CEEA/ACEG 2013 ConferenceSpeakers

Prof. Pierre G. Lafleur, Chief Academic And International Officer, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Leadership in engineering education

June 18, 2013, 08:40 - 09:00

Venue: Pavillon MacKay-Lassonde, Ecole Polytechnique Room M-1010

Prof. Tom Brzustowski, University of Waterloo

Indentifying design explicitly as a key element of innovation,and what might follow from that

June 18, 2013, 09:00 - 10:00

Venue: Pavillon MacKay-Lassonde, Ecole Polytechnique Room M-1010

Prof. Suzanne Kresta, University of Alberta

Innovation and Reliability in the design process: A both/and possibility

June 19, 2013, 08:30 - 09:30

Venue: Pavillon MacKay-Lassonde, Ecole Polytechnique Room M-1010

Bio: Suzanne Kresta is co-editor of the Handbook of Industrial Mixing and a
Professor at the University of Alberta. She has won numerous awards both for
her technical work and for her leadership in education: most recently the
Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2011) from the
University of Alberta, the North American Mixing Forum Award for Excellence and
Sustained Contributions to Mixing Science and Practice (2004), and the Academic
Women’s Association Woman of the Year Award (2012). In a recent list of the 21
Most Influential Contributions to Mixing Research (2011), 2 of her publications
were identified. She is also an Iron Ring Warden and a member of APEGA Council.
She credits much of her success to early mentoring from two 3M Fellows, Phil
Wood and Don Woods, and to Alan Blizzard, Dale Roy, and Bente Roed, all
nationally recognized faculty developers. She has continued their legacy at the
University of Alberta with the (New) Faculty Forums, a series of professional
development workshops which have been so popular that they have now expanded to
the whole faculty – not just new professors. Her interests in education are
focussed on student learning in the design process and she currently teaches
both mass and energy balances and the first of two senior design courses.

and Rigor in the Design Process: A Both/And Possibility

Engineering Professors
in general, and Design Professors in the particular, face a difficult moral
dilemma. We have a responsibility to teach students to a very high standard of
rigor, critical thinking, and analysis – but the great joy of engineering is finding
a creative solution that makes a difference in people’s lives. The perpetual
dilemma is finding a balance between these two conflicting values and goals. In
this talk I propose a both/and perspective which embraces the diversity of the
roles we play: educator and evaluator; critic and catalyst; expert and learner.
The animosity which sometimes polarizes professors as we struggle with these dichotomies
can be turned around to amplify and reinforce both values in a solution which
balances our teaching and learning. Successful strategies which build affective
domain strengths related to innovation and deep understanding of core concepts will
be presented with their twin teaching strategies, those which build the cognitive
domain strength needed for rigor and accuracy in solutions.


Slide Presentation - downloadable PDF

Lorne Trottier, Co-founder of Matrox

The Role of Engineering Education in Building a Sustainable Future

June 20, 2013, 08:30 - 09:30

Room M-1010

Chair: Michel Perrier


Lorne Trottier: Engineer, Businessman, Philanthropist, Co-founder of Matrox


Climate change, exhaustion of limited resources and environmental damage are key problems facing society. In simple terms, clean energy and sustainable practices are the answer. What role can engineering education play in developing solutions, informing the public and policy makers about these complex issues , and moving the agenda towards action?


Lorne Trottier is a co-founder of Matrox, a privately held company known for its innovative products in the domains of computer graphics, video, and imaging. Trottier holds a B. Eng. and M. Eng. degree from McGill University. Trottier was awarded a doctorate degree honoris causa by McGill in 2006, and by l’Université de Montréal on the recommendation of l’École Polytechnique in 2011 and the UOIT in 2013. He was awarded the Prix Lionel Boulet by the Gouvernement de Quebec in 2003, and was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. He is President of the Board of the Montreal Science Center Foundation (Centre iSCi). Mr. Trottier is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Faculties of Science and Engineering of McGill University as well as a Governor Emeritus of the same university. He is also treasurer of the US based National Center for Science Education (NCSE). He has a wide range scientific interests ranging from astronomy and space exploration to climate change and sustainable development.

The Trottier Family Foundation was established in 2000. It has made philanthropic gifts in areas related to science education, health care, and aid to developing countries.


Engineering Leadership

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Montréal, Québec

June 17, 2013 - June 20, 2013

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