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Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Night

Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Night

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CIBC Hall,
McMaster University Student Centre

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Iwona Centurami,

After a 2-year hiatus, Backpack to Briefcase is back in person! Please join us for McMaster Engineering's annual alumni/student networking night.


Backpack to Briefcase is a chance for students to meet and learn from distinguished MacEng alumni who share stories, advice, and guidance on how to make the transition from classroom to industry. It offers current engineering students the opportunity to connect with alumni to discuss study skills, career development, and life after university.

Mentors please register here


Dress code: Business Casual


5:00 PM: Mentor Reception (REGISTERED ALUMNI ONLY) 

6:15 PM: Student Arrival (make name tag)

6:30 PM: Welcome - Dr. Heather Sherdown, Dean of Engineering 

6:40 PM: Make the Connection Discussion 

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



Mentors Attending

Aya Aboughanem BENGM '22 (Electrical Engineering) Bell Technology/Automation
Sean Agresta BENGM '06 (Engineering Physics) Stanley Black and Decker Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
Farheen Ahmed MSCAP '21 (Materials Engineering)   Manufacturing
Saadman Ahmed BENG '16 (Mechanical Engineering) MDA Technology/Automation
Ahmad Al-Ali BENG '07 (Electrical Engineering) Ontario Power Generation Energy & Environment
Asmaa Al-Hashimi BTECH '13 (Civ Eng Infrastruct Tech), M.ENG '19 (Civil Engineering) City of Hamilton Government/Education/Incubators
Akeel Ali BENGM '17 (Civil Engineering) SLBC INC. Consulting & Professional Services
Faisal Ali MENGD '16 (Engineering Design) JLL Consulting & Professional Services
Omar Ali BENGM '18 (Civil Engineering) PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting & Professional Services
Sunita Alves BENG '95 (Engineering Physics) T.S.Alves Consulting Inc  
Sean Angel BENG '20 (Civil Engineering) Environment and Climate Change Canada Government/Education/Incubators
Peter Azer PHD '20 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) Stellantis Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Technology/Automation
Ismail Barakat MENGD '19 (Engineering Design) WSP Canada Consulting & Professional Services
Fernando Barrios BENG '17 (Software Engineering) Layer 6 AI Technology/Automation
Charles Becze BENG '93, M.ENG '96 (Materials Engineering), PHD '03 (Mechanical Engineering) Pegmatis Incorporated Government/Education/Incubators
Ayesha Bhutto BENG '22 (Electrical Engineering) Datadog Technology/Automation
Elias Boukhers BENG '04 (Electrical Engineering) JDRF Electromag Engineering Inc. Energy & Environment
Zeyad Budair BENG '22 (Mechanical Engineering) MDA  
Mike Cecconi BENGM '98 (Mechanical Engineering) Imperial Oil Energy & Environment
Tejas Chokshi MED '22 (Engineering Design) Britespan Building Systems Inc. Manufacturing
Nicholas Colangelo BENG '06 (Mechanical Engineering) Oxy Vinyls Canada Co. Manufacturing
Tony Colenbrander BENG '66 (Engineering Physics), PHD '72 (Physics) Freedom Motors Consulting & Professional Services
Jeet Deb BENG '20 (Materials Engineering) Guidehouse Consulting & Professional Services
Danielle DeRosa BENG '10  (Civil Engineering) StressCrete Group Manufacturing
Rachel Dubeckyj BEBSC '15 (Chemical Engineering) Imperial Oil Energy & Environment
Adam Durrani BENG '22 (Electrical Engineering) IBM Canada Technology/Automation
Simon Edwards BENG '14 (Mechanical Engineering) HGC Engineering Consulting & Professional Services
Jason Everitt BENGS '09 (Engineering Physics) Raytheon ELCAN Manufacturing
Rudy Fakhreddine BTECH '21 (Automotive and Vehicle Technology) the Hillman Group Manufacturing
Aaron Farrell BENG '96, M.ENG '98 (Civil Engineering) WSP Consulting & Professional Services
Kevin Fournier BENG '14 (Chemical Engineering) Westinghouse Energy & Environment
Ovais Ghafur BENG '92, M.ENG '95 (Chemical Engineering), MBA '98 Bank of Montreal Consulting & Professional Services
Peter Gowthorpe BENG '90 (Mechanical Engineering) Westinghouse Technology/Automation
Iris Gregoriou BENGM '97 Chemical Engineering) Loblaw Companies Limited Manufacturing
