Topic: How to be Successful at Work in the Age of Electronic Business Communication

Session Organizer: Vasundara V Varadan

I say to my boss on a Monday at noon: “Sorry, I came back from vacation only this morning and had to get caught up on my e-mail. There were 200 in my Inbox and I saw yours asking for that report by noon. I am afraid I will have to give it to you later today before I go home. Sorry”. What do you think the reaction from my boss was? What do you think I could have done to prevent such a situation and still enjoyed my vacation? That is what we are going to get an answer to today with my suggestions and your help.

First, I want your thoughts on what I could have done to avoid getting into trouble with my boss without ruining my vacation. Then we are going to discuss the following issues:

  • E-mail Usage at Work.
  • E-mail Etiquette.
  • Text Messaging at Work.
  • Time Management and E-Mail Overload.
  • File Management and Attachments.
  • Applying for a Job – Cover Letter and CV.
  • Effective Work Habits.

    Topic: Practical guidance for successful technological innovation in Smart City applications.

    Session Organizer: Adel Ghazel

    Far from overly simplistic approaches or complex processes often unrelated to the field reality, it is proposed through this session to follow a pragmatic approach and guide the participants in the conduct of an innovation exercise by considering technological examples having socio-commercial potential related to the emergent Smart City concept. All the challenges faced by societies in countries that have missed the contribution to the global value chain represent opportunities for innovation for young talents and bold promoters. In particular, the rapid and unstructured transformation of our societies from a rural to an urban mode creates many complex and intertwined problems affecting the environment, transport, energy, health, safety and welfare of city dwellers. The organizer will draw on his own experience in formulating the challenge(s)/problems to address related to innovation ideas for Smart City applications. Groups will be composed so that each group approaches the study of an innovative solution for a Smart City application. The study will include the justification of the choice of application, the definition of the innovation framework (product, solution, service), technical feasibility, deployment model, business strategy.

    Topic:How to lead a design of biomedical system?

    Session Organizer: Amine Miled

    Biomedical engineering is a cross talk platform between different areas (electrical, chemistry, mechanical, tissue engineering, etc.). A successful design is based on a collaboration between different teams having different scientific approaches, with different backgrounds and different synergies. How to successfully lead such a project and how to handle multidisciplinary challenges is becoming critical. Indeed, collaboration is a must in such projects, while such projects require a new type of interconnection between collaborators. In this session, we will highlight some issue that a biomedical system design may face and we will discuss some alternative to achieve them.

    Topic: Understanding the commercial value of engineers’ contributions

    Session Organizer: James Trevelyan

    What is the value of engineering?
    Solving technical problems?
    Inventing new technologies?
    Most engineers rarely solve technical problems, and almost never invent new technologies. So what is the value of their contributions? How can they find rewarding jobs in countries like Tunisia?
    This workshop will help students and recent graduates develop answers and, in doing so, help them see opportunities to earn high salaries, even in countries like Tunisia, Egypt and other developing countries.

    Topic: Software Engineering, 3D modeling and simulation for Industrial and Manufacturing Systems applications

    Session Organizer: Najwa S. Merchawi

    Najwa will hold a Q&A session to share her experience working in Software Design and Development at Dassault Systemes, at General Motors, and recent trends in the software technology such as web applications, and on-line marketplaces.

    Topic: Noise Cancellation, Luxury Cars, and Improved Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

    Session Organizer: Jeffrey M. Orzechowski

    Jeffrey will discuss recent trends in automotive engineering and new technologies that revolutionize how vehicles feel, sound and consume energy.

    Topic: Joining the NATEG Network

    Session Organizer: Ammar Kouki

    In this session we will discuss how you can grow personally and professionally by becoming an active member in NATEG’s network. We will cover NATEG’s ongoing activities and initiatives and we will discuss how you can get involved in them and how you can help NATEG take on challenges facing Tunisia in various technological and engineering fields. So if you like challenges, love teamwork, thrive of being creative in solving problems, want to make a difference in Tunisia’s technological future and are ready to join forces with NATEG, then come to this session!

    Topic:High Performance Microelectrostatic Out-of-Plane Actuators for Adaptive Optics and Display Applications

    Session Organizer: Ridha Ben Mrad

    Out-of-plane micro actuators can be used in many applications such as adaptive optics, spatial light modulation, positioning micro lenses for auto focusing/zooming, micromanipulators and vector display. These applications require the manipulation of masses with milligram size and generation of out-of-plane displacement ranging from few to hundreds of micrometers. This is difficult to achieve at the microscale. The focus of the session will be the design of novel micro electrostatic actuators platforms that provide out-of-plane motion leading to a stroke that is in the hundred micrometer range and generating large forces. Different implementations of these micro-actuators are discussed and their use for developing a number of applications including 3D micromirrors for vector display and automotive head up display, and autofocus and optical Image stabilization in phone cameras.

