Saturday Morning Session 1

4 Ways to Quantify the Value of Your Problem


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Background:  Jon is the International Partner Manager for Arena at Rockwell Automation.  Jon holds a business degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and has held various roles within Rockwell supporting simulation software sales and delivery.

Topic Description: Engineering a solution is only part of any problem. Selling your solution is equally as important.  Jon will introduce 4 techniques that you can implement in your career or your internship today to change the way you approach engineering.

EVA MARTINEZ - Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc.  

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Building Your Network

Background:  Eva Martinez holds a BEng in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management from the Royal Military of College with a specialization in Aerospace from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering. She spent 13 years in the Canadian Air Force as an aircraft maintenance engineer and has spent the last 15 years in the aerospace industry working at Goodrich/UTC Aerospace Canada, IMP Aerospace, and Bluedrop Training & Simulation - in various roles that span the facets of the aerospace industry.

Topic Description: In this presentation, we will discuss the benefits of networking, how to build your network, and how to establish your personal brand. Whether it's networking to get work, or networking to stay connected to your industry, these relationships, when properly cared for, will serve you well for decades.

Melanie Frappier - University of King's College (FRENCH)

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Oser penser au-delà de l'ingénierie

Contexte: Après un bac en génie physique, Melanie a travaillé comme journaliste scientifique et étudié les fondements de la mécanique quantique, avant de travailler comme professeur de philosophie, historienne, et traductrice. 

Description du sujet Encore incertain(e) d'avoir pris la bonne décision en allant en ingénierie? Durant cette rencontre, nous examinerons comment, dans le context actuel, une éducation en ingénierie peut aussi bien ouvrir les portes à une carrière en développement international ou en intelligence artificielle, qu'en muséologie, histoire, ou philosophie. Le choix est le vôtre. 

Dare to think beyond engineering

Background: After an undergraduate degree in engineering physics, Melanie has worked as a science journalist and studied the foundations of quantum mechanics, before working as a philosophy professor, a historian of science and a translator.

Topic Description: Still uncertain that you have made the right decision by going into engineering? During this meeting, we will examine how, in the actual context, an engineering degree can lead as well to a career in international development or artificial intelligence, as to a career in museology, history, or philosophy. The choice is yours to make.


DamiAn Daniels - NOvA SCOTIA POWER

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM


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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Change Management: Dark Horse of IE

Background:  Holly graduated from the Dalhousie IE program in 1998.  She has worked in Alberta, Ontario and in Nova Scotia and in both private and public sectors, and has practiced Industrial Engineering in a range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, defence, construction and telecommunications.  These experiences have prepared Holly for a successful consulting career in IT.

Topic Description: The objective of this presentation is to convey the importance effective change management, and the impact it has on the success (or failure!) of any initiative.  Change must be considered from three core perspectives: People, Process, and Technology.  Change is complex, its personal, and therefore experienced uniquely by everyone affected.

Une dose de réalité: "La meilleure solution" n'existe pas!

JULES COMEAU - Universite de Moncton (FRENCH)

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Background: Je suis un ingénieur industriel qui a toujours eu un penchant pour le développement de solutions avec une forte dose de "gros bon sens".  Mon expérience professionnelle inclut des emplois en fabrication et en amélioration de processus dans des domaines aussi variés que la fabrication de litière à chat, la fabrication et installation de portes et fenêtres et la vente et distribution de produits d'entraînement au hockey.  Cependant, c'est la recherche en foresterie et l'utilisation des méthodes d'optimisation approximatives qui ont capté mon attention dans la dernière décennie.

Topic Description: La réalité est toujours plus complexe que les modèles qu'on utilise pour prendre des décisions.  Résultat: la solution "optimale" n'est probablement pas la meilleure solution au problème que vous essayez de résoudre.  La question importante: est-elle "bonne assez"?  Cette présentation abordera quelques scénarios rencontrés couramment en pratique et explorera l'idée du développement des solutions qui sont "bonnes assez".


Cloud Computing - Dropping the Cost of Optimization

ANdres CollarT - Davis Pier Consulting

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Background: Andrés Collart is a specialist in using cloud technologies as a means to deliver low-cost optimization to clients in Nova Scotia. His main areas of expertise are production planning, routing and facility layouts.  Andrés has completed his Masters of Industrial Engineering. During his masters he focused on optimizing a bottleneck process and providing a capacity planning tool for Stelia Aerospace in Lunenburg, NS.

Topic Description: Cloud computing and software as a service allow for optimization specialists to now rent licenses and make use of expensive optimization software only when necessary. A few optimization examples will be presented to set the stage and different automation means will be discussed. 


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM


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Nouveautés ergonomiques dans les milieux sédentaires: caractéristiques de postes et leur emploi

NANCY BLACK - Universite de Moncton


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Background: Nancy Black, ing. Ph.D. est professeure agrégée au département de génie mécanique à l'Université de Moncton et présidente de l'Association canadienne d'ergonomie (ACE). Elle est détentrice des diplômes de génie mécanique (PhD, University of New Brunswick), génie industriel (M.A.Sc., Dalhousie University) et génie de Systems Design (B.A.Sc. University of Waterloo). Ses recherches visent la compréhension et la prévention des troubles musculosquelettiques surtout en considérant les outils et lieux de travail que nous, les ingénieurs, fournissent aux travailleurs

Topic Description: Les milieux de travail deviennent de plus en plus sédentaires avec la présence croissante des ordinateurs. Les risques à la santé de tels milieux peuvent être évités par des postes de travail bien conçus, mais il faut savoir s'en servir. Vous apprendrez l'état des connaissances des risques et l'étendu des solutions actuellement disponible pour les milieux "sédentaires" et ce qu’il faut encore envisager, vous, les futurs ingénieurs!



Sh*t I Wish I Knew...


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

Background: Mila is an Industrial Engineer in Aerospace.  She graduated from Dalhousie in 2009 and started work at IMP Aerospace at Halifax Stanfield Int'l Airport.  During school, her coop terms were at Canada Post and Michelin Tire.  Since joining IMP Aerospace, Mila has spent time in Production Engineering, Continuous Improvement, and Program Management Analytics.  Currently, she is the Manager of the Program Analysis Team.  She spends a lot of time volunteering with youth organizations, where she can share her experiences and leadership training. 

Topic Description: When you get out to your first coop term, or right out of school, you're bright eyed and ready to change the world (and fix all of those annoying inefficiencies).  There will inevitably be things that will slow you down - that was certainly the case with me!  Session will cover the Sh*t I Wish I Knew when I got out into the world.  


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 

Background: Gregory Ning is a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young. He specializes in organizational transformation and operational performance with a focus on strategic, technological, organizational and operational issues from assessment to implementation, using various methodologies, such as, Lean, Six Sigma, PMP and other quantitative methodologies. He has accompanied clients in a wide range of sectors conducting diagnosis, performing process optimization initiatives and leading transformation projects; allowing them to generate substantial savings. He leads strategic initiatives and manages team projects to provide added value to clients based on his expertise.

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