Judene Pretti is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BMath ‘97, MMSc ‘09) and Queen's University (BEd ’97), and currently pursuing her PhD part-time in the Management Sciences department at Waterloo. Her leadership of WatCACE involves oversight and contributions towards research projects as well as developing strong partnerships with key stakeholders at Waterloo and in the national and international co-op and work-integrated communities.
David Drewery is the Research Coordinator for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) and is also a PhD student (Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies) at the University of Waterloo. David coordinates a number of research projects conducted by WatCACE co-op students and other WatCACE members.
Having recently graduated from the University of Waterloo (BSc'16) in a co-op program, Samantha understands the countless benefits of co-operative education, while also recognizing that the first work term can be difficult for many students. By reflecting on her experiences as a co-op student, Samantha is able to effectively connect with many current Waterloo co-op students, providing mentorship and support through their first work term, and beyond.
Dr. Maureen Drysdale is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo. She specializes in developmental and education psychology. As part of her work with WatCACE, Dr. Drysdale designed a comprehensive Research Methods Workshop for individuals or organizations entering into co-op research for the first time.
Dr. Rocco Fondacaro is the Director of Student and Faculty Relations in the Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) department at the University of Waterloo. He is interested in work-integrated education and co-op due to its increasing importance and the mounting evidence that co-op leads to better employability, increased pay, and greater opportunity for individuals following graduation.
Lukasz Golab is an Associate Professor in the department of Management Sciences and a Canada Research Chair. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2001; with High Distinction) and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (2006; with Alumni Gold Medal for top PhD graduate). His research spans various areas in data management and mining, including data stream processing, data profiling, educational data mining and data analytics for sustainability.
Katherine Lithgow is the Senior Instructional Developer, Integrative Learning for the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. She is particularly interested in how to best help students connect what they learn in the classroom to the workplace, community, and social environments, and how students can transfer knowledge, skills, and values across contexts.
Christine Logel is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Her research seeks to understand the negative effects of stigma on well-being, health, and success, defined in different ways, in order to design and test social psychological interventions to reduce these negative effects.
Dr. Winny Shen is an assistant professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which refers to the application of psychological theories and principles to understand workplace phenomena, at the University of Waterloo. In particular, she studies issues related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, leadership and supervision, and worker health and well-being. Her interests in these topics has led to her collaborations with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) on research around these issues for co-op students.
Dr. Gordon Stubley is a professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and is the Associate Dean, Teaching for Engineering. He was also the inaugural Academic Director of WatPD-Engineering. His present interests include developing strategies for using student co-op work term experiences to enhance learning in lectures and other on-campus learning activities.
Nancy Waite is the Associate Director, Practice-Based Education and Professional Outreach with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in researching co-operative education because she believes it is important to document what students gain from their co-op experience.
Shivangi Chopra is a graduate student in the Department of Management Sciences at the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Waterloo. After graduating on the Dean’s Honours List and receiving a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, she joined the Information Systems paradigm of the Management Sciences department where she specializes in big data analytics. She is interested in issues related to the dissemination, quality, applicability and retention of education and she employs various data mining tools to get a deeper understanding of the same.
Christopher Lok is a graduate student studying Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on stereotypes, prejudice, and achievement gaps, as well as creating interventions to address these issues.
Margaret McBeath is a graduate student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in issues related to psychological and health outcomes of university students and believes that co-operative education plays a pivotal role in student experience and outcomes. Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the psychological outcomes for students who participate in co-operative education, specifically related to tacit knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-concept.
Paige Stirling is a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts, Industrial/Organizational Psychology department at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in improving the effectiveness of developmental experiences for employees and sees the co-operative education environment as an ideal ground to make a contribution, all the while positively affecting student outcomes.
Edward Yeung is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo. His research concerns understanding people in workplaces, with particular focus on the topics of diversity and leadership. In collaboration with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), he is currently examining the impact of various diversity recruitment practices on co-op students’ reactions to hiring organizations, the on-the-job impacts of these practices on their attitudes, behaviours, and performance during their co-op placements, and whether these outcomes differ across co-op students (i.e. by racial/ethnic group, gender, and diversity-related values).
Dr. James Downey is a Founding Member of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) and was previously the president of the University of Waterloo. Co-operative education and its study is of interest to him because of how it has influenced the success of the University of Waterloo. His research interest lies in answering the question of how and why the University has been so successful in this sphere and how that success might be enhanced.
Bruce Lumsden served as the Director of the Co-operative Education and Career Services department (CECS; now Co-operative Education and Career Action) at the University of Waterloo for eleven years. He believes that in order to understand the learning process in the classroom and the workplace, and to connect the two into a comprehensive learning experience requires relevant and substantive research.
Dr. Patricia Rowe is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology and the former Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo. She began to investigate co-operative education as an extension of her work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, rooted in her belief in the importance of work in our lives.
Dr. Gary Waller is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and the former director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE). He chose to study co-operative education due to its clear positive impacts upon students at the University of Waterloo.