Advisory Council on Teaching Staff

Jason Anderson

Associate Professor | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

wubear-5530Professor Jason H. Anderson joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in 2008, where he is currently an Associate Professor, holds the Jeffrey Skoll Endowed Chair in Software Engineering, and is Chair of the Computer Engineering Research Group.  From 1997-2008, he was with Xilinx, Inc., a computer chip company headquartered in San Jose, California, where he worked on software tools for computer chip design and led a team working on improving engineering productivity, chip speed and power consumption.  He has received seven ECE teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and also the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Early Career Teaching Award (2013).  He is an inventor on 27 U.S. patents and has co-authored over 70 publications.  He spent his recent sabbatical year at Imperial College, in London, UK, and Tokyo Institute of Technology, in Tokyo, Japan.  Throughout his career, at Xilinx and in academia, he has observed that one’s career success is only partly tied to one’s technical capability, and is significantly influenced by the sorts of communication, interpersonal, and other leadership skills that are the focus of ILead.

Markus Bussmann

Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies | Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

wubear-5534Professor Markus Bussmann, of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE), is Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. He began his five-year term in 2013. Professor Bussmann joined the University of Toronto in 2002, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008, and to Professor in 2015. From 2009-2013, Professor Bussmann served as the Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies for MIE, during which he launched several MEng certificate programs and the flex-time PhD option. He was also active in recruitment of top graduate students to MIE, resulting in significant enrolment growth for both research-stream and MEng graduate programs. Professor Bussmann also greatly enjoys teaching and has coordinated and taught the first-year course APS106 – Fundamentals of Computer Programming – for many years, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering math, fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics. He is a three-time recipient of the MIE Teaching Excellence Award: in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Alison McGuigan

Associate Professor | Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry & The Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering

wubear-5535Alison McGuigan is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto. Her research is focused on engineering in vitro tissue platforms that can generate physiologically relevant and high value data. Alison has a strong interest in leadership and professional development training and has taught on these topics at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Jun Nogami

Professor | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

wubear-5532Jun Nogami is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, where he has served as Department Chair since 2009. His research focuses on studies of the growth and properties of thin film electronic materials using scanned probe microscopy. His interest in engineering leadership education and student teamwork arises from his experiences in supervising capstone design projects for Engineering Science, as well as his role as the faculty advisor for the U of T Human Powered Vehicle Design Team.

Lisa Romkey

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream | Division of Engineering Science

Lisa-Nov-2012Lisa Romkey serves as Associate Professor, Teaching Stream with the Division of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. In this position, Lisa plays a central role in the evaluation, design and delivery of a dynamic and complex curriculum, while facilitating the development and implementation of various teaching learning and assessment initiatives. Lisa teaches undergraduate courses in engineering & society, and graduate courses in engineering education. Her research interests include teaching and assessment practices in engineering, and she has also conducted research on science teacher education, the first year university experience, peer teaching and gender issues in science and engineering. Lisa also serves as Associate Director for the Engineering Education program, a graduate program and hub for Engineering Education activities at the University of Toronto.

Micah Stickel

Chair, First Year | Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

wubear-5529Dr. Micah Stickel is Chair, First Year, in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. He is also a Senior Lecturer in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Dr. Stickel first came to the Faculty when he started as an undergraduate in 1993. Since that time, he has completed his BASc (1997), MASc (1999), and a PhD (2006) – all with a focus on electromagnetics and the development of novel devices for high-frequency wireless systems. He has a great interest in engineering education and the use of technology to advance the student learning experience. Dr. Stickel is known as an innovator in the classroom, incorporating tablets into his lectures and integrating online peer support, assignments, and quizzes into his courses. In addition, he is also engaged in scholarly work to quantify the impact of new technologies in teaching, publishing three papers on the subject. As a result, Dr. Stickel has been honoured with three departmental teaching awards and was selected as a New Faculty Fellow at the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference. In 2012, he was awarded the Early Career Teaching Award by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. In 2014 the American Society for Engineering Education named him one of their Top 20 under 40.

Deborah Tihanyi

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and Director | Engineering Communication Program

Deborah-Tihanyi photoDeborah Tihanyi has been teaching with the Engineering Communication Program (ECP) since 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream; she has been Director since July 2014. She has taught across all departments in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, from large classes to one-on-one tutoring. In recent years, her focus has been on developing communication curriculum in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, working closely with Engineering faculty and creating training protocols for teaching assistants—all Engineering graduate students—teaching communication. Her research for the past 10 years has focused on engineering education, including the development of professional identity, the creation and use of professional portfolios, the integration of disciplinary knowledge and communication and TA training and professional development.

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