Natasha Galipeau

Nuclear Engineering

Degree you are studying toward:
Masters of Applied Sciences

Expected year of graduation:

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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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?:
Outgoing, hard working, friendly, curious

Share one fun fact about yourself:
My favourite hobby is knitting - especially socks!

What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?:
In the next 10 years I plan to get my masters degree and begin working on my P.Eng. I would also like to do a ton of travelling!

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?:
The most inspiring engineer I know is my uncle! Although we live far apart and don't see each other often, he always encouraged me to pursue engineering. He also taught me about the iron ring and the responsibility it symbolizes from a young age.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose your program of study?:
I chose to study nuclear engineering because I think nuclear is important in creating a sustainable mix of energy. Nuclear is important because it is a reliable source of power, and the amount we are getting from it can be controlled. This makes it a source of baseload power - so we can rely on a certain amount from it, but we can also change how much power comes from nuclear to supplement wind and solar.

What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?:
My favourite course in engineering has been my capstone course. This was our course for our fourth year design project, and my group made a moderation system for a neutron spectrometer. I really enjoyed this project because I had to apply things that I had learned through out my undergrad, as well as learn new skills. My part of the project involved learning a new coding language, MCNP, so I could model the spectrometer and determine if changes in the geometry needed to be made.

What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?:
The best part of my engineering education so far has been my internship. I worked for a consulting company and was located at Bruce Power. I got to work on a project involving systems all across the plant. It also involved a lot of emergent work, so it was very fast paced work. It also involved working with a team of people from different engineering backgrounds, so we were able to learn a lot from each other.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?:
I'm not sure what I want to do when I graduate! So far my engineering degree has given me some really cool opportunities that I would not have seen coming. This has given me a really open mind towards my plans for the future, so that I can take advantage of whatever comes next.