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2015 CDIO North American Regional Meeting

  • About the Meeting
  • Speakers
  • Schedule
  • About CAMDT
  • About FAST
  • About Sheridan

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What: 2015 CDIO North American Regional Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 25th - Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Where: Sheridan | Davis Campus - Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) | 7899 McLaughlin Road | Greater Toronto Area - Brampton, ON, Canada L6Y 5H9

Who: For CDIO leaders, members and industry collaborators including Faculty, Program Directors, Associate Deans and Deans, Staff Developers, Trainers and Ministry Officials who want to learn about CDIO and the CAMDT education model. Space is limited, so register now. | Capacity: 120 participants

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The CDIO Initiative is an educational framework for developing the next generation of engineers. Engineering fundamentals provide a framework for student learning within the context of Conceiving . Designing . Implementing . Operating (CDIO) in real-world systems and products. Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) fully embraces the CDIO initiative and supports student growth, education and development through a real-life, hands-on approach.

The theme of the 2015 CDIO North American Regional Meeting will be "Creativity and the Power of Collaboration". This highly engaging and multi-faceted meeting will introduce the CDIO framework to new member institutions and will allow attendees to learn from their peers through the Keynote speaker series. Included will be a discussion about Sheridan's Academic Innovation Strategy to integrate creativity and innovation into the curriculum and a tour of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT). CAMDT has become a spectacular success in progressing engineering education and applied research at Sheridan through its collaboration with local small and medium-sized enterprises.

$185 per attendee (breakfasts, lunches, snacks and parking included)

Local recommended Hotels include The Marriott Courtyard (Biscayne) and Fairfield Inn & Suites

Car rentals are available at Toronto Pearson Airport.

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Farzad RayeganiDr. Farzad Rayegani, P. Eng, FEC, Associate Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology and Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan College

Dr. Farzad Rayegani, FEC, is credited with developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address technological and educational need of Halton and Peel regions. Over the past 10 years, he has been simultaneously partnering with SME enterprises on product and process innovation projects while developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address issues of product development / refinement, process automation, systems integration and manufacturing management. In the past year, this work has been bolstered by a range of successful, high-profile, federally-funded projects with companies in Halton and Peel regions.

Under his leadership, through Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan has been reaching out to a significant number of manufacturers in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, particularly small and medium enterprises, to support adoption and integration of efficient manufacturing practices and product innovation performance and improvements. CAMDT now supports over 40 local and regional SMEs who are struggling with limited availability of technological, human, financial, and management resources.

Also under his leadership, Sheridan College recently become a member of the CDIO Initiative. Sheridan is the fifth Canadian institution and the first college in the world to be accepted. As a CDIO collaborator, Dr. Rayegani is seeking to develop new curriculum structure based on a new philosophy for engineering education, the framework educates students to Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate complex, value-added engineering products, processes and systems in a modern, team-based, global environment. Rich in project-based, hands-on learning, he aims to produce engineers who are 'ready to engineer' when they graduate.

Dr. Rayegani is the ASME Chair on Additive Manufacturing. As the Committee Chair, he will be leading the launch of ASME's inaugural additive manufacturing challenge designed to give mechanical and multi-disciplinary undergraduate students around the world an opportunity to re-engineer existing products or create new designs that minimize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. In the role of the Chair, he will also be collaborating with ME Department Heads to develop educational material on behalf of ASME to benefit the educators and students.

Dr. Rayegani was recently designated an Engineers Canada Fellow by Engineers Canada. This prestigious award is presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada.

Iain McNabIain McNab, D.Phil (Oxon), MCIC, MInstP, CPhys., Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Sheridan College

As Dean of Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Iain presides over some of North America’s most recognized Information Systems Security programs. Iain graduated with a BSc in chemical physics at the University of Sussex. He then joined the research group of Professor Alan Carrington, FRS, at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate through research. Iain then became tenured faculty in physics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and led his own research group, gaining an international reputation for his work on the structure of gas phase molecular ions.

Iain has taught courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Toronto, and at Seneca College and Sheridan. He’s published over 50 scientific papers in international journals.

Kamran Behdinan, Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of TorontoKamran Behdinan, Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, NSERC Chair, Multidisciplinary Engineering Design and Director, Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innocation (IMDI)

Professor Kamran Behdinan is an internationally recognized design educator. He holds the University of Toronto (UofT) - National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Chair in Design Engineering (CDE). The focus of this prestigious Chair is “Multidisciplinary Engineering Design”. Kamran holds a tenured position within the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at UofT and is the founding director of the UofT Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation (UT-IMDI).

