uOttawa Supermileage team competes at the Shell Ecomarathon

I’m very proud of our uOttawa Supermileage team who qualified, competed and placed 16th out of 45 teams at the Shell Ecomarathon this past weekend.

Here are some photos (courtesy of the official Shell Ecomarathon photographer via their Flickr).

How to survive after graduation

A two‐day workshop focusing on the essential professional skills required for a successful career in the broad areas of engineering and science.

The program includes lectures from speakers within academia, research labs, industry, and government departments.

This workshop is particularly suited to graduate students and post‐doctoral fellows.


  • Dr. Ioan Nistor, Vice‐Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa
  • Dr. Richard Blute, Vice‐Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, uOttawa
  • Dr. Fabio Variola, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, uOttawa
  • Dr. Andrew Sowinski, Student Experience Officer, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa

April 28th ‐ 29th, 2016


  •  Colonel By (CBY) Room C03 (Seminars)
  • Colonel By (CBY) Room A04 (Coffee break and Lunch)


  • Register online here!
  • Fee: $25 (incl. tax) for tea/coffee and lunches for both days.
  • Deadline: April 27th, 2016

Contact: Dr. Andrew Sowinski, sowinski@uottawa.ca


Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Time Subject Speaker Room
8:00 – 9:00 Registration CBY A04
9:30 – 10:00 Applying for academic positions:  Tips from a current dean Dr. Steve Perry

Dean Faculty of Science

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
10:30 – 12:00 Online personal branding Dr. Umar Ruhi

Telfer School of Management

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break CBY A04
13:00 – 14:00 Quest for Tenure Dr. Richard Blute

Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

14:00 – 15:00 Tips on Scholarships and Grants Daniel Melanson

Awards Officer, FGPS

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
15:30 – 16:30 Interviewing in Industry Dr. William Ogilvie

Dept. Of Chemistry

16:30 – 17:30 Intellectual Property, Commercialization and Technology Transfer Joe Irvine

Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise



Friday, April 29th, 2016

Time Subject Speaker Room
9:00 – 10:00 Starting your own business Dr. Aali R. Alizadeh

    CEO, Giatec Scientific Inc.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
10:30 – 11:30 Careers In  the Space Industry Dr. Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, Director General, Space Science and Technology

    Canada Space Agency

11:30 – 12:30


Managing Diversity in Engineering & Science Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, NSERC Chair WISE

Dept. Mechanical Engineering

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break CBY A04
13:30 – 14:15 Working for the Federal Government Marc Prudhomme

Statistics Canada

14:15 – 15:00 Working for NRC Scott Baker

National Research Council

15:00 – 16:00 “Survival” Skills for Researchers Dr. Federico Rosei

Director of the INRS-ÉMT



Winner! Winner!

Now at its ninth edition, the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Student Poster Competition allows students to showcase their research to the experts and public alike, often for the first time. Most of the judges are experts from industry and Ottawa’s world-class R&D organizations or sometimes investors with a trained eye for breakthrough ideas. Along with demonstrated expertise in their chosen fields, students must also know how to sell their ideas and market their research.

“This competition is a great way for students to make contacts in industry and R&D ventures – for potential employers this is a great opportunity to see the cutting edge research underway at the graduate level,” said the Vice Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ioan Nistor.

..and the MCG winners are…

1st: Alex Steeves – Characterization and in Vitro Bioactivity of Poly (Dopamine).

2nd: Daniel MacDonald – Additive Manufacturing of Titanium Using Cold Spray.

3rd: Ruben Fernandez – Deposition and Simulation of Thick Copper Cold Spray Coatings on Steel for Used Nuclear Fuel Repository Using Nitrogen and Pulsed Waterjet Surface Preparation.

Honourable Mention – Maxime-Alexandre Ferko – Effects of Cobalt Ions from Hip Implants on Inflammasome Activation in Macrophages in Vitro. 

2nd place in the Masters of Engineering category: Aditi Khandelwal – Navigation Guidance to the Visually Impaired Using a Programmable Robot.

Mechanics / Materials Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering: Shuai Yang – Design, Modeling and Testing of a Two-Term Mass Device with a Variable Flywheel.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Best Female Presenter (Honourable Mention): Catriona S. Czyrnyj – A Semi-Automated Approach to the Measurement of Urogenital Kinematics in the Sagittal Plane.

Graduate student poster competition

The faculty of engineering’s annual graduate student poster competition took place last Wednesday.  MCG was well represented (one of our students even won a mechanics and materials prize from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers!).   Always a fun day, thanks to everyone who participated including our volunteers.