January 2019

Evening Seminar: CNC Machining, AI, Clean Energy, and Cyber Security

Organized by the Vancouver Branch

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Status: Advanced registration is now closed. There is a limited amount of tickets available at the door. For more information, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM–9:30 PM
Location: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12 Ave (Main Floor - Town Hall Room Number 110), Vancouver, BC
Credit: 2 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members and guests who pre-register online: $19.05 + GST = $20.00

Student Members who pre-register online: $14.29 + GST = $15.00

Late registrations at the door (space permitting only): $23.81 + GST = $25.00
Contact: If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Thursday, January 24, 2019.
The Vancouver Branch of Engineers and Geoscientists BC would like to invite everyone to our upcoming networking event with featured presentations by a panel of four different experts from the Lower Mainland in leadership roles from academia, consulting, and government. This event is an excellent opportunity for networking as well as knowledge sharing. Registering early for this event is highly recommended. Refreshments will be served.


  • 6:30 PM–7:15 PM: Registration and networking
  • 7:15 PM–8:55 PM: Presentation
  • 8:55 PM–9:30 PM: Networking


Dr. Yusuf Altintas, P.Eng.

Professor, UBC

Presentation: Digital Twin for CNC Machining: UBC Developed Technology

Professor Altintas obtained his bachelor's degree from Istanbul Technical University (1975), M.Sc. (1980) from University of New Brunswick and PhD (1987) from McMaster University in Canada. He worked as a machine tool manufacturing engineer in Turkey (1977–1978), process development engineer in Pratt & Whitney Canada in Montreal (1980–1981), and the principal engineer of Canadian Institute of Metalworking at McMaster University in Hamilton (1981–1982). He joined the University of British Columbia and founded Manufacturing Automation Laboratory in 1986. He conducts research on metal cutting, machine tool vibrations, control, and virtual machining. He has published over 186 archival journal and 100 conference articles with over 25,000 citations with h index of 80 (Google Scholar), and a widely used “Manufacturing Automation: Principals of Metal Cutting Mechanics, Machine Tool Vibrations and CNC Design. 1st ed. 2000, 2nd ed.:2012 with Chinese (2003) and Turkish (2017) Editions. His research laboratory created advanced machining process simulation (CUTPRO), virtual part machining process simulation (MACHPRO) and open-modular 5 axis CNC system (Virtual CNC), which are licensed to over 250 companies and research centers in the field of machining and machine tools worldwide.

Professor Altintas is the fellow of Royal Society of Canada, CIRP, ASME, SME, CAE, EC, Tokyo University, P&WC, AvH and ISNM. He received Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) university partnership (1997), APEGBC’s Meritorious Achievement (2002), APEGBC R.H. McLachlan (2010), UBC Killam Teaching Prize of Engineering (2011), Gold Medal of Engineers Canada (2011), SME Albert M. Sergent Progress Award (2012), NSERC Synergy Award, ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage best journal paper award, the special scientific award of Republic of Turkey in Science and Engineering (2013), Georg Schlesinger Production Engineering Award (Berlin, 2016), and ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award (USA, 2016). He holds an Honorary Doctorate degrees from Stuttgart University (2009) and Budapest University of Technology (2013), and holds Honorary Professor title from BEIHANG University in Beijing. He was the president of CIRP (International Academy of Production Engineering Researchers) for term 2016–2017. Most recently, he was selected as Distinguished University Scholar of Engineering at the University of British Columbia (2017).

He currently directs NSERC CANRIMT Machining Research Network across Canada, and holds the NSERC – P&WC Industrial Research Chair Professorship to develop next generation Virtual High Performance Machining Technology. He is also founding president of MAL Manufacturing Automation Lab. Inc. (www.malinc.com) which develops virtual machining technology.

Katie Au, P.Eng.

Team Lead, Automation, Protection & Control, Vancouver Expertise Centre

Presentation: Application of AI in Industrial Processes

Katie is an Protection, Control and Automation Engineer with over 13 years of leadership, design, and commissioning experience in the utility and hydropower industries. 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 challenging multidisciplinary projects from conceptual design through detailed design and commissioning. Her latest accomplishment 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 BC Hydro in achieving NERC CIP v5 compliance. Katie is a firm believer in coaching, mentoring and knowledge transfer which she demonstrates by being a BBA Engineering Process Trainor, 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. Andreas Truckenbrodt

President and CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

Presentation: Emission Impossible - Clean Energy with Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt is the President and CEO for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, based in Vancouver/Canada.

From 2005 through 2007, he was leading Daimler’s and Chrysler’s Hybrid Development Centre in Troy/Michigan, in cooperation with General Motors and BMW AG. Before that, he  was responsible for DaimlerChrysler’s Center for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles and had worked with fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems. Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt held various positions in the automotive and aero engine industry, among others with BMW, BMW Rolls-Royce, Daewoo and DaimlerChrysler.

Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and received his PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems in 1981.

Nathan Ozog, P.Eng.

Senior Engineer and Team Lead, BC Hydro

Presentation: Changing Culture to Implement Cyber Security

Nathan Ozog graduated with Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UBC, in 2006 and 2009. After graduation he continued at UBC, teaching courses in the department of Energy Systems until 2016.

Nathan joined industry in 2007, first with the BC Transmission Corporation and then with BC Hydro, where he has worked in Operations, Asset Management and Transmission Engineering. He is presently the Team Lead of both the P&C Commissioning Engineering and NERC CIP Sustainment Teams in BC Hydro’s Protection, Control and Telecommunications Engineering Division.

Nathan also began proudly volunteering for the Vancouver Branch executive in 2008 and continues actively on various association committees.


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