One of Elsie's professors stood out during her time at the University of Toronto: Professor J.H. Parkin. It was in his class that they both had to deal with the challenges of incorporating a woman into a all-male atmosphere. Classroom antics and previously accepted lecture jokes needed to be taken in hand. While Elsie dealt with her classmates "attentions", Professor Parkin ensured that his lecture material would cease to create openings for jokes at her expense.
Parkin would reappear numerous times in Elsie's life as her studies gave way to her professional development as a practicing engineer.