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Virtual Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event
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Are you a student looking for mentorship and support? Alumni share their experiences to prepare you for your future years at McMaster and beyond.



Each year, McMaster Engineering hosts a networking and mentorship evening for distinguished alumni to reconnect with the Faculty of Engineering and mentor current engineering students. Although the event will look different this year on a virtual platform, there’s still a great opportunity for networking – right from the comfort of your own home!

Backpack to Briefcase, which will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will offer engineering students the opportunity to connect with alumni to discuss study skills, career development and life after university. Our students are eager to hear your insights from your days at McMaster, learn about your career paths and meet alumni who represent diverse backgrounds and interests.

We hope you are able to join us to connect with our bright students, reconnect with other alumni and faculty members and give back to your Fireball Family.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Hopin Online Events Platform
(details provided week of event)
6:30 pm – 
6:35 pm – Where Are Our Alumni Now (hear their stories)!
Mayusanth Jeyakumar - BTECH '14 (Automotive & Vehicle Technology)
Radwa Rawoof - MENG '13 (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
6:50 pm – Networking Sessions


Virtual events are an adjustment. Although this year will look different with new challenges for attendees, like the potential for technical hiccups and the inability to network face-to-face, you are still able to:

  • Connect and share your insights with others
  • Reduce the time and financial commitments required to attend
  • And you can attend the entire conference while in your pajamas (at least from the waist down!)


