September 2019

Panel Discussion: Diversity in Engineering

Organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch, UBC WiE, and IEEE

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM–6:15 PM: Networking
6:15 PM–6:25 PM: Opening Remarks
6:30 PM–7:30 PM: Panel Discussion
7:30 PM–8:00 PM: Networking/Mingling
Location: UBC , 2332 Main Mall, Fred Kaiser Building, Room 2020, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Kati Tamashiro, P.Eng.
Katie Au, P.Eng.
Dr. Neda Moazen
Dr. Sheryl Staub-French
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members: $10 + GST = $10.50
Student Members of the Association: Free
Non-Members and Guests: $15 + GST = $15.75
Contact: For more information, please contact [email protected].
Note: Please register by Sepember 10, 2019.
Please join the Richmond/Delta Branch for a panel discussion on diversity in engineering. The format of the event will include 30-45 minutes of networking followed by the panel discussion. Prior to the panel discussion, each panelist will give a 5 minute presentation on their background, experience, and career path. Questions will be moderated by the Richmond/Delta Branch.

About the Panelists

Kati Tamashiro, P.Eng.

Kati Tamashiro currently works for the City of Vancouver as a transportation engineer, where she focuses on infrastructure and roadway design. Prior to the City, she worked in the transportation planning and engineering consulting industry. She has acquired experience in a variety of transportation and traffic studies including infrastructure design, transportation master plans, policy reviews, traffic impact analysis, and multimodal assessments. She has a particular interest in the evaluation of environmental impacts, as well as the design and evaluation of active transportation modes. She has developed a multimodal assessment tool, which follows the Transportation Research Board publications, for understanding the operations of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities. Kati is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the chair of the Traffic Engineering Council Executive Committee – Technical Projects Group.

Katie Au, P.Eng.

Partner and Team Lead, Protection, Control and Automation
Vancouver Expertise Centre

Katie is a Protection, Control and Automation Engineer with 15 years of leadership, design, and commissioning experience in the industrial, mining, and utility sectors. She works as a team lead, project manager, and project engineer in BBA’s (www.bba.ca) Vancouver Expertise Center. Katie’s experience includes leading fast-track multidisciplinary projects from detailed design through commissioning. One of her accomplishments is the successful management of 17,000 engineering, drafting, and field services hours by over 30 staff in 6 offices across 5 provinces to support an utility client to achieve cybersecurity compliance. Katie is a firm believer in coaching, mentoring, and knowledge transfer which she demonstrates by being a mentor for BBA’s Pre-Site Coaching program and Master Project Management Companion program. Katie also volunteers as a mentor for the Engineers and Geoscientists BC mentoring program.

Dr. Neda Moazen

Full Requirement Analyst Transalta - East Power Trading

Neda Moazen works as a Power Market analyst and Data Scientist for Full Requirement business in the Eastern US Trading Desk at Transalta Corp., Energy and Marketing. She finished her PhD in electrical and computer engineering at University of Calgary in October 2013 with a focus of design and development of opportunistic wireless localization systems in urban and indoor areas. As a Post-doctoral Fellowship, she followed her doctoral research by combining machine learning algorithms in development of wearable tracker. With more than 7 years of diverse experience as a Signal Processing Engineer, Technical Manager, and Research Associate, she found her interest in a dynamic, challenging environment of gas and power as a Market Analyst and later as a Full Requirement Analyst where she has excelled at pricing multi-million dollars deals, forecasting, managing risk, and recommending hedging/speculative strategies for power auctions and trading. She is also the founder and first director of the Calgary Persian Library and founder and former board member of the Iranian Graduate Student Association (IGSA).

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UBC Civil Engineering

Dr. Staub-French is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM)—a digital process for modelling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multi-disciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. Over the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation. She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and Director of the eng•cite program (www.engcite.ca), which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50% by 2020.


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