The Workshop - The Engineering and Computer Science Mentoring Centre

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We support undergraduate students in their studies and academic life. We help them thrive as University of Ottawa students. If you are looking for ways to achieve your full potential, to prepare for your future career, to network with your peers or if you want to know the secrets to academic success, come see us from Monday to Friday for a free appointment.

Are you a new student? We can help with your course registration during the intensive fall registration period.

Are you a graduate student? If so, visit the Graduate studies mentoring centre.

Ways to get help

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Join a study group

Study groups are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. 

Students should join via MS Teams to attend the Study Groups (see links in the schedule).

Study groups will be held weekly from September 25th to November 27th, 2020.

See the schedule


Subject Hours Mentor Link to join
ITI 1520 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Patricia Join this group
ITI 1120 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Doga Join this group
GNG 1505 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meyssa Join this group
GNG 1105 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eniola Join this group
MAT 1320 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Mahir Join this group


Subject Hours Mentor Link to join
CHG 1525 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. David Join this group
CHG 1125 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Christophe Join this group
MAT 1341 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Vincent Join this group
GNG 1506 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hasan Join this group


Subject Hours Mentor Link to join
MAT 1320 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Mahir Join this group
MAT 1720 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Christ Join this group
ITI 1120 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Olga Join this group
ITI 1520 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Doga Join this group


Subject Hours Mentor Link to join
MAT 1720 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Christ Join this group
MAT 1741 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Christophe Join this group
GNG 1105 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Haneen Join this group
GNG 1505 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Meyssa Join this group
GNG 1106 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hasan Join this group
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Live chat support

As of September 8, 2020, the chat with a mentor is open every day with mentors from the University of Ottawa. If you want to chat specifically with an engineering mentor, please check the below schedule.

Click here to start chatting.

See the schedule
Day Hours Mentor(s)
Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Meyssa
Sunday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Olga
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Colin
Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Christ and/or Christophe


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Individual Consultations

Students can book an individual 30-minutes consultation with mentors.
Click here to see the availability of each mentor and to book an appointment via MS Bookings.

You can also email us or chat with a mentor. 

Individual consultations will be held from September 14, 2020 to November 27, 2020.

See the schedule
Day Hours Mentor(s)
Monday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Colin, Olga, Patricia, Vincent, David, Haneen and Hasan
Tuesday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Olga, Vincent and Doga
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mahir, Patricia, Eniola and Haneen
Thursday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Olga and Doga
Friday 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Christophe, Mahir, Christ, Olga and Doga
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Haneen


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Support by email

From Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), you can send us an email and the mentorswillansweryouremail as soon as they can.

Click here to send an email

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1-hour group discussion

The Engineering mentors team is hosting 1-hour group discussions on various topics. Students have the option to attend the group discussion at their own leisure. It’s an opportunity to meet other students and ask questions to the mentors.

Please note that this is intended for 1st year students.

Those discussions are not mandatory and are free of charge.

Discussions will be held weekly until November 27, 2020.

Click here to join via MS Teams.

See the schedule
Day Hours Mentor
Sunday 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Olga
Monday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mahir
Monday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Patricia
Tuesday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Colin
Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Christ
Tuesday 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Eniola
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Vincent
Wednesday 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. David
Thursday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Doga
Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Meyssa
Friday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Christophe
Friday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Haneen
Friday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hasan
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In-person support

The Mentoring Centre is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note that as of October 15, 2020, the Mentoring will be closed until January 8, 2021.

We are located in room 1030 in the SITE building.


Meet your mentors

About the engineering mentors

  • Are accomplished students who serve as role models and represent an important source of information and guidance.
  • Take advantage of campus supports and help fellow students tap into these resources.
  • Facilitate study groups, help you learn theory and concepts. They are not tutors or Teaching Assistants.
  • Make themselves available during office hours to offer additional support to fellow students.

To book an appointment (virtually or in-person), take a look at the schedule of the mentor you would like to meet and send us an email.

The mentors

Christ Saint Lot

Study groups: MAT 1720
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Country: Haiti
Language spoken: French, English, Creole and Spanish (basic)
Program: B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

“As an international student, I know how frustrating and depressing the university experience can be, especially for international students. I became a mentor at the University of Ottawa because I wanted to offer my support, encouragement and friendship to all the students. Also helping other students achieve their academic and/or other social goals is what I desire the most as a mentor. It will be my pleasure to be your mentor this semester”.

Christophe Michaud-Lavoie

Study groups: MAT 1741 | CHG 1125
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: French and English
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, BSc in Computing Technology

"For most of us, university is tough. We live through more failures, difficulties and frustrations than ever before, at one of the most important times of our careers and personal development. Many of these failures are needless; I want to make sure that future uOttawa students have less and less of these and are more satisfied with their academic pathway."

