November 2019

Erica Lee Garcia is our November Ambassador of the Month! Erica is the Founder and CEO of her own Consulting Company (Erica Lee). She graduated Materials Engineering from Queens University.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

Because I wanted to make the world a better place.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

I am always thinking of ways to break down problems into manageable pieces, understand the inputs and outputs of any process, and find ways to do things better.

What advice do you have for someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

Be ready to work hard and don’t lose hope! Remember who you are as a whole human being. Never lose track of what matters most to you. You’re making a great choice, as engineering is a great way to solve important problems and shape the future.

October 2019

Mellie Chow is our October Ambassador of the Month! Mellie is an Executive Director with RTX Technology Partners. She graduated Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

It was the fastest path out of school while obtaining a Professional Degree and Global job security.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

It taught critical thinking and problem skills required for today’s complex business challenges and innovation.

What advice do you have for someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

Perseverance and hard work is power for the course. It’s a very reliable and consistent way to build foundation skills and start your career.

September 2019

Samantha Yuan is our Ambassador of the Month for September 2019! Samantha studied systems engineering at the University of Waterloo, and currently works as a Sr. Systems Designer at Shopify.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

My parents are both engineers, so some of the idea came from them. Engineering, in my opinion, also has a great balance between pure math and art. I have always thought of it as my comfort and creative zone.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

Being formally trained in engineering helps me see the world differently: underneath the surface where the system lies, I look at how and why do people use it, how it integrates into other systems, what are the implications of changes within the system, etc.

What advice do you have for someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

Engineering provides you a platform and you make your career the way you want it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. What you learn from engineering can always be transferred into skills applicable to other areas.