Ameeta Bhabra (civil engineering), Cameron McDermid (civil engineering) and Terry Zhang (civil engineering) were recently awarded Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Okanagan Branch 4th Year Engineering and Geoscience scholarships.
The scholarship, first awarded in 2012, was established in 2006 through corporate and individual donations. It is awarded annually to students registered in their 4th year in Engineering or Geoscience at UBC Okanagan campus to recognize their leadership, excellence in professionalism, community service and academics.
The chair of the EGBC Okanagan Branch, Hélène Desrosiers, recognized the generosity of the donors when she presented the awards during a special gathering on the Okanagan campus in early December.
Bhabra intends on pursuing a career in engineering because “it is dynamic profession that is continuously improving, which is something that I strive for in my own life. We have the opportunity to solve challenging and unique problems while working with other engineers, communities, and the public.”
According to McDermid, the opportunity to one day impact people’s lives drives him to achieve his academic goals. “Being able to one day look at a large project such as a bridge or large building and say that I was a part in making that happen is something that I dream of doing, and I can’t wait to make that vision become a reality.”
Understanding the interdisciplinary complexity of engineering is crucial to success explains Zhang. “My ambition to become a civil engineer stems from my passion to not only build a better infrastructure for society, but to also work together with others to solve societal and political problems with my strong interpersonal skills while being the push that gets their snowballs rolling bigger than it’s ever been before.”