Professor Glenn Hibbard appointed Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

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Professor Glenn Hibbard has been appointed Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) for a three-years term, beginning July 1, 2019. Hibbard first joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering in 2004. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and to Full Professor in 2016. Currently, Prof. Hibbard holds a … Read More

In Memoriam – Gerald A Turner (1939 – 2019)

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On May 26th, 2019, Gerald A Turner passed away in Markham, Ontario. Turner worked in our Department from Sept 1963 to July 2004 assisting the staff and students as a technician. Turner will be sorely missed by the MSE Department and those who knew him. His passion was aviation history and aircraft modelling. A life … Read More

MSE Professor, Erin Bobicki, awarded NSERC Strategic Partnerships Grant.

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  Professor Erin Bobicki is among five U of T Engineering researchers awarded NSERC Strategic  Partnerships Grant. Bobicki ‘s project will investigate the potential viability of new strategies on “Combining CO2 storage with mineral processing”: certain mineral processing wastes have the capacity to store CO2 in mineral form. CO2 also has the potential to be … Read More

Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system

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Dr. Pierre Haenecour (left) of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona and Professor Jane Howe (MSE,ChemE, at right), analyze images of stardust particles with Hitachi’s SU9000 low-voltage STEM/SEM electron microscope. (Photo courtesy of Maria Schuchardt, University of Arizona)           The study of a tiny grain of stardust … Read More

How to take the ‘petro’ out of the petrochemicals industry

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Fossil fuels are the backbone of the global petrochemicals industry, which provides the world’s growing population with fuels, plastics, clothing, fertilizers and more. A new research paper, published today in Science, charts a course for how an alternative technology — renewable electrosynthesis —  could usher in a more sustainable chemical industry, and ultimately enable us … Read More

Latest news about the inquest into the Radiohead stage collapse in Toronto

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Seven years have passed since the stage collapse that killed Radiohead’s drums technician, Scott Johnson,  before a concert at Downsview Park. After the courts failed to find anyone responsible for the tragedy,  an inquest has began to find out what went wrong and what can be done to prevent future stage collapses. Key inquest exhibits … Read More

Human Powered Vehicle Design Team Competes at the ASME HPVC North Competition

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Left to right: Calvin Moes (MSE PhD candidate), Luke Patterson (Mech 1T9+PEY), Team Captain Bill Kong (Math & Physics 1T9), Josh Madero (Mech 2T0) and Rena Nakajima (Track One 2T2).               The University of Toronto human powered vehicle design team (HPVDT) cleaned up at the ASME Human Powered Vehicle … Read More

Multidisciplinary student teams unveiled their design solutions to industry challenges.

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MSE fourth-year students were part of the teams that unveiled their design solutions to industry challenges at this year’s Multidisciplinary Design Projects (MCP) Showcase on April 4, 2019. Since the launch of Multidisciplinary Design Projects in 2013, more than 550 students have benefited from the experiential and collaborative learning that the immersive design course fosters, … Read More

Color and light in forming butterfly scales, stretchy fibers, and iridescent droplets

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The MSE department was pleased to host Professor  Mathias Kolle on March 25, 2019 as part of the MSE Distinguished Lecture Series.  Mathias Kolle is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. His research is focused on the study of biological photonic systems and the development of bio-inspired, … Read More

Entrepreneurs and their early-stage startups at the University of Toronto will soon have access to a new financial support fund worth up to $5 million.

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Called the True Blue Fund, the new program provides philanthropists a way to support U of T’s entrepreneurship and innovation activities. The university is committing $2.5 million to match donations to the fund, which, in the coming months, will provide funding for prizes, awards, fellowships and support for U of T’s entrepreneurship programs. David Palmer, the … Read More