Do’s and Don’ts of Job Applications

Special thanks to Jackie La Roque for giving us a great talk! If you want to download her presentation, with speaking notes, you can do so from


Professional skills seminar series

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned during the seminars, I’ve got three “special seminars” booked in the upcoming weeks.

On the Fridays of October 6th, 13th and November 3rd, we will be offering ‘Communication & Influence‘ Workshops.

From 2.30pm to 4pm in CBY B205, these will be delivered by the energetic Trevor Wilkins. His practical and ever popular classes are well known to many grads and undergrads.   Scroll down to see real student Recommendation here.

The areas we will cover will greatly benefit your:

  • professional work as a commercial or academic engineer
  • ability to ‘sell yourself’ effectively in the job market
  • skill in influencing those around you in your personal life

October 6th

  • What drives anyone to Take Action or say Yes?
  • The only 5 Personal & Work Motivators
  • Where’s The Money?  What’s it worth to you?

October 13th:

  • Engaging Conversations that work for both parties
  • Learning about people from Engaging Conversations
  • Using what you learn from Engaging Conversations

November 3rd:

  • Joining the view from the ‘Buyer’s Side of the Table’
  • The Best & Worst Ways to sell Ideas, Products, Services or even Yourself
  • Life changing research and preparation for meeting anyone 

Remember, our seminars start on Friday at 2:30pm sharp!

Hope to see you there!

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,


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



Entrepreneurship and Makerspace update at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa

From Hanan Anis, Entrepreneurship Coordinator at the Faculty of Engineering:

  1. Creative Entrepreneurship and the Maker Movement

Entrepreneurship Bridges – February 10th – 5:00pm – 7:00pm –Throughout the world, millions of engineers, makers, hobbyists, entrepreneurs and innovators are fueling what has been dubbed as the next “Industrial Revolution.” With the opening of our very own Makerspace, uOttawa students have access to state-of-the-art and low-cost digital fabrication tools such as 3D printing. Through an interactive panel discussion, learn how this revolution is poised to unleash an unprecedented new wave ofcreative entrepreneurs and how you can take advantage. Register. This discussion will be followed by a hand-on workshop on 3D printing. You can register for that oneventbrite (

  1. Makerspace update:

Makerspace workshops: The Makerspace continues to offer free workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30p.m. All you need to do is register on Eventbrite ( The 3D printing and Arduino workshops continue to be oversubscribed. There are spots still available in the 3D printing workshop on Feb10th as well as for the Arduino workshop on Feb.24th.

 Makerspace prosthetics challenge: The Makerspace had been approached by a local family, who needed a prosthetic hand to be printed for their 6 year old son, Sebastian, who had outgrown his 3d printed hand. So, we launched this challenge to give Sebastian an improved 3D printed hand. Many files can be found online at to start you off. Design a hand using 3D software (Solidworks, Tinkercad) or edit the files that are available online. 3D Print your files at the uOttawa Makerspace and assemble the hand! The prosthetic hands must be submitted to the Makerspace Team by March 13th, 2015 at noon. The top 3 designs will be provided to Sebastian for his evaluation. No matter how sophisticated the technology or the design is, what matters is how comfortable the prosthetic hand is for Sebastian. He will try on the different hands and make his choice, and the winner will be announced on March 20th, 2015 and will receive a $1000. To help you further along your ideas, we will be holding design workshops:

Prosthetics Design Workshop: January 27th, 2015 (today)

Design Feedback Workshop: February 17th, 2015

  • Make your own 3D printer-March 29th, 2015: Spend a day in the Makerspace with step by step instructions and guidance on how to construct your very own 3d printer to take home. There is no technical knowledge or experience necessary. The cost of the workshop is $350 and for that price we will supply all the parts and tools necessary to assemble the 3d printers. The cost will also subsidize one 3D printer for at risk youth. Space is limited to 12 participants so register if you are interested on eventbrite ( Please note that once you register, we will e-mail you a link for payment.
  • Attention all car enthusiasts: An Alumni of the University has reached out to the Makerspace for some help. The team is building an open class rally to compete in regional and National event across eastern Canada.  The team has 3 cars and is currently preparing to compete in Maniwaki, QC in two weeks with a G2 VW Golf rally car (car #24) ( The team is also building a new car that is  a highly modified 1990 VW Corrado with a modern 1.8T engine and AWD drive train.  The chassis is almost completed and they are at the point of assembling the car.  Assistance is required on the control side. The car will have 3 androids running various systems/apps. The team needs help to build and configure a Raspberry pi Wifi interface controlling a 12-relay board to control various equipment in the car (i.e. lights, fan, start/stop, washer etc.). Please contact Vincent directly if interested ( or (
  • Bragging rights-Project Codemakers: Actua, a national charity that supports STEM outreach program like Adventures in Engineering and Science from across the country, has just launched a newproject with Google called Codemakers and will be celebrating this partnership in our Makerspace. There will be over 60 delegates from 26+ universities at uOttawa for two keynote presentations (Steve Woods of Google and Pat Yongpradit of Code.Org) and the Makerspace team will be leading the delegates through the various technologies in the Makerspace.
  1. Entrepreneurship update:
  • Entrepreneurship Concepts PEI Student Competition (EC-PEI)- February 6th, 2015 (next Friday), 1-4 p.m in the faculty lounge (basement of CBY): Come and cheer our finalists for EC-PEI business plan competition. The winners will take home prizes and bragging rights ($5,000 first prize, $3,000 second prize and $2,000 third prize) and they need your support!

