Author: salustri

The New, New Math

I found a funny story about teaching math (it’s a US perspective) that others might enjoy at http://www.topix.com/forum/city/new-lenox-il/TNISVHK37R981F0HG#c1.

My availability

I’m not available to help you as often as you might think, and with good reason. Some students don’t understand the responsibilities of a professor, and therefore mistakenly think that we are available virtually all the time to help them.…

Welcome to Winter 2012

I have many new students in the winter semester.  It is to those students I address this message: Assuming you were “mature” at the age of 16, then I’ve been an adult 17 times longer than you.  Appreciate the experience…

ASME/Ryerson Engineering Competition

Hello Everyone, ASME Ryerson Chapter presents the following four competitions: 1. Design Competition 2. Oral Presentation Competition 3. Poster competition 4. Web design competition The winner of these competitions will be sent to United States on ASME Ryerson Chapter’s expense,…

Teaching Assistants Award

If you know a really good teaching assistant, please consider nominating him/her for this award. TA/GA award nominations open: Jan. 27 (deadline) Nominations are open for the 2011-2012 TA/GA Awards. The awards recognize, promote and reward the contributions that teaching…

Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs, a founder, and the heart, of Apple, has died. It’s a sad day, not because of what he did at Apple, but how he did it – with class, intelligence, and compassion. I would urge everyone to watch…

Free lunch for a lucky student

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCMmmEEyOO0. Write out a physical explanation, math and all, of why the slinky does as it does, convince me you understand your solution, and I’ll buy you lunch. Open to students in MEC723 and MEC325 only, between now…

Student Design Competition

I’m just passing this on – please don’t contact me (Salustri) about it. This year, the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) its first full-day Student Ergo Design Competition on Monday, October 20, 2011 in London Ontario. The purpose of the…

Good book for students

I urge all students to read this book – Campus Confidential: 100 startling things you don’t know about Canadian Universities, by Coates & Morrison.  Available at Chapters and Amazon.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone to the 2011-2012 academic year. This year, I’m teaching MEC325 with Prof. P. Neumann, and MEC723.  My home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil;  if you want to make an appointment to see me, please follow the make an appointment…

Off to ICED

I’ll be at the Intl Conf on Engineering Design, for the whole week of August 15th. I’ve never been to Copenhagen.  Looking forward to seeing all my European colleagues.

Hello world!

I have other blogs, but I wanted something un-twitter-y to which I can post news about my research and related stuff.  I tried twitter.  I found it annoying. This will be much better.