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Fireball Chats with Alumni - October 2018

Fireball Chats with Alumni - October 2018

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Carm Vespi

This month's topic: How to get the work-life balance and other different challenges within the workforce.


The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University would like to offer you an opportunity to further support the success of our students. We have started a new initiative in the Faculty of Engineering to develop a face-to-face mentoring program between current students and our alumni – Fireball Chats with Alumni.

Fireball Chats with Alumni give the McMaster Engineering community the opportunity to chat to a small group of students and share their personal experiences as an engineer in the workforce. Our hope is that each month we can offer our students a chance to have a casual conversation with engineers during which they can ask for advice, help, or insight.


Get Help – Get coached by experienced engineers!
Ask Questions – Receive answers to all your questions about life, university, co-op choices and more!
Convenience – Connect with alumni on campus!
Fun – A chance to win a mac eng prize pack!


Jaclyn Spackman - Jaclyn is a Quality Assurance Engineer at Stelco. She worked in liquid steelmaking for 5 years, improving processes and finding solutions to production issues. After going on maternity leave, Jaclyn went back to work part time and has been working in the hot strip mill managing customer orders and mill capabilities. During her time at McMaster Jaclyn was heavily involved with the McMaster Engineering Musical each year including directing the production in 2010 and 2011.  Jaclyn graduated from McMaster University in 2011 with a B.Eng in Materials Engineering & Society.

James Spackman, EIT - James is the Chief Technical Offier at Spine Advanced, a startup company manufacturing medical devices. Along with the Electronics and software, he is responsible for production, supply chain, quality control, and finances, leaning heavily on the knowledge gained from the Management portion of his degree. During his time at Mac, James was involved in Solar Car and the McMaster Engineering Society. James graduated from McMaster University in 2008 with a B.Eng in Computer Engineering & Management.