — Jihad Raya (MinE fourth year, 1T9 + PEY), the Min Club Chair, in the Min Club Lounge for Lassonde Mineral Engineering students in CivMin.PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T Jihad Raya is a busy fourth year Lassonde Mineral Engineering student, as well as Min Club Chair, but is also a firm believer in “me time” to help keep everything in perspective....

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MEET: Alyssa Hermann

October 17, 2019

CEGSA President 2019-2020 CEGSA PRESIDENT — A photo of Alyssa Hermann, President of Civil Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (CEGSA), in the Grad Lounge on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T Born in Ontario, but raised in B.C., Alyssa Hermann is back to her Toronto-area roots. The President of Civil Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (CEGSA) is taking a leave of absence from her Burnaby, B.C.-based job at...

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Congratulations to CivMin’s 2019 Arbor Award Recipients

October 11, 2019

On October 10, 2019, Nadine Ibrahim (CIV 0T0, MASc 0T3, PhD 1T5), Loui Pappas (CIV 8T8, MASc 8T9) and Nick Walker (CIV6T5) were recognized as recipients of the 2019 Arbor Awards. The Arbor Awards celebrate the contributions of the University’s exceptional and longstanding volunteers. This award is the highest honour granted by the University and is given for sustained contributions to specific academic units, such as faculties, colleges or institutes, or for broader contributions to...

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On being seen: Autonomous vehicles and pedestrians with sight loss

October 8, 2019

Sina Azizi Soldouz, a MASc candidate (R) and supervisor Professor Khandker Nurul Habib pose for a photo at Yonge Street and Dundas Street in downtown Toronto. A survey of pedestrians with sight loss was conducted in collaboration with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) under the title Understanding the impact of connected and automated vehicles for pedestrians with sight loss – a policy framework.PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U...

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PhD candidate receives award at Canadian Steel Conference

September 30, 2019

Designed to fail: an elegant solution to save buildings during earthquakes Civ PhD Candidate Pedram Mortazavi, MASc, P.Eng, poses with a cast steel link in the Structures Lab at the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering in Toronto. His thesis is titled: Cast Steel Replaceable Link Elements in Steel Eccentric Braced Frame (EBF), and is designed to allow a specific piece of a building structure fail in an earthquake so as to...

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Alumnae from the west

September 26, 2019

Imperial Oil Duo Imperial Oil sent two University of Toronto alumnae to host an information session on campus. We sat down for a chat with Karsmina Kam (Min 0T8), Mine Performance Team Lead and Joyee Pu (Min 1T4 + PEY), Senior Operations Analyst, who are both originally from the Toronto area and now reside in Calgary. The pair were at the St George Campus to host a meet and greet with engineering students on behalf...

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Hart professorships boost research into medical diagnostics, smart cities and more

September 26, 2019

Seven new Hart Professorships will boost U of T Engineering research into technologies across a range of fields, from improved medical testing to more efficient transportation networks. Created in 2016 by a landmark bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0), the Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart professorships are awarded to faculty members who are within the first 10 years of their careers. They provide increased research funding for a period of...

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Survey Camp Centennial: CAMP100

September 11, 2019

A ceremonial groundbreaking at the U of T Survey Camp on Gull Lake, near Minden, Ont,. for the upcoming construction of the new HCAT Bunkhouse and MacGillivray Common Room. With spades (L to R): Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering; Georgette Zinaty, Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni Relations; Scott MacGillivray (Civ 8T2), Alumnus & Donor; Christopher Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering; Robert MacGillivray (Civ 8T5), Alumnus & Donor; Brenda...

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Take a look inside the new bunkhouse and common room at Survey Camp

September 10, 2019

Rendering of the HCAT Bunkhouse and MacGillivray Common Room (Credit: V+A Architects) Survey Camp at Gull Lake is celebrating its centennial and getting a new bunkhouse. Nearly a century after the first group of University of Toronto Engineering students used the site, located on the north shore of Gull Lake near Minden, Ont., a modern and flexible-use building has been planned. Purchased in 1919, the first cohort of U of T students took classes on...

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Announcing foundations | The new magazine for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering

September 9, 2019

When the Department’s name changed to Civil & Mineral Engineering in March 2018, we knew that the Department’s magazine name The Civilian would need to change as well to better represent our community. So, we are pleased to present foundations magazine. Whether it is a geological term, a component of a building or the idea of learning the fundamentals of science and engineering, the magazine name represents a solid base for us to build on...

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From Malaysia to Toronto: Meet your incoming class of 2T3

August 29, 2019

Eight students share what’s got them excited about their first year at U of T Engineering Residence move-ins, Frosh Week, fuelling up on textbooks at the U of T bookstore and their first-ever plenary lecture from Dean Christopher Yip — a long list of activities await more than 1,200 U of T Engineering students. For many, that list also includes exploring Toronto for the very first time — about one in four come from outside of Canada....

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U of T student team helps local church achieve sustainability and reduce its energy footprint

July 31, 2019

During the energy audit at AHPC, Noah Cassidy (left) recorded window temperature with a thermal imaging camera while Niloufar Ghaffari (right) recorded lux readings for lighting retrofits. July 2019 Update: The U of T CECA student chapter team placed first in the initial round of the Green Energy Challenge. They now have to create a video and present their project at the NECA convention in Las Vegas in September. With energy costs on the rise, organizations all...

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Is there plastic in our drinking water? Probably – and U of T researchers are studying how concerned we should be

July 22, 2019
These tiny plastic particles were extracted from Toronto’s harbour by U of T researchers Chelsea Rochman and Bob Andrews (photo by Tyler Irving)

These tiny plastic particles were extracted from Toronto’s harbour by U of T researchers Chelsea Rochman and Bob Andrews (photo by Tyler Irving) Is there plastic in your drinking water? The University of Toronto’s Bob Andrews and Chelsea Rochman say there is – but, unfortunately, they don’t have much more information to share. “If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health, I have to say that we have no idea,” says Rochman, an assistant professor...

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