Education Conference (ESEC)

ESEC 2017:  Friday January 20 2017

The objective of this annual one-day conference is to broaden our students’ horizons in their fields of specialization.  Since 2006, we have been inviting world leaders in each of our various options / majors to present lectures to our EngSci students, which explore research, education and career opportunities for young engineers.

See the schedule and speaker line-up for ESEC 2017.


Eleventh Annual ESEC, 2016

Keynote:                               Nitin Kawale (EngSci 8T3), Enterprise Business, Rogers Communications

Aerospace:                           Dr. Steven Zan (EngSci 8T4), National Research Council of Canada

Electrical & Computer:     Professor Maryam Shanechi (EngSci 0T4), University of Southern California

Biomedical:                         Dr. Yvonne Ying (EngSci 9T6), Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Energy:                                 Ravi Thuraisingham (EngSci 8T8), LightWing Partners, SunWing

Infrastructure:                    Professor Greg McLaskey, Cornell University

Math, Stats, & Finance:    Dr. Andrew Gunstensen (EngSci 8T7), Bank of America

Physics:                                Professor David MacFarlane (EngSci 7T8), Stanford University

Robotics:                              Professor Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tenth Annual ESEC

Aerospace:                           David St-Jacques, Astronaut at the Canadian Space Agency

Electrical & Computer:     Karl Martin (EngSci 0T1), Founder and CEO of Bionym

Biomedical:                         Professor Pablo Iglesias (EngSci 8T7), John Hopkins University

Energy:                                 Johanne Picard-Thompson (EngSci 8T4), Senior President of Projects at AltaLink LP

Infrastructure:                    Professor Jeffrey Packer, University of Toronto

Math, Stats, & Finance:    Alex Triantis, Dean of the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Physics:                                Geordie Rose, CTO at D-Wave

Robotics:                             Professor Alonzo Kelley (EngSci 8T4), Carnegie Mellon University

Friday January 17, 2014

Ninth Annual

Aerospace:                           Todd Reichert (EngSci 0T5) & Cameron Robertson (EngSci 0T8), UTIAS

Electrical & Computer:      Professjor Parham Aarabi (Electrical 9T8), University of Toronto

Biomedical:                          Professor Ali Khademhosseini (Chemical 9T9),  Harvard University

Energy:                                  David Bradwell, Ambri – Energy Systems

Infrastructure:                     Professor Jeanette Montufar, University of Manitoba

Finance:                                Tomas Valis (Mechanical 8T7), Celtic House Venture Partners

Physics:                                 Professor Pierre Savard, University of Toronto

Nanoengineering:               Professor Ted Sargent, University of Toronto

Friday, January 25 2013

Eighth Annual

Aerospace & Keynote:        Professor Raffaello D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1), ETH

Biomedical:                          Dr. Howard Ginsberg (EngSci 8T9), Neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital  and Professor at Ryerson

Electrical & Computer:      Professor Joyce Poon (EngSci 0T2), University of Toronto

Energy Systems:                  Dr. Sankar Das Gupta, Electrovaya

Physics:                                 Professor Yong-Baek Kim, University of Toronto

Infrastructure:                     Professor Christopher Kennedy, University of Toronto

Nanoengineering:               Professor Stephen Chou, University of Princeton

Math, Stats, Finance:         Dr. Gregory Sullivan, Managing Director in Vancouver for Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital (EngSci 8T7)

Friday, January 20, 2012:

Seventh Annual

Aerospace:                           Dr. Jan Chodas (EngSci 7T8), NASA

Biomedical:                         Professor Pamela Silver, Harvard University

Electrical & Computer:     Mr. Jeff Seifert (ECE 9T2), Cisco Canada

Energy Systems:                 Dr. Michael Ivanco, Candu Technolgies

Physics:                                Professor Rick Van Kooten (EngSci 8T4), Indiana University

Infrastructure:                    Mr. Lawrence Novak, Portland Cement Association