    Topic: Personal Development and Soft Skills - A North American Perspective for Engineering Education

    Session Organizer: Lissa Matyas

    During this break-out session, Lissa Matyas, Director of International Partnerships at Mitacs, will cover the key competencies which North American companies have identified as being essential for Engineering graduates to be hired within their firms. While these skills are vital to career success for Engineering students, they are often not taught in the core academic programs within Engineering Schools and are instead provided by other university units or organizations such as Mitacs through the 'Step' Professional Development Program. We will review these competencies and how Engineering students can develop these soft skills outside their academic program.

    Topic: The Glass Age

    Session Organizer: Rachid Gafsi

  • Review a YouTube video about the Glass Age, Part 1:
  • By 2025, the 12 technologies which have the potential to deliver economic value of up to $33 trillion (US Dollar) a year worldwide, according to the McKinsey researchers:
  • Career recommendations and advises from my humble experience.

    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Vasundara V Varadan

    CEO and founder of Microwave Measurement Systems LLC
    Pennsylvania State, USA

    Vasundara V Varadan obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Illinois – Chicago in l974. She was on the engineering faculty at the Pennsylvania State University for 22 years where she was Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science & Electrical Engineering. From 2005 2013, she was at the University of Arkansas as the George and Boyce Billingsley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering. She is CEO and founder of Microwave Measurement Systems LLC located in State College, PA, USA. Dr. Varadan has served as the thesis advisor for 35 M.S. degree students and 33 Ph.D. degree students. She has published over 280 journal papers and 250 conference proceedings papers. She is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Institute of Physics, U.K., Society of Photonics Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and a Senior member of the IEEE.

    Dr. James Trevelyan

    CEO of Close Comfort, Prof at University of Western Australia

    Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator and researcher with 45 years of experience and has recently become a start-up entrepreneur. He is CEO of Close Comfort, a tech start-up introducing new energy saving air conditioning technology to Pakistan. For 41 years he taught design, computer methods, project management and sustainability at The University of Western Australia, one of the world’s top 100 universities. He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993. He and his students produced the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has received the leading international awards for robotics research as well as national and international awards for his work on engineering education. From 1996 till 2002 he researched landmine clearance methods and his web site is an internationally respected reference point for information on landmines. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and started researching engineering practice, what engineers really do in their work. In 2011 he built on this research to design the current Australian stage 2 professional engineering competencies for engineers, technologists and associates.

    Entrepreneurship Session

    Dr. Hedi Zaher

    CEO and co-founder of Datavora

    Hedi Zaher holds an engineering degree from ENSI (Tunisia, 2002) and a PhD from UTT (France, 2008). He was a research engineer at UTT, co-founder and CTO of Cogniva Europe (the first university spinoff in France), Lead Developer at Blogspirit (leading software editor of blogs platforms and corporate social networks) and several times CTO in tunisian companies. He is the CEO of Datavora which he co-founded in 2016. Datavora is the "Bloomberg of electronic commerce", Big Data editor and a trusted third party that offers a reliable and up-to-date data at a Web scale and analyzes the market offer through fresh data extracted continuously.

    Breakout Sessions

    Aaron Donaghy

    High school teacher , Michigan
    Michigan , USA

    Aaron Donaghy is not your typical teacher. He has not reinvented the classroom, found the answer to education’s problems through online learning, or even seen a surge in test scores in his classes. He challenges the push for more curriculum standards, more content in less time, and repeated testing of students as downfalls of our current educational system. Instead, Aaron believes that there is a better way to develop students who will change the world. For the past fifteen years, he has pushed his students to realize their full potential and grow as leaders. He believes that through developing students’ sense of purpose, challenging them to become community builders, and then unleashing them to act, he can help create a generation that has the ability to change the world. Aaron started GO four years ago as an avenue to create opportunities for students to develop into leaders who will change the world. By providing a direct link between students’ lives and the global community he believes students would be inspired to act. Four years later, the students in GO are directly responsible for community development both locally and globally. GO has evolved into a non-profit that is on a mission to inspire student leaders to believe they can achieve the impossible. These students move beyond the textbook to begin to question and seek their purpose. They gain perspective of the world around them by seeing themselves as leaders in community development both in their communities and also in the global community. The students move (they GO) and by moving they see how great their potential truly is.

    Lissa Matyas

    Director, International Partnerships at Mitacs
    Montreal, Canada

    Lissa Matyas is the Director of International Partnerships at Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization representing all Canadian research universities whose mandate is to build partnerships between academia, industry and the world to create a more innovative Canada. In her role she negotiates country-to-country research collaboration partnerships with international government ministries, agencies, and companies, using students as the conduit to drive innovation collaborations. She has twenty years of experience in the fields of research and graduate education, university strategic planning, stakeholder relationship management and marketing. She comes to Mitacs from McGill University where she held the position of Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and prior to this, Director of Graduate Enrolment Management. In these roles, she led the team who won the 'Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Award for Excellence and Innovation' and the 'Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education'. Prior to joining McGill she was at Concordia University for ten years. At Concordia she managed the university's strategic planning exercise in the Office of the President, held the positions of Director of Graduate Student Recruitment for the John Molson School of Business and Associate Director of the John Molson MBA Program.

