University of Toronto, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Engineering Strategies & Practice (ESP)

Staff & Faculty

Jason Bazylak


Jason Bazylak, Course 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. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. In 2020, Jason was honoured with the University of Toronto Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience award for going above and beyond the requirements of the job, resulting in a broad and long-term positive impact on the quality of the student experience at the University.

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Ted Nolan, Communication Coordinator

Edmund (Ted) Nolan focuses on decision making in communication processes and how that impacts composition, with a special focus on multimodal and collaborative composition. Ted is a writer and poet by training and is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at York University. He is the author of the poetry collection, Still Point (Invisible Publishing, 2017), and is currently researching the role of language in engineering design education and practice. He publishes under the name E Martin Nolan.

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Patricia Sheridan, Team Coordinator

Patricia Sheridan is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at ILead focusing on integrating teamwork and leadership learning into the engineering curriculum. She has previously taught leadership and teamwork courses at Northwestern University, where she is a Leadership Fellow. Patricia teaches APS343 Engineering Leadership, and integrates teamwork and leadership education in the first-year engineering design courses (including the ESP course) and upper-year Mechanical Engineering courses. She is a co-developer of the Team-effectiveness Learning System which is used to support teamwork learning in multiple courses in Engineering, and is in the process of being commercialized as Teamworks Ed. Patricia holds a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Leadership Education from the University of Toronto. She has previously worked on large plant-design teams in industry, and on algorithms to develop co-operative multi-agent systems in robotics.

Susan McCahan


Susan McCahan, Lecture 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.

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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, engineering managers, volunteer seminar leaders, and project 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. In 2017, Phuong was a recipient of the University of Toronto True Blue Award which recognizes staff and faculty who make meaningful contributions to the University every day.

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Linda Duong, Course & Educational Technology Assistant   

Linda Duong has an HBSc in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology and a BEd from the University of Toronto. Linda has worked at the University of Toronto since 2014. Prior to joining ESP, Linda worked at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre to support the Facilitated Study Groups program, students on probation and suspension, and the centre's online resource development. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the first year Chemistry courses at UTM. Outside of her work at the university, Linda has worked as a teacher in the Peel District School Board and at a start up company in the pre-production of educational instructional videos. Linda is interested in exploring blended modes of assessment and evaluation to support students and their success.

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Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
35 St. George Street, Room 149
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

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