Meet the EIRs
We have an amazing and diverse group of engineers volunteering
with us here at the Engineer-in-Residence program.
Here is just a sampling!
Meet Harry Baker, a retired engineer who used to work for the NRC Construction Branch
“Honesty and integrity will always serve you well.”
My father was an Engineer and I was always interested in the sciences. I spent my career working at the National Research Council as a geotechnical Engineer. I was involved in the design and construction of structures on permafrost in Canada’s Arctic regions and mitigating frost affects on municipal infrastructure in southern Canada.
I helped to start the NRC Engineering Challenge (an engineering competition) in local elementary schools in the Ottawa area. I enjoyed working with the students and decided to combine that program with the EIR Program.
Meet Shiva Bissoon, an Applications Engineer at SKF
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated – Confucius”
I became an engineer to use my knowledge and experience to solve problems and provide solutions. Now, as an application engineer, I work with several customers to solve their problems related to sealing solutions. The industries I work in ranges from Mining to Pulp and Paper, Automotive to Oil &Gas, Aerospace to Food and Beverage.
I joined the EIR program to help educate and share my knowledge with others. The program is good for guiding and molding young minds interested in science, technology and engineering.
Meet Marwan Essa, a senior environmental consultant who also works at Martech Group
“Being a geek is not bad … Geeks (Engineers and Scientists) rule the world! Hint: Bill Gates…”
When I was little, I wanted to be a pilot, then a doctor, then a musician, then a chef, and my Mom wanted me to be a doctor !! But when I grew up, I learned about Engineering, and was amazed at what they did and how they designed things. Did you realize that Engineering and Science is EVERYWHERE? From the roads we walk on, to the buildings we live in … even the chocolate bars we eat!!
‘Wow’! I though … EVERYONE needs engineering in everything they do… you name it! So I became engineer … and I am glad I did !!
I joined the EIR program because I believe that science and engineering are intimidating to some of our kids. They lack knowledge about these areas and so they end up not having any interest in them. This is where the EIR program is beneficial; it gives the kid an opportunity to learn more about engineering and science. They learn that it is not boring, not hard and no, there is nothing wrong with being a geek :)
Meet Christopher Davidson, a Surface Water Engineer at Golder Associates Ltd.
“Check the units, express complete thoughts”
I became an engineer so that I could make a lasting and positive impact. Initially my work involved municipal design, and it has since grown to include natural stream protection and remediation, takings and discharges, system modeling, and weather and climate impacts.
I joined the EIR program so that I could share my interest in engineering and to talk about what it means to be an engineer. I also see it as an opportunity to improve my communications and presentation skills.
Meet Carol Hulls, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo
““Think. Build. Try. Fail. Rethink. Rebuild. Retry. Enjoy success”
I took electronics in high school because it was the only course that fit in my timetable for a particular slot. It was so interesting that my Dad, who is a civil engineer suggested that I consider engineering. So I decided to become a computer engineer – and here I am! I started as an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo and I’ve never left. Engineering is still as much fun as the day I started!
Meet Louise Jack, a Senior Technical Engineer at Bruce Power
I became an engineer because I was good at science and math and I wanted to apply them to the real world. Now I love working with the EIR program because I like watching the kids make discoveries. Words of wisdom to all those EIRs out there: Persevere! The teachers have a lot to cover and sometimes it is hard to get activities set up but it is worth the work!
Meet Don Kaluzny, an EIR for almost 10 years
I became an engineer to satisfy my curiosity with the world around us. It is because of this curiosity that I’ve always enjoyed trying to figure out how things work and ways to improve how things work. The best description of an engineer is “we are solutions in search of problems”. During my career I’ve held many jobs from entry level to executive management. Real life enjoyment and professional satisfaction began in 2001 when became part of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Engineer in Residence education outreach program. It’s a very positive experience to work with professional educators and bring a different perspective on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). The ultimate goal is to keep students interested in every subject so that when the time comes to choose post secondary education, they have as many choices as possible. The two things I’ve always enjoyed about the EIR program is that we all learn and we all have fun.
Meet Mohammad Sayed Khan, an Aerospace Engineer at Comdev Ltd
I am lead product development mechanical engineer of R&D engineering group at Comdev Ltd. My current position requires extensive research efforts to find the appropriate technology and methodology to improve and diversify the product line for spacecraft subsystems. My research in space science is in structural dynamics, the vibration of spacecraft, electrodynamics tethering, rigid body dynamics, orbital mechanics and finite element method. I am enrolled as a part time graduate student at the department of Earth and Space science and engineering at York University. My PhD research interest is the dynamic stabilization of Electrodynamics Tethering which involves the study of stability and dynamics and the control of electrodynamic tethers for satellites. The space tether exploits the fundamental laws of physics to provide pointing, artificial gravity, electrical power, and thrust or drag, while reducing or eliminating the need for chemical-energy sources and, providing an affordable technology for deorbiting satellites to address the problem of space debris.
Meet Noorein Ladha, the Founder & CEO of OptimumARC Inc.
“Follow your passion in life and be kind to people”
At a very young age I began rebuilding and modifying car engines. Engine design and modification was very interesting and therefore Mechanical Engineering was my discipline of choice. I also enjoyed mathematics and problem solving.
After many years of 3D design experience I founded a 3D Solutions company called OptimumARC Inc.
I joined EIR to expose students to new and exciting technologies in Engineering which may impact future decisions. The more information available the better students can decide on a profession moving forward.
