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					                    ENGINEER-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
                                                        October 2008

Welcome New Teams!

The EIR Program is off to a tremendous start: 21           *EIR Kamlesh Patel, P.Eng. of GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
new EIRs and teacher teams have joined us for the          is matched with teacher Initha Subramaniam at
2008-2009 school year. We take this occasion to            Cedarwood Public School in Markham.
welcome the following engineer and teacher pairs in
Barrie, Copper Cliff, Kitchener, London, Markham,          *EIR Susan Jahn Rosada, P.Eng. is matched with
Mississauga, Nepean, North Bay, Oakville,                  teacher Bruna Gagliardi at St. Cosmas and Damian
Richmond Hill, Strathroy, and Toronto:                     Catholic Elementary School in Toronto.

*EIR Federico Alvarez, P.Eng. of Zenix Engineering         *EIR Kurtis Rinas, P.Eng. of Jebco is matched with
Ltd. is matched with teacher Sandra Forzley at St.         teacher Guy Grondin at Cedarwood Public School in
Gregory Elementary School in Nepean.                       Barrie.

*EIR Eric Berthelot, P.Eng. of AEN Consulting Inc. is      *EIR Tomasz Rybak, EIT of University of Western
matched with teacher Andrea Panday at Lescon               Ontario is matched with teacher Brenda Collins at St.
Public School in Toronto.                                  Jude Catholic school in London.

*EIR Alice Bom, EIT of Vale Inco is matched with           *EIR Nigel Thompson, P.Eng. of The Walter Fedy
teacher Vivian DeLuca at Copper Cliff Public School        Partnership is matched with teacher Marilyn
in Copper Cliff.                                           Lajeunesse at Monsignor Gleason Catholic School in
*EIR Nordia Brown, EIT. of VitalAire Canada is
matched with teacher Joy Carter at Nelson A.               *EIR David Underwood, P.Eng. is matched with
Boylen Collegiate Institute in Toronto.                    teacher Melissa Carnelos at St. Bernadette Separate
                                                           School in Oakville.
*EIR Amalesh Chakraborty, P.Eng. of MechatroSoft
Inc. is matched with teacher Stephen Roscoe at             *EIR Warren Van Goozen, P.Eng. of Wescast
Glenforest Secondary School in Mississauga.                Industries Inc. is matched with teacher Sharon
                                                           Clements at Caradoc North School in Strathroy.
*EIR David Jackowski, EIT of J.L. Richards &
Associates Ltd. is matched with teacher Linda              *EIR Alex Wong, P.Eng. of Honsel is matched with
Desrochers at Pinewood Public School in North Bay.         teacher Tharankini Nithiy at H.G. Bernard Public
                                                           School in Richmond Hill.
*EIR Paul Longo, EIT of AMEC Americas Ltd. is
matched with teacher Paul White at T.A. Blakelock          *EIR Thomas Yeung, P.Eng. of Ontario Power
High School in Oakville.                                   Generation is matched with teacher Ruth Kostash at
                                                           Coppard Glen Public School in Markham.
*EIR Megan McMurray, EIT of Halsall Associates is
matched with teacher Kamla Rambaran at                     *EIR Thas Yuwaraj, P.Eng. of Fralex Therapeutics
McMurrich Jr. Public School in Toronto.                    Inc. is matched with teacher Anita Parker at Our Lady
                                                           of The Annunciation CES in Richmond Hill.
*EIR Ramona Mirtorabi, EIT is matched with teacher
Matthew Webbe at Avondale Schools in Toronto.              We wish all volunteers new and returning the best of
                                                           luck for the 2008-2009 school year.
*EIR David Nyambi, EIT of Walmart - Wireless
Division is matched with teacher Cheryl Lawrie at
Wismer Public School in Markham.

*EIR Zefe Osime, EIT of Enbridge Electric
Connections Inc. is matched with teacher Michael
Onofrio at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Elementary
School in Richmond Hill.
                                    Engineer-in-Residence News
Orientation Session – Tuesday October 7, 2008

