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Engineer in Residence Program

The Engineer in Residence (EIR) program is a volunteer-based outreach program dedicated to strengthening and fostering academic-industry engagement and mentoring students.

The volunteer EIR is a licensed professional engineer who brings real-world dimension to the curriculum, capstone projects, and other student-centered activities to each Department in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, by sharing their experience and passion for the Engineering profession.


The EIRs work directly with Department Chairs, serve as members of the respective department industry advisory committee, work with faculty members, and provide:

  • A resource for students and faculty to engage with the industry for experiential learning and research
  • Student mentorship through in-class visits, meetings, and presentations

Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering

  • Amanda J. Kalhous


     Engineering Group Manager – Data Recording - General Motors of Canada     

    An experienced leader and innovator with diverse experience across a variety of industries: Automotive, Transportation, Aerospace & National Defence. Passionate about developing innovative technology strategies, building relationships, and growing team members to their full potential.                                                                            

Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

  • Satish Saini


    Project Manager-Electrical Standards - CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association)

    Energy & power system professional with vast experience in power generation, transmission, distribution and consumer end services. Educator & trainer with passions about grid modernization and energy transition with DERs.

Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering

  • John Froats


    John Froats is a recognized leader in the CANDU Nuclear Industry. With over 41 years of experience in reactor design, start-up and operation, John has an extensive knowledge and experience base in all aspects of Nuclear Generation. He is known for his passion in leading people and for high standards of technical performance.

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Jovica R. Riznic


    Technical Specialist/Manager, Research and Support Program/Nuclear Safety Specialist - Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 

    Jovica Riznic works as technical specialist with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Within International nuclear regulatory community, Dr Jovica Riznic is best known for his contribution to research and application of effective regulation of nuclear power plants, particularly related to steam generators as one of the key safety significant components.   Active in professional societies, particularly in ASME, Jovica Riznic has served the engineering profession and community with distinction and exceptional dedication; he is current Chair of the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division’s Executive Committee (2022-2023).  One of his the most prominent recent ASME activities have been with the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) where he served as a track lead organizer since 1998, and currently is on the Conference Co-Chair for the ICONE-30 to be held in Kyoto, Japan.