Alumni Planning to Attend

Name Surname Employer Department/Program Graduated From
Zaki Abedeen Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Chemical Engineering
Jim Adams Peel Regional Police Mechanical Engineering
Zahraa  Al-Ali self employed Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sean Ali LafargeHolcim Civil Engineering
Thiago Amaral Siemens Canada Limited B. Tech. - Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Sean Angel Environment and Climate Change Canada Civil Engineering
Christabel  Aryeetey Mondelez international M.E.E.I. - Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Remy Audel General Motors of Canada M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Ghada Badawy Fyelabs Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jeyaramesh Balasubramaniam Raytheon Technologies Engineering Physics
Taher Banatwala Tesla B. Tech. - Automation Engineering Technology
Fernando Barrios General Motors Computing and Software
Chris Basalo Freelance B. Tech. - Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
Isabel Berger Hydro One Networks Engineering Physics
Avi Bhargava Ukko Agro Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nick Bray Bray Louis W. Bray Construction Civil Engineering
Adrian Burlacu We Watch Wall Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Howard Chin Self employed Mechanical Engineering
Feirouz Chowdhury Lakeside Process Controls Chemical Engineering
Grant Clare Washington Mills Materials Science and Engineering
Tony Colenbrander Freedom Motors Engineering Physics
Genevieve  Conant Covalon Technologies Chemical Engineering
Christie Condron Parker Hannifin Canada Mechanical Engineering
Sarah Core Jordan Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mark Costin NVIDIA Chemical Engineering
Ian Currie Government of Canada Computing and Software
Danith Dissanayake Voith Turbo B. Tech. - Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
Regan Dixon General Motors of Canada Mechanical Engineering
Chris  Effinger Alithya Digital Technology Corporation Computing and Software
Diaa ElKott Perceptron Inc. Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Eng ecobee B. Tech. - Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Chris  Ewen The Ainley Group Civil Engineering
Andrey Feldman Acuity Ads Inc Electrical & Computer Engineering
Glen  Gjoncaj CBBRE Civil Engineering
Tanja  Gostic Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd. Chemical Engineering
Peter  Gowthorpe Laveer Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Keara Guay Plan Group Mechanical Engineering
Nikhil Gupta Stelco Inc. Mechanical Engineering
Kerianne Hagan C.F. Crozier & Associates Civil Engineering
Owais Hashmi Microsoft Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mike  Hassaballa HH Angus Mechanical Engineering
Meredythe Hertz Mitchell Plastics Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy D  Hoisak UC San Diego Engineering Physics
Syed Ali Irfan Alectra Utilities Electrical & Computer Engineering
Whitney Jardine Lincoln Laser Solutions M.Eng.Manufacturing - Manufacturing Engineering
Murtaza Jariwala Vanguard Eng. & Oilfield Services Company LLC Materials Science and Engineering
Rohit Jayaprakash Hydro One Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kathleen Johnson Klohn Crippen Berger Civil Engineering
Vish Kailey CNA Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Andrew Kasza Envest Corp. Chemical Engineering
Ali Khajehei Quad Infotech Inc. Chemical Engineering
Rucha Kolte Yordas Group M.E.E.I. - Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Vitaliy Kondratiev Score Media and Gaming Inc Computing and Software
George Koszucki Michelin Tire Chemical Engineering
Dimple  Koticha Liferay Computing and Software
Vivek Kumar Systemair Mechanical Engineering
Maurice Leacock Capital One Chemical Engineering
Kyle Lefebvre Hatch Chemical Engineering
Marlene Lenarduzzi BMO Financial Group Chemical Engineering
Lucas Lepore Tesla B. Tech. - Automation Engineering Technology
Steve Little Hilti Civil Engineering
John Loman Amazon Web Services Electrical & Computer Engineering
Desryn London Duncan U.S Dept of Treasury- Internal Revenue  Electrical & Computer Engineering
John Matta IBM Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ian McArthur PwC Computing and Software
Brian McFadyen Sunrise Spas Computing and Software
Sean Mercer Metro Vancouver Chemical Engineering
Dillon Mulcahy Fotokite (Perspective Robotics) Computing and Software
Douglas Nagy Liburdi Turbine Services Materials Science and Engineering
Emily Nichols Chemical Engineering
Peter Ostrowski BWXT nec Civil Engineering
Mike Palmer RETIRED (Previously NUTRIEN) Civil Engineering
Randy Park Lightguide Systems Inc. Engineering Physics
Nisha Patel Region of Halton Chemical Engineering
Alex Paynter SC Johnson Professional Canada B. Tech. - Automation Engineering Technology
Steve Petryschuk Auvik Electrical & Computer Engineering
Alvin Pilobello mindspaceIMPACT Chemical Engineering
Sharon Platkin Vena Solutions Computing and Software
Iranga Ratnayake EBC Inc M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Hema  Retty BAE Systems Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mehran Reza Canadian broadcasting corporation Electrical & Computer Engineering
Saif Rizwan Mcw Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nick  Romano Deeplite, Inc. Mechanical Engineering
Adam Royce None Mechanical Engineering
Mark Salsberg WGD Consulting Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kent Schultz RDH Building Science Inc. Civil Engineering
Daniel Scouten Ministry of Transportation B. Tech. - Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
Derek  Seguin Sanofi Pasteur Chemical Engineering
Bilal Sherazi Environment Infrastructure Solutions Civil Engineering
Catherine Silva SigmaPoint Technologies Inc. Materials Science and Engineering
Januathan Sivanandam Accenture Electrical & Computer Engineering
Arif Somji AHS Peak Consulting LLC Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jaclyn Spackman Stelco Materials Science and Engineering
Michael  Suppa Defence Construction Canada Civil Engineering
Pat Tandon BIT USA INC Chemical Engineering
Yvonne To Bell Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dilbagh Singh  Toor  Five Elements Consultants Inc Civil Engineering
Heather Van Oxford County Chemical Engineering
Eric Wasmund Eriez Materials Science and Engineering
Rebecca Weatherall Ainley & Associates Ltd. Civil Engineering
Jaimy Wickrema L3Harris Wescam Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brent C  Wilson Phaeton Automotive Group Mechanical Engineering
Gregory Wilson Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tegiola Xhemalaj Jones Lang Lasalle ( JLL) M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Sergio Zaga Stantec Consulting Ltd. B. Tech. - Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
Khaled Zaky RBC Royal Bank of Canada Computing and Software
Shawn Zaman RJC Civil Engineering