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Assistant Professor of Teaching
School of EngineeringOther Titles: Technology Entrepreneurship and Professional Development
Engineering entrepreneurship education; professional development; engineering leadership education; experiential and work-integrated learning pedagogies and assessment methods; entrepreneurial attitude and intentionality.
Courses & Teaching
Innovation – Processes and Practices
Leadership Development for Engineers
Alon Eisenstein is an assistant professor of technology, entrepreneurship, and professional development at the School of Engineering at The University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus). With a background in chemistry and entrepreneurship, Dr. Eisenstein champions experiential learning pedagogy to develop entrepreneurial and professional skills in students.
Prior to arriving at UBC Okanagan, Dr. Eisenstein led the development and teaching of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Impact Centre, with particular focus on using experiential learning and work-integrated learning pedagogies. This included an undergraduate internship-based course for UofT’s students, as well as summer programs for visiting international students. As part of his research activities, Dr. Eisenstein studied the role and importance of critical thinking and entrepreneurial attitude in students participating in his programs. Throughout his work at the University of Toronto, Dr. Eisenstein established a peer-group of educators from across the three campuses whose work is related to work-integrated learning, and in 2019 organized and hosted the first national symposium on the topic of entrepreneurial work integrated learning.
Passionate about science education and outreach, Dr. Eisenstein has been volunteering for nearly a decade with Pueblo Science, a non-profit working to advance science education in under-resourced communities in Canada and in the developing world. As part of his role, he has initiated and directed the organization’s week-long science camp, as well as other large public events which aim to engage the general public with science education.
PhD – (Chemistry) University of Toronto, Canada
MEd – (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) University of Toronto, Canada
MSc Cum Laude – (Chemistry) Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
BSc Cum Laude – (Chemistry) Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Eisenstein develops and studies engineering entrepreneurship education, with particular emphasis on experiential learning theory. Research includes pedagogies, assessment methods, students’ motivations, transferable skills acquisition and mastery, attitudes and intentionality towards entrepreneurship.
Selected Publications & Presentations
- Eisenstein, K.R. Harikumar, K. Huang, I. R. McNab, J. C. Polanyi, and A. Zabet-Khosousi. (2012). Pulsed-dosing controls self-assembly: 1-Bromopentane on Si(111)-7X7. Chemical Physics Letters, 527:1-6. DOI:10.1016/j.cplett.2011.12.052
- Eisenstein, L. Leung, T. Lim, Z. Ning, and J. C. Polanyi. (2012). Reaction dynamics at a metal surface; halogenation of Cu(110). Faraday Discuss.,157: 337-53. DOI:10.1039/c2fd20023f
- Eisenstein, and M. C. Goh. (2012). Note: A scanning electron microscope sample holder for bidirectional characterization of atomic force microscope probe tips. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83(3): 036108. DOI:10.1063/1.3698073
- Eisenstein and M. Salvador. (2020). Capacity Building in Science Education in Rural Communities. Matawa Education Conference, Thunder Bay, ON.
- Eisenstein (2019). The Unique Benefits and Challenges of Entrepreneurial Work-Integrated Learning. EWO & CEWIL Professional Development Conference & Symposium, Ottawa, ON
- Eisenstein (2019). Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning.102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Québec, QC. (Invited speaker)
- Eisenstein and B. Wylie-Toal. (2018). Learning Outcome Assessment of Entrepreneurial-WIL. Educating for the Future: Learning Outcomes & Experiential Learning Symposium, Toronto, ON.
- Eisenstein, E. Veletanlic, and L. Vranic. (2017). Assessing Experiential Entrepreneurship Learning Outcomes (in C. Sá. “Symposium: The Ecology of Entrepreneurship Learning in Higher Education). The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) congress conference, Toronto, ON.
- Eisenstein, E. Istrate, and C. Goh. (2016). The Best of Both Worlds – Entrepreneurship as an Experiential Learning Setting. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Empowering Learners, Effecting Change Conference, London, ON.
- Eisenstein, C. Cheng, N. Kim, and M. C. Goh. (2014). Inquiry Physical Chemistry Laboratory. International Conference for Chemical Education, Toronto, ON.
- Eisenstein, M. Salvador. (2014). Promoting Science Literacy through Engaging Chemistry Activities. International Conference for Chemical Education, Toronto, ON.
- Eisenstein and M. C. Goh. (2012). Aggregation of methylene blue on collapsed polymer nanoparticles. Student Poster Session, 11th Chemical Biophysics Symposium, Toronto, ON.
- Eisenstein, L. Leung, and J. C. Polanyi. (2010). Localized Atomic Reaction of p-dichlorobenzene on Cu(110) at 4.7K. Student Poster Session, 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, ON.
Selected Grants & Awards
The Colin Hahnemann Bayley Fellowship, UofT
The 3M Canada Incorporated Scholarship, UofT
The Wolf Foundation Scholarship Award for excellence in academic achievements, BGU
CEWIL Canada – Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada 2018
EWO – Education at Work Ontario 2018
RCIScience – Royal Canadian Institute for Science 2015
- Startup internships provide a unique learning opportunity for students (February 6, 2017), The Globe and Mail.
- A. Eisenstein and S. M. Hyrve. Raising Innovators & Digitally-Savvy Kids. (July 27, 2017), Breakfast Television Montreal.
- A. Eisenstein and M. Salvador. Daytime Ottawa (September 12, 2016).
- CP24 Breakfast Television Live EYE (September 29, 2016).
- A. Eisenstein and M. Salvador. Making Science Fun for Kids! (September 1, 2016), Breakfast Television Montreal.