“I love going from the idea stage through to physical design and testing.”
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
- Campus: Okanagan
Year: 4th year
Why did you choose UBC?
What skills have you developed as an engineer?
You learn how to think and how to build up your knowledge so that when you go into a new experience – like a co-op position, for example – where you’re being asked to do something you’ve never done before, you know how to think methodically and apply your knowledge. You also learn how to grow your knowledge on your own, which is a useful skill in all areas of life!.
What are you doing for your current co-op term?
For one project, we had to propose the location for Vancouver’s next protected bike lane. The project was not what I had thought of as a traditional engineering assignment, so it exposed us to some of the lesser-known work that engineers do. We learned to understand and balance the viewpoints of multiple stakeholders affected by the location, consider how the bike lane integrates with public transit, and then plan out the construction phase and how that works with current traffic flow.
Another project I enjoyed was designing a simple rainwater harvesting system for a remote community in BC. We got into the nitty-gritty of various filtering components and there were a lot of physics equations involved!
Any advice for other students?
I was torn in high school when choosing a program as I really enjoy arts and humanities as well as sciences and math. But I have the desire and aptitude to be an engineer and thought I would give it a try. Also, keep in mind that if you get in and don’t like it, it’s much easier to switch out of engineering than into it. Set your goals high! Hard work pays off, and even if you don’t get into your top choice, everything will ultimately work out.