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.

March 2019

Sangeetha Vigneswaran is our Ambassador of the Month for March 2019! Sangeetha studied civil engineering at McMaster University, and currently works as a Hydro Distribution Manager for Aecon.

Why did you choose to study engineering?

I was always fascinated with structures and loved to build things while growing up. I loved watching a construction project from beginning to end while walking to school everyday.

How do you apply your degree to your career?

I learned how to think like an engineer. My degree has helped me acquire the skills and the confidence to deal with any kind of problem.

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

If you are hoping to pursue a career in engineering, my advice is to find an area you are interested in and passionate about. To me, engineering is about finding ways to improve the world we live in, and you are more likely to want to do that for something that is meaningful to you. Engineering is definitely a difficult area of study and generally results in a career path that can be challenging. Without my interest in space exploration and knowledge that what we learn on orbit can help us here on Earth, it would have been much more difficult for me to pursue this path.