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2022 Virtual Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

2022 Virtual Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

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Hopin Online Events Platform
(details provided week of event)

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Carm Vespi,

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 19,  2022 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 19, 2022
Hopin Online Events Platform
(details provided week of event)
6:30 pm – 
6:35 pm – Where Are Our Alumni Now (hear their stories)!
6:50 pm – Networking Sessions


Virtual events are an adjustment and can create challenges for attendees, like the potential for technical hiccups and the inability to network face-to-face, but 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 Attending

Name Surname Employer Department/Program Graduated From 
Louay Abdelkader BlackBerry QNX Electrical & Computer Engineering
James (Jim) Adams Peel Regional Police Mechanical Engineering
Ehsan Ahmadi Afzadi Pars Suistanable Seismic Structures (Knowledge-Based Company) Civil Engineering
Fahim Ahmed Sherritt International Corp. Chemical Engineering
Alok  Ajmera Prophix Software Engineering Physics
Sean Angel Environment and Climate Change Canada Civil Engineering
Muhammad Asif Accenture Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ed Barnes Retired in 2005 from Dofasco Inc. Mechanical Engineering
Fernando Barrios General Motors Computing and Software
Jackie Bellemare Stantec Consulting Ltd. Civil Engineering
Avi Bhargava Ukko Agro Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Paul Boldt ned, maude, todd & tod inc. Materials Science and Engineering
Carmen Bracho Hatch Ltd. Mechanical Engineering
Eva Bracho Hatch Ltd. Mechanical Engineering
Kenny Chong Verition Fund Management Computing and Software
Ruth Cooper Canada Revenue Agency Civil Engineering
Nicholas Copland Give and Go Prepared Foods Mechanical Engineering
Frank  de Jong Retired Chemical Engineering
Kyle Doucette WSP Canada Inc. Civil Engineering
Jason Everitt Raytheon ELCAN Engineering Physics
Kevin Fernandes Dejero Labs Electrical & Computer Engineering
Anton Gallego Orion Technologies Inc Mechanical Engineering
Joshua  George Snap Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Glen Gjoncaj CBRE Civil Engineering
Tanja Gostic Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd Chemical Engineering
Peter Gowthorpe Westinghouse Mechanical Engineering
Iris Gregoriou Loblaw Companies Limited Chemical Engineering
Jamal Habash Government of Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kerianne Hagan C.F. Crozier & Associates Civil Engineering
Genevieve Hamilton Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Mechanical Engineering
Muhammad Hannan Siemens energy Canada limited Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mohammad Hasanuzzaman IBM Research Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jayne Huhtanen FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto Chemical Engineering
Derek Hundert PlanET Biogas Solutions Mechanical Engineering
Cat Huyer Genecis Bioindustries Inc. B. Tech. - Biotechnology
Brett Ida Teknion Mechanical Engineering
Syed Ali Irfan Alectra Utilities Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vish Kailey Marsh Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sharmin Kassam Technical Concrete Solutions LTD B. Tech. - Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
Ali Khajehei Nucor Steel Chemical Engineering
Sam  Kodsi Kodsi Engineering Inc. Mechanical Engineering
Pedram Mazaheri Toronto Hydro M.E.P.P. - Engineering and Public Policy
Brian McFadyen Sunrise Spas Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sean Mercer Metro Vancouver Chemical Engineering
Guang Mo Microsoft Corp Computing and Software
Jim Morris Kinectrics Engineering Physics
Sarah Murphy CIBC Chemical Engineering
Peter Ostrowski BWXT NUclear Energy Canada Civil Engineering
Harsh Patel Amphenol ICC Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nisha Patel Region of halton Chemical Engineering
Nisarg Patel MDA Limited Computing and Software
Zbigniew Pedzinski CNA-Q Chemical Engineering
Steve Petryschuk Auvik Networks Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mario Pieries Hatch Ltd. Chemical Engineering
Alvin  Pilobello mindspaceIMPACT Chemical Engineering
Sharon Platkin Vena Solutions Computing and Software
Iranga Ratnayake EBC Inc M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
David Reed Retired from SKF Materials Science and Engineering
Hema  Retty JPMorgan Chase & Co Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mehran Reza Canadian broadcasting corporation Electrical & Computer Engineering
Julian Riano MTE Consultants Civil Engineering
Hasan  Rizvi Deloitte Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mark Salsberg WGD Consulting Inc. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Samuel Seffah-Nyame Bespoke Metrics M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Gagan Sehra NWI Precision Materials Science and Engineering
Bilal Sherazi Environmental Infrastructure Solutions Civil Engineering
Jasmine Sidhu KPMG Canada LLP Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sanil Singh Actemium B. Tech. - Automation Engineering Technology
Phillip  Solakov  Optiv Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nasim Soori University of Tabriz Civil Engineering
Bradley Stephen WSP Civil Engineering
Meshaa Tariq Assurance IQ Mechanical Engineering
Shawn Thompson Aecon Nuclear Chemical Engineering
Yvonne To Bell Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tina Traini Foci Solutions Electrical & Computer Engineering
Idara Uko Medtronic Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sherri Vallee retired - I was at Nortel Networks until 2000. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cameron Van Ravens IBM Canada Computing and Software
Wei Lin Victor McMaster M.Eng.Manufacturing - Manufacturing Engineering
Tanya Waraich Compass Group Canada B. Tech. - Biotechnology
Eric Wasmund Eriez Materials Science and Engineering
Rob Whitmore ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Materials Science and Engineering
Brent Wilson Facilityy Professional Services Mechanical Engineering
Gauss Wong Sense Engineering Ltd. Civil Engineering
Sudduf Wyne Self Employed - Salam Suddud Materials Science and Engineering
Tegiola  Xhemalaj Canderel M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Ting  Yang Skyworth VR M.E.E.I. - Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jonathan  Yip CHEMICAL MATE SDN BHD Chemical Engineering
Erin Young Apple Materials Science and Engineering
Mengshu Yuan   M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Tahereh Zahmatkesh   Computing and Software
Karl  Zimmermann University of British Columbia Chemical Engineering