The Atlantic Student Research Journal and the Engineering Engineering Undergraduate Society Present:

ENGspire 2019

On Saturday, October 5th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at C13 Head Hall, there will be a series of presentations from upper-year students with research experience in Engineering and Computer Science. The purpose of ENGspire is to help undergraduate students develop an understanding of the research industry and more importantly know how they can get involved. Come learn about a variety of opportunities available at UNB, and explore the possibility of getting involved today! Please stay tuned for announcements regarding speakers and panelists by following us on Facebook and Instagram!

Register for ENGpire by ordering your free tickets online at Eventbrite. By registering on Eventbrite, you are eligible to receive a door prize!

If you are interested in Being one of the four student speakers please visit our applications page!

Event Timeline


10:00 - 10:05 Opening Remarks

10:05 - 10:30 Tegan Aguinaga

10:30 - 10:55 Fiona Baker

10:55 - 11:20 Alex Roberts

11:20 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 11:55 Lauren Hunter

12:00 - 12:55 Panelist & Question Discussion

12:55 - 1:00 Student Award Presentation


Tegan Aguinaga


Tegan is in her third year of studies in the chemical engineering program at the University of New Brunswick where she is specializing in biomedical engineering with a diploma in technology management and entrepreneurship. She is from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia and is fluent in both English and French and enjoys many team sports and outdoor activities. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with newcomers to Canada and with the UNB S.P.R.I.N.G. program. Upon graduating, Tegan is exploring the options of the biomedical engineering industry and entering medical school.

Fiona Baker


Fiona is in her third year of Chemical Engineering. Over the summer she was involved in research at the Limerick pulp and paper research centre located on Campus. Fiona spent most of my time shadowing her supervisor and completed research on supercapacitors made from various different types of biomass materials. In her spare time, you can usually find Fiona at Jungle House Dance where she is enrolled in different types of dance classes from heels to hiphop. Her guilty pleasures include Pitbull and chicken nuggets!

Alex Roberts


Alex is currently enrolled in a masters of biomedical engineering degree at UNB. He completed his undergrad in electrical engineering from UNB last year. Alex has worked at SNC-Lavalin (one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the world) in the infrastructure sector, doing electrical design work for subway stations and waterfront buildings. Alex was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been living in Fredericton for 5 years now. In his free time he enjoys playing music, watching movies, and going on adventures. You can often catch Alex in Head Hall studying, running experiments, or chatting with friends.

Lauren Hunter


Lauren Hunter is a third year chemical engineering student. This summer she had the opportunity to work at the Limerick Pulp and Paper centre doing research here at UNB. Lauren and her mentor worked with hydrogels, developing strain sensors and water purification systems. This was an amazing opportunity to explore her academic interests. Outside of school, she enjoys learning about her other passions: music, food and different forms of physical activity!

Researcher and Industry Panel

Dr. Aparna Venugopal

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Dr. Erik Scheme


Check back at a later date for a full list of our panelist speakers. All panelists have extensive experience in research within the Engineering or Computer Science Field here at UNB!

Dr. Aparna Venugopal is a Research Associate at the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, University of New Brunswick , Fredericton, Canada. Her research interests revolve around the areas of small enterprise ambidextrous innovations and top management decision-making. She has secured several research grants and published on these topics in several top-ranked peer reviewed journals. In addition to her academic interests, she also fosters an active involvement in the practical side of business by mentoring and coaching entrepreneurial teams on the organizational designs of innovation and market research techniques. She can be reached at

Dr. Erik Scheme is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the NB Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies, and the Director of the Health Technologies Lab, at the University of New Brunswick. He is affiliated with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, and the Canadian Institute for Cyber Security at UNB, and is an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie Medical School, NB. A serial collaborator, Dr. Scheme actively leads a team of over twenty staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students conducting a wide variety of research with industry, academic and clinical partners. Although broad, Dr. Scheme’s research focuses on biomedical applications of machine learning, signal processing, and the internet of things (IoT) to improve human lives.

Dr. Gobinda Saha


Dr. Scott Bateman


Dr. Gobinda Saha is an Associate Professor, and the Director of the Nanocomposites and Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He is an expert in composite and nanostructured materials and coatings. He has led R&D projects in two industrial companies, before joining as a full-time faculty member at the University of Calgary and then the UNB, working on a variety of materials and coating technologies. Dr. Saha has two provisional patents, over 50 peer-review journal articles, and one monograph on ‘Cold Spray in the realm of Additive Manufacturing.’

Dr. Scott Bateman is an Associate Professor in Computer Science, Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and affiliated with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. With a team of over a dozen graduate students, undergraduate researchers, and faculty he researches the use and design of new technology that can better address real world problems. The focus of the HCI Lab’s recent work has been on supporting interactions and collaboration in virtual environments often using mixed reality technology for application in industry and health. 




The Atlantic Student Research Journal is proud to present ENGspire alongside the UNB Engineering Undergraduate Society, a series of presentations about research and showing how students can get involved and make an impact in research ongoing in Atlantic Canada.