DOORS OPEN TORONTO
CARRE Research Symposium
Sept. 29 - Eric W. Frew
Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
Topic: Toward an Autonomous Airborne Scientist for Studying Severe Local Storms
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM - INVITING INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS
ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Feb. 19, 2016
UTIAS hosted an annual Entrepreneurship and Leadership Workshop directed toward CREATE trainees. Since the UAV industry is young, there is great opportunity for relatively small companies to be successful in UAV design, manufacture and operation, whereas in the manufacture of other commercial aircraft, large-scale manufacturers are dominant. Because of the special context of the UAV industry within aerospace, it is important for trainees to be familiar and comfortable with startups and small enterprises. Speakers at the workshop, selected based upon their experience with starting small businesses, explained the fundamental concepts associated with creating a startup company: as examples, an initial business plan, raising capital, and identifying target markets.
RESEARCH PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
February 16-18, 2016
Major Canadian employers in engineering and aerospace have confirmed that aside from technical knowledge, project management is the skill that is in highest demand and it is a skill that most applicants lack. These employers are eager to recruit personnel that not only have technical skills, but have project management knowledge to smooth the transition into management roles and to lead teams and projects effectively. Project management is also highly applicable in an academic setting, where faculty are continuously managing multiple projects with competing priorities and a variety of personnel and stakeholders.
The RPMW provided transferable management skills to students that can be used in the following settings:
(1) industrial or academic positions,
(2) supervisory roles, and
(3) managing research projects and creating project plans.
The following deliverables were created by attendees:
(1) a research project charter,
(2) a work breakdown structure for delineating roles and responsibilities to personnel or summer interns, and another activity was designed specific to the participant's CREATE group.