Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
During my time working in industry I recognized a gap between academic research and practice. In returning to school for a graduate degree I hope to bridge this knowledge gap, in particular as it relates to climate change considerations in engineering design.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Not only is Vancouver home for me but it is also the alma mater of both my parents! I did my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Ontario and had been working for four years in Vancouver before deciding to return to school. UBC was the natural choice as a top Canadian university with cutting edge research in my field of interest.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I was interested in the work coming out of my supervisor’s lab group.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
How even a big university like UBC can feel so small and welcoming once you get to know it.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I believe that working for four years before returning to school gave me a good sense of what I was interested in and excited about and how I work best.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Anything and everything outdoors! I like to ski, climb, hike, bike, play soccer, paddle etc. essentially wherever the weather takes me.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Work-life balance is important in graduate school, make sure to make time for yourself and the things you love to do. Also, remember that unexpected results are not bad!