Name: Umna Arshad
Program: Mechanical Engineering
University(s) / College(s) Attended: University of Guelph
Education / Degree(s): BEng
Current Job Title: Product Engineer
Current Employer: Canadian Hospital Specialties, Ltd
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Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: I love trying new things. Recently, I learned how to ride a motorcycle and tried zip-lining. Next up on my list: indoor sky diving.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: Hedy Lamarr. Although not formally trained, Hedy co-developed a communication system that helped combat the Nazis in WWII. “By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, her invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.” Oh and did I mention, she was a famous Hollywood actress?
Why did you choose to study engineering?: Because everything in the world revolves around engineering! From the moment we wake up, every device, object, item we use throughout our day is in one way another a product of engineering.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: Working as a Product Engineer allows me to use the technical skills and knowledge I have gained through my mechanical engineering degree. Furthermore, in the medical industry, the most important approach to design is safety and feasibility which are aspects that were emphasized by my professors when I was in school. Engineering (mechanical in particular) is a very versatile field so the principles learned can be applied in almost every other engineering field.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: Engineering is a very rewarding career; the skills you gain can be applied not only to your professional career path but your personal path as well. To be a successful engineer: learn the value of networking, step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. The network you gain will be of great value once you graduate. Build your writing skills, an engineer who knows how to write – now that’s a rare bird! And most importantly, learn how to work harmoniously within a team.