University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP)

Staff & Faculty

Jason Bazylak


Jason Bazylak, Course Coordinator & Seminar Coordinator

Jason Bazylak has been an engineer at heart since getting his first Lego set as a child, and an engineer in practice since graduating with his degree in engineering physics an undetermined number of years ago. After working for a time as a manufacturing engineer in the telecommunications industry, Jason joined academia with a role as an Engineer-in-resident. As an Engineer-in-resident, he co-designed a Sustainable Energy Systems Design course, developed the Design Engineering Challenge series, and mentored student design teams. Jason now brings his education, design expertise, and industry and academic experience to his role as Course Coordinator for ESP. 

Peter Weiss


Peter Weiss, Communication Coordinator

Peter Weiss is a professional writer who began working at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering in 1998 while completing his Ph.D. in Theatre History. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Communication Program. He joined the Engineering Strategies and Practice team in the first pilot year of the course and became its Communication Coordinator in the second pilot year. He is a proud member of the team that received the Blizzard Award for Collaborative Teaching in 2007. He is also co-author, with Robert Irish, of the textbook Engineering Communication: From Principles to Practice.

Susan McCahan


Susan McCahan, Module-A Coordinator

Susan McCahan served on the working group that designed ESP. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. After working as a design engineer for RCA/GE, she proceeded to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for graduate school (M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1992). She has been a professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering since 1992, and served as the Department's Associate Chair 2001-2004. She served as the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering's First-Year Chair from 2006 to 2011, and was Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies 2011-2014. She is currently Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. Susan has been recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to university teaching and learning. Her achievements include a Blizzard award for Collaborative teaching, a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and a Teaching Award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations for outstanding teaching. Her research on energy systems has included work for Imperial Oil, and the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada amongst others. In addition to coordinating and teaching ESP, she has taught courses on thermodynamics, combustion, radiative heat transfer, and teaching and learning in higher education.

Jacinta O'Brien


Jacinta O'Brien, Module-B Coordinator

Jacinta O'Brien received her B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) and M.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the University of Toronto.  She has spent her career working in the environmental and municipal fields, and has worked in the private sector, including at CH2M Hill Engineering Ltd., and in the public sector, at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Interim Waste Authority, and the Ontario Clean Water Agency.  She currently works at the City of Toronto in the Engineering and Construction Services Division. Her experience includes environmental assessment and planning, water resources engineering and management, and infrastructure financing and service delivery, policy analysis and program development.  Jacinta is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, a Chartered Engineer in Ireland, a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a long-time member of Professional Engineers Ontario’s Experience Requirements Committee, and a former Chair of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Phil Anderson


Phil Anderson, Module-C Coordinator

Phil Anderson received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He then continued a career in electrical/computer engineering in industry, (primarily in electro-mechanical instrumentation and devices with embedded intelligence), working as a consultant and in two successful startups he co-founded. He has been at ECE and Engineering now for eight years as a Senior Lecturer, teaching and working on design courses and courses on embedded systems, digital electronics and computer organization. As one of the original lecturers in ESP, he shared the Blizzard award for Collaborative Teaching and has won the Gordon Slemon award for teaching design in ECE.

Elizabeth Edwards


Elizabeth Edwards, Module-D Coordinator


Elizabeth Edwards is the Director of BioZone and a Professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. She is an internationally renowned expert in bioremediation and environmental biotechnology who has spent over 20 years developing techniques that use bacteria to clean up sites with groundwater contamination.  Dr. Edwards brings expertise in engineering scale-up and commercial application of bioproducts to BioZone, and was recently recognized with the 2009 NSERC Synergy Award for her highly successful partnership with Geosyntec, an international environmental consulting firm with whom she developed a microbial consortium called KB-1®.  Dr. Edwards’ research accomplishments have been recognized with several prestigious awards, including an NSERC Women’s Faculty Award, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) and a Killam Research Fellowship (Canada Council for the Arts).  She has been in inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Phuong Huynh


Phuong Huynh, Course Administrator, Course Liaison & Student Project Coordinator

Phuong Huynh has been involved with the ESP course since August 2008. Prior to ESP, she gained academic student service experience in the International Centres at Sheridan College and Queen's University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology and Associate of Applied Science in Opticianry from Ferris State University in Michigan, and worked in the optical field for a few years before realizing that opticianry is not for her. What she really likes is working with students. She is now happily working with students, instructors, teaching assistants, seminar leaders, project managers, and clients in ESP. She enjoys administering this large dynamic multi-faceted course and being a part of this caring teaching team that highly values and continuously strives to improve student support and learning.

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Anna Limanni, Course & Educational Technology Assistant   

Anna Limanni has over 10 years of experience at the University of Toronto, in various capacities. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies here, earning a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics in 2014. Prior to joining ESP, Anna taught Spanish Language and Linguistics courses at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. At the University of Toronto (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), she also served as Course Coordinator for a multi-section, first-year Spanish language course. In these roles, Anna discovered a passion for educational technology and for student services. She is excited for the opportunity to pursue both these interests in ESP.

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Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

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