I believe that raising awareness of the way people perceive Engineering and Engineers in general is very important. Also, it is important to show youth that engineering is a very diverse profession and not limited to the traditional preconceived roles.
Meet Jennifer Ladanchuk, an Engineering Manager at SNC-Lavalin
I became an engineer because I loved math and science and building and designing things! Now I like working with others to solve problems and design solutions. I joined the EIR program because I love working with kids and seeing their excitement and curiosity about the world around them. This program allows me to share my experience and help the kids connect what they are learning in school to the real world.
Meet Tiffany Matuk, a former PhD Student in Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo
I love math, learning about systems and processes, and helping people and organizations work more efficiently and effectively, so engineering was a natural fit. My favourite part of my job is working with other students and learning how Management Sciences and Industrial Engineers affects so many industries. I joined the EIR program to share my experiences as an engineering student, as well as my experience working in the automotive industry, and get others more interested in all fields of engineering.
Meet Chris Reinfelds, a Process Engineer-in-Training at AMEC
I graduated in 2011 from Queen’s University in Chemical Engineering and now work in the Mining Sector. As a Process Engineer-in-Training I am constantly utilizing my technical engineering skills and applying them to real world problems. Ironically, I find my career today very similar to what I imagined an Engineering Career to be… A place where there are numerous challenges and some pretty cool science! I joined the EIR program with the hope of spreading my passion for Engineering, Math and Science, recognizing that Engineering is a fundamental opportunity that all students should have the opportunity to experience.
Meet David Reynolds, an Associate at Geosyntec Consultants
“There is always a better way of doing things, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best way!”
I am an environmental engineer and hydrogeologist. My daily work involves managing the investigation and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. I started off as a geological engineer to bring together my interest in rocks and problem solving….and to increase the chances of getting a job as geologists are notoriously underemployed! I joined the EIR program to encourage students to look at engineering as a career, and particularly at non-traditional engineering fields. My understanding of engineering while in primary school was abysmal, and I believe that generating greater understanding and interest before children enter secondary school will greatly benefit the perception and uptake of our profession.
Meet Benjamin Tang, an Engineer In Training at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment
“It’s never waste, until you waste it!”
I have been in the environmental engineering field since graduating as a mechanical engineer a few years ago. The more I work in the field, I more I realize how passionate I am in being able to protect the environment using my technical skills. I found the EIR program to be a great and fun way to spread the word about engineering and environmental protection. The interactive workshops certainly bring the students into the real life application of engineering.
Meet Andrew Weltz, a Project Manager at Bermingham Foundation Solutions Limited
I joined the Engineer in Residence program to heighten awareness of the roles of engineers play in society. The EIR program is important because it gives engineers the opportunity to help to infuse engineering into elementary and secondary school math, science and technology curriculum and hopefully generate interest in the fascinating opportunities that the profession has to offer.
Meet Robert E. (Bob) Young, a Retro-commissioning Engineer
“Solutions to problems are eighty-five percent people and fifteen percent technical”
I started my business career as a purchasing agent with the Aluminum Company of Canada at the head office in Montreal, before getting my MBA at UWO, London, Ontario. I followed this up with several positions including:
i) Inventory manager at Dominion Bridge, Lachine Works,
ii) Corporate Diversification Associate (industrial spy) at Canada Foils for Imperial Tobacco
iii) Production Planning and Control Manager for Pilkington Glass,
iv) Industrial Engineer, Plant Manager and Director of Energy Management for Dominion Stores Limited,
v) President of two energy management firms in Toronto and Ottawa,
vi) Program Manager for the Ministry of Energy
vii) Professor at Seneca College, and
viii) Energy management and retro-commissioning consultant.
Now, as a Retro-commissioning Engineer, I examine building drawings and records, utility bills, and do a site inspection to identify ways and means of increasing the operational effectiveness and efficiency of buildings using engineering analysis and problem solving techniques.
I became an engineer because I have always been curious about how things work and are made. Now, I joined the EIR program because I am semi-retired and need to keep active and give back to the community. I also love teaching and seeing young eyes light up with discoveries.
It is important to set objectives early in life. Possibly engineering, technology or the trades will match some students interests and skills and I may be able to provide guidance that may benefit lives.
Meet Zack White, a Structural EIT at Genivar
“Dream Big, Work Hard, Have Fun”
I was encouraged to become an engineer by my grade 12 physics teacher. He encouraged and developed my love of math and problem solving and recommended engineering as a career which would allow me to use those skills. For the last two years as an Engineering Intern, I’ve been able to use those skills to help solve real world structural engineering problems.
The EIR program is so important in inspiring young minds to pursue futures in math, science and technology. It allows the students to see how these principals are applied to the real world.
Meet Babak Zarrabi, a Project Procurement Manager at Thales Canada, Transportation Solutions
“Engineers do not worry about the answer; they are only concerned with the question ‘what do you want’.”
I am currently involved in the design and deployment of signaling equipment to automate urban rail such as subways and light rails to make human life and our daily commutes easier, faster and safer. My childhood interest in finding out how things work led me to become an engineer. For example, I was inquisitive to know how the telephone network worked and how a two way communication can be transferred via a pair of wires.
I joined the EIR program to let our younger generation know more about engineering and different aspects of it, including its impact on daily life. The EIR program is one of the ways that engineering knowledge can be practically translated in simple, understandable language in a way that generates interest and attracts future engineers-to-be to follow this path.
Over 70% of our EIRs come from Industry, with others working for Government and Academia. A number of our EIRs are also self-employed or retired. Curious to find out the where our EIRs come from?
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