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Iron Ring: Symbol of an engineer

March 10, 2020

A group photo from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering Iron Ring reception held at the Polish Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2020. PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T The Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer Obligation Ceremony was held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the University of Toronto, known as “Camp 1”. Those who are eligible to graduate, such as fourth year or fourth year +PEY...

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Civil engineering team wins Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

March 6, 2020

Victorious U of T civil engineering students with the Troitsky 2020 trophy celebrate in Montreal. Front row (L to R): Camilo Dugand (team captain), Aidan Ashton, Kent Straky; back row (L to R): Sydney Ng, Naomi Tian, Fahd Mohammed. ” I would say it was one of the most fun weekends of my life.” – Team Captain Camilo Dugand A team of civil engineering students from the University of Toronto has won the 2020 Troitsky...

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Concrete Toboggan CHAMPIONS!

February 3, 2020

  The University of Toronto’s Concrete Toboggan Team reigned supreme to bring home the first place trophy at the 2020 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). U of T’s Concrete Toboggan Team, with their postal-themed entry, at Snow Valley Resort on race day Saturday, February 1, 2020. Photo: UofT Concrete Toboggan Team Beating out 20 other universities involving over 500 engineering students, the entry came first overall supported by firsts in Top Performing Toboggan and...

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CivMin’s Lucia Stafford breaks Canadian U23 1500m record

February 3, 2020

Lucia Stafford in action at the Boston University Scarlet and White Indoor Invitational on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Photo: Seyran Mammadov   Lucia Stafford, a Civil Engineering upper year student, set an under-23 Canadian record on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Boston University Scarlet and White Indoor Invitational. Her third-place finish in the women’s 1500m, with a time of 4:10.22, surpasses her sister’s, Gabriela Stafford, four year old time of 4:11.46. Stafford, in her...

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Andrew Young is Donald Tong Scholarship winner

February 3, 2020

Andrew Young (CivE MASc candidate), at right, receives from DIALOG the 2019-2020 Donald Tong Graduate Scholarship in Structural Engineering at a ceremony in Toronto on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. In the photo with Young are (L to R): Daria Khachi, Principal at DIALOG; Sui Wa Chan (Aster), wife of Donald Tong; Jane Tong, daughter of Donald Tong; and Cameron Ritchie, Associate at DIALOG. Photo: DIALOG   Andrew Young (CivE MASc candidate) received the 2019-2020 Donald...

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CivE PhD candidate wins TA award from FASE

January 31, 2020

Allan Kuan (BASc EngSci 1T4 + PEY, CivE PhD candidate) has been awarded the Teaching Assistant Award from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE). Photo: Tracy Zhang   Allan Kuan (BASc EngSci 1T4 + PEY, CivE PhD candidate) has been awarded the Teaching Assistant Award from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE). Kuan received the award formally at a Faculty Council meeting in a presentation from Dean Chris Yip just before...

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CivMin PhD student wins international earthquake competition

January 17, 2020

Myron Chiyun Zhong, a CivE PhD candidate, holds the award for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center’s Blind Prediction Contest after a ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley the evening of Thursday, January 16 2020. Zhong, along with supervisor Prof. Constantin Christopoulos, submitted the most accurate prediction for an earthquake model based on shake table results. PHOTO: Courtesy Myron Chiyun Zhong   A University of Toronto PhD candidate in civil engineering has won...

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Alumni well represented at CivMin Career Fair

January 10, 2020

CIVMIN CAREER FAIR 2020: A group photo of 28 U of T Engineering alumni taken at the conclusion of the CivMin Career Fair 2020 in the Myhal Centre’s Fifth Floor Atrium at the University of Toronto on Thursday, January 9, 2020. In all, 26 exhibitors were represented at the event with 28 alumni coming out to offer current students information about opportunities in the workforce. PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U...

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Introducing Sebastian Goodfellow, CivMin’s newest faculty member

January 6, 2020

Sebastian Goodfellow outside the Lassonde Mining Building at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T Sebastian Goodfellow joined us January 6, 2020 as Assistant Professor. CivMin asked a few questions so we can all get to know him a little better.   Q&A What excites you most about your research? Much of my research is focused on conducting experiments on rock samples at...

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CivMin students Alaa Itani and Junshi Xu among DiDi Graduate Awards

January 6, 2020

Nine of the inaugural winners of the DiDi Graduate Awards pose with DiDi representatives. L-R: Hao Wang, Dengbo He, Nicole Barbosa Sultanum, Bilal Majed Taha, Tracy Li (Senior Research Program Manager, DiDi), Hongtu Zhu (Chief Scientist of Statistics in AI Labs, DiDi), Danijar Hafner, Shangyi Xiong, Nazli Eser Kaya, Alaa Itani, and Junshi Xu (photo: Daria Perevezentsev)   Two CivMin students are among ten University of Toronto graduate students who are receiving DiDi Graduate Awards...

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Civ PhD alumna self-publishes infrastructure book for all ages with environmental message

December 16, 2019

Mariko Uda PHOTO: Phill Snel, Civil & Mineral Engineering/U of T   She took time off her job to write a book. Mariko Uda (Civ 0T4, PhD 2016) took time away from engineering work in order to pursue a long-held dream of turning author. Her self-published book titled “Where does it all come from? Where does it all go? Toronto’s water, energy & waste systems” is the result. Uda has long wanted to share her...

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MEET: Engineers Without Borders, U of T Chapter Co-Presidents

December 16, 2019

Engineers Without Borders, University of Toronto Chapter Co-President Molly McGrail (fourth year EngSci) and Co-President Jacqueline Fleisig (third year EngSci) ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS – U of T Chapter co-Presidents: Jacqueline Fleisig and Molly McGrail. Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Molly  I’m in Engineering Science and on PEY right now, so between third and fourth year (2T0 + PEY), and I’m in the infrastructure option. Jacqueline  I am also an EngSci with biomed...

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MEET: Concrete Canoe Co-Project Managers

December 13, 2019

Concrete Canoe Team   Co-Project Manager Natasha Valenton and Co-Project Manager Ashley An Natasha Valenton (Mech fourth year, left) and Ashley An (Civ third year) at the University of Toronto Concrete Canoe display in Sandford Fleming.The two are Co-Project Managers for the U of T Concrete Canoe Club.PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T Natasha and Ashley please tell us about yourselves. Natasha  I’m in Mechanical Engineering, so I’m 1T9...

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MEET: Concrete Toboggan Team Co-Captains

December 9, 2019

Co-Captain Michael Lizzi (fourth year EngSci) and Co-Captain Sophie Ordman (fourth year Civ) Michael Lizzi, Co-Captain Concrete Toboggan Sophie Ordman, Co-Captain Concrete Toboggan Q&A INTERVIEW Please tell us a little bit about yourselves. Sophie  I’m a fourth year civil engineering student, and I just came off my PEY. This is my fourth year on the team; I started in second year. I’ve done many different things on the team: I was a general member, then...

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From between a rock and a hard place (for women) to an equitable and more profitable place for all: Why gender diversity in mining is vital to the strength and future of the industry

December 3, 2019

Mining’s “not so secret” secret It is an accepted industry-wide truth: mining has a gender diversity issue. The industry lags behind most other sectors in tackling this systemic problem with recent statistics showing women represent only 16 per cent of the Canadian mining workforce compared to 48 per cent of the overall Canadian workforce. The challenge of building a gender-balanced workforce stretches from site to the boardroom. According to a 2016 PWC study, the mining...

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