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Panel Discussion: Alternative Career Paths for MME Graduate Students

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This MME Panel Discussion is geared towards graduate students interested in learning more about career paths, alternative to tenure-track faculty positions, for engineers with advanced degrees. Panelists will include former MME graduate students who pursued career paths which span from government to industry to academia. Lunch will be provided.

This is a great opportunity for current and prospective graduate students to

  • learn about the various career opportunities for those holding graduate degrees

  • interact with peers and panelists about potential industrial implications of their research and develop professional connections.

Panelists who are currently in the government, large industry, start-up, consulting and teaching fields will talk about their industrial experiences after graduating. Panelist bios are included below

Panelists Bios:

Dennis Turriff

Dennis is a senior engineer in the Failure Analysis Group at MEA Forensic. He is responsible for investigating accidents involving material and mechanical system failures for consumer products, industrial machinery, vehicles, and building systems. His other responsibilities include liaising with government entities, technical analysis, testing, reporting to clients, and testifying in court.

Jeff McIsaac

Jeff is the General Manager of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Mohawk College. He works with a team of 3 full time researchers, supported by 10-15 full and part time student researchers. His group partners with large companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across Ontario to evaluate and de-risk additive manufacturing in a wide range of advanced manufacturing settings. The Centre is supported by NSERC, CFI and OCE, and their partners include several universities, as well as CanmetMATERIALS national research laboratory in Hamilton.

Peter Teertstra

Peter currently holds the position of continuing lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and is the Director of the Sedra Student Design Centre (SDC), both at the University of Waterloo. As a lecturer Peter teaches 3 courses (one per term) with course selections made in collaboration with the thermal engineering research group. As Director, Peter oversees all activities and users of the SDC, and manages activities for 3 employees and 2 co-op students. While Peter’s position does not have a research or service requirement, he is a contributing member to the faculty group in Mechanical Engineering that represents Engineering Design instructors and staff, and recently wrote and presented a paper at an educational research conference.

Hamid Alemohammad

Hamid is the co-founder and CEO of AOMS Technologies Inc., a company specialized in the development of advanced optical sensing systems for industrial IoT. Hamid is a technology entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in industry and academia. Dr. Alemohammad is specialized in technology commercialization, business leadership for technology ventures and start-ups, business growth consultation, and technology capital funding and investment. Hamid is an advocate for commercializing transformative scientific research to address global challenges in energy, environment, and health. Hamid’s R&D portfolio includes 40+ publications in the form of patents, scholarly articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Alemohammad has served as panel reviewer for many business and academic government funding proposals in Ontario and was featured in Mitacs 150 for 150. AOMS Technologies, the company co-founded by Dr. Alemohammad as a start-up in 2014, has turned into a global leader in advanced optical sensing with multi-national end users and customers and has been featured as success story by the Government of Ontario in InvestinOntario.ca.

Mark Kozdras

After 21 years of product and technology management experience in the automotive industry, Dr. Kozdras is the Program Manager, Automotive Materials, at Natural Resources Canada’s materials research laboratory, CanmetMATERIALS, in Hamilton, ON. He is actively involved in industry, academic and intergovernmental collaboration projects, and serves as the Canadian representative in two international efforts under the International Energy Agency and Mission Innovation


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