Kamran's appointment followed an extensive international search to seek out individuals with established track records in design education who have extensively embraced industrial participation in their activities. His detailed resume, and the fact that he has successfully held an NSERC Chair in Engineering Design at a sister Canadian University, underscores his awareness of the Canadian milieu and local industries.

Gerard Puccio;Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State

Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England and has written more than 50 articles, chapters and books. His most recent book titled The Innovative Team, co-authored with Chris Grivas, is a fable about a team that was able to apply proven creative-thinking tools to turn around a dysfunctional and unproductive situation. In 2011 he and his colleagues published the second edition of their book Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor's Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President's Medal for Scholarship and Creativity.

Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. Some of his recent clients include the BBC, Fisher-Price Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, Rich Products, BNP Paribas, Rubbermaid, Coca-Cola, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.

In 2013 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company as one of America's Great Lecturers and as such was invited to design and deliver a course comprised of twenty-four 30-minute video sessions. This "Great Course," titled The Creative Thinker's Toolkit, was released in January 2014. Dr. Puccio was also a featured speaker at a TEDx event held in New York City in December of 2012.

Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Puccio serves as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada, and serves on the selection committee for the Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Angela Stukator-2;Angela Stukator, Associate Dean, Animation and Game Design, Faculty of Animation, Art and Design, Sheridan College.

Angela has over twenty years of experience in film, television, animation and game design education at the post-secondary level. She studied in three countries, achieving a BA from Brock University, a MA from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from the University of Bristol.

Angela has a record of excellence in teaching, research and administration. She brings from her last position, as the Chair of the Film Studies Program at the University of Western Ontario, her leadership and management skills, especially in the area of curriculum design and implementation. She has been at Sheridan College since August 2003.

Among the programs in Angela’s portfolio is the Bachelor of Animation and the Bachelor of Game Design. She has overseen the development of new curriculum for these program, which includes a 14 week required internship in industry. Angela is also responsible for post graduate programs in Computer Animation, Digital Visual Effect, Game Level Design, and Creature Animation.

As a champion of arts education, Angela is committed to fostering partnerships between the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design, the industry, cultural institutions, and other colleges and universities, both domestic and international.

Daniel SpoonerDaniel Spooner, Engineer in residence, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Design Engineer and Industrial Designer

Daniel combines design engineering and industrial design in his product development consulting designfabrik. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has designed more than 100 products. Daniel is a co-founder of multidisciplinary student projects Polytechnique (engineering), ÉDIN (Industrial design), HEC Montréal (Business) and co-founder of, a research group focused on multidisciplinary work methodologies and project work.

Ron HugoRon Hugo, Professor and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

Ron Hugo is Professor, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, and Chair in Engineering Education Innovation at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada. He is currently international co-director of CDIO and leads the Solving Global Problems - Engineering in Renewable Energy program at Shantou University in China. This program involves 5 weeks of intensive team and project-based learning for 40 Canadian and Chinese students. His engineering education interests include modes of inquiry-based learning and the changing landscape of engineering education through the development of on-line delivery technologies.

Nairman SepehriNariman Sepehri, Professor and Associate Dean of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba

Nariman Sepehri, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and has been the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs since 2010. He established and has been the Chair of the Faculty of Engineering Curriculum Management Committee.

Dr. Sepehri received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His publications include 99 articles in referenced journals, over 140 conference papers and a new textbook (in print by Wiley) on “Hydrostatic Transmissions and Actuations”. Dr Sepehri currently holds 5 patents.

Research and development activities of Professor Sepehri are primarily centered in all fluid power related aspects of systems, diagnosis and control. He has trained 62 MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral students throughout his career. He has also developed undergraduate courses on “Mechatronics Systems Design”, and “Industrial Process Control” as well as graduate-level courses on” System Design for Robots and Teleoperators Systems”, and “Modeling and Simulations”.

Dr Sepehri is a senior member of IEEE, Fellow of ASME, Fellow CSME, Chair of IEEE Winnipeg Joint Control, Robotics and Instrumentation & Measurement Chapter. He has served as the Chair of the Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division of ASME (2012-14), and the board member representing North America in the Fluid Power Net International (FPNI) organization. He has helped to organize 58 international conferences and served on editorial boards of eight reputable journals.

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About The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)


CAMDT at Sheridan's Davis Campus just outside of Toronto, Ontario, is a 'technology playground' where students, industry partners and faculty experts come together to learn, apply, collaborate and innovate. It's a 40,000 sq ft facility offering state-of-the-art equipment, services, consultants and training to Sheridan students, manufacturers and industry partners who want to explore highly specialized manufacturing and design equipment. It's a teaching environment for students and a testing platform for local business.


