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.


Our team is growing! We are hiring the positions below:

Grad PACS Guide: Open to PhD students
Grad PACS Guide Coordinator: Open to all graduate students

Applications due Friday August 16 at 10 am to Teresa Didiano (

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, and have been involved with AMIGAS (VP social, VP academic, CUPE Rep., and SGS Rep), CUPE steward in Unit 1, graduate student representative one 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.


Chaim Katz: PhD, IBBME, 2nd year

I have studied at U of T for the past seven 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 the 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.


Ezzat Jaourdi: PhD, ChemE, 5th year

I am a PhD candidate in ChemE with an interest in the air we breathe. My research focuses on the effect ash and flue gas conditions have on the removal efficiency of ESP filters to better understand how to reduce particulate emissions. I have been active in different student groups including ILead:Grad, CEGSA, and GECoS, as well as a student representative in the ChemE JH&SC and the Engineering Graduate Education Committee. I recently completed The OPTIONS Program which helped me learn a lot about myself. Outside of school, I am a cycling instructor, and I also help organize running and cycling events in Toronto (Sportinglife 10K, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Ride for Heart).

Questions? Contact:

Teresa Didiano
Special Programs Coordinator, Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering