Name: Marie-Hélène Fillion
Program: Geological Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: Université Laval/University of Toronto
Education / Degree(s): BSc in Geological Engineering, MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, PhD in Mining Engineering
Current Job Title: Assistant Professor
Current Employer: Laurentian University
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I have actually two fun facts. First, when I was 4-5 years old, I wanted to be a tightrope walker or a florist (career goals can change a lot). Secondly, I really enjoy long distance running, it helps me to clear my thoughts and relax. I did my first marathon in 2014.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: When I was a teenager, I heard about the first French Canadian women astronaut going to space: Julie Payette. In addition to the vast scientific knowledge required to be an astronaut, I was impressed by her self-discipline and physical strength.
Why did you choose to study engineering?: Since I am a kid, I have always been curious about natural phenomena such as hurricanes, volcanoes, etc. In high school, I wanted to be a volcanologist for the scientific interest, but also for the travelling opportunities. Following that idea, I wanted to study geology at the University and I chose geological engineering for the wider range of work possibilities (always open all doors!). During my studies, I quickly noticed a strong interest for the engineering aspects, particularly for geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics. This led me to pursue an MSc and a PhD in engineering.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: I am an Assistant Professor at the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University. I teach engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. My experience helps me to present good case studies to demonstrate the practical aspects of engineering. I also work on scientific research projects for which my engineering skills are a great asset.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: Do not ever think that you cannot do something that you are passionate about. It is true that following some passions may require more work than others may, but once you find your real passion, it does not feel like work. In addition, working in engineering is a mix of calculations & design, fieldwork, travelling, client relations, team supervision, teamwork, collaboration with different fields, etc. Working in engineering is far from being routine work. You learn something almost everyday and you can improve/protect the life of many people.