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Virtual Fireball Chats with Alumni - June 2021

Virtual Fireball Chats with Alumni - June 2021

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Carm Vespi

This month's topic: How Engineering Problem-Solving Skills Are a Transferable Asset


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.

How Engineering Problem-Solving Skills Are a Transferable Asset
Learn about how his education combined with his on-the-job training has allowed him to contribute in a unique way to his police service. This has included launching online reporting, creating a Vulnerable Person Registry, as well as assisting with staffing deployment. He will also speak of soft skills that were developed through extracurricular activities at McMaster University.


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James Adams, P.Eng graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor Degree in Manufacturing Engineering in 1992. Upon graduation, he worked in the automotive industry for seven years in sales and as a plant manager. In 1999, James changed careers, becoming a police officer with Peel Regional Police. Since that time he has held numerous postings including: Uniform Patrol, Bicycle Unit, Auto Theft, Break and Enter, Operational Planning and Resources, and is currently developing a Real Time Operations Centre. During his career he has also worked on projects with the Pan Am Games in 2015 and the Emergency Operations Centre regarding COVID in 2020.