Chirag Variawa is an accelerated-stream Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He earned his B.A.Sc. in Materials Science Engineering in 2009 from the same institution. He is the first Graduate Student member of the University of Toronto Governing Council elected from Engineering. His multi-disciplinary research uses principles from artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, higher education and aspects of neuroscience to investigate the design of engineering learning environments.
Susan McCahan is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She currently holds the position of Vice Dean, Undergraduate in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. She received her B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from Cornell University, and M.S. and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education has been the recipient of several major teaching and teaching leadership awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada.
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