Opening keynote: Dr. Ying Tsui

Dr. Ying Yin Tsui is currently a professor and the Associate Dean of Research and Internationalization in the Faculty of Engineering. He has been a Guest Scientist of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a visiting scientist of the Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta. He was the Chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists. He has been involved in organizing many scientific conferences including as Chair of the 43rd IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science and as Chair of the 2017 International Workshop on Warm Dense Matter.

Dr. Tsui will be giving a talk regarding the new faculty focus on research initiatives.


Mixer keynote: Dr. kevin ilcisin

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kevin Ilcisin to our symposium this year. Dr. Ilcisin is currently the Vice President of Product Marketing at National Instruments Corporation, a Texas based company which equips engineers and scientists with the systems that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery.  Prior to joining National Instruments in 2015, he served as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Tektronix. He has also held technical leadership roles at LAM Research/Novellus, and was a co-founder of Technical Visions.

He is the inventor or co-inventor of 42 US and foreign patents and co-author of numerous papers. Dr. Ilcisin holds doctorate and master's degrees in Plasma Physics from Princeton University and bachelor's degrees with distinction and the APPEGA Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.


Banquet Keynote: dr. SHOMA SINHA

This year we are proud to host Dr. Shoma Sinha, a Research Professional, from Quantiam Technologies and president of the Alberta Women's Science Network (AWSN). Shoma completed her undergraduate degree in  Nanoengineering from the University of Toronto and continued her graduate studies in molecular scale devices at the University of Alberta/National Institute for Nanotechnology.

Since early in her career, Shoma identified that as a woman she was underrepresented and from that point on she has been working to advocate for women in STEM. Shoma helped found the WISER (Women in Science, Engineering and Research) Network for Early Career Professionals as well as MentorUP (Mentor Under-represented Populations) and BESTT (Bridge for Engineering, Science and Technology Talent) programs under the AWSN. Shoma's integral role and passion as a mentor for young professionals and advocate for women and under-represented groups in her profession have us thrilled to have her be a part of our symposium.