Winter 2021 Peer Leaders: Hannah Bernstein | Elijah Birley


Hannah Bernstein

Program: Nanotechnology Engineering

Hannah Bernstein headshotHi everyone!

I’m Hannah and I just finished my 2nd year of Nanotechnology Engineering. I have been part of PeaceTech as both a member and a Leader and I’m super excited to be returning to the role of PeaceTech Leader this Winter! Last fall, I took Grebel’s Engineering and Peace course and loved learning about how I can use my degree for good and really think about the implications of what I am designing and learning about in my courses. Through my co-ops, I have been working collaboratively with cognitive scientists to design technologies that can be used to monitor symptoms of various mental illnesses and neurogenerative diseases. Throughout my future co-ops and studies, I plan to continue working with people within multidisciplinary fields because I think it is so important to have a diverse set of people and experiences in order to use and develop Tech for Good. 

My favourite part about PeaceTech is the interdisciplinary group provided by students of all faculties and years of education. I look forward to sharing in amazing discussions with all of you in the fall where we can learn from each other and guest speakers about topics at the intersection of peace and technology.


Elijah Birley

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Elijah smiles for a photoHello  PeaceTechers! 

I’m Elijah Birley and I am currently in my 2nd year of study in Mechanical Engineering. I have been a member of PeaceTech since the very beginning and am excited to take all of that experience into being your Peer Leader this Winter Term!  Through my time at university I have tried to expand knowledge in areas related to more than just the theory and application of my degree, and a lot of those directly relate to PeaceTech. Last term I took the Entrepreneurship for Social Impact where I learned what it looks like to pursue a mission of making life better for people around us while at the same developing a thriving business that can grow and further its reach. I am currently working at a company developing new technology for diagnosing allergies and hope to take my experience in this Healthtech sector into this term. I hope to continue to develop my knowledge of the intersections of peace and technology with future co-ops and course work.  

I am very excited to be part of such a diverse community all looking at the impact of technology but from so many different and important perspectives. Students from every faculty and year  and various guest speakers from our near and far community share their wealth of knowledge every week and what could be more exciting than that!


Past PeaceTech Peer Leaders:
  • Fall 2020: Hannah Bernstein, Nanotechnology Engineering; Joseph Tafese, Software Engineering
  • Spring 2020: Conrad Heidebrecht, Systems Design Engineering; Rebecca Koole, Honours Arts and Business
  • Winter 2020: Hannah Brubacher Kaethler, Knowledge Integration; Neil Brubacher, Systems Design Engineering
  • Fall 2019: Hannah Bernstein, Nanotechnology Engineering; Grace Wright, Political Science and Business
  • Spring 2019: Neil Brubacher, Systems Design Engineering; Jonathan Smith, Computer Science & Business Administration