On October 7 2008, 45 people, EIRs and teachers,
attended the Orientation Session. EIR Project
Leader Jeffrey Crelinsten, EIR Coordinator Janet
Sandor and Director of Education Services Mars
Bloch of Let’s Talk Science gave lively, informative
presentations at the Ryerson International Living and
Learning Centre. PEO Chapter Coordinator Marisa
Sterling shared her positive ideas and views about
volunteering in the program and praised the
volunteers for giving time in helping out. Veteran
teams who shared their experiences were EIR Ravi
Mahabir, P.Eng. of Golder Associates with teacher
John Bortolotto of St. Therese of the Child Jesus        EIRs and Teachers busy building their towers at the
Elementary School and EIR Vesna Nikolic, EIT of          October 7, 2008 Orientation Session.
Honeywell Aerospace with teacher Mary Beth
Tonnelly of Christ the King Catholic School. Among
                                                        Research In Motion Sponsors the EIR Program
the highlights of the orientation session, the new
teams worked in groups to build straw towers to
                                                        We are very proud to announce Research in Motion
support a marble.
                                                        (RIM) as the newest sponsor to the EIR Program.
                                                        Based out of Waterloo, Ontario, RIM, maker of the
                                                        Blackberry, is a leading designer, manufacturer and
Priority Schools – Calling Engineers available in
                                                        marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the
the area.
                                                        worldwide mobile communications market and was
Every year, some EIRs leave the program. Family
                                                        founded in 1984. It is an honour and privilege to
commitments and work transfers all play a part. This
                                                        have RIM support our cause and demonstrate a
leaves terrific, enthusiastic schools without an EIR.
                                                        commitment to the students in our community.
Schools looking for volunteer engineers are:
                                                        Activity Recording Forms
Eastern Ontario Region
St.Luke CES, Ottawa by Fallowfield Road and
                                                        Every year we update the EIR Program Guide with
Woodroffe Avenue
                                                        exciting classroom activities. The 2008-2009 version
Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa by Elgin St. and
                                                        consists of 93 classroom tested activities indexed by
Laurier Avenue
                                                        grade and strand. All of the K-8 activities have been
Centennial Public School, Ottawa by Bronson
                                                        updated and re-aligned to the new curriculum and
Avenue and Gloucester St.
                                                        they are available online at Our newest
Hopewell Avenue Public School, Ottawa by Bank
                                                        activities are:
St. and Col. By Drive/Echo Drive
J.H. Putman Public School, Ottawa, by Hwy 427
                                                            •   “Building Structures for a Purpose” submitted
and Woodroffe Avenue.
                                                                by EIR Louise Jack, P.Eng.
East Central Ontario Region                                 •   “Infared Webcam” and “Pop Bottle Rocket”
Markham Gateway Public School, Markham by                       submitted by EIR Marc Fricker.
Steeles Avenue and Markham Rd.                              •   “Building an Anemometer” and “Building a
Windham Ridge Public School, Richmond Hill by                   Wind Turbine” submitted by Jan Jofriet,
Bloomington Road W and Yonge St.                                P.Eng.
                                                            •   “Water for the World” submitted by Francois
Northern Ontario Region                                         Nzotungwanimana, EIT
Lockerby Composite School, Sudbury by Regent                •   “Edible Cell” submitted by Vesna Nikolic, EIT
St. and Walford Road.
                                                        Please complete the Activity Recording Form
If you know of anyone in their neighbourhoods           included in your package with any activities that you
interested in volunteering for the EIR Program,         found successful. This form is also available online.
please pass them this information.                      We would love to share your success with members
                                                        of the Program and continue building on the future
                                                        edition of the Program Guide.
                                                    Engineer-in-Residence News
    Notes in the Classroom – by Bob Thomas, P.Eng., EIR at Rideau Vista Public School in Westport.

    It’s early morning — and we (my wife and I) are loading an unlikely assortment of stuff into the car. Depending on the day, it might be
    hammers, nails, and 2x4’s, or a bunch of cameras, or some light bulbs and switches, or maybe there’s a 12-speed bicycle in the car and a
    boat trailer (with winch) behind. Then it’s off to “our” school. And yes, they’re actually going to let us into a classroom with all this stuff
    (except the boat trailer!) — in fact, they’re glad to see us. This is because I’m one of a privileged group called Engineers in Residence, and
    we’ve come in to do some hands-on science with an engineering slant. We check in at the office, and make our way down the hall. What
    chaos! What confusion! Think Brownian motion! And then, out of the blur, faces we recognize. “Hi, Mr. Thomas!” “Hi, Mrs. Thomas!” And
    suddenly there are a bunch of volunteers to open doors and carry things. The bell rings, the National Anthem starts — and we realize
    everyone’s at their desks, and quiet — maybe it wasn’t really chaos at all. The teacher does a brief introduction, and I’ve got the floor. I’ll
    start by asking some questions, or maybe use a brief story related to today’s subject. I always ask the class a question every couple of
    minutes. This is generally enough to get them engaged. They’re much more responsive than most adult groups, and aren’t afraid to be
    wrong. About ten minutes of this, and we’ve covered enough ground that we can try some hands-on.

