June 2019

Catherine Tsouvaltsidis is our Ambassador of the Month for June 2019! Catherine studied aerospace engineering at York University, and currently works as a Senior Data and Visualization Analyst, TD Bank.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

I have always enjoyed tinkering and solving problems. Engineering was a way for me to explore the world and come up with innovative solutions to problems I encountered.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

In my current work, I use engineering to help people with their data analysis and data visualization. I work on a team where we get about 100 problems to solve a day, so I need to be fast on keyboard and come up with effective solutions. I also need to work directly with the end user, so it is really important to use my soft skills and communication when some issues are difficult or the solution may be more technical than the end user’s abilities.

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

Engineering is a fantastic field to be in with many opportunities for young people with varied skill sets and abilities. Together we can create better world for us all.

May 2019

Sasha Gollish is our Ambassador of the Month for May 2019! Sasha holds an MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

Because I love lego, as a kid and now!

How do you apply your degree to your career?

I’m doing a PhD in Engineering Education so I often think back to my courses at Western.

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

When it gets tough, push back. It’s the best degree you can pursue to open a multitude of doors. And it’s definitely a group of people who like to have fun.

April 2019

Clarissa Luo is our Ambassador of the Month for April 2019! Clarissa studied civil engineering at Western University, and currently works as an EDP (Engineer in Training) for the Ministry of Transportation – Ontario.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

I did it because I enjoyed science and math in high school and therefore had the right prerequisites to apply. It opens a lot of doors so that you can do almost anything.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

I apply knowledge gained from classes in some aspects of my work but I think more importantly my engineering degree taught me how to problem solve and learn quickly. Those skills are what I apply when I start each rotation, similar to when I started each co-op opportunity that I had through Western. There is a quick learning curve that you have to go through in each position.

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

Work smart. Focus your energy on the most important things. It takes a lot of work to make it through the years of education, but it’s worth it! Engineering is a challenging, and rewarding career that doesn’t get old, you can learn something new every day.