The Organizing Committee


keith onderisin

Co-Chair

Keith is one of the Co-Chairs for this upcoming Ontario Engineering Competition. Keith is entering his 5th of year of the Automation Engineering Technology program, and is one of those McMaster Engineering students that took the “4-7 years” joke too literally. Hailing from Guelph, Ontario originally – he has grown a deep appreciation for McMaster Universty and the City of Hamilton since beginning his undergraduate career here. As a student, he looks to give back to the Engineering community where he can by volunteering for events or being a part of clubs and teams! When Keith isn’t waking up from cold sweats planning OEC, you can find him reading a book, playing with Popsicle sticks, or riding the full loop of an HSR route. #TrianglesAreTheStrongestShape #Cranes #HamOnt

 

thomas siuda

Co-Chair

Thomas is going into his fourth year of Civil Engineering & Society, with a minor in Sustainability. With a passion for sustainability, his main interests within Civil Engineering include sustainable urban development, engineering public policy and sustainable consulting. His role as co-chair alongside his seemingly twin Keith, mainly includes seeing out their vision for the competition while managing an incredible team of 8 VPs and 8 Competition Leads with support from their two experienced Advisors. With school, extracurriculars and stressing about the competition with Keith 24/7, the few spare hours Thomas has are spent listening to music passionately, having his heart broken by every Toronto sport franchise, racing boats and taking a good old trip to the West End.  

 
Professional Jocelyn

jocelyn lee

Advisor

Jocelyn is one of the Advisors for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. She is in her fourth year of Civil Engineering, doing a dual degree in Psychology. She helps provide institutional knowledge to the organizing committee. Her previous experience includes working with both national and provincial organizations, in a variety of roles. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and hot yoga.

 
Professional Dani

dani lake

Advisor

Dani is one of the Advisors for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. She is between her fourth and fifth year of Electrical Engineering & Management, currently on a 12 month co-op term. She helps provide institutional knowledge to the organizing committee. Her previous experience includes working with both national and provincial comferences, in a variety of roles. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, meal prepping, and playing with dogs.

 

Melissa cusack Striepe

Co-VP Competitions

Melissa is one of the Co-VP Competitions for OEC 2019. She is entering her fourth year of Chemical Engineering and Society, and is pursuing a minor in Sustainability. Melissa is interested in using the engineering skills she acquires to help make positive impacts for communities on both a local, and a global scale, especially in the fields of energy and water. In her free time Melissa enjoys hiking, canoeing, reading, jogging, rock climbing, and writing poetry. She and her Co-VP have been working hard, along with a dedicated team of competitions leads, and Melissa is excited to see the ideas that arise to tackle the various competitions at OEC 2019.

 

liz hofer

Co-VP Competitions

Liz is excited to be a part of the OEC 2019 team as one of the Co-VPs Competitions. Liz works along side her Co-VP Melissa and their amazing team of Competition Leads to develop and throughly test the 8 different competitions teams compete in. She is in her fourth year of Mechatronics Engineering. When she is not working on OEC you can find her hanging out in Thode Library, working with the McMaster Women in Engineering Society, or in the studio dancing.

 

luka samac

VP Finance

Luka is our Vice President of Finance and as such is a real tough nut to crack. Well not really, he’s actually pretty easy going and fun member of the OEC 2019 team, all while still maintaining the upmost responsibility when managing our finances. Luka monitors the revenue and expense projections from each of the team members closely to make sure that this OEC will be the best yet! He is in his fourth year of Mechatronics Engineering and Management. If he’s not studying or working on extracurriculars he’s hiking, canoeing, camping or something of the sort; just look towards Algonquin if he’s not on campus.

 

Ben Torres-kulik

Co-VP Logistics

Ben is one of the Co-VP Logistics for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. He is entering his second year of studies in Engineering Physics and Management. His position involves much of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a big event such as OEC, including booking hotel rooms, developing a schedule, allotting room space for each competition throughout campus, and ensuring food is provided that accommodates all of the attendees. Ben has an interest in software and robotics in addition to optics and how it applies to data communications. In his free time, he plays trumpet, hangs out with his dog, and listens to Funk/Jazz music.

 

Santiago vera

Co-VP Logistics

Santiago is one of the Co-VP Logistics for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. He is entering his fifth year of studies in Biotechnology. His position involves much of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a big event such as OEC, including booking hotel rooms, developing a schedule, allotting room space for each competition throughout campus, and ensuring food is provided that accommodates all of the attendees. In his free time, Santiago enjoys binge-watching TV shows, playing video games, and extracurriculars. Some extracurriculars include planning Engineering's Welcome Week, attending conferences, and planning events for his department society. Oh, did I forget to mention he also has a lovely dog?

 

Parsa Beheshti

VP Marketing

Parsa is the VP Marketing for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. He is entering his third year of studies in Electrical Engineering, with an interest in electromechanical systems and power electronics in automotive applications. Within his position, he is responsible for all marketing and branding materials related to the competition, including printed material and swag. In his free time, he practices his graphic design skills designing cool patches, plays innertube waterpolo with his friends, and catches up on his never-ending Netflix list.

 

katya lemos

Co-VP Sponsorship

Katya is the Co-VP Sponsorship for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. She is entering her third year of studies in Materials Engineering, hoping to focus her research in polymers. Katya and Aly are responsible for all things sponsorship related to the competition - networking with companies, organizing the career fair, and more. In her spare time between working on OEC and acting as the VP Student Life for the McMaster Engineering Society, Katya enjoys working on the McMaster Concrete Toboggan Team, and cuddling her dog Finn.

 

Aly al samouly

Co-VP Sponsorship

Aly is the Co-VP Sponsorship for the 2019 Ontario Engineering Competition. He is entering his fourth year of studies in Civil Engineering & Management, hoping to specialize in structural engineering. Katya and Aly are responsible for all things related to sponsorship of the competition - networking with companies, organizing the career fair, and more. He spends his free time watching Netflix and thinking about what he should’ve said in that conversation he had 3 weeks ago.

 

Emma Robinson

Co-Volunteer Coordinator

Emma is one of the volunteer coordinators for the Ontario Engineering Competition. She is a second year student in Electrical engineering and pursuing a minor in music. Lauren and Emma are responsible for selecting the volunteers for the event, training them and overseeing them throughout the event. They also have been helping out with logistics tasks. Emma also participates in the McMaster Engineering Musical as a cast member. She loves all things music and ice cream!

 

Lauren LaValley

Co-Volunteer Coordinator

Lauren is one of the volunteer coordinators for the 2019 engineering competition. She is in her second year of mechanical and biomedical engineering here at Mac! Her role, alongside Emma, is to train and organize the volunteers for the weekend, and to work with the logistics team to ensure it runs smoothly. Lauren is from Calgary, but loves being in Ontario for school, although she misses skiing in the rockies. While procrastinating, Lauren looks at videos of dogs, hangs out with friends, and coordinates volunteers for the OEC.