Fall 2020 Peer Leaders: Joseph Tafese | Hannah Bernstein


Joseph Tafese

Program: Software Engineering

Joseph Tafese HeadshotHello PeaceTech Enthusiasts!

I’m Joseph Tafese, and I study Software Engineering with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. The University experience, over my 3 years here, has offered some very interesting insight into the tools that we use in my field, but not enough on how to use them for good. This Living-Learning Community, I believe, provides a space where we can learn what a future can look like, one where we think before we build cool things. Having had the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, thought leaders in this space in Tech for Good initiatives throughout Canada, PACS 315 and an academic exchange to Sweden, I look forward to contributing to what we can learn together in our journey this fall.

I am certain that the curious group of individuals that Grebel attracts every year, realities that the new decade has brought to the spot light and the growing need for these discussions, for not only the engineering community but the global community, will give us an amazing place to start.  

See you soon!


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 Fall! 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.


Past PeaceTech Peer Leaders:
  • 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