CEEA/ACEG 2016 ConferenceSpeakers

Introductory Remarks and Keynote Speaker: DR. David Wallace

Creativity, design, and rigor: foundations for successful innovation

June 20, 2016, 09:00 - 10:30

Innovative product design education relies upon skills that involve creative thinking, domain knowledge, the ability to execute ideas, all while fostering a motivating experience. This presentation outlines ideas, techniques and strategies that can be used in teaching teams—in both research and design contexts—to become more innovative and impactful. The presentation will draw upon both research and experience in teaching several design classes at MIT.


Professor David Wallace is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Industrial Design degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He received his S.M, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, and joined the faculty in 1995. Professor Wallace’s focus, in both research and teaching, is on innovative, socially responsible product design—ranging from computational tools and processes that increase the likelihood of successful innovation, to skills and techniques for designing and improving creativity. Through the application of his unusual background in both engineering and industrial design, Professor Wallace’s goals are to develop new methods that impact upon the practice of product development and to help inspire and equip the next generation of engineering innovators, all while continuing to learn new things and have fun in the process.

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs

June 21, 2016, 09:00 - 10:00



Jesse Rodgers received a BA from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in Internet Computing from the University of Liverpool. Jesse was the founding director of both the Velocity incubator at the University of Waterloo and, subsequently, the Creative Destructive Lab at the University of Toronto. Jesse also has startup experience as the co-founder of TribeHR and spent 16 months as the Vice-President of Business Development at Waterloo-based startup Boltmade. Jesse was recently named the CEO of Halifax-based incubator Volta Labs.

Join us in HALIFAX in June 2016!

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 19, 2016 - June 22, 2016

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