Thursday, July 23, 2009


Professor Will Bawden is stepping down as Director of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program after 12 years at the helm. He dedicated his efforts to interfacing with industry and students to strengthen the curriculum and the student experience. On behalf of the MIN students and alumni, Thank You, Will.

Taking his place is a new face, Professor John Hadjigeorgiou. We were extremely fortunate to attract him to the University of Toronto. John’s background is similar to Will’s, so there will be a strong continuity of excellence and proactive promotion of the program. Welcome John!

Congratulations to our most recent alumni - the classes of MIN0T9 and CIV0T9 attended their convocation on June 19th. The class of 97 students had 18 students graduating with honours!

It is our great pleasure to announce that Barry Adams and Michael Collins were made Fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada at an awards ceremony this spring. A maximum of twenty EIC Fellows, representing less than 0.1% of the combined membership of the twelve Engineering Societies in the EIC Group have been selected. This is a rare distinction. Congratulations to these two very deserving inductees!

Receiving numerous awards throughout his career, Manuel (Manny) Fine (CIV5T2) recently learned of one more: the Heavy Constuction Association of Toronto’s support of The Manuel A. Fine Scholarship in recognition for his years of service to the Association. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in their third or fourth year, in the Department of Civil Engineering based on strong academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in construction as evidenced by
their focus of study, extra-curricular activities or summer employment. Read more about Manny, HCAT and their generous support of our scholarship programs on our website and in our next issue of The Civilian.

Last year, Eyes Of Hope (an initiative by Civil students) took action on the
fight against poverty in Toronto by helping to build homes for low-income
families through Habitat for Humanity.
This summer, they will be launching a faculty wide project to sponsor a
"UofT Engineering home" for a low-income family. All U of T staff, students,
and alumni are welcome to support or participate in any of the
build events. Visit for more details. In the past
year, they have
- organized 8 build-events
- sent 120 volunteers to the construction site
- provided 740 hours of service
- raised $4500

Do you have a Milestone to share with us? Email or send mail to Civil Engineering, 35 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

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