Graduate Peer and Career Support (Grad PACS)

Have a conversation. Find direction. Take action.

Grad PACS is an initiative to support engineering graduate students in making the most of their U of T experience. We can help you with:

  • Peer-to-Peer Advising: Meet with a Grad PACS Guide to identify and navigate on-campus resources to help you achieve your goals, build skills, and find community.
  • Career Exploration: Launch you career planning early in your degree. Gain access to two career management tools to develop awareness of transferable skills relevant to your career aspirations and generate an actionable, career exploration plan.

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, BME, 3rd 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, 2nd 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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Lazar Jovanovic: PhD, BME, 5th 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.


Mahta Massoud: MASc, BME, 2nd Year

For the past six years, I have been an active member of U of T community. I completed my undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering and continued with a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. I am focused on integrating the principles and techniques employed in both engineering and life sciences to revolutionize healthcare and medicine. On top of my academics, I have dedicated my time to building a well-connected and well-supported community for engineering students. I am involved in a number of extracurricular activities such as being the Co-Chair of ILead:Grad and a member of BESA for the past year. Outside of university life, I enjoy swimming, playing volleyball, aquarelle painting, and traveling as much as possible.

Past Grad PACS Guides

  • Ezzat Jaourdi, PhD, ChemE (2018 - 2019)
  • Darya Amirmaleki, PhD, MIE (2018 - 2020)
  • Philippa Gosine, PhD, BME (2019 - 2020)

Questions? Contact:

Teresa Didiano
Graduate Professional Development Coordinator, Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering

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