Young Professional Panel Session

Monday, May 23rd
Salon Drummond ouest, 14:30-16:00

The CASS YP/WiCAS and IEEE Young Professionals will hold a panel discussion and networking event. Panelists from academia and industry will share practical and experiential tips on “Engineering career – which path to choose?

This panel will be very useful for young professionals and PhD students in the area of circuits and systems to discuss different career paths. This panel provides an opportunity to learn how to best choose a career path based on experience from each panelist.

The panel will be moderated by Mario Milicevic, IEEE Young Professionals Chair.

MarioMario Milicevic is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on the integrated circuit design of error correction decoders for wireless, optical, and quantum security systems. Mario is the 2015-2016 Chair of the global strategy and operations committee for the IEEE Young Professionals program. In 2015, he helped launch the first IEEE global entrepreneurship conference – IEEE N3XT, and bring exposure to the IEEE Young Professionals program at high profile global events such as the International Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, and Web Summit.



DavidDavid Rolston is the chief technical officer (CTO) of Reflex Photonics Inc. in Montreal. He co‐founded the company in 2002 as a high‐tech start‐up in the field of optical transceiver modules for the Datacom and Telecom equipment markets.  David received the PhD, ME and BE degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from l McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in  2000,  1996 and 1993 respectively. His primary interests are in the packaging of large‐scale ASICs for high‐speed optoelectronic systems; along with novel network architectures for optical interconnect designs for large scale routers, switches and computational systems including computer and network clocking topologies. David is an IEEE member. He is the author of 20 applied‐for and/or granted patents in the USPTO and PCT/WIPO and of 14 refereed journal papers to IEEE/OSA groups.


ElisendaElisenda Bou (M.Sc. Telecom. Engineering UPC-MIT ‘2010, M.Sc. Electronic Engineering UPC ‘2011) is a PhD Candidate at UPC, where she in in charge of several research lines on Machine Learning, Distributed Task Scheduling, Nano-Satellite Constellations and Wireless Energy Transfer. Bou is also Lead SW Architect at UPC Nano-Satellite Lab (NanoSatLab) and collaborates with the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and the UMD Aerospace Engineering Department. She lectures on Nano-satellites at UPC and was a recipient of the 2013 Google Faculty Research Awards on phone-based nano-satellite constellations. With a strong interest in Software Development and startups, Bou is Co-Founder & CTO at Vilynx (devoted to change the way people consume online videos) and advises high-tech startups/spinoffs.


JonathanJonathan Ginter is the CEO of MagnetEye Software and is also the General Manager of the Griffin Camp accelerator in Montreal. He has spent 25 years in high-tech software, building large-scale commercial systems for Fortune 500 customers like Warner Brothers, Fidelity, Fedex, eBay, Morgan Stanley and Bosch. He was a core developer, architect and product manager for Coradiant’s TrueSight product line – a network appliance that analyzed internet traffic in real time at Gigabit speeds. Jonathan has managed teams of up to 200 people across different geographies and considers career management to be an essential part of any solid management strategy.”


AshokAshok Masilamani is a technology entrepreneur from Montreal, Canada who has been involved in deep technology startups. Currently Ashok is the co-founder and CTO of Sensing Dynamics which is building a cloud based chemical sensing platform for Home appliances and CE devices. In the past Ashok served as a CTO of Applied NanoTools, an Edmonton based Nanotechnology Startup that builds X-ray optics and silicon photonics devices. He currently specializes in technology licensing, technology roadmap, product development and OEM business development. Ashok obtained his Ph.D. in Nanophotonics from the University of Alberta in 2011. While his current interest lies in chemical sensing devices and artificial olfaction, he also carries deep research experience in photonic devices, RF design and Fiber-Optics from his Master’s degree research in Singapore. Before his sensing/photonic/optic years Ashok worked in the Electronics industry as a System designer where he has designed Array Multi-Processor boards for Radar Processing and Video conferencing boards. He has written more than 20 peer reviewed scientific publications in journals, proceedings and books.


AlonAlon Ascoli received a Ph.D. Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 2006. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as RFIC analog engineer at CSR Sweden AB. From 2009 to 2012 he was Research Assistant in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at Politecnico di Torino. Since 2012 he is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, where he is currently working towards the habilitation in Electrical Engineering. His research interests lie in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems, including theoretical and practical aspects regarding memristors and bio-inspired coupled oscillators. He currently teaches a number of undergraduate courses on various topics, including nonlinear dynamics’ theory, linear and nonlinear circuit and system theory, and Cellular Nanoscale Networks. He is one of the organizers of two special sessions on memristor theory and applications in this edition of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He is one of the Program Chairs of the incoming 15th International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications (CNNA), which will be held in Dresden in August 2016. The International Journal on Circuit Theory and its Applications honored him with the Best Paper Award for 2007.