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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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Meet our Team

  

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Ellen (James) Istvan

Women in Engineering & Engineering Outreach Supervisor
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hello, My name is Ellen Istvan and I am the Women in Engineering and Engineering Outreach Program Supervisor. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Western University, where I was involved in the Women in Engineering program, volunteered for the Engineering Outreach program, and completed an internship at Union Gas. After graduation, I joined Ferrero, the leading global chocolate and confectionery manufacturer (Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac, and Kinder Chocolate) as a project coordinator, and moved to Alba, Italy. Now back in Canada, I hope to use my experiences to help inspire women, spark joy, and promote the many opportunities women have in the world with an engineering degree. My door is always open!

Contact: ellen.james@ontariotechu.ca

 

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Mickole Mulano

Engineering Outreach Coordinator
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hello there! My name is Mickole Mulano. I am one of the Engineering Outreach Coordinators where I oversee our c_wonder: Mobile Design Lab. I graduated with a BASc in Engineering Science and an MEng in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. I've worked in Engineering Education and Outreach for over four years, previously involved at the University of Toronto in various leadership, support, and instructional roles. My aim in STEM Education is to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences that can enable youth to be confident in the pursuit of a passion in STEM. 

Contact: mickole.mulano@ontariotechu.ca

 

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Madeline Sialtsis

Women in Engineering & Engineering Outreach Coordinator

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hey! My name is Madeline Sialtsis and I’m the Women in Engineering and Engineering Outreach Coordinator! I oversee our Women in Engineering Sub-Society and our Girls Programs. I graduated from Ryerson University with a B.Eng in Aerospace Engineering. During my time at Ryerson, I held many leadership roles focused on supporting and connecting LGBTQ+ engineering students, including my work as President of EngiQueers Canada. I have a passion for diversity and inclusion in STEM! I’m always looking for new opportunities to share my love of science and engineering design and help youth learn that anyone can be successful in STEM!

Contact: madeline.sialtsis@ontariotechu.ca

 

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Alex Piliounis

Engineering Outreach Coordinator

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hi! My name is Alex Piliounis and I am one of the Engineering Outreach Coordinators. I graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics. After working in research and being a teaching assistant at Queen’s which showed me my passion for teaching, I switched to pursuing a B.Ed. at Ontario Tech University. While studying, I worked to develop engaging STEM activities using microcontrollers, sensors and coding for numerous classrooms. Now working in Engineering Outreach, I am excited to have the opportunity to support teachers with design thinking in the classroom. One of my many goals is to bring inquiry-based and accessible STEM experiences to a broad range of youth - igniting a passion for STEM and building students' confidence within these STEM topics. 

Contact: alex.piliounis@ontariotechu.ca

 

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Kylie Dickinson

Engineering Outreach Coordinator

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hello! My name is Kylie Dickinson, and I am the Engineering Outreach Coordinator for the High School programs. I graduated from Queen’s University with a BA Hons, Trent University for a Bachelor of Education, and am currently pursuing my Master of Education from Queen’s University and hoping to continue my learning journey towards my Doctor of Education. As a former teacher, I love incorporating my coding and STEM knowledge into my lessons. For my role as Outreach Coordinator, I aim to further spark that passion for STEM in students and open opportunities for accessible learning across our programming. I am excited to continue to learn, teach, and grow!

Contact: kylie.dickinson@ontariotechu.ca

 

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Sydney Smith

Engineering Outreach Coordinator

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Hi! I’m Sydney and I’m the Special Projects Outreach Coordinator! I just graduated from Software Engineering here at Ontario Tech University and couldn't leave just yet. I previously worked at Outreach as an instructor in 2018, and have been volunteering with Outreach since my first year. During my time at school, I was involved in orientation planning, the ambassador program, Women in Engineering, and EngSoc. I am so excited to keep working with Engineering Outreach and connecting with our community.

Contact: sydney.smith@ontariotechu.ca 

 

 

Volunteer with Engineering Outreach!

Engineering Outreach is always looking for Ontario Tech Engineering Students to help run programming for elementary and highschool students throughout the year. Get involved with one of our many events, workshops, or after-school clubs, and add valuable engineering experience to your resume!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email fill out the form below.

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