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Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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UW AllSpark
Mechatronics Convention

Fellow Trons,

Students, staff and alumni. This is a call for us to unite.

Maybe too long you’ve sat thinking about that start-up idea. Maybe too long you’ve debated making that career move. And yes, too long have you tried to solve the world’s problems in quiet solitude.

It’s time for a change. Something fresh! Something that has never been done before. We invite you to meet the rest of the Tron family as we demo some cool technology and share some amazing stories. Tell your fellow Trons. Come to make friends or come to make that one connection that may start the next Apple. The truth is, if we work together, we can change the world faster.

Join us with UW for this exculsive event on March 15th, and help create an AllSpark.

Connect Now: UW TRONS LinkedIn Group

- Fayez Khan, Tron ‘08







10:30 - 10:35 AM

Opening by Prof. Jan Huissoon 



10:35 - 10:45 AM

Speech by Fayez Khan



10:45 - 11:50 AM

Inspirational lecture series by fellow Trons entrepreneurs, Tron researchers, Tron industry leaders

Speaker 1 – Calvin & Ashish, Palette
Speaker 2  
Mihaela Vlasea, Waterloo, PhD
Speaker 3 – Mike McCauley, BufferBox
Speaker 4 – Rohan Mahimker, Prodigy


11:50 - 12:00 PM

Address by UW Alumni Affairs

Martha Nelson, Director of Advancement, Faculty of Engineering


12:00 - 12:30 PM

Speech by Larry Smith

 "Waterloo's Secret Strength: So Secret Most Do Not Know What It Is". A discussion of why Waterloo has a strength that Harvard and Stanford do not. 


12:30 – 1:30 PM

Complimentary lunch served.

4th Year Tron design project demonstrations



1:30 - 2:30 PM

Alumni industry & startup product demonstrations

Speaker 5 – Suresh, PUSH Strength
Speaker 6 – Danilo Malanczyj, They Innovate
Speaker 7 – Pat Laureano, ChargeSpot
Speaker 8 – Michal & Tobiasz, ReeBee
Speaker 9 – Ammar Alzaydi, Waterloo, PhD


2:30 - 2:45 PM

Alumni award for Best FYDP
Closing remarks



2:45 - 3:00 PM

Connect, questions, cleanup


Jan Huissoon

Jan Huissoon led the design and development of the Mechatronics Engineering program at UW, and was the founding Director of the program. He relinquished the Directorship in 2007 to become Deputy Chair of the MME department, and has been Chair of the MME department since 2013. He is passionate about the integration of the various traditional Engineering disciplines into synergistic programs. His research interests include how the sensory skills learned by professional welders can be incorporated into robotic welding control systems, how the safety of driving can be enhanced with the use of inter-vehicle communication, and how active assistive devices can be designed to improve elderly mobility.

Fayez Khan, Tron ‘08

Fayez Khan graduated from Mechatronics Engineering in 2008. His passion for innovation and engineering led him to work at the R&D department at Quanser Consulting for almost 6 years. He has recently joined Curtiss-Wright (NPSI) as a Project Manager. Fayez is passionate about people. In his free time he explores ways to build communities and connect people together.

Calvin Chu, Tron ‘13 & Ashish Bidadi, Tron ‘12

Calvin studied Mechatronics Engineering at UW and started working on Palette as a Fourth Year Design Project. He enjoyed working on Palette so much that he continued building it after leaving school. He's worked at Apple and Toyota, and at companies in Sweden, New Zealand and Colorado. Originally from Toronto, he's lived in many places around the world but he calls Waterloo home now.

Ashish is a Mechatronics Engineering graduate from The University of Waterloo. He is responsible for leading the software team within Palette. In addition to working at companies such as Telus, TD Securities and Tagged, he has worked with several startups in the past during and after school. Ashish loves playing tennis and it has been his sport of choice to follow, play and study for many years.

Mihaela Vlasea, Tron’08

Mihaela Vlasea is a researcher at University of Waterloo and has developed a new additive manufacturing 3D printing system capable of producing parts ranging from bone and dental implants to lightweight porous materials for aerospace uses. Mihaela is a graduate of the Mechatronics Engineering program at University of Waterloo, class of 2008 and has recently completed a PhD degree at University of Waterloo.

Mike McCauley, Tron ‘11

Mike is co-founder of BufferBox, a network of automated package delivery lockers allowing consumers to ship parcels and online purchases directly to pick-up stations; solving the problem of failed deliveries by allowing secure and convenient, anytime pickup. BufferBox started as a capstone project here at UW when he and his two co-founders were in their last year of Mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo. After graduating in April of 2011, they began working full time on BufferBox to build the idea into a company. BufferBox currently has 27 locations in Toronto in 7-Eleven stores, Sobey's supermarkets, and GO Transit stations and the team just expanded into the United States by launching in San Francisco with 14 locations. BufferBox was acquired by Google in November of 2012 and Mike is now a Product Manager based out of Google's Waterloo Office.

Rohan Mahimker, Tron ‘11

Rohan started his first website at age 10, and trading stocks at 15. After working in various engineering firms and developing statistical trading models and strategies on Wall St. and Bay St., Rohan found his passion for education and co-founded Prodigy, where his team is trying to create the most adaptive learning product in the world.

Martha Nelson


Larry Smith

Larry Smith is an Adjunct Professor of Economics and a recipient of Waterloo's Distinguished Teacher Award.  Larry has taught 10 percent of Waterloo's alumni and 20 percent of the Engineering alumni, and has advised more than 500 UW student start-ups. He is working with Howard Armitage to increase the help that Waterloo provides to its entrepreneurial students.  His TED video has been viewed almost 4 million times on TED and YouTube together.   

Suresh Joshi, Tron ‘08

Suresh is the CTO of PUSH Strength. He is a Mechatronics graduate from Waterloo and studied Embedded Systems and Medical Imaging at INSA in Lyon, France. Having returned from England, he brought with him technical expertise and experience from the healthcare sector. Suresh has a wealth of worldly and academic knowledge and is a crucial member of the PUSH Strength’s development and programming department. On weekends, you can often find him scaling the side of a mountain, working on his rock climbing skills and fitness.

Danilo Malanczyj, Tron ‘09

Graduate of the 2009 Mechatronics class. Since then he’s worked in manufacturing consulting and product development. Growing up he always wanted to be an inventor, and he is here today to tell you about how he came to bringing his first product to market.

Pat Laureano, Tron ‘08

Pat Laureano is the technical co-founder of ChargeSpot Wireless Power, with a vision of bringing wireless power to public and commercial spaces.  Prior to that, Pat provided technology consulting services for various industries with Deloitte and worked as a technical project manager for one of Canada’s largest digital advertising firms.  He graduated from Mechatronics Engineering in 2008.

Michal Martyniak, Tron ‘11 & Tobiasz Dankiewicz Tron ‘13

Michal and Tobiasz are the co-founders of reebee, a mobile solution for consumers to discover and browse local retail flyers. To date, 500 000 Canadians are enjoying the savings, simplicity and convenience that reebee provides. The team at reebee is working with Canada’s largest retailers in developing consumer technologies that are disrupting and redefining the traditional retail marketing.

Ammar Alzaydi, Tron ‘08

Ph.D Candidtate, Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. Ammar's research focuses on "Time-Optical Trajectory Generation and Way-Point Sequencing for 5-Axis On-the-Fly precision Laser Driller". Founder of Waterloo Intelligent Robotics Experiments (WIRE) Inc. Research contributions in Micro Electro Systems (MEMS), Adaptive Optics, Active Prosthetics and Autonomous Robotics.

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University of Waterloo
Davis Center, Room 1351
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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