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)


If you are interested in booking a presentation from one of our professors at a different time then those offered, please email us at


Detecting COVID-19 in wastewater

Professor Robert Delatolla

Dates of this presentation:
Wednesday November 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. or Wednesday December 8, 2021 at 11:00

Three Little Pigs – the real story

Professor Ghasan Doudak

Dates of this presentation:

Tuesday, November 23rd 2021 at 9:30 a.m. or Tuesday, December 7th 2021 at 9:30 a.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 Dujmovic

Dates of this presentation:

Tuesday November 16, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.Tuesday November 30, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

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