Professional Development Conference 2019 Speakers

 Nick Mocan spearheaded the opening of Crozier & Associates’ GTA office in Milton in 2009 and its expansion in 2015 to meet a three-fold growth. As division head he has responsibility for overall business and project management performance, providing leadership in business development and community relations. Nick has over twelve years of experience in civil engineering with a focus on water resources for land development and municipal infrastructure projects. Nick has maintained strong ties with the University of Guelph where he earned both of his degrees in water resources engineering.


 Dr. Gellert obtained his M.Sc. in Physics in 1994 from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1999. From 1999 – 2000 he worked at the University of Mainz, Germany, as a research scientist developing the microcontroller software for the miniaturized Mossbauer spectrometer MIMOS that later flew on the NASA Mars Exploration rover mission. From 2001-2005 he worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. During this time he was the lead engineer for the alpha-particle-x-ray spectrometer (APXS) on the European Rosetta mission and the NASA Mars Exploration rover mission. From 2003-2004 he led the calibration of the APXS in Mainz and developed the data analysis software and calibration. After the successful landing of both MER rovers in January 2004 he spent 3 months at NASA’s JPL during the primary mission phase to operate the APXS and analyze the data. In 2004 he led the successful proposal to NASA for the Canadian contributed new APXS for MSL, which is supported by the Canadian Space Agency. In 2005 he joined the department of Physics at the University of Guelph, ON, Canada, as an Assistant Professor.

 Katherine Sorenson is a Co-op Coordinator at the University of Guelph and actively provides support to co-op students to help them secure work terms. Thus, she is very knowledgeable in terms of what companies are looking for in prospective students, and has much to offer to students attending PDC and is always ready to offer her advice to students. She is actively involved on campus and even hosted the RISE conference for woman in engineering during which women of influence and top leaders from the engineering industry provide attendees a day filled with professional development opportunities to learn, gain confidence and acquire new skills to RISE through their engineering careers.