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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 A broad and brilliant smile usually precedes an exuberant greeting from Simonne Varela (CivE fourth year 1T9 + PEY).  As Chair of Civ Club, she’s...

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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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