MCG seminars – info 2017

This is to remind everyone of the seminar requirements for MCG programs (Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing)– in particular for our new graduate students.

EVERYONE is welcome to ALL the seminars. You do not have to be registered in the seminar course to attend a seminar. 

The following applies to MCG students only (NOT BMG students – you have your own seminar series and requirements).

REQUIREMENTS FOR MCG STUDENTS:

  • MASc students: attend 10 seminars.  Present one seminar ~ 20 minutes.
  • MEng students: attend 10 seminars. You do NOT need to present a seminar.
  • PhD students: attend 15 seminars.  Present one seminar ~ 20 minutes.

MASc/PhD students: you MUST present your seminar prior to submitting your thesis.

CALENDAR:

There is a google calendar for our MCG seminars that I keep up to date  http://bit.ly/2cRV8vY .

SEMINARS AT CARLETON

Attendance at Carleton MCG seminars also counts towards your seminar requirements.  Make sure to complete the attendance sheet at Carleton and write ‘uOttawa’. Info at http://carleton.ca/mae/mae-seminars/

LOGISTICS:

I suggest that once you are close to completing your seminar requirement or finishing your degree, then please register for the seminar course  MCG5900 (MASc), MCG5947 (MEng), MCG9900 (PhD).

If you were in your program prior to Fall 2016, you do not need to register for the course but still need to fulfill the seminar requirement (older regulations did not have the seminar course code).

Attendance is taken via attendance sheets that are handed out at the seminar.  These sheets are also returned to the presenter (with names removed) so that they can get some feedback on their presentation.

TO SCHEDULE A SEMINAR

Send me an email several weeks ahead of time and be prepared to send me your seminar abstract (as a word/PDF attachment) a week prior to your seminar.

PROFESSIONALISM

If you arrive late to the seminar, you will not receive an attendance sheet and therefore your attendance will not count towards your seminar attendance requirement.  Being late is unprofessional – hence the penalty.

GOALS

The goal of the seminar series is to learn what other students are up to, learn how to give a seminar and learn how to be a respectful audience at a scientific presentation.  For example, everybody is expected to show up on time, ask relevant questions and generally be polite members of an audience.  Arriving late, bringing a laptop or playing with your phone is considered rude and unprofessional behaviour.

 

More details on logistics, calendar, tips, and some photos from previous seminars can be found at https://mcgseminars.wordpress.com

 

Hopefully that covers the major points.  If you have any questions, try to ask me in person at a seminar as it is quite likely that others have the same question.

 

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Arpit Ainchwar presented his thesis seminar

Last Wednesday, MASc candidate Arpit Ainchwar presented his thesis seminar titled “Determination of cycle time constraints in case of link failure in closed loop control in Internet of Things”.   Supervisor Dr. Dan Necsulescu was present for the talk and obligatory photo op. Thanks to both Arpit and Dr. Necsulescu!

Deliang Guo presented his PhD thesis seminar 

Last Wednesday, Deliang (Leon) Guo his thesis seminar titled “MCrAlY Coatings Cold Sprayed Using Nitrogen: Preparation and Performance”.  Unfortunately, supervisor Dr. Bertrand Jodoin was tied up with meetings and couldn’t attend but luckily sent out his entire crew in support of Leon. Congratulations on near completion of your PhD and we wish you all the best for thesis submission and defence!

Chengming Luo presented his PhD thesis seminar

PhD candidate Chengming Luo presented his thesis seminar titled “Automatic Guidance of Agricultural Wide-Span Implement Carrier” last Tuesday. Chengming worked under the supervision of our very own former Dean, Dr. Claude Laguë.  Dr. Laguë was present for the seminar and I got the chance to take a photo of student with supervisor. Thanks for an interesting talk and congratulations to Chengming for getting close to finishing his PhD!

Sébastien Gagné presented his MASc seminar

To kick off our summer series, Sébastien Gagné presented his MASc seminar titled “Essais de perméabilité assistés par capteurs de résistance et d’écoulement”. I almost forgot to grab the post-seminar customary photo but luckily I managed to get one of Sebastien with his supervisor, Dr. Francois Robitaille, before Sebastien went back to Montreal. Thanks, Sebastien!

Aynsley Griffin presented her thesis seminar

Friday saw a first for our MCG seminar series – we welcomed a student from civil engineering to present.  Aynsley Griffin presented has MASc work, titled “Evaluation of corrosion detection methods in reinforced concrete structures”. Supervisor Dr. Beatriz Martin-Perez was present and I introduced her to the MCG tradition of getting her photo taken with her graduate student.  Thanks to both Aynsley and Dr. Perez-Martin for participating in our seminar series and its traditions!

 

Nick Sirmas presented his PhD thesis seminar

Yesterday, one of our longest serving graduate students presented his PhD thesis seminar.  The title of the talk was “modelling of shock waves in granular media at the micro and macroscopic levels.”  Unfortunately, supervisor Dr. Matei Radulescu could not be present but our classroom was standing room only – we had a great turnout.  Congrats, Nick! Nice work. Thanks to the MCG grad student association that provided us with timbits and coffee (made all the more special because my roll-up-the-rim netted me a free coffee). 🙂 

Shuai Yang presented his PhD thesis seminar

Yesterday, my student Shuai Yang presented his PhD thesis seminar titled “analysis of vehicle suspension system integration with nonlinear two-terminal mass components”. Unfortunately, co-supervisor Dr. Ming Liang could not be present. We were lucky enough to have Shuai’s wife join us. Congratulations Shuai, one step closer to finishing and we are all very proud of you. 

First seminar of 2017

Kicking things off in 2017 was Simon Baril-Gosselin who presented his PhD thesis work on “Fabrication of carbon fibre opposites reinforced with carbon nanotubes”. Unfortunately, PhD supervisor Dr. François Robitaille was teaching and unable to attend.  However, there was an enthusiastic audience and our grad students were kind enough to supply us with coffee and cookies (because all scientific talks are made better by coffee and cookies.

Simon Baril-Gosselin