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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Research Rundown

Season 3 Episode 02 - AI and Model Predictive Controls

In this latest episode of the Research Rundown, get to know one of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's newest professors, Dr. Meaghan Charest-Finn! In this conversation, she sits down with Mechatronics student Nicholas Varas to discuss her ongoing research in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and model predictive controls. They also talk about her journey going from a small Maritime town to postgraduate education, AI vs. Machine Learning, and her future plans for her new research lab at Ontario Tech. If you are interested in AI and its role in our daily lives, or are debating pursuing postgraduate education, you will not want to miss this episode.


Dr. Meghan Charest-Finn, Assistant Professor, Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering


Nicholas Varas, 4th year Mechatronics Engineering Student

Season 1 Episode 06 - Exploring Heavy Vehicle Dynamics

In our final episode of 2020, host Fiona Man, a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering student is joined by Ontario Tech Alumni and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Zeinab El-Sayegh, who discusses her innovative research understanding off-road vehicle performance, taking an in-depth look at Tire-Terrain Interaction, Advanced Multi-Objective Crash Analysis Optimization and the Vehicle Dynamics and Crash Analysis Lab in which she works. Dr. El-Sayegh also gives insight into what it’s like to be a Postdoctoral Fellow, and shares words of advice with Fiona about the Ontario Tech Racing Team.


Dr. Zeinab El-SayeghPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering


Fiona Man, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Student

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