Seminar info – Fall 2019

Hi everybody,

Welcome to a new academic year! This post is to remind everyone of the seminar requirements for MCG programs (Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing)– in particular for our new graduate students.  Please read this post carefully.

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.  It does NOT apply to BMG students – you have your own seminar series and requirements.


  • 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.


I send out the seminar announcements via email when there is a seminar.  No email announcement = no seminar. There is a google calendar for our MCG seminars that I keep up to date


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


To get the course credit, you need to register in  MCG5900 (MASc), MCG5947 (MEng), MCG9900 (PhD).  Once you register for the course you need to stay registered until you complete the seminar requirement (ie more than one semester). For many of you, it will make most sense to register in the course in the semester you intend to complete the seminar requirement.

It will typically take 2-3 semesters to complete the seminar requirement. We do not have seminars every week.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.



Amir Daoud presented his thesis seminar!

Last week, Amir Daoud presented his MASc thesis seminar, giving a talk titled “Cold Gas Dynamic Spray Additive Manufacturing of Moisture-Electric Energy Transformation Devices”. It was a super interesting talk! Unfortunately, supervisor Dr. Bertrand Jodoin was unable to attend but Amir’s lab mates made up for it! Congrats, Amir!

Jian Mei gave his thesis seminar

Last Friday, MASc candidate Jian Mei presented his thesis seminar. The title of his talk was “Distributed Coverage Control of Multi-Agent System in Convective–Diffusive Time Evolving Environments”. Unfortunately, supervisor Dr. Davide Spinello was teaching a the time and couldn’t be present. Thanks for the seminar, Jian!

Advanced literature searching, publishing and promoting yourself

Last Friday, building on our previous ‘intro to lit review’ seminar, our librarian, Evan Sterling, returned to give a talk on advanced literature searching, publishing and promoting yourself.  You can find his slides here.

Don’t forget that you can always reach Evan by email at or book an in-person appointment

uOttawa CSME Chapter is hosting a networking event with the National Research Council

The uOttawa CSME (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) Chapter will host a networking event with the National Research Council of Canada. This event will host to a panel of researchers from NRC, CSME, uOttawa, Carleton, and other industries to present projects, share ideas, and network with undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty. It will be a great event for students to network with professionals, and an awesome opportunity for professors, CSME, NRC, and other researchers to exchange and share project ideas, information, and possibly partnership.

The evening will commence by a brief introduction speech by the CSME uOttawa chapter, followed by three individual speakers and a discussion panel. There will be a designated time for questions after each presentation. The discussion panel will present two different speakers who will present their research on engineering materials. The other two individual speakers will discuss their research in aerospace, thermal comfort, and solar panels. The last 80 minutes of the event will consist of a networking period. Additionally, students will be presenting posters on their research projects during the networking period.

Join and network with 40 NRC Research Officers and industry professionals. It is your chance to expose your talents. Students are welcome to bring research or project posters to present. Please note that board posters are limited –  sign up now by using this Eventbrite link to register.


Timeslot: 19-22h (7pm – 10pm)

Date: Thursday, 28th of February 2019

Location: 141 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa ON K1N 6N5, Canada

Room: STEM 117

Visit them on Facebook at


We had an #imagine2030 meetup last Friday!

Last Friday, in collaboration with CREATE-BEST ( and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute (, we had an Imagine 2030 Meetup: Interactive LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® session to design and create the future strategy of University of Ottawa. Chrystia Chudczak, Chief Design Officer at the University of Ottawa, who is a Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator, conducted an interactive LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® session to design and create the future strategy of University of Ottawa.

It was lots of fun!  More of a write-up on this event to come!


Designing and executing an effective literature search – our librarian gave a seminar

Evan Sterling, our Science and Engineering librarian, gave a special seminar for us.

Mystified by trying to find information in a new research area? Daunted by the idea of doing a research term paper or a thesis lit review? In this presentation, Evan discussed how to design and execute an effective literature search, and showed us tips and tricks for Scopus and Zotero.

In case you missed it, you can see the presentation from his slides here:

Mech grad seminar – library presentation