The following workshops will be offered by the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (FEGRS) this year. Some of the workshops may have enrollment limits and will be available on a first come first serve basis. To register for any of the workshops listed below, please visit the workshop registration page. To find the time and location for each workshop, please visit the Schedule tab. Please note that the description of workshops are subjected to changes. Please check it regularly.

*All workshops count towards PD credits.


Day 1 - Pre-symposium - July 3rd, 2018


Alex Razoumov, Training and Visualization Coordinator, WestGrid, Compute Canada

ParaView is an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization tool designed to run on a variety of hardware from an individual laptop to large supercomputers. With ParaView, users can interactively visualize 2- and 3-dimensional data defined on structured, adaptive, and unstructured meshes or particles, animate these datasets in time, and manipulate them with a variety of filters. ParaView supports both interactive (GUI) and scripted (including offscreen) visualization and is an easy and fun tool to learn.

Speaker Profile:

PhD in computational astrophysics from UBC. He has worked on numerical models ranging from galaxy formation to core-collapse supernovae and stellar hydrodynamics and has developed a number of computational fluid dynamics and radiative transfer codes and techniques. He spent five years as HPC Analyst in SHARCNET helping researchers from diverse backgrounds to use large clusters and joined WestGrid in 2014.


Day 2 - July 4th, 2018


WORKSHOP 2: How to give a public presentation

Peter Kossowan

The focus of this workshop is on helping students to improve their public speaking and oral presentation skills.

Speaker Profile:

Also known as Mr. Toastmaster, an apt nickname for the man who holds the record for establishing the most Toastmaster Clubs in the world. He’s held the record since 1999 when he reached 100 and the club he belonged to, the Northern Nooners, was renamed the Peter Kossowan Communicators. He is now up to 162 — eight new clubs last year alone — that stretch from Hay River, N.W.T., to Calgary and many cities and towns in between, including Wainwright, Stettler, Edson, Whitecourt and Rocky Mountain House.



WORKSHOP 3: data wrangling

Daniel Haight, DarkHorse analytics

Data wrangling is the process of transforming and mapping data from one raw data form into another format with the intent of making it more appropriate and valuable for a variety of downstream purposes such as analytics. The students from all the departments at UofA do a lot of data analysis in their research. The data is generally experimental data, literature data, publicly available open source data, or from government agencies. So, this workshop will strike a common balance between the students from different fields and will be of interest.

Speaker Profile:

Daniel Haight is the President and co-founder of Darkhorse Analytics. He is a Certified Analytics Professional and an award-winning lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Business. He's spoken at numerous societies, clubs, companies, and government organizations as well as national and international conferences including: The Cloud Factory, CORS, INFORMS, the Western Canada Cyber Summit, the Chain of Survival conference, PMINAC, SCOPE, Energize, the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar, Analytics Big Data and the Cloud, Taming of the Queue, EMS Planners, and the Metro Fire Planners Conference


Day 3 - July 5th 2018

WORKSHOP 4: introduction to citation management tools

Alison Henry, Engineering Librarian, UofA

Are you fed up with keeping track of references and formatting them correctly in different styles for different papers? Citation managers, like RefWorks, can help eliminate much of the confusion involved in creating properly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies and offer a place to save and share reference data. Learn how to choose the right tool for you, import references from databases or other citation managers, keep those references organized and incorporate them as you write.

Speaker Profile:

Alison Henry is the Engineering Librarian for University of Alberta Libraries. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University and worked for several years in Environmental, Health and Safety in the chemical industry before obtaining her Master's in Library and Information Studies. She is happy to help students and faculty make use of the many resources the library has to offer.


WORKSHOP 5: Managing your time and energy

DenNis Eisenbarth

This session is provided by Canada’s Leader in Mental Health and Addiction Care, Homewood Health Inc.™, suggested by FGSR.

Time is a precious resource. The phrase “time = money” is certainly true in any setting. Individuals require balance in their study life so that they can meet both their student job requirements and personal needs. Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful? This session will explore answers to this question. During this 1-hour wellness session students will:

        1. Understand the key premise of time management.
        2. Clarify priorities.
        3. Reflect on strategies to improve personal effectiveness and efficiency.
        4. Discuss tips and techniques to manage time, energy and focus.

Speaker Profile:

Dennis has a Masters of Science in Adult Education and has worked as a Trainer and Training Consultant for the past 20 years. As an educator he enjoys helping to facilitate creative applications of change concepts in a variety of learning situations. Dennis uses the dynamics of change in his coaching style and in his personal life.

Dennis is passionate about education, and believes in empowering people with the knowledge and skills that will help them enjoy happy and more fulfilling lives. He always encourages active, dynamic, and fun training environment.