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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Teaching renewable energy to the next generation

Behnaz Rezaie

Behnaz Rezaie | Class of 2013
PhD, Mechanical Engineering

Doing research on exciting ideas. Teaching. Learning. These endeavours are what Beth is most enjoying in her role as Assistant Professor specializing in renewable energy and environment at the University of Idaho. 
 
An experienced engineer who had worked in the automotive engineering field for some years, in 2008 Beth entered the Mechanical Engineering Masters program at the Ontario Tech to upgrade her engineering skills and learn new methods of research.
 
After receiving her master's degree in 2009, Beth continued on to the PhD program. She specialized in thermal science and energy with an emphasis on energy management, clean energy technologies and  energy storage systems. While completing her PhD, Beth was an instructor for third-year courses in Fluid Power Systems and Engineering Production Management. She was also a Teaching Assistant for several fourth-year courses including Economic Engineering, Life Cycle engineering, and Operational Engineering and Project Management.
 
At the University of Idaho, Beth is currently teaching Thermal Energy Systems, which is a fourth-year engineering course, as well as Sustainability and Green Design at the graduate level. As a respected expert in vehicle design and clean energy, Beth has published more than 20 technical papers.
 
For the future, she's looking forward to enhancing her career with more research in the area of energy sustainability, renewable energy and the economic aspects of energy resources. Beth is also looking forward to working with more students to continue exploring the ever-fascinating field of energy.