Andrew Guagliano BENG '90 (Engineering Physics), MBA '98  ArcelorMittal Dofasco Manufacturing
Chunhui Guo MSCAP '22 (Electrical & Computer) TELUS Communications Technology/Automation
Mazen Habash BENG '86 (Computer Engineering) Origin And Cause Inc. Consulting & Professional Services
Kerianne Hagan BENGS '20 (Civil Engineering) C.F. Crozier & Associates Consulting & Professional Services
Ashkan Haghshenas MED '20 (Engineering Design) KSB Manufacturing
Phil Hartog BENG '72 (Civil Engineering) Semi Retired Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
David Hendriks BENGM '17 (Mechanical Engineering) Magna International Manufacturing
Cat Huyer BTECH '20 (Biotechnology) Genecis Bioindustries Inc. Manufacturing
Syed Ali Irfan BENG '20 (Electrical Engineering) Alectra Utilities Energy & Environment
Prabhat Juneja BENG '88 (Computer Engineering)  Equifax Canada Consulting & Professional Services
John Kirstein BENG '12 (Materials Engineering) Metrix Lighting and Controls Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
Charna Kozole BENG '94 (Civil Engineering) AEL Environment Consulting & Professional Services
Norbert Lee BENG '84 (Electrical Engineering) Kyndryl Canada Consulting & Professional Services
John Levie BENG '92, M.ENG '96 (Chemical Engineering) Clearford Water Systems Consulting & Professional Services
Adnan Lokhandwala BENGM '19 (Mechanical Engineering) Ontario Power Generation Energy & Environment
Ed Lutz BENG '85 (Chemical Engineering) OxyVinyls Canada Co. Manufacturing
Ali Malik BENG '12 (Engineering Physics) Ontario Power Generation Energy & Environment
Bassem Masri BENG '93 (Electrical Engineering) Canada Life Consulting & Professional Services
Terry McGowan BENG '86 (Chemical Engineering) The Osborne Group Consulting & Professional Services
Beth McNally PHD '10 (Materials Engineering) McMaster  University Technology/Automation
Hosnee Mobarak PHD '21 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) MacLean Engineering & Marketing Co. Ltd. Manufacturing
Jim Morris BENGM '10 (Engineering Physics) Kinectrics Consulting & Professional Services
Corinne Mullen BENGM '15 (Materials Engineering), MBA '21  ArcelorMittal Dofasco Manufacturing
Paul Nebesny BENG '81 (Electrical Engineering)  Rogers Communications Technology/Automation
Emily Nichols MSCAP '11 (Chemical Engineering) Manufacturing
Obiora Nkwocha MENGD '16 (Engineering Design) Avenu Insights & Analytics Technology/Automation
Rich O'Hare BENG '93 (Engineering Physics) Atlas Copco Technology/Automation
Ashley Osika BTECH '13  (Computing & Info Tech) Loblaws / PC Financial Technology/Automation
Romeo Palombella BENG '73 (Civil Engineering) Pal-Tech Engineering Consulting & Professional Services
Nisha Patel BENG '05 (Chemical Engineering) Region of halton Government/Education/Incubators
Connie Pelligra BENG '17 (Materials Engineering) McMaster Manufacturing
Brad Pollard BENGM '11 (Civil Engineering) Triple M Metal Manufacturing
Julian  Riano  BENG '18 (Civil Engineering) Halton Region Government/Education/Incubators
Nick Romano BENGM '94 (Mechanical Engineering) Deeplite, Inc. Technology/Automation
Peter Rowles BENGM '78 (Electrical Engineering) Posterity Group Energy & Environment
Mark Salsberg BENGM '05 (Electrical Engineering) WGD Consulting Consulting & Professional Services
Daniel Scouten BTECH '20 (Civ Eng Infrastruct Tech) MTO Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
Michael Scriven BENG '11, MA '15 (Engineering Physics) Alithya Digital Technologies Energy & Environment
Gaganpreet Sehra BENG '20 (Materials Engineering) NWI Precision Tube ULC Manufacturing
Sarah Sinha BENG '19 (Chemical Engineering) TD Technology/Automation
Mathee Sivananthan BENG '17 (Software Engineering) Royal Bank of Canada Technology/Automation
Carol Slama M.ENG '92 (Chemical Engineering) National Research Council Canada Government/Education/Incubators
Dave Thompson BENG '94 (Civil Engineering) WalterFedy Consulting & Professional Services
Brent Wilson BENG '95 (Manufacturing Engineering) ClearBlue Technologies Group Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
Jason Woods BENG '98 (Electrical Engineering) Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure Construction/Infrastructure/Civil
Aries Wu BENG '13 (Civil Engineering) CIK Telecom Construction/Infrastructure/Civil

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