August 2019

Taylor Stanbury is our Ambassador of the Month for August 2019! Taylor studied mechatronics engineering at Western University, and currently works as a Systems Designer at Grantek Systems Integration.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

Growing up, I was always intrigued with how things worked, and my parents encouraged me to look into the field of engineering. I enjoyed my high school math and science courses, and wanted to be able to design things to make people’s lives better, making engineering a good fit.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

My problem solving skills and programming experience gained through my engineering degree help me in developing solutions for manufacturing plants to make pharmaceutical and food (chocolate!) products more efficiently.

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

Keep working hard and be willing to learn, engineering can create so many opportunities. There are a variety of options to explore, whether it be the discipline of engineering or industry (manufacturing, research, etc.) or type of work (technical design, project management, etc.). Do what you enjoy and try new things to find a good fit for yourself.

July 2019

Elizabeth Hinton is our Ambassador of the Month for July 2019! Elizabeth studied civil engineering at Lakehead University, and currently works as a Project Manager at AECOM.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

I am good at science and math and enjoy finding out why things work.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

I use the technical skills I learnt from sewer and watermain design, hydraulic modeling, road design and apply it to real life situations.

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

Engineering covers a wide range of opportunities, it will open a lot of doors, and you will be able find and enhance what you love to do. Don’t give up if you first don’t find what you are looking for.

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.