Colin Boudignon

Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: French, English, Spanish (basic)
Program: B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering

“This is my first year as a student mentor at the Faculty of Engineering, and I'm eagerly awaiting the year to come. I've personally experienced a lot of the challenges that university can pose and I'm excited to help new students navigate all of them. I'm looking forward to sharing all of the learning methods and tools that I have acquired during my time at university with you all so make sure to come visit us at the mentoring centre!.”


Doga Uras

Study groups: ITI 1120 - 1520
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Country: Turkey
Language spoken: English, French and Turkish
Program: B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering

“We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.”― Charles Caleb Colton 

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Eniola Fayomi

Study groups: GNG 1105
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Nigeria
Language spoken: English and Yoruba
Program: B.A. Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

"Coming to Canada as an international student, I faced a few challenges transitioning into a new university and culture. I visited mentors from The Workshop, and I really liked how things ran there, so I decided to try it for myself. And I love it!!!"


Haneen Abujayyab

Study groups: GNG 1105
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Country: Palestine
Language spoken: English and Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

“ Understanding how hard the transition from high school to university can be in terms of
organization and time management, I am putting my effort in to provide a better experience to
new students by providing them with study tips and tools. I am aiming to make everyone feel
involved and welcomed, especially international students who face an additional challenge of
adapting to the Candian culture. I am eager to meet as many students as possible. Please find
me in the Mentoring Center during my in person hours!”

Hasan Sungar

Study groups: GNG 1106-1506
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Country: Turkey
Language spoken: English, French and Turkish
Program: B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (CO-OP)

“Adapting to university life, managing time, being able to stand on your own and having good grades are all part of being a successful student. I have gone through many difficulties to develop myself, adapt to university and to a new country as an international student from Turkey. I think sharing experiences and tips to each other is the basis of our development and is absolutely necessary. I became a mentor to be able to share all of my experiences, my mistakes and my realisations. I am eager to listen and try to help students who are in search of developing themselves. Please feel free to stop by any time with any questions!”

Mahir Annama

Study groups: MAT 1320

Individual consultation schedule:

  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Chad

Language spoken: English, French and Arabic
Program: Electrical Engineering

" For an Engineering student, the road to success is paved with obstacles. As a fourth-year student, I have faced my fair share. There are many resources available to students that I did not know about back in first year, this centre included. I will share my experiences and the skills I learned to help you become better equipped at tackling academic life. Please, drop by! ".

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Meyssa Smirani

Study groups: GNG 1505

Country: Tunisia
Language spoken: French, English, Arabic
Program: B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computer Technology“I believe that studying at the University is the most precious life period since you learn lessons not only from books but also from experiences. As an international student, I’ve faced many challenges when i came to Canada, 2 years ago .Leaving your country and starting your undergraduate studies can be stressful so my goal is to make it easier for you. I look forward to meeting with all of you to facilitate you integration and to answer your questions!”



Olga Surzhok

Study groups: ITI 1120
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Country: Ukraine
Language spoken: English, French, Russian, Ukrainian
Program: Honours B.A.Sc. in Computer Science

“When I first started my studies at the University of Ottawa, Computer Science was something completely new to me. I loved the challenge posed by this field of study and have been passionate about it since my first day at the University. I chose to become a mentor because I would love to help out students who are just starting their path in STEM, and show them how exciting this field is.”

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Omayeke David

Study groups: CHG 1525
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Language spoken: French, English
Program: BASc in Chemical Engineering

“The university is a great challenge. The student is practically at the center of everything. He has to organize everything by himself: study and leisure time, classes per session, extra materials outside the classroom, etc. Having been a first year student at uOttawa, I know how frustrating this can be. Where does my passion for mentoring come from: helping students better integrate into the university community.”

Patricia Kennedy

Study groups: ITI 1520
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: English, French
Program: B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and B.Sc. in Computing Technology

“This is my first semester as a mentor, and I am really excited to take on this role. I love meeting new students and I am always willing to help when I can. I believe mentoring is not about giving the answer to a problem, but rather helping students solve the problem on their own. I moved to Ottawa at the start of my studies, so I also understand the challenges of living away from home and adapting to a new environment. Feel free to stop by anytime to ask me questions about your classes, university in general or Ottawa.”

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Vincent Lam

Study groups: MAT 1341
Individual consultation schedule:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Country: Canada
Language spoken: English, Cantonese
Program: B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering

“Engineering students are challenged with time, study/work load, and stress management. As an Engineering mentor, I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to help other Engineering students adapt to the rigors of their program and onto their success at the University and beyond.”

Related Links

Engineering Peer Connection Program

  • The Engineering Peer Connection Program is an opportunity for you to meet students, make new friends and socially interact with others.

Academic GPS

  • Join the uOttawa learning community.

Contact us

The Mentoring Center is open from September 9 to November 27, 2020. 
We will be closed during Reading Week (Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, November 1, 2020)

STE 1030
800 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 4621

Josée Graveline
Student Experience Officer
Tel. 613-562-5800 ext. 4970

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