Professional Development Workshop

Speed networking workshop– expert tips and tricks to gain valuable industrial and academic skills


A very interesting and unique “speed networking” workshop,  designed and delivered for the first time by  Graduate Student Club (GSC) of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) department are organizing in UBC on.

On Jan 26th starting at 3 pm, in this workshop we are bringing together a panel of 5-6 representatives from industry, academia and alumni to do “speed networking” with grad students. Briefly, there will be panel introduction and general discussion at the beginning of the session where the panelists will introduce themselves and tips on getting good industrial/academic experiences and connections that they themselves have done. Following this the group will break into smaller student groups and the panelists will rotate between students and interact with them and answer more questions that students might have on various topics – interview skills, CV/Resume, networking etc.



Heather Trajano

Chemical and Biological Engineering (Assistant Professor)


Gabriel Potvin

Chemical and Biological Engineering (Instructor)

Paul Kenis

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Department Head, UIUC)

Melissa Barazandegan

Chemical and Biological Engineering (Recent alumni)

Associate research statistician, Precision Health Economics



Senior Executive, Board Member & Educator: Sales , Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Communications

Tony Yang

UBC chemical and biological engineering, Micheal Smith labs (Recent alumni)

Program Manager  at Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, St. Paul’s Hospital




Event structure and format

  • Panellists – 5-6 with diverse representation from academia, industry, grad alumni and communication/coop representatives
  • Participation will be limited to first 50-60 registrations – open to all applied science streams and chemistry and other collaborating science streams

Agenda and event flow (total event duration 2 hours)

What do panelists have to gain?

Academicians: Share experiences with prospective mentees and students and foster appreciation for an academic career as well as benefit from students’ inquisitiveness and talk about their work and research to a wide and prolific audience.

Industrialists: Build strong networks with highly skilled graduate students – potential HR assets and hires. Use a wide platform to talk about their industry and work – an opportunity for positive and wide-reaching branding and discover more academic collaboration opportunities.

Alumni: Maintain strong ties with alma mater and make use of this opportunity to mentor fellow grads into a more informed step out in the career world – also investigate both personal and professional growth opportunities by networking with all participants and panellists.

What do students have to gain?

An incubator-like resourceful workshop – a single platform to hear about experiences from people in different career paths and have a more informed outlook about options and training and skill set development needed post-graduation. Network with potential employees, graduate supervisors as well as alumni and make progressive inroads into the career path of their choice.