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.

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:

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  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:

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.

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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We had an #imagine2030 meetup last Friday!

Last Friday, in collaboration with CREATE-BEST (www.create-best.ca) and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute (https://www.uottawa.ca/mdii/), 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!

 

Franck Tchuente presented his MASc thesis seminar

Last Friday, another one of my students presented his MASc thesis seminar. Franck Tchuente presented his talk on “Recognition and classification of agressive movements using a smart watch”. The work was also co-supervised by Dr. Edward Lemaire at the Ottawa hospital rehabilitation institute. As always, I’m super-proud of my students. Great work, Franck!

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!

 

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. 

Catherine Kuforiji presented her PhD seminar

Last Friday, Catherine Kuforiji presented her PhD thesis work, giving a talk titled “Development of SS316L-AL2O3 composites for wear applications”. Supervisor Dr. Michel Nganbe was present for the seminar.  Congratulations to student and supervisor for the (near) completion of this PhD work!  Well done, Catherine, we are very proud of you.  

After the talk, I had the honour of having my photo taken with Catherine too.  🙂