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Majed Karam, CivE MASc 2T0, wins ACI 123 Poster Award

November 24, 2020

Majed Karam (CivE MASc 2T0) Majed Karam (CivE MASc 2T0) won first place at the American Concrete Institute’s poster competition with Assessing the Differential Fluid-Penetration Resistance in the Concrete Cover Through Formation Factor Mapping. Karam presented his poster during the ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session at the Fall 2020 ACI Virtual Convention. Currently, Karam is working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as Concrete materials & NDT engineer at e.construct. Here is some info regarding...

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Congratulations CivMin Fall 2020 grads!

November 24, 2020

U of T’s fall convocation ceremony 2020 was presented virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at noon. The event itself saw 75 CivMin students honoured. Here’s the breakdown: 5 CivE BASc 38 MEng 1 MEng CEM 24 MASc 7 PhD Congratulations to all of our graduates! ~ CivMin  

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CivMin well represented at COVID-19 transportation challenges and solutions student competition

November 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic raised awareness of inequities and challenges in transportation, the U of T Transportation Alumni Committee recognized a unique opportunity to focus their annual New Frontiers in Transportation student research competition on timely, relevant issues. They chose for this year’s theme “Transportation Network Resilience in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond.” CivMin representation Engineering students were well represented, as 41 per cent of total participants. The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) saw...

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Class of 5T8 holds online reunion

November 12, 2020

Civ alumni from the class of 5T8 gather for a virtual reunion with a video conference on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Pictured in this composite image (clockwise from top left): Barry Hitchcock, Donald Cryder, Leonard Pitura, Ewen Fisher, Winston (Win) Pearce, Dave Wright, Arnold Emmott, Prof. John Timusk, Bob Kadlec, and Dr. Ian Harrington. More than 62 years since graduating, U of T’s civil engineering class of 5T8 still enjoy getting together to reminisce. The...

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Dean’s World Tour: Checking in with U of T Engineering students across the globe

November 12, 2020

Dean Christopher Yip met virtually with undergraduate students in time zones around the world during the first-ever Dean’s World Tour on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.   U of T Engineering Dean Christopher Yip took a virtual trip around the world on Thursday, November 12.  Using the digital meeting platform Zoom, Dean Yip facilitated a series of open discussions for undergraduate students, who are currently studying remotely in dozens of locations around the world — from...

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New chair of RCCAO has strong CivMin ties

November 10, 2020

A “top down” bridge construction equipment in 2008, designed and built by Bermingham, with (L to R) Peter Smith, Stefano Gabaldo (both with Bermingham Foundation Solutions) and Mark Mallett, Project Manager for Flatiron. The eight km long elevated expressway was built over environmental sensitive wetlands for the Washington bypass. (Provided by Peter Smith)   Peter Smith, the newly elected chair of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), has strong ties to U...

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Alumnus Bin Liu (CivE 1T4) among eleven honoured with 2020 Engineering Alumni Network Awards

November 6, 2020

  Eleven outstanding members of the U of T Engineering community were recognized Nov. 5 at the 2020 Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards. The evening awards ceremony, held virtually this year, celebrated alumni and students for their accomplishments and their contributions to the Skule™ community “The Faculty has just been amazing in its resilience, and tonight’s winners really embody that spirit,” said Dean Christopher Yip. “You illustrate the role that engineers can play in meeting the...

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Smart Freight Centre launches new research collaborations on safer, cleaner and more efficient transport of goods in the GTHA

November 4, 2020

A new set of research collaborations will look at innovative ways to improve the movement of goods across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. (Photo: Markus Spiske via Unsplash)   From take-out pizza to online shopping — which nearly doubled in Canada this year— the  use of home delivery has greatly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to Professor Matt Roorda (CivMin), what happens between clicking “add to cart” and picking up a package on the doorstep is...

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U of T requires COVID-19 self-assessments before visiting campus

October 26, 2020

UCheck, the university’s self-assessment portal, is an easy and secure way to complete a COVID-19 symptom screening, which is now required each day before visiting one of U of T’s three campuses (photo by FreshSplash via Getty Images) In line with provincial regulation and public health guidance, the University of Toronto is requiring anyone coming to one of its three campuses to complete a COVID-19 health screening by conducting a self-assessment each day before they...

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Meet Navi: Your U of T mental health wayfinder

October 20, 2020

You now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and supports. Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based virtual assistant that can understand the questions you ask, and provide accurate and relevant responses – any time, anywhere. Check out the Navi tool today and visit the OVPS site for more information and FAQs.

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U of T’s self-assessment web portal: UCheck

October 20, 2020

The University of Toronto, in partnership with Thrive Health, has launched the UCheck self-assessment web portal to support the health & safety of our community as we gradually return to campus this fall. Accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones, UCheck will allow faculty members, librarians, staff, and students to generate a COVID-19 risk status by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment that is tailored to U of T. Once generated, this risk status will recommend whether individuals...

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U of T CECA/NECA wins second in the 2020 Green Energy Challenge

October 13, 2020

The Northern Lights Solutions (NLS), a student design team in CECA/NECA U of T at Orde Street Public School (OSPS) in Toronto. The University of Toronto student chapter of the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association (CECA/NECA) has overcome the challenge of working during the pandemic and won second place in the 2020 ELECTRI International/NECA Green Energy Challenge. The Northern Lights Solutions (NLS) is a student design team in CECA/NECA U of T. Each year, the team...

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CivMin’s Kevin Rupasinghe, an MEng CEM candidate, has op-ed about electoral reform published by Toronto Star

September 30, 2020

  Kevin Rupasinghe, a CivMin MEng CEM candidate.(Photo by Claire McFarlane) Kevin Rupasinghe, a student enrolled in the Master of Engineering Cities Engineering & Management (MEng CEM) program in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, wrote an op-ed which was published by the Toronto Star this week. Rupasinghe addressed the issue of ranked ballots for Toronto’s municipal elections and why the reform should not wait several more years.  CivMin...

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Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30

September 29, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day, a day for our community to come together to honour Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential school system and acknowledge the trauma caused by our country’s history of anti-Indigenous oppression and discrimination. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to begin discussions on the effects of colonialism on Indigenous communities and to reaffirm our Faculty’s commitment to address and act against racism. Canada exists because Indigenous Peoples have been, and...

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CivMin study: Electric vehicles can fight climate change, but they’re not a silver bullet

September 28, 2020

Sales of passenger electric vehicles are growing fast, but a new analysis from U of T Engineering researchers shows that on its own, electrifying the U.S. fleet will not be enough to meet our climate change mitigation targets. (Photo: microgen, via Envato) Today there are more than 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) in operation around the world, compared with only about 20,000 a decade ago. It’s a massive change — but according to a group of U of T...

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