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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

Name Surname Employer Department/Program
Salah Abdelrahman McKinsey and company Chemical Engineering
Aya Aboughanem Bell Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ahmad Al-Ali Ontario Power Generation Electrical & Computer Engineering
Omar Ali PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Civil Engineering
Sunita Alves T.S.Alves Consulting Inc Engineering Physics
Peter Azer Stellantis Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Electrical & Computer Engineering
Fernando Barrios Layer 6 AI Computing and Software
Charles Becze Pegmatis Incorporated Mechanical Engineering
Elias Boukhers JDRF Electromag Engineering Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Zeyad Budair MDA Mechanical Engineering
Genevieve Conant BlueRock Therapeutics Chemical Engineering
Jeet Deb Guidehouse Materials Science and Engineering
Danielle DeRosa StressCrete Group Civil Engineering
Simon Edwards HGC Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Jason Everitt Raytheon ELCAN Engineering Physics
rudy Fakhreddine the Hillman Group B. Tech. - Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
Iris Gregoriou Loblaw Companies Limited Chemical Engineering
Andrew Guagliano ArcelorMittal Dofasco Engineering Physics
Mazen Habash Origin And Cause Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Syed Ali Irfan Alectra Utilities Electrical & Computer Engineering
John Kirstein Metrix Lighting and Controls Materials Science and Engineering
Charna Kozole AEL Environment Civil Engineering
Adnan Lokhandwala Ontario Power Generation Mechanical Engineering
Ali Malik Ontario Power Generation Engineering Physics
Sarah Masih Ontario Power Generation Mechanical Engineering
Beth McNally McMaster  University Materials Science and Engineering
Jim Morris Kinectrics Engineering Physics
Brad Pollard Triple M Metal Civil Engineering
Daniel Scouten MTO B. Tech. - Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
Gaganpreet Sehra NWI Precision Tube ULC Materials Science and Engineering
Aries Wu CIK Telecom Civil Engineering

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