John Bandler—Non-Technical Bio
John Bandler is active in various artistic, literary, and theatrical endeavors. His fiction includes short stories, a novel, a screenplay, and nine stage plays. His novel, his screenplay, and one of his plays are about Cyprus’s 1950’s historical struggle for liberation. Another of his plays refers to the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkish armed forces.
He was inspired by novelist-playwright
Polychronis Koutsakis (a former
colleague at McMaster University) towards the stage and screen. He attended
Robert McKee’s “Story” and “Genre” seminars
in New York and Los Angeles, and later revised his screenplay following an
extensive consultation with McKee in New York. He also attended McKee’s
Story in Business seminar.
His seminar, “The first impression is a lasting impression: observations on life, competition, and professional advancement,” McMaster University, April 26, 2011, led to an invitation to deliver a rump session on “Human Aspects of Communication and Persuasion: First Impressions and Subtext,” at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium, Montreal, June 19, 2012—the only rump session planned for the symposium. His talk is available on IEEE.tv.
On April 26, 2012 he spoke at Reykjavik University on “Routes to Success in Academic Research: A Personal Perspective.” He also spoke on this topic at the University of Waterloo, September 14 in their Distinguished Lecture Series, at Carleton University on October 3, and at École Polytechnique de Montréal on October 4, 2012. On October 17, at the University of Toronto, he addressed the IEEE Women in Engineering Chapter on “Aspects of persuasion: confirmation bias, first impressions and subtext.”
On September 19, 2012, he delivered a talk to the IEEE Hamilton Section based on his IEEE Canada McNaughton Award Lecture “Have You Ever Wondered About The Engineer’s Mysterious “Feel” For A Problem?” On October 25, he spoke on “The essence of space mapping: do less, get more” at Freescale Semiconductor Inc. in Tempe, AZ; then, at Arizona State University, he delivered a talk to the IEEE Phoenix Waves and Devices Chapter on “Space mapping: an engineering design technology that mimics common sense.”
In 2014, he spoke at TEDx McMaster U; and at McMaster University’s Cafe X. He spoke at Tianjin University, at South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen, and at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He delivered keynote speeches on creativity organized in California and Florida by the IEEE MTT-S Women in Microwaves.
In 2015, he delivered workshops to candidates for McMaster's 3-Minute Thesis and Falling Walls Competitions. He delivered the keynote speech, “Don’t dodge ethics on your route to success,” at the IEEE Montreal Section Awards Banquet.
In 2016, he delivered a short course at the 2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in San Franciso with George Ponchak of NASA: “to write your paper, get it accepted, then effectively present it at a conference.”
In 2016, with Erin Kiley, he initiated a Three Minute Thesis Competition for the 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS).
Bandler has engaged in production and publicity-related tasks for the Dundas Little Theatre and Theatre Burlington. He contributed to Theatre Burlington’s 2010 multiple-award-winning story of Alan Turing, namely, Breaking the Code. For this play, Tom Mackan was named Theatre Ontario’s 2010 outstanding director, while Bandler received the Western Ontario Drama League adjudicator’s special award for (his Greek language) dialect coaching. Bandler served as a dialect coach for The Miracle Worker, directed by Sondra Learn, Theatre Burlington, 2011. He was creative consultant, Time and the Conways, directed by Brian Morton, Dundas Little Theatre, 2011. His photographs document Theatre Burlington’s 2012 production of The Imaginary Invalid, directed by Tom Mackan.
Last Update: September 10, 2016