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UTTRI Director Eric J. Miller has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from IATBR!

July 23, 2018

Professor Eric J. Miller has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Association for Travel Behaviour Research. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee tasked with reviewing nominations and the award is bestowed every three years. The recipient must have made fundamental and sustained contributions to travel behaviour research for a substantial period; they must be widely known; and they must have influenced the field through writings, teaching, service,...

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Professor Brent Sleep Reappointed as Chair!

July 10, 2018

Effective July 1, we are pleased to announce that Professor Brent Sleep has been reappointed for another 5-year term as Chair of the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering by Dean Cristina Amon. Professor Sleep joined the Department in 1990, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and Full Professor in 2000. Under Professor Sleep’s leadership, the Department name has changed to Civil & Mineral Engineering to reflect the community of students in the Department...

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U of T’s School of Cities to take urban research and collaboration to new heights

June 30, 2018
A crosswalk in Santiago, Chile (photo Mauro Mora via Unsplash)

University of Toronto researchers have started to look for ways to leverage the School of Cities to connect with colleagues across the university to approach urban issues from multiple angles. There are a number of School of Cities initiatives in the works that will help to make those connections, including the Urban Genome Project, which brings together experts from disciplines like engineering, sociology and architecture to understand the way neighbourhoods change and develop using data, and...

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Congratulations to all of our graduates!

June 26, 2018

The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering had 191 people convocate after completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees this year. The Department held a well-attended reception lunch afterward to celebrate the new grads. We wish all of our grads the best of luck in their future endeavors!

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Brent takes a plunge (several times)!

June 21, 2018

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering held their Plunge a Prof fundraising event yesterday. The weather was perfect for those looking to dunk their department leaders and from the looks on people’s faces, everyone had a great time! Professor Brent Sleep, Chair of Civil & Mineral Engineering, graciously volunteered himself to be dunked in exchange for staff and faculty donations to the University. Many took him up on this and then some, dunking him...

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Professor Jennifer Drake wins 2018 OPEA Engineering Medal for Young Engineers

May 25, 2018

Professor Jennifer Drake has won the 2018 OPEA Engineering Medal for Young Engineers. It is awarded to “outstanding young Ontario engineers, who have made exceptional achievements in their chosen fields.” Her research focuses on Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater systems, watershed planning and stormwater management, and the impact of LID technologies on aquatic environments, urban security and wet weather policy. One of the goals of her research is to help predict and minimize urban flooding...

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Pedram Mortazavi wins 2018 TA Teaching Excellence Award

April 30, 2018
CivE PhD Candidate Pedram Mortazavi was one of just five recipients from more than 550 nominated teaching assistants from across the University of Toronto. (Photo: Keenan Dixon)

CivMin PhD Candidate Pedram Mortazavi was one of just five recipients from more than 550 nominated teaching assistants from across the University of Toronto. (Photo: Keenan Dixon) Pedram Mortazavi (CivMin PhD candidate) has won a 2018 TA Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Toronto’s Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP). Mortazavi, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, is one of just five recipients from more than 550 nominated teaching assistants (TAs) across...

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Framing the Naming: Why it matters we are now the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering

April 20, 2018

Change showcases significant growth, spirit of inclusion, collaboration and diversity that exists within the Department — The University of Toronto’s Executive Committee of Governing Council recently approved a new name for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, an update that reflects the Department’s strong community and the breadth of knowledge and expertise of its members. “This important change captures and communicates the true make-up of our vibrant community,” Professor Brent Sleep, Chair, Department of...

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U of T Engineering celebrates student leadership at 2018 Cressy Awards

April 18, 2018

Cressy Award winners join Dean Amon, Paul Cadario (CivE 7T3) and chairs and directors at the Dean’s Tea reception. (Photo: Laura Pederson) On Tuesday, April 17, 23 undergraduate and graduate engineering students were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the Engineering and University communities with 2018 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards. Prior to the formal awards ceremony at Convocation Hall, students joined Dean Cristina Amon, Paul Cadario (CivMin 7T3) and chairs and directors for the annual Dean’s Tea...

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U of T CECA/NECA Competes in the 2018 Green Energy Challenge

April 17, 2018

Aiming to best their third place honours received last year, the University of Toronto student chapter of the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association (CECA/NECA) is competing in the 2018 ELECTRI International/NECA Green Energy Challenge. Leading up to the Green Energy Challenge, the team has hosted several events to spread awareness about sustainable buildings among U of T students. “Our club has become smarter about the way we explain our work to others,” said President Sneha Adhikari...

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Modular labs installed on U of T Engineering rooftop enable leading building science research

April 3, 2018

Photos courtesy of Professors Marianne Touchie, Kim Pressnail and Jeffrey Siegel. Two new facilities situated atop U of T Engineering’s Sandford Fleming Building will advance multidisciplinary building science research into how buildings consume and distribute energy and control indoor environments. The state-of-the-art Twin Suites Rooftop Lab will be home to research conducted by Professor Marianne Touchie, who is cross-appointed to the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Civil & Mineral Engineering, and Professors Kim Pressnail and Jeffrey Siegel (both CivMin)....

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TEAL Fellows: Redesigning the classroom experience

March 29, 2018

Technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) spaces feature prominently in the design of the CEIE. The TEAL Fellows program aims to support instructors as they reimagine their course materials to leverage these new spaces. (Photo: Roberta Baker) U of T Engineering’s newest building — the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) — is home to technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) rooms designed to support blended modalities of teaching and creative design activities. A new Faculty-wide program is...

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How self-driving cars could shrink parking lots

March 28, 2018

Left to right: Sina Bahrami (CivE PhD candidate), Mehdi Nourinejad (CivE PhD 1T7) and Professor Matthew Roorda (CivE) designed an algorithm to optimize the design of parking lots for autonomous vehicles, increasing their capacity by an average of 62 per cent. (Photo: Roberta Baker) New U of T Engineering research shows that adoption of self-driving cars — also known as autonomous vehicles (AVs) — could significantly reduce the amount of valuable urban space dedicated to...

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Kathleen Wynne visits U of T Engineering to talk diversity in STEM

February 14, 2018
Premier Kathleen Wynne with members of U of T Engineering’s Blue Sky Solar Racing team. (Photo: Roberta Baker)

Premier Kathleen Wynne with members of U of T Engineering’s Blue Sky Solar Racing team. (Photo: Roberta Baker) On Tuesday, February 13, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited U of T Engineering to speak with students about challenges and opportunities facing students today and the importance of diversity in the STEM disciplines. The Premier began her visit at the site of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Faculty’s newest building, which will officially open...

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Transcending boundaries: U of T Engineering hosts WISE National Conference 2018

February 1, 2018
Sara Maltese (Year 4 CivE) is the conference chair for the sixth annual WISE National Conference, hosted at U of T Engineering. (Photo credit: Armand Suwanda)

Sara Maltese (Year 4 CivE) is the conference chair for the sixth annual WISE National Conference, hosted at U of T Engineering. (Photo credit: Armand Suwanda) This weekend, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) National Conferencewill welcome more than 300 delegates from across Canada to Toronto. They will hear from — and interact with — dozens of academic and industry leaders from a variety of fields connected to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The...

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