Presentations for high schools featuring professors

What do engineers do?

Engineers and computer scientists contribute to society in a variety of different ways from enabling technologies for health care to designing and building sustainable and resilient infrastructure, from discovering new materials to developing technology for the digital transformation of society.

This new outreach programming, What do engineers do? offers high school teachers and their students a chance to discover the field of engineering and computer science.

Our professors would love to share their passion with your high school class through a presentation of their research projects and their real-life applications of engineering.


  • Presentation by a professor (20 mins)
  • Q&A period (10 mins)
  • Presentation of the Faculty of Engineering by our Liaison Officer (10 mins)

Book your presentation


Detecting COVID-19 in wastewater

Professor Robert Delatolla

Availability: French presentation: Thursday, November 12th and 19th at 1:00 p.m. - English presentation: Thursday, October 29th and Thursday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m.

Ethics and issues of tracing apps

Professor Jason Millar

Presentations in english: Monday, November 9th and Monday, November 16th at 11:30 a.m.

Three Little Pigs – the real story

Professor Ghasan Doudak

Availability: Presentation in english: Monday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, November 30th at 1:00 p.m.


The known story about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf misses a little but very important detail: the third house was actually built from local Canadian lumber but was designed and detailed properly! A historic perspective on the development of timber construction highlighting advancement in research, design and construction methodologies to date will be discussed. Modern day challenges and opportunities are explored through a reconnaissance mission to the site of the Dunrobin tornado, immediately after an EF3 tornado hit the area in 2018. Based on lessons learned from the site investigation, the presentation will emphasize the importance of proper design and engineering and propose construction methods that can be used to improve the structural performance of wood frame construction under such events.

Graphs are everywhere from social networks to games

Professor Vida Djumovic

Availability: Presentation in english Friday November 13th at 10:00 and Friday, November 20th at 1:00 p.m.

Solar energy meets computing technology

Professor Gilbert Arbez


  • English presentation: Thursday, November 12th and Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m.
  • French presentation: Wednesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m.
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