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Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

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CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre

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Carm Vespi,

Are you a student looking for mentorship and support? Alumni share their experiences to prepare you for your future years at McMaster and beyond.


Over the years, McMaster Engineering has hosted an alumni/student mentorship evening, where distinguished alumni reconnect with McMaster and engineering students.  

Backpack to Briefcase, which will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 will offer engineering students the opportunity to network and connect with mentors. 

The alumni mentors work in a variety of engineering fields, representing diverse backgrounds and bring valuable insights from their days at McMaster and beyond.  Alumni will share their experiences about academics, study skills, day-to-day issues, career planning, networking and professional development. They were students once too, they understand student goals and concerns and will be happy to address any questions that you students may have.

Mentors please register here


Dress code: Business Atire


5:30 PM: Mentor Reception (REGISTERED ALUMNI ONLY) 

6:00 PM: Student Arrival (make name tag & get raffle ticket)

6:30 PM: Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

6:40 PM: Panel Discussion

7:00 PM: Alumni & Student Mentoring Period -
Light Refreshments Provided




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Rateb Al Drobi IBM Materials Science and Engineering
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Akeel  Ali GHD Advisory Civil Engineering
Omar Ali Hatch Ltd Civil Engineering
Jodie Atkins City of Toronto Civil Engineering
Remy Audel General Motors M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Ifrah Azmi Hatch Chemical Engineering
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Peter  Gowthorpe Laveer Engineering Limited  Mechanical Engineering
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Sonia Hassini McMaster Civil Engineering
David Hendriks Magna International Mechanical Engineering
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Rohit Jayaprakash Hydro One Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Emily Lightstone GHD Civil Engineering
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