    This could be:
         •    Operating the doors and valves in a model of a canal lock. They have to figure out the correct sequence, subject to rules — you
              can’t open a door against water pressure, and you can’t swamp the tin boat. We always have lots of old towels on hand for this
         •    Building and testing a stone arch dam. Besides building it the right way, we make sure to build it wrong — with the arch
              downstream — because the resulting collapse illustrates the point and, with due respect to civil engineers, most of what they build
              isn’t much fun when it’s working as intended.
                    Ottawa school — “The engineer would get fired if he did this”. “Oh, noooo!”
                    Village school — “The engineer would get fired”. “He should be!”
         •    Running a “really unfair” tug-of-war with the two biggest boys pitted against the smallest girl. But the girl gets to use the winch on
              the boat trailer. Hey, we only said it was unfair. We didn’t say to whom! And the guys will line up eagerly to be humiliated in this
         •    Looking at the workings of a pinhole camera, a 1920’s press camera, and 1970’s single-lens reflexes.
         •    Building a section of the wall in a house with framing, sheathing, housewrap, insulation, wiring, vapour barrier, and drywall. The
              class take turns hammering nails and driving screws with a cordless drill. We discuss the function of all the pieces.
         •    Wiring up switches and light bulbs. Try to wire it so the bulb lights when both switches are on (they find this easy). Now do it so the
              bulb lights when either switch is on (they find this much harder).

    And so it goes. It’s demanding, and the preparation can be a lot of work. So why do we do it? By now, you’ve probably guessed that this can
    be a lot of fun, and that’s true, but it’s only part of the story. It’s also a chance to put something back into the school system that we and our
    kids grew up in. As an engineer, I have something special to offer. I’ve spent my career applying science and math to real-world problems.
    I’m aware of the connections between the science that’s taught in the classroom and the way our modern world works. How do I know we’re
    accomplishing anything? Much of the time, there’s no way to be sure. I think this is generally true in education. You show people things, try
    to get them thinking, try to open a few doors, but the actual benefit may not appear for years, and you probably won’t see it. It’s a leap of

    But there are some hugely rewarding moments, great and small, that I’ll remember for a long time, for example:
         •    A student, on the verge of failing, picks up some ideas from our canal presentation and turns them into a good science fair project.
              Her self-confidence and performance improve greatly.
         •    I’m doing a presentation on telecommunications, talking about pulses of light representing data bits coming out of an optical fibre,
              and a student asks how we know when one bit ends and another begins. This is a subject that a lot of good engineers spend a lot
              of time on, so it’s a challenge to give a short but useful answer (I think I succeeded). But the real point is that this Grade Eight
              student had enough insight to realize that the problem existed, and enough curiosity to ask the question.
         •    In a session on the properties of wood as a building material, I point out the repetitive pattern of knots in a sheet of plywood and
              ask how the veneer was made. A Grade Five student immediately rolls a piece of paper around a pencil, then holds it up to show
              how the veneer must have been peeled off the log. Aha! Insight!

    I’ve met a dozen or so EIR’s, and we’re a mixed lot. This isn’t a cookie-cutter program. The main thing we have in common is that our eyes
    light up when we talk about what we’re doing.

    Bob Thomas, P.Eng. is an EIR at Rideau Vista Public School in Westport. Bob volunteers with his wife Catherine Thomas and is
    paired up with three teachers (grades 4-8) this year. He has been an EIR for six years. Bob is retired and was employed at Nortel
    as a Member of Scientific Staff.
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                                                     If you’d like to submit an article to the EIR Newsletter or the News section of the
                                                     website, please send it to Anton Ajon at

      The EIR program gratefully acknowledges the support of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Ontario
      Government, The Impact Group, Conestoga Rovers & Associates, University of Waterloo (Faculty of
      Engineering) and Research In Motion.

Who’s Who at the EIR Program Office:

The Impact Group                                                                                                         Professional Engineers Ontario
Jeffrey Crelinsten                       Janet Sandor                              Anton Ajon                            Holly Anderson, P.Eng.
Project Leader                           EIR Coordinator                           EIR Support                           c/o Chapter Coordinator
Tel: (416) 481-7070 ext. 26              Tel: (416) 481-7070 ext. 25               Tel: (416) 481-7070 ext. 33           Tel: (416) 840-1116
Fax: (416) 481-7120                      Fax: (416) 481-7120                       Fax: (416) 481-7120                    Fax: (416) 225-8168
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