Graham Allegretto

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Investigation and Applications of the Piezoionic Effect
John Madden

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Having worked a few years in industry as an electrical engineer, I realised I wasn't happy in the career path that I had chosen. I was still interested in electrical engineering but not in the specialisation I found myself in. I started applying to different jobs, but the only offers I would get were more or less for the same job as what I was currently doing. I thought that a master's degree would not only provide skills I was lacking but also an opportunity to give academic life a try.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

Being one of the best schools in Canada and close to home, it was an easy choice.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

The few years I worked in industry provided me with organisational skills that have to proven to be invaluable for the program. I think the key to success in graduate school is having good organisational skills.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I play hockey and surf when I can. I also like to fish and play the guitar.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Attend everything you can, whether that's social outings or workshops provided by the school. A lot of people look at graduate school as a path to a degree but don't take the time to enjoy life while in school.