Name: Liz Hofer
Program: Mechatronics Engineering
Degree you are studying toward: Bachelor of Engineering
Expected year of graduation: 2020
Institution: McMaster University
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Fun Facts About Me
If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?:Really really really really really really cool.
Share one fun fact about yourself: I love to dance! In my spare time I study Vaganova method ballet.
What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?: In the next 10 years I hope to be pursuing a meaningful engineering career. While I am not quite sure what specifically I want to be doing I hope to have a positive influence on technology's relationship with society.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?: Hedy Lamarr. She was an inventor/movie star in the 30's and 40's who holds the patent for a 'Secret Communication System' that utilizes 'frequency hopping' so that radio signals cannot be tracked or jammed. The principles of this system are still used in modern Wifi technology. I find Lamarr inspiring because she did not have any formal education and she was already a very successful actress, yet she still contributed her solutions because she knew they had value. I admire her confidence to answer questions that no one asked her to solve.
Why did you choose your program of study?: In high school I loved science and math so I choose engineering as my undergrad even though I didn't really know what it was. It turns out it was a good choice because I love solving problems and learning about the way thinks work. I choose Mechatronics specifically because I was having a hard time choosing just one stream and Tron is sort of a combination of three (Elec, Mech, and Software). It was also a good choice however because I love the sort of problems I get to solve through robotics.
What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?: Principals of Programming. I had never been exposed to computer programming before university but I love the way it uses simple tools to make complicated programs. I liked this course specifically because the professor talked a lot about the difference between 'code that works' and code that will never fail even if someone is trying to break it. We also talked about elegant solutions to complex problems, like how to determine if there is a loop in your linked list.
What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?: The best part of my engineering education is all of the people I get to meet! We have such a strong community and everyone is always there to help each other out.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?: I would love to get a job in my field and work towards gaining even more knowledge on building robots. I hope that I can continue my education by learning new things every day of my career.