CEEA/ACEG 2019 ConferenceSpeakers

Keynote Speaker: Jaime Bonilla (Tec Monterrey)

Educating beyond expectations

June 10, 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

A hyper-accelerated changing world is waiting for the engineers that we -the universities- are forming today. Their readiness to tackle new problems and their ability to create value is under a considerable pressure from the university stakeholders. In addition, there is the perception that knowledge it is just a click away and that the cost-benefit ratio for a university education is growing year after year. Therefore, we are forced to reflect and design new educational models that could convert the external threats the University has, into opportunities to form engineers ready to create not just a better world but a new one. A new educational model called TEC21 is a plausible option to overpass the expectations of the University stakeholders by educating students on how to become a competent engineer not only while in College but throughout life.


Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios Dr. Bonilla is the Associated Dean for Continuing Education, Consulting and International Affairs of the National School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to this post, he served as the National Director for Academic Experience and as Industry Liaison Officer within the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (2015-2017), Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technologies at Campus Monterrey (2009-2015), and the National Director for the Alumni Relations Office and the Life and Career Centers (2004-2009). He was the president of the Latin American Global Engineering Deans Council (2012-2014), the President for the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (2015), a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council (2012-2019) and the Academic Advisory Board of ABET (2017-2019).

During his Deanship in the School of Engineering and Information Technologies, Dr. Bonilla fostered the creation of Personalized Learning as well as Merged Learning courses on Mathematics and Physics. He also created the Multi and Trans Disciplinary Capstone Projects and the exhibition fair called “Conexion Tec” where the projects are presented to the industry and possible investors for those students willing to incubate a company. He and his colleagues also created a new bachelor program called Innovation and Development Engineer and a Challenged Based Environment called Innovaction GymTM

Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios has a B.S. in Chemistry, from ITESM, Campus Monterrey, a Master in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering with emphasis on Polymer Rheology and Processing, from Texas A & M University.

Keynote Speaker: Jean-Michel Lemieux (Shopify)

Inside DevDegree, a big bet on software education

June 11, 2019, 09:00 - 10:00

Universities have been preparing engineers without much help from industry. Meanwhile, industry has been complaining that universities are not doing enough to prepare engineers. After 10 years of hiring thousands of software developers, Jean-Michel Lemieux decided it was time to turn upside down the way software developers are trained by closing the gap between universities and industry. The result was DevDegree, which is a first of a kind work-integrated Bachelor of Computer Science where students both learn and do in real-time. In his keynote address, Jean-Michel will introduce how DevDegree works and share lessons gleaned – both good and bad – and the plans to drive its further evolution. 

Jean-Michel Lemieux is Chief Technical Officer at Shopify, having joined the company in 2015. Prior to joining Shopify, he served as the Vice President of Engineering at Atlassian and as the Chief Architect for Rational Team Concert, a division of IBM.

In 2016 Jean-Michel founded DevDegree (devdegree.ca), a first of a kind work-integrated Bachelor of Computer Science program. He is also co-author of the book, Eclipse Rich Client Platform and has filed two U.S. patents on software configuration management. Jean-Michel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.


Keynote Speaker: Digvir Jayas (NSERC)

The Promise of Engineering Education

June 12, 2019, 09:00 - 10:00

Professor Dr. Digvir Jayas is the interim President of NSERC and Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is also a former Tier I Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems and has authored or co-authored over 900 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books dealing with issues of storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains. Dr. Jayas is the recipient of the 2017 Sukup Global Food Security Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the 2008 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Brockhouse Canada Prize, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has served as the President of Agriculture Institute of Canada, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba), Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canadian Society for Bioengineering, Engineers Canada, and Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.

In 2018 Dr. Jayas was appointed to Order of Canada.

Learning to Learn - Preparing Tomorrow's Engineers

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

June 8, 2019 - June 12, 2019

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