    Dr. Ridha Ben Mrad

    Chair of the Mitacs Research Council
    Toronto, Canada

    Ridha Ben Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He is a Founding Director of Sheba Microsystems Inc. and Chief Technology Officer. He also currently holds the position of Associate Academic Director of Mitacs and Chair of the Mitacs Research Council. He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. R. Ben Mrad received a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. R. Ben Mrad’s research interests are ultra-precision actuators, micro-actuators and sensors, MEMS fabrication, and development of smart materials based devices. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 9 US patents/patent applications and more than 200 refereed research publications. He received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002 and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and in 2014. R. Ben Mrad chairs the IEEE Industrial Electronics Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology. He is a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE JMEMS and is a member of the IEEE IES Publication Committee. He was as a founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-2011) and was Associate Chair of Research of his department (2009-2012).

    Dr. Adel Ghazel

    R&D Engineer at EBSYS, California
    California , USA

    Dr. Adel Ghazel has 26 years of experience in research and development of innovative products and solutions. His area of expertise and R&D achievements cover radio and PLC communications systems and networks, intelligent vision sensors and mm radar as well as energy efficiency control. He has participated in product design for customers in North America, Europe and Asia in the telecom, automotive, security and industry sectors. He is currently in charge of the R&D programs of the innovative company EBSYS that He founded in 2001 and became in 2015 a part of WEVIOO technology Holding. Since the beginning of his career, he has maintained an effective synergy between his industrial development missions and his academic mission as a Professor in Telecommunications, founder and the Head of GRESCOM Lab at SUP'COM, University of Carthage, Tunisia and regular visiting Professor since 2005 to the engineering schools Télécom SudParis, ESIGELEC and ENSEIRB-MATMECA in France. He is an active contributor to the IUT and IEEE standardization groups, is the author of more than 300 scientific papers and participates in a multitude of international collaborative research projects. ,

    Dr. Amine Miled

    Director LABioTRON Bioengineering Research Laboratory , Laval
    Laval , Canada

    Amine Miled received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering École Polytechnique of Montréal, Canada in 2013 and the BSc degree from national engineering school of Tunis, Tunisia, in 2005. He joined Laval University, Canada in 2013 as assistant professor of VLSI, microelectronics and Bio-microfluidics at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Prof. Miled received several awards and scholarships such Tunisian scholarship for excellence for graduate studies, National Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologie (FRQ-NT) Ph.D scholarships. He was also the recipient of PDF from both NSERC and FRQ-NT. Prof. Miled established LABioTRON Bioengineering Research Laboratory at Laval University in 2013. Research interests of LABioTRON are understanding the chemical activity of the brain through the development of new tools and devices for in vitro and in vivo applications. LABioTRON research focuses also on the monitoring of water quality with the design of portable biosensors for environmental applications. LABioTRON and Prof. Miled expertise is related to advanced bio-microfluidic architectures and microsystem designs such as Biosensors and actuators and bio-materials.

    Dr. Najwa S. Merchawi

    Software Engineering at Dassault Systemes, USA

    Dr. Merchawi is currently a Senior Software Development Manager at Dassault Systemes. Previously served as Software Development Manager at WorkForce Software. She has also worked for the General Motors Company as a Senior Software Architect, and for Dassault Systemes as Senior Software Engineer. She holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is also a recent entrepreneur and founder of the on-line marketplace .

    Jeffrey M. Orzechowski

    Technical Fellow in Powertrain Noise and Vibration at FCA , USA

    Mr. Orzechowski is a Technical Fellow in Powertrain Noise and Vibration at FCA ( formerly Chrysler Automotive. ) He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master of Science degree in Acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University. .

    Dr. Rachid Gafsi

    Product engineering manager at Corning Inc., NY area
    NY area- USA

    Dr. Rachid Gafsi is currently a product engineering manager at Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY. Rachid joined Corning in July 2000 and has been there ever since. At Corning, Rachid managed several technical and commercial projects in optical communications; specialty /photonic materials and optical fibers; display; and OLED lighting. From 1997 to 2000, Rachid was a postdoc and research assistant at the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. In 1997, Rachid completed his PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris, France (thesis: Fiber Optic Sensors for Stress and Impact). In 1993, Rachid obtained a Master of Science from Université de Rouen, France (Instrumentation and Control, and specialty: Optical Instrumentation, Processing and Control). In 1992, Rachid received a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Faculté des Science de Monastir, Tunisia with major in Physics and minor micro-electronics. Rachid is married and has 3 children (Nour, Sara and Aziz) and resides in the Corning, NY area.

    Dr. Ammar Kouki

    NATEG President
    Montreal- Canada

    Ammar Kouki received the B.S. (Honors.) and M.S. degrees in engineering science from Pennsylvania State University, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1991. He was a consultant for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) between 1988 and 1991. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Founding Director of the LTCC@ETS Laboratory at École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of modeling, simulation and design of active and passive microwave and mm-wave devices and circuits, computed-aided techniques and tools, intelligent and efficient RF front-ends, 3-D circuits in LTCC, applied computational electromagnetics and antennas radio-wave propagation modeling. His research work has led directly to the creation of three start-ups (EMWorks, AmpliX and ISR technologies) and has in addition netted over 240 publications as well as 8 granted patents.

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