Nanoengineering:              Professor David G. Cory, University of Waterloo

Math, Stats, Finance:        Dr. Dan Rosen, R2 Financial Technologies

Friday, January 14, 2011:

Sixth Annual

Aerospace:                           Dr. Jonathan How (EngSci 8T7), MIT

Computer:                           Ian Small (EngSci 8T6), CEO, TokBox

Biomedical:                         Dr. Robert Nerem, Georgia Tech

Electrical & Computer:     Peter Devenyi (Electrical 8T3), VP, RIM

Energy Systems:                 Amir Shalaby, VP, OPA

Physics:                                Dr. Raymond Laflamme, Perimeter Institute, University of Waterloo

Infrastructure:                   Dr. Eric Miller (EngSci 7T3), University of Toronto

Nanoengineering:             Dr. Laurence Dubois, ATMI Incorporated

Math, Stats, Finance:       Dr. Alan White, University of Toronto

Friday, January 15, 2010:

Fifth Annual

Aerospace:                         Dr. Hany Moustapha, Concordia University

Computer:                         Tas Venetsanopoulos (Former dean), VP at Ryerson University

Biomedical:                       David Jaffray, Senior Scientist with the Ontario Cancer Institute

Energy Systems:               Henry Vehovec (Civil 7T9), President of Mindfirst Inc.

Physics:                              Catherine Kallin, McMaster University

Infrastructure:                 Elizabeth Deakin, University of California

Nanoengineering:           Dr. Gino Palumbo (MSE 8T3), President & CEO, Integran Technologies Inc.

Friday, January 16, 2009:

Fourth Annual

Aerospace:                      Fassi Kafyeke, Bombardier Aerospace

Biomedical:                      Elliot McVeigh (Physics 8T4), Johns Hopkins University                        

Computer:                      Hans-Arno Jacobsen, University of Toronto

Electrical:                         K.C. Smith (Engineering Physics 5T4), University of Toronto

Energy Systems:            Hadi Dowlatabadi, University of British Columbia

Infrastructure:               Constantin Christopoulos, University of Toronto

Nanoengineering:         Chris Phoenix, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

Plenary:                         Todd Perry, Facebook

Lunchtime Keynote:      Tara Hillebrandt, Canadian Space Agency

Friday, January 18, 2008:

Third Annual

Aerospace:                      Tim Barfoot (EngSci 9T7), University of Toronto

Biomedical:                    Ken Lutchen, Boston University

Computer:                      Jonathan Rose (EngSci 8T0), University of Toronto

Electrical:                       Peter Kinget, Columbia University

Energy Systems:           Oskar Sigvaldason, Hatch Group

Infrastructure:              Tibor Kakai, Halcrow Yolles

Manufacturing:            Sara Beckman, University of California Berkeley

Nanoengineering:        Federico Rosei, Université du Québec

Physics:                          Melissa Franklin (Physics 7T7), Harvard University

February 9, 2007:

Second Annual

Aerospace:                     Ed Crawley, MIT

Biomedical:                   Ali Khademhossieni (Chemical 9T9), Harvard/MIT

Computer:                     Zvonko Vranesic (Electrical 6T3), University of Toronto

Electrical:                      Alyssa Apsel, Cornell University

Infrastructure:             Roger Dorton, Buckland and Taylor

Manufacturing:            Jack Hu, University of Michigan

Nanoengineering:       Srinivas Iyer, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Physics:                         Ray LaPierre, McMaster University

February 10, 2006:


Aerospace:                   Christian Sallaberger, MDA

Biomedical:                 Wolf von Maltzhan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Computer:                   Sharon Nunes, IBM

Electrical:                    Raffaello D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1), Cornell University

Infrastructure:           William Kelly, Catholic University of America

Manufacturing:         Daniel Frey, MIT

Nanoengineering:     Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta

Physics:                       Aksel Hallin, Queens University