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Our faculty members

We are proud to have a diverse and experienced group of individuals within the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) who are involved in building the Internship program for the betterment of our students. Our faculty members come with varying degrees in disciplines ranging in education, business and other liberal arts.

As the year progresses, students may become acquainted with a few faculty members directly responsible for the co-ordinating of students in the Internship program and corresponding opportunities. To better serve our students and partnering organizations, these individuals are the main contact for the program:

Pejman Mirza-Babaei

Associate Dean, Industry Partnerships; Associate Professor of User Experience Research

PejmanDr. Pejman Mirza-Babaei is an Associate Professor of User Experience (UX) Research and Associate Dean Industry Relations at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology. His research and teaching is focused on the design and evaluation of user experience in interactive entertainment systems. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and frequently speaks at academic conferences and industry events. He is also a co-editor of "Games User Research" book, a compendium of insights from over 40 experts on UX research in games. His research and professional work is carried out in collaboration with companies spanning the industry. Pejman has worked on pre- and post-release evaluation of more than 25 commercial games including award-winning titles such as Crysis 2, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, and Weirdwood Manor. He also served as UX Research Director at Execution Labs (Montréal, Canada) from 2015 - 2017 and was a UX Researcher at Vertical Slice/Player Research (UK) from 2009 to 2013.

Tim Claydon

Capstone and Internship Co-ordinator

Tim Claydon, Project CoordinatorAs part of the award-winning FBIT recruitment team, Tim Claydon has been part of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology community for six years. As a previous student of our university and an Internship program participant, he has experienced first-hand the benefits the Capstone and Internship programs offer to students and partnering organizations.

As Co-ordinator, Tim is in a unique position to view both sides of the lens. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and information, strengthened by a bachelor's degree in Commerce and a master's degree in Education. A key contact and builder of the Internship and Capstone programs, he consistently seeks ways to improve and strengthen the student internship experience. In an effort to keep up with technology and business issues, he is well-informed through his attendance at various conferences and seminars, at times serving as keynote speaker.

Vera Barton

Capstone Instructor

Vera BartonVera has been an instructor and facilitator with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology since its inception in 2002. Over the last 15 years, she has had the fortunate opportunity of witnessing the growth and expansion of FBIT, including the installation of the Capstone and Internship programs. Through her direct involvement in both the classroom and the co-ordination of students, she provides great insight into innovative methods to keep these two programs relevant to meet student and organizational needs. Her ability to build and maintain a network of key business relationships has contributed greatly to meeting FBIT's strategic planning and future goals. FBIT strives to continuously improve upon its placement offerings, and Vera is in a unique position to meet these requirements.