Graduate Peer and Career Support (Grad PACS)

Have a conversation. Find direction. Set goals. Take action.

Grad PACS is an initiative to support engineering graduate students in: 1) launching their career planning early in their degree and 2) identifying on-campus resources to make the most of their U of T experience.

Grad PACS can help you

  • Develop awareness of transferable skills and knowledge relevant to your career aspirations
  • Generate an actionable, career exploration plan
  • Identify resources and strategies to help you achieve your goals, build skills, and find community

What support are you looking for?

Meet the Grad PACS Guides

Grad PACS is facilitated by a dynamic team of engineering graduate students who have been trained in using career management tools, effective conversation practices, and on-campus resources. The Guides “guide” you in using the tools and direct you to resources to support your self-awareness development and career exploration. They do not provide solutions.

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Chaim Katz: PhD, IBBME, 2nd year

I have studied at U of T for the past eight years, completing my undergraduate and master’s degrees. Currently, I am in the second year of my PhD where I research memory formation and its correlation to ongoing electrical activity in the brain. I am passionate about building community and solving problems for which we don’t have answers. To maintain a work-life balance, I am involved in a number of extracurricular activities such as being the co-founding member of GECoS, a member of BESA for the past three years, assisting with the Graduate Engineering Career Fair, and a residence advisor for two years at Chestnut. I also play recreational sports like floor hockey and inner tube waterpolo, as well as enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.

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Daniel Tse: MEngCEM, CivMin, 1st Year

As a Cities Engineering and Management candidate in CivMin, I have interests in the cities we call home, quality of life, and infrastructure. Through this program, I hope to impact the character and trajectory of urban development. Before coming to Toronto, I studied civil engineering at UBC and worked in land development in Calgary for five years. I was responsible for outline plan engineering, detailed construction drawings, shallow utility coordination, and municipal approvals. I enjoy the storytelling of podcasts, the context and subjectivity of art, and the intercultural and self-discovery opportunities of travel.

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Darya Amirmaleki: PhD, MIE, 4th year

I am a PhD student in MIE. My research focuses on nanomechanical behavior of thin films materials for battery applications. I enjoy being part of the friendly, dynamic graduate community at U of T. I have been involved with AMIGAS (VP Social, VP Academic, CUPE Rep., and SGS Rep), CUPE Steward, graduate student representative on the FASE Council, and recently completed The OPTIONS Program. I am passionate about learning and challenging myself because I believe this is a way to pursue success and happiness.

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Lazar Jovanovic: PhD, IBBME, 4th Year

With a PhD in biomedical engineering, I want to solve medical problems using creative engineering approaches. To enrich my experience as an international student, I got involved in two student associations: BESA and ILead:Grad. I also enjoy learning about leadership and last year joined the PhD Leaders group - an initiative by GLSE that brings together PhD students to empower core leadership and design skills. Outside of school, I like to keep up with current trends in pop culture by listening to podcasts on my commute. I am a fan of cinema - it is my way of relaxing. And, to keep a healthy mind in a healthy body, I play tennis, basketball, and squash.

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Philippa Gosine: PhD, IBBME, 4th Year

I am a PhD candidate in IBBME researching how the design of the built environment affects balance loss and enables balance recovery, with the aim of reducing injuries on stairs. I am passionate about creating an environment where we can all learn and grow. As a TA mentor, I support first time engineering TAs and as a TA myself, I help students develop engineering design, research, communication, and teamwork skills. I am also a peer facilitator at Accessibility Services, where I work with students to navigate the university and its systems, and develop skills in time management, goal-setting and self-care. Outside of school, I love hiking, dragon boat paddling, traveling, floral patterns, and trying new foods!

Past Grad PACS Guides

  • Ezzat Jaourdi, PhD, ChemE

Questions? Contact:

Teresa Didiano
Special Programs Coordinator, Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering
t.didiano@utoronto.ca