Entrepreneurial internships:  We have launched an internship program in the faculty. The intent is to enable students with an entrepreneurial spirit to advance their start-ups while getting paid through the University. Students start the internship with a business plan and drive to turn it into a real business. Each intern will be paid $6,000 per semester as well as mentorship and training. Please contact Dr. Anis if you have an entrepreneurial idea and want to be considered for this internship.

Free upcoming workshops for graduate students and PDFs

Below is a list of some upcoming Mitacs Step workshops on campus free for graduate students and PDF’s:


Practice Your Presentation Skills I – Ottawa, ON

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am SHARP)

Where: University of Ottawa, Vanier Building

Room: VNR 1026

Link to Register:


Foundations of Project Management I – Ottawa, ON

When: Monday, February 2 – Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am SHARP on Monday)

Where: University of Ottawa, Vanier Building

Room: VNR 1042

Link to Register:


Professionnalisme et compétences relationnelles – Ottawa, ON

Date: vendredi le 6 février 2015

Heure: 9h00 à 17h00 (Inscription commence à 8h45)

Où: Université d’Ottawa

Salle: Vanier 1042

Lien d’enregistrement:


Networking Skills – Ottawa, ON

When: Friday, February 20, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am SHARP)

Where: University of Ottawa, Vanier Building

Room: VNR 1042

Link to Register:

ACS on campus – Monday October 20 and Tuesday October 21

ACS on Campus is a free outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty members advance in their careers. The program brings leaders in publishing, research, science communication and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops focused on how to:

  • Publish in top journals
  • Find a job
  • Effectively use research tools like SciFinder® and ACS ChemWorx
  • Communicate your science
  • Write grant proposals
  • Build industry partnerships
  • Prepare for a changing employment landscape

Complimentary food and drinks will also be provided for all registered attendees each day.   Sessions are appropriate for researchers in all fields of science.  You do not have to register for all of the sessions in order to attend. You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows.

Please visit the website for location and speaker information as well as additional details.  The event is free, but registration is required in order to attend.  Questions can be sent to

Here is the schedule for the events next week:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Science Café Networking Event


Cafe Nostalgica

603 Cumberland St

Ottawa, ON K1N 7K4

6:00-6:30 pm Science Cafe Networking Event

6:30 – 7:30 pm Women in STEM Panel Discussion

7:30-8:00 pm Post-Panel Networking

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Carleton University

Residence Commons

1125 Colonel By Dr

Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast, sign in, and onsite registration

9:00-9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:00-12:00 pm Graduate Study and Research Collaboration Abroad: Trends, Best Practices, and Resources

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Event

2:00-3:00 pm Career Pathways – Panel Discussion (Part I)

3:00 -3:15 pm Networking Break

3:15-4:15 pm Career Pathways – Panel Discussion (Part II)

Closing Remarks and Raffle

Upcoming STEP workshops

There are two FREE workshops on campus for graduate students and PDFs next week.  There’s more information about the workshops if you click on the links to register.

Foundations of Project Management I – Ottawa, ON

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am SHARP on Wednesday)

Where: University of Ottawa, Vanier Building

Room: VNR 1026

Link to Register:

Essentials of Productive Teams – Ottawa, ON

When: Friday, October 17, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am SHARP)

Where: University of Ottawa, Vanier Building

Room: VNR 1042

Link to Register:

From Start-up to Exit – Lessons in Hard Work and Tenacity

Not part of our regular MCG seminar series but…interesting nonetheless!  The university hosts interesting ‘Entrepreneuship Bridges’ lecture series

Come hear from Aydin Mirzaee and Eli Fathi Co-founders of FuildWare.  

In addition, hear from representatives from the entrepreneurship ecosystem on and off campus about how you can get involved and get help for your start-up.

October 7, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – FSS 4007.

To register:  

2014-10-07 EntrepreneurshipBridges

TA training this Friday!

TA training seminar this Friday!  This seminar is MANDATORY for all new TAs and for all those hoping to become a new TA next semester.  Experienced TAs are also invited to come share their experience with the newer TAs.

Date: Friday September 19th

Time: 2:30pm

Room: CBY B205

Hope to see you there!

Special Seminar: Writing Theses and Reports in Engineering

This Friday, we have a special seminar to be given by Dr. Hallett on Writing Theses and Reports in Engineering.   I think that we can all benefit from attending this seminar to pick up some writing tips from Dr. Hallett.  Although the seminar is being presented as part of our graduate seminar series, everyone is welcome (in particular 4th year undergrads).

Writing Theses and Reports in Engineering

Abstract: This seminar will cover the basics of writing research theses and reports in engineering, including format, style, presentation of data, graphs, and references.

Date: Friday  18th January

Time: 2:30pm

Room: SITE G0103