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Sheridan to host annual Engineer-in-Residence Orientation

October 07, 2013

EIR is an educational outreach program of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2013
Brampton, Ontario

The Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) program and Sheridan College are pleased to announce that for the first time ever the annual EIR Orientation will take place at Sheridan College’s Davis Campus, at their high-tech Engineering Facility.

The orientation brings together teachers and engineers from across Ontario who have newly joined the EIR Program in order to facilitate an understanding of how to bring the excitement of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning to students. The orientation will include a unique workshop from Sheridan on how teachers can take advantage of Sheridan’s facilities to bring 3D technology to their classrooms.

“We are excited to be hosting this wonderful event,” said Dr. Farzad Rayegani, P.Eng, FEC., Associate Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology (MEET) at Sheridan College. “Bringing the world of engineering to the classroom fosters a unique environment in which students can learn about and connect to the exciting world of STEM education and careers. The EIR Orientation brings together engineers and educators and creates a wonderful opportunity to learn about as well as share best practices in how to achieve this goal.”

Sheridan College has recently become a member of the CDIO Initiative – a worldwide movement to restore the balance between teaching ‘practice’ skills and the fundamentals of math and science to engineering students. Its commitment is reflected in programs that feature opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, facilities that make room for conceptual development and self-reflection, and curricula that emphasize both theoretical and applied learning.

“We are very happy to be able to continue to work with Sheridan College,” said Jeffrey Crelinsten, Executive Director of the EIR program. “Both the EIR Program and Sheridan College are concerned with improving the STEM literacy of our younger generation, and with making sure our teachers have the tools to ensure the best possible STEM education in our schools. Sheridan’s 3D printing facilities offer a unique chance for teachers and our engineer volunteers to introduce students to leading edge engineering technologies.”

About the EIR Program

The EIR Program, an educational outreach program of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), sends volunteer engineers into classrooms to deliver innovative, hands-on programming to students from junior kindergarten all the way through to grade 12. The program is designed to engage students with STEM subjects while providing a critical real-life connection to classroom theory.

About Sheridan

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Its 18,000 full time students from Ontario, Canada, and increasingly around the world pursue a variety of credentials including certificates, diplomas, career-focused bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate certificates. Sheridan’s 127,000 alumni help shape the future course of our society in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, and technology. Sheridan’s vision is to become Ontario’s first university dedicated to undergraduate professional education focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that graduates have even more pathways to the continued learning that will underpin their personal, career, and industry success.

For more information:

Dr. Jeffrey Crelinsten

Executive Director

EIR Program

jcrelinsten@impactg.com

416-481-7070, ext. 26

Dr. Farzad Rayegani, P.Eng, FEC.

Associate Dean, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology

Sheridan College

farzad.rayegani@sheridancollege.ca

905-459-7533, ext. 5077