Monthly Archives: January 2011

Congratulations Emily!

Emily Vingerhoeds, a master’s student in Environmental Engineering at Carleton and a member of the SEEDS executive team, has been chosen as one of five finalist for the Future Environmental Professional Scholarship offered by the A&WMA Ontario Section. Emily now has to go to Toronto to compete for one of three $5,000 prizes. Congratulations Emily! We’re rooting for you!

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OGG Lunch Presentation: One Mile House Project in Saint John

The February edition of the OGG’s lunch presentations is a presentation by Mike Pockoski on the One Mile House Project in Saint John and it takes place on Wednesday February 9th at 11:45 am at the Hellenic Community Centre.  An abstract and more details are found below.

Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls, concrete retaining walls, and earthen embankments impart high shearing stress in the underlying soil. When constructed over weak foundation soil, slope instability and bearing capacity failures can occur. Rammed Aggregate Pier® (RAP) elements were used on the One Mile House project in Saint John, New Brunswick to increase factor of safety against global instability and bearing capacity failure and to control settlement magnitude and reduce the time required for settlement to occur.

One Mile House Project in Saint John with Mike Pockoski, M.Eng, P.Eng. from Geopier Foundation Company

  • Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
  • Time: 11:45 am: Registration, 12:00 pm: Lunch (Hot Buffet), 12:45 pm: Presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Admission: $15 for OGG members; $20 for non-members; $10 for students (pay at door). Please note that we accept only cash or cheque
  • RSVP: Michel Timmons ( by Noon February 7, 2011


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How to Find an Academic Position in Science and Engineering

Dr.Ormeci shares tips on how to find an academic position.

Dr. Örmeci loves her job. She is an Associate Professor and a Canada Research Chair for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She wants to pass on some of her some of her knowledge and experience about finding an academic position with you! “How to Find and Academic Position in Science and Engineering” is a discussion with Dr. Banu Örmeci about the do’s and don’ts of applying for academic positions.

During the talk, Dr. Örmeci will cover:

  • how to apply for a faculty position;
  • how to write a CV and, research and teaching statements;
  • how to prepare for the interview process;
  • how to construct research presentations;
  • how to prime for interview questions, and; how to negotiate your salary and start up package.

How to Find an Academic Position in Science and Engineering takes place on Thursday February 3rd 2011 from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m. in Mackenzie Building room 3444 (at Carleton University).

Please note that the room has reached capacity and the RSVP list has now been closed.

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Career Paths: A career panel for the young environmental professional

Finding a job, be it a summer job or a job after graduation, can be a large and daunting task. Thankfully, SEEDS understands and is here to help. “Career Paths” is a career panel made up of five working professionals that have agreed to come and answer all and any of your questions. Career Path: A career panel for the young environmental professional takes place on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Building room 3124. You can reserve your spot by clicking here.

The five invited panelists, Tian Gou, Matt Novada, Jessica Poupore, Larissa Shaaked and Camille Taylor, will be speaking about their experiences in the job market since leaving University and will answer any questions you may have. Keep reading for a short bio of each of the panelists!

Camille Taylor is a project manager and air quality engineer at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates. She is a licensed air quality engineer in Ontario and Quebec with over eight years of experience in atmospheric science, air dispersion modelling, emission inventories, and environmental compliance.  Camille has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with an Environmental Option from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Taylor has completed a variety of air emission estimates and advanced dispersion modelling projects in support of permits, compliance assessments, internal audits, and emission inventories for a wide variety of industries including cement, transportation, chemical, rubber and paint manufacturing as well as work for landfill sites and quarry operations.

Jessica Poupore graduated in 2009 from the University of Ottawa’s dual-degree program called Biotechnology, with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry (Honours). As a student, Jessica worked in various research-oriented organizations. At the NRC’s Institute for Aerospace Research, she carried out composite materials testing and also worked on a project to develop energy-efficient manufacturing of composite parts. At NRC’s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, she worked on a demonstration project for on-demand hydrogen production. She went on to pursue bioethanol and biomethane projects at the University of Ottawa’s Chemical and Biological Engineering department. For the past year, Jessica has been working at the Office of Energy R&D within Natural Resources Canada where she helps coordinate Canada’s Generation IV National Program for Next Generation Nuclear energy systems.

Larissa Shaaked graduated from Engineering Physics at Carleton University in 2008. During her last year at Carleton she worked for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in Compliance Regulation monitoring activity at the Chalk River Nuclear Facility. After graduation Larissa worked in Reactor Safety and Field Engineering at the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station outside of Toronto. In July 2010 Larissa switched focus and began working at GE Energy in the Renewable Energy Business selling wind turbines and solar equipment.

Tian Gou is an Environmental Consultant with Golder Associates in Ottawa and is a registered Engineer-in-Training with Professional Engineers Ontario. She holds a B.Eng. (Environmental) and graduated with High Distinction from Carleton University in 2008. At Golder, Tian has been involved in various waste management and other environmental projects. Tian has been responsible in managing landfills and mining geochemical projects, her duties included project proposal and budget preparation, laboratory coordination, data management and interpretation, and report writing. In addition to waste management and geochemical work, Tian has experience in Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and her experience includes assisting borehole drilling, groundwater monitoring well installation and soil, and groundwater sampling.

Matt Novada graduated from Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. He began working with St Marys Cement, Inc. as a student and has since worked his way up the ranks and is now an Environmental Coordinator Engineer where he works on NOx and SO2 reduction projects, emissions tracking, alternative fuels testing and an innovative carbon capture technology that uses algae.


Career Paths

  • Guest Panelists: Tian Gou, Matt Novada, Jessica Poupore, Larissa Shaaked and Camille Taylor
  • Date: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3124
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but helps us)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Let’s Get Together!

SEEDS is holding a meeting on Thursday, January 13th from 3pm to 4pm in the room on the 5th floor on ME (between the 2nd and 3rd blocks). This meeting is intended for all current executive members as well as those who are interested in helping out. To add an item to the agenda, please email

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