How did your experience/studies at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering prepare you for your current role?
In my current role as a Controls Engineer at USNR, I rely not only the fundamentals of electrical theory, but the ability to assess a problem and reason a workable solution. UBCO has provided me with the theoretical knowledge to thrive in an ever advancing technological industry, and in completing my degree, I built a work ethic that I am proud of. I was fortunate to have small class sizes at UBCO which made the lectures more personable and interesting. UBCO offered various courses in digital and analog control theory that directed me to pursue a career in industrial automation.
What are some of your favourite memories from your time at UBC Okanagan?
One of my favourite memories is winning first place in the second year hovercraft competition. This project was both fun and a great introduction to applying engineering principles to create a functional item. It also tested our ability to work in a team environment.
I was attending UBCO while the engineering building was being constructed. I remember in 4th year when the building was completed and we had our first access to the lecture halls and labs. I was appreciating the modern construction and great study space.
Is there one class and/or faculty member in particular that really inspired you?
I have great appreciation for all my professors and the effort they put in. There are two classes that contributed to my path into automation that stand out, Dr. Wilson Eberle in Power Electronics and Motor Theory, and Dr. Homayoun Najjaran for his courses in Control Theory.
What does the future hold for you?
Controls Engineering is always pushing the boundaries of new technology which keeps this industry exciting. I get to travel the world and implement the work I’ve done. I can’t imagine doing anything else.