Bridging the Gap between Academia and the Outside World: A Mitacs Internship Panel


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Are you interested in a paid research internship? This panel features Mitacs, a non-profit Canadian organization, that builds research partnerships between academia, industry and the world to create a more innovative Canada. Through unique research funding and training programs, Mitacs aims to support the development of the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills.

Learn about the programs and the application process as well as hear from students who have recently returned from a national or international work experience.

Panelists: (more to come)

Noha Gerges, PhD.

Noha joined Mitacs in 2017 and is currently a Business Development Specialist there. Prior to Mitacs, she worked as a Program Manager at the Research Institute of the MUHC, the Chief Strategic Officer of White Consulting, a company dedicated to preparing science graduates with the tools needed to transition into the industry, and as the Social Media Editor for the Journal of Medical Genetics. With a diverse background in research, management, communications and business solutions, her role at Mitacs is to connect McGill with external partners and to drive economic development in Canada through collaborative innovation projects. Her full profile can be found here:

Mayar Abbasi, M.Eng

After completing my B.Eng - Electrical from McGillUniversity in 2000, I landed my first job with Motorola in Montreal. During my nearly 10 years in the industry, I gained experience in Software Engineering best practices, Test Automation, and the Telecom Industry. However, a part of me was yearning for some higher learning, preferably in Bio-medical engineering, where I could apply my engineering skills towards making peoples lives better. However, being married with 3 children to support made the prospect of studying seem very difficult, so I could only pray for a miracle. God answered my prayers in 2009, when I fell ill and subsequent medical treatments gave me the opportunity to meet with different doctors, with whom I casually discussed the possibility of doing software engineering work to advance their practice. One doctor, an old friend based in Vancouver's KKT Spine Center, was very interested, and allowed me to visit the clinic and explore opportunities. We discussed the possibility of using Computer Vision to automate his X-Ray analysis, which was exciting for both of us. The final piece of the puzzle was to arrange funding and guidance for this research. Here, the clinic staff suggested I explore the Mitacs program for funding, if I can find a university to partner with. So, like a dream come true, I ended up getting accepted for a Master's degree at McGill's Center for Intelligent Machines, with a Mitacs scholarship for funding, to do research on using Computer Vision for medical applications.

Having completed my Master's degree in 2013, I returned to the industry to pursue my engineering career, while continuing on the side to advance my research for the medical company. My detour into McGill has made my life very complete, enhancing my career opportunities and helping me add purpose to my work, while also exposing me to the research world. The Mitacs program was central in this achievement, and I am grateful for it.


Derek Albert, PhD candidate

Derek is completing his PhD in Psychiatry, where he studies attention as it relates to traffic. He is currently conducting a study examining how thoughts that are unrelated to ongoing tasks or the immediate environment are linked to changes in driving behaviour that may increase crash risk. He has worked with a few companies during his master’s and Ph.D., mostly specializing in biometrics (e.g. eye tracking) and neurotechnology (e.g. EEG) involving attention.


Dr. Amy Nommeots-Nomm

Amy completed her PhD in 2016 at Imperial College’s Department of Materials, her work focused on creating scaffold for bone repair by additive manufacturing. She then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Diamond Light Source for the University of Manchester, UK, studying in-situ mechanical deformation ofin vivobone scaffolds via synchrotron X-ray tomography. In 2016 she was awarded a Presidents Fellowship at Tampere University of Technology in Finland to study oxyfluorophosphate glasses and to further her additive manufacturing research. She is currently employed at McGill University, Canada working on an industrially sponsored MITACS project with Pratt and Whitney Canada to develop the3D printing of aluminium alloys and surface treatments.



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