Student Speak

Dimitri Tsalavoutas

Dimitri is the contributor to Student Speak’s Innovation section. He is a fourth-year student majoring in Marketing, graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce program in 2015. While pursuing his degree, Dimitri also works part-time at Reliable Car and Truck Rentals, and volunteers in the UOIT Marketing Association as Vice President. He enjoys many outdoor sports including skiing, snowmobiling, biking, four-wheeling, boating, and fishing. He also likes photography and automobiles.

Recent Posts

The university's SIM Satellite: a Mini Nursing Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on April 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

As some of you may know, the university has a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program that is offered collaboratively with Durham College. The main nursing lab is in Durham College, where a large facility replicates real-life situations to challenge nursing students in an environment where no harm will come to real patients. Students have the opportunity to practice as often as they need, to achieve mastery of complex nursing practice. The lab contains a 30 bed mini-hospital! Students must apply all of their nursing knowledge to help tend patients back to health. At the end of the four years, BScN graduates will write the entry to practice exam, the NCLEX.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Health Sciences

Marketing at UOIT

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Marketing is one of the four majors in UOIT’s Bachelor of Commerce program along with Finance, Accounting, and Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. 

If you think that people in the marketing profession are just those annoying salespeople who call when you are eating dinner, hand you flyers you don’t want at the mall, send you junk mail and make those annoying ads you see online and on TV, think again.

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Topics: Academic, Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Chillin’ with Cornelius and Scary Mary at UOIT’s Crime Scene House!

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on March 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The story starts on January 13, where a suspected homicide had occurred at UOIT’s Crime Scene House. For over a month, the Durham Regional Police Service had been looking into the matter. But that’s not all that happened. At 1900 hours on March 2, the DRPS discovered the lifeless body of their bloodstain pattern expert, Dr. D. Morgan, who was investigating the January 13 homicide. She was lying flat on the bed in the master bedroom. The initial examination of the scene concluded no signs of struggle, forced entry or foul play.  What happened here? It’s up to the forensic science students at UOIT to figure it out!

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Science

Drones in UOIT's ACE

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on March 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM

“Watch your six, enemy UAV spotted!"

In one of my previous innovation blogs, I went to UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) to check out their core research facility. Since that visit, I heard they have been testing drones in the climatic wind tunnel! Who else has facilities fit for drone testing?

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Topics: Innovation

LANWAR at UOIT - Ontario’s Largest LAN Party!

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on February 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

What is LANWAR?  A giant gathering of gamers… to play games!  In this semi-annual three-day event the gaming lasts 40 hours straight, featuring games like Smash Bros., League of Legends, DOTA 2, Minecraft, Counter Strike, Strike GO, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2.  If you want to do your own thing, you can bring whatever games you want to play. You can also bring your own laptop, desktop computer, or even TV and gaming consoles if you want!  Note that this event has a BYOC policy: Bring Your Own Computer!  

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Topics: Local News and Culture, Innovation, Student Life, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Our university's past lives: Facts from a university's history

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on January 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

In this article, I step away from exploring the innovations at our university for a moment to look at the university's history, and share some interesting facts about the place that everyone ought to know! The 61 Charles Street building for example, which is of course now part of UOIT, wasn’t just built back in 2011 when the school started using the building. Don’t you want to know what it was used for before?!?

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Topics: Fun Facts

UOIT Automotive Centre of Excellence

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on December 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

For all of the car guys and girls out there, the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is definitely one place at UOIT you should check out!

ACE is an independent business owned by UOIT which generates revenue from clients who come in to use its facilities. ACE has five different testing chambers, some of which contain technology that is the first of its kind not only in Canada, but in the whole world!  Vehicles that operate on alternative fuels to gasoline and diesel (hybrids, electric cars, hydrogen vehicles, etc.) can also be tested here.

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Topics: Innovation

Wearable technology at UOIT's Decimal Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on November 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

How are people’s lives different than those of previous generations because of the gadgets we have at our fingertips today? Some differences are clearly seen already, where for example many people cannot go a day without checking their phone and computer for messages. As the future likely holds further advances in these sorts of technologies, it is important for people like those at the Decimal Lab to understand the effects these gadgets can have on people.

Dr. Isabel Pedersen (pictured below) led the tour of the Decimal Lab, located in the 55 Bond Street building in downtown Oshawa, in Room 102B. Dr. Pedersen is the Canadian Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, as well as the director of the Decimal Lab and an associate professor in UOIT’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

The UOIT Gaming Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on October 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

In this month’s adventure, I was given a tour of UOIT’s Games And Media Entertainment Research (GAMER) Lab by its Research Director, Dr. Lennart Nacke.  Dr. Nacke teaches in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship undergraduate program at UOIT, and has a PhD in Digital Game Development.  Dr. Nacke’s vision is to “create interactive entertainment systems for everyday computers that are mobile and usable in everyday life.”

This lab is FULL of cutting-edge technology. 

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

The UOIT Medical Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on September 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The first thing I noticed when coming to explore the medical lab at UOIT is how serious they are about health and safety.  The medical lab is a level two biohazard lab, and one must take many precautions when in the laboratory.

The students who use the medical labs are in the second and third year of the Health Science program. Most of the students become Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) but it is an excellent program for pre-med students.  Students quickly learn their way around a medical laboratory and develop essential quality assurance skills.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Health Sciences