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In time for Mother’s Day: Alumnus publishes children’s book

May 6, 2020

Luigi La Corte (CivE 1T4 + PEY), writer and illustrator of the children’s book Pacha The Mama Llama, used inspiration from his own life to share an inspiring story of a mother seeking a new and better life for her children. He has partnered with the YWCA, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged women and girls in the Toronto area, with 50% of the net proceeds will be donated for every book sold.     Luigi La Corte...

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Connecting with: Luis Ardila Bothia

April 30, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis. Luis Ardila Bothia in his home office with his twin daughters. Luis Ardila Bothia, CivE PhD candidate Luis Ardila Bothia is a civil...

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Connecting with: Pia Dimayuga

April 27, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis.   CivE MASc candidate Pia Dimayuga at home with homemade pizzas. Pia Dimayuga, CivE MASc candidate Pia Dimayuga is a civil engineering MASc...

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Three CivMin professors and staff honoured for excellence by the Faculty

April 22, 2020

The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering has three of the 14 Engineering faculty and staff who have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to the Faculty with teaching, research and administrative staff awards. These awards recognize exceptional faculty and staff members for their leadership, citizenship, innovation and contributions to the Faculty’s teaching, service and research missions. The recipients would normally be recognized at the Faculty’s annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception, which had to be...

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Latest COVID-19 research: Acoustic Comfort

April 21, 2020

  Prof. Marianne Touchie is working with PhD candidate Maddie Andargie to study the effects of COVID-19 lockdown on noise and acoustic comfort in condo and apartment dwellers. If you live in a condo/apartment in Canada, please consider participating in the 10-minute survey. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a draw for five $50 Amazon gift cards.

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Protecting a freshwater spring on Nicaragua’s Corn Island

April 21, 2020

Each year the capstone design course provides students with the opportunity to solve a problem for a real-world client and normally culminates in a project showcase at the end of the term.  With supervision and guidance from Prof. Kamran Behdinan (MIE) and Prof. Karl Peterson (CivMin), a team of MechE students collaborated with Seeds of Learning, Students Offering Support, and U of T’s Centre for Global Engineering to solve the problem of seawater entering the...

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Connecting with: Pedram Mortazavi

April 20, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis.   CivE PhD candidate Pedram Mortazavi at his home office in Toronto. Pedram Mortazavi, CivE PhD candidate Pedram Mortazavi is a civil engineering...

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Connecting with: Sylvie Spraakman

April 15, 2020

While the U of T campus is closed to the public, in-person classes and non-essential lab work, an attempt is being made to connect with individuals continuing to work from home. This is part of a regular series to help bring us together as we remain apart during this public health crisis.   Sylvie Spraakman at her kitchen table work-from-home setup, with cat Jack in the window.   Sylvie Spraakman, CivE PhD candidate Sylvie Spraakman...

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CivMin’s Stafford named female Varsity Blues Athlete of the Year

April 8, 2020

Lucia Stafford was named the 2020 T-Holders’ female athlete of the year on Wednesday, April 8. Cross country and track & field super star Lucia Stafford, an upper-year civil engineering student, and men’s hockey MVP David Thomson were named the 2020 T-Holders’ female and male athletes of the year on Wednesday, April 8. Badminton standout Jonathan Lai and water polo goalie Rachael Jaffe earned the sixth annual Frank Pindar male and female athlete of the...

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Can ultraviolet light help hospitals disinfect their supply of masks and gowns? CivMin’s Prof. Hofmann explains

April 6, 2020

UV treatment is widely used to disinfect drinking water and wastewater. Now, hospitals are considering its role in disinfecting masks and other personal protective equipment (Photo: Dimitri Karastelev via Unsplash) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to mount, hospitals are finding themselves short of masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Some are doing what would previously have been unthinkable — disinfecting and reusing PPE. One way to do this is with ultraviolet (UV) light, which...

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A first for CivMin: All-video PhD FOE

April 3, 2020

Anca Ferche (CivE PhD 2T0) at her home office where she took the Department’s first all-video doctoral Final Oral Exam (FOE) on March 26, 2020.   With necessity being the root of invention during this time of a public health crisis, going fully digital for a doctoral Final Oral Exam (FOE) has a provided a first for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering. Anca Ferche (CivE PhD 2T0) completed a two-and-a-half-hour presentation of her...

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CivMin profs online: A new digital world

April 2, 2020

A composite image of (clockwise from top left) Professors Evan Bentz, Jennifer Drake, Marianne Touchie, Karl Peterson, David Taylor and Doug Hooton. Just as students have had to adapt to new ways of learning, professors in the Deparment of Civil & Mineral Engineering have been adept at delivering their online lectures and providing academic continuity. A few professors are sharing their new methods of delivering via the following images. Prof. Doug Hooton giving an online...

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Prof. Doug Hooton awarded Fellow of the Society with CSCE

April 1, 2020

  Prof. Doug Hooton Prof. Doug Hooton has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the Society, with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).  An official announcement was made in the April 1 edition of the CSCE E-Bulletin. Though the honour was to be presented at the CSCE’s annual conference in Saskatoon May 27-31, the event has been cancelled. The following statement was issued by CSCE: “In light of current circumstances, CSCE will be distributing...

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Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

March 23, 2020

A file photo of Prof. Jeffrey Siegel with an air filter. Many Canadians are spending most of their time indoors as they practice self-isolation in a bid to reduce transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. While social distancing and hand-washing are still the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus, some are raising questions about the role of indoor air-filtration systems and the efficacy of air filters in protecting from the virus....

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CivMin’s Lucia Stafford named OUA athlete of the week

March 10, 2020

  CivMin’s Lucia Stafford during race action in Edmonton. Stafford is the OUA female athlete of the week following a dazzling performance at the 2020 U SPORTS championships in Edmonton with two golds, a silver, and a bronze medal. PHOTO: University of Alberta Athletics University of Toronto Varsity Blues track standout Lucia Stafford has been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) female athlete of the week for the period ending March 8, 2020. A fourth-year middle distance...

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