Mary Robinson (she/her)

Associate Dean, Outreach, Equity and Diversity; Associate Director First Year Engineering; Continuing Lecturer

Contact InformationMary Robinson (she/her)

Phone: 519-888-4567 x40653, 519-888-4567 x37550
Location: E7 1326, E7 7304

Biography Summary

Supporting Women in Engineering is a cornerstone in Mary Robinson’s strategy as the inaugural Associate Dean of Outreach, Equity and Diversity.

In this key leadership role, Robinson supports Waterloo Engineering’s commitment to equity and diversity as well as our award-winning outreach programs.

Robinson is also leading our ongoing efforts to become a more accessible, welcoming, and inclusive community. She oversees our initiatives related to underrepresented/historically excluded groups in our Faculty of Engineering including Indigenous and Black students, with a particular focus on advancing Indigenous ways of knowing and being into our Faculty. A longtime member of Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), Robinson continues to energize the University of Waterloo’s work around women in engineering.

Prior, Robinson was the Associate Director First Year Engineering where she guided and supported students in achieving their goals and aspirations during one of the most challenging years of their young lives. In this role, Robinson undertook key roles including:

• Academic advising for first-year engineering students in areas such as study skills, transfers, electives, promotion rules, and extenuating circumstances

• Examinations and promotions (E and P) where she reviewed end-of-term marks and promotion decisions, prepare and present petitions on behalf of students to the E and P committee

Previously, Robinson was an instructor with the Department of Chemical Engineering where she taught courses from basic Chemical Engineering concepts to distillation column design, to food process engineering.

She is a Fellow of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG).

Research Interests

  • Active learning and teaching methods
  • Teaching with technology
  • Process safety management
  • Food production and packaging processes


  • 2010, Certificate, Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo
  • 2010, Master of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 2002, Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
    • Taught in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Seniuk Cicek, Jillian and Steele, Alan and Gauthier, Sarah and Adobea Mante, Afua and Wolf, Pamela and Robinson, Mary and Mattucci, Stephen, Indigenizing Engineering education in Canada: critically considered, Teaching in Higher Education, 2021, 1 - 22
  • Cicek, J Seniuk and Steele, Alan L and Burgart, Deanna and Rogalski, Pamela and Gauthier, Sarah and Mattucci, Stephen and Bazylak, Jason and Mante, A and Robinson, M and Herrmann, R and others, Indigenous Initiatives in Engineering Education in Canada: Collective Contributions, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 2020
  • Robinson, Mary and Minshull, Scarlett, SIX DEGREES OF CHEM & BACON, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 2020
  • Robinson, Mary and Li, Eugene, “It’s not pronounced Mahna-mahna”: Creating a hands-on activity to teach first-year engineers about pressure measurement, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 2018
  • Li, Eugene and Rennick, Chris and Hulls, Carol and Robinson, Mary and Cooper-Stachowsky, Michael and Boghaert, Eline and Melek, William and Bedi, Sanjeev, Tron days: Horizontal integration and authentic learning, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), 2017
  • M. Robinson, C. Hulls, C. Rennick, "One-a-day Problems for Improving Student Learning and Study Habits", Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference, 06 2019, Ottawa, ON. (Accepted in 2019)
  • C. Hulls, C. Rennick, M. Robinson, S. Mohamed, "Effects of a Fall Reading Break on First Year Students' Course Performance in Programming", Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference,06 2018, Vancouver, BC. (Accepted in 2018)

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