CAMDT embraces a research and development model that is committed to best practices for our students to learn and the regional manufacturing community to utilize. Under the visionary leadership of CAMDT Director Dr. Farzad Rayegani, the Centre is a central link between leading corporations that provide the technology and expertise to the College, the local SMEs that explore how to integrate these new tools into their businesses and the hands-on learning of our students under the guidance of our faculty. CAMDT allows Sheridan College and its innovation collaborators to address the challenges of the manufacturing industry while at the same time producing graduates with the skills and real-world knowledge to make an immediate impact on the workforce.

A variety of state-of-the-art equipment is available at CAMDT including:

3-D production system: Our sophisticated 3-D production system for manufacturing allows students to gain expertise in both additive and direct digital manufacturing.

ABB Robotics: 12 robots, work cells, software and controllers allow our students and industry partners to train in robotic welding, machine tending, material handling, product assembly and advanced vision-related programming.

Integrated Robotics Solutions (IRS): IRS is an innovation hub. It focuses on innovative robotics applied research and development solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IESL): This lab facilitates and hosts instruction about energy sources, energy storage and grid connection.

Water Jet Technology: Water Jet Technology provides efficiency and effectiveness during the design process and as a functional component of larger systems and scaled models for testing.

Rapid Prototyping: The Rapid Prototyping technology allows for interactivity with product design and presentation. It's available to fabricate conceptual designs. The use of this device reduces the duration of the design process and takes the ambiguity out of design flaws.


Insights gained from the projects at CAMDT feed into our student's learning experience. Hands-on opportunities support our approach to engineering education as members of the worldwide Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) initiative. Through multi-year partnerships with industry leaders like Cimetrix and ABB, CAMDT makes advanced technology accessible to its SME research partners.

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35 programs | 3,400 students

A leading provider of experiential science and technology education in the Greater Toronto Area, Sheridan's high-intensity and industry renowned programs teach students to be agile thinkers, practical and able to take on real world challenges. As leaders in applied science and technology education, we prepare our students for real-world work.

A FAST education provides unrivalled experiential education through close collaboration with industry and post-secondary partners fostering creativity and innovation. Sheridan maintains state-of-the-art facilities with the latest, greatest equipment and technology. An interdisciplinary, project-based learning approach gives our students the opportunity to tackle real-time problems faced by real-world businesses – and to innovate real, actionable solutions.

Our experienced and engaged professors create a learning environment that allows our students to be at the leading edge of industry trends. Our faculty possess the teaching triad: academic credentials, industry experience and a passion for engaging students in their education. With a wealth of experience in their fields and real-life stories to support in-class learning, professors prepare students for the realities of the work world. They are committed to staying current in their field which makes their teaching forward-thinking. And they care about their students, building strong relationships with students and industry partners alike.

As a result, our graduates are collaborative, confident creative problem-solvers with practical knowledge, skills and experience. This makes them high in demand when they graduate. And our students benefit from our connections with industry partners, professional associations and post-secondary peers. One of our goals is to prepare students to thrive in the face of endless change.

A FAST education prepares students for the ever-expanding world of computing, engineering technology or skills-trade professions.

Since 1967, Sheridan has been advancing undergraduate education. With a Creative Campus approach and deep program offerings, Sheridan offers a progressive and innovative learning experience that prepares students for work and life.

Sheridan's Creative Campus means that courses are designed to give problem solving and critical thinking tools. Our mission continues to ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in our ever changing world – a mission with its success reflected in our graduation rate, the highest in the Greater Toronto Area. One of Ontario's leading postsecondary institutions, Sheridan educates approximately 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing and part-time studies students every year on four campuses in three Ontario cities – Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga. An award-winning institution, Sheridan attracts students from across Canada and around the world.

Sheridan's programs, faculty and staff have won more national awards of excellence than any college in Canada. Our alumni lead successful businesses, win Academy and Gemini awards, perform on stages across North America and around the world, and make invaluable contributions to the health care and community service fields. Stimulating confidence and affecting action, Sheridan's legacy is to stand out from the crowd and make an impact in extraordinary ways.

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2015 CDIO Regional Meeting Co-Chairs

Farzad Rayegani | 2015 CDIO North American Regional Meeting Co-Chair | Professor & Associate Dean (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology) | Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Sheridan | 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, L6Y 5H9

Ron Hugo, Ph.D., P.Eng. | 2015 CDIO North American Regional Meeting Co-Chair | Professor & Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) | Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary | 2500 University Dr NW Calgary, Alberta Canada, T2N 1N4

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