Name: Clarissa Luo
Program: Civil Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: Western University
Education / Degree(s): BEngSci, HBS
Current Job Title: EDP (Engineer in Training)
Current Employer: Ministry of Transportation Ontario
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I competed for Western as part of the Varsity Figure Skating Team assisting in earning Western 4 OUA titles.
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.
What are your best memories of your engineering education?: Time with friends - a lot of the time was spent doing schoolwork, but time was also spent having fun in extra-curricular groups/clubs both inside and outside Western.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current 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 do you love most about your career?: Right now I love that every day brings new challenges that need solutions.
What advice would you give to 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.