Hossein Montazerian (MASc ’18, Mechanical) is a PhD Graduate Student Researcher, Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics, Bioengineering Department, University of California-Los Angeles
What inspired you to go into Engineering?
Looking at the world around me, I realized how Engineering has made life easier for humanities. I found that Engineering is a great place to satisfy my curious mind and my passion for finding solutions to the most important challenges in the world. In particular, healthcare devices that are rapidly becoming more and more intelligent these days made me believe that Engineering actually has made a great impact on peoples’ lives. I always dreamed about changing the world and figured that Engineering is the way to go for anyone who wants to contribute to this impact.
Why did you choose the School of Engineering?
The School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan is among a few places I know where it brings the faculty from different disciplines close together and provides the opportunity for students to be exposed to a multidisciplinary research environment. Many prominent and revolutionary examples of discovery have taken place in collaborations and interactions between experts in different fields. On top of that, I found a highly professional and high-standard mentorship by the SoE faculty which is the key to each student’s success and motivation.
What were some of your highlights of studying at UBC Okanagan?
Graduation from UBC Okanagan was particularly fascinating to me and a memory that I will never forget. UBC Okanagan helped shape my decision in what I want to do in my professional career. Working jointly in Composites Research Network (CRN) and Advanced Thermofluidic Laboratory (ATFL) under supervision of Prof. Milani and Prof. Hoorfar was an amazing experience in my life that I always refer to.
Were there some faculty / courses that really had an impact on your experience?
Microfabrication course thought by Prof. Ian Foulds was one of my favorite courses that also helped a lot with my research and also we gained hands-on experience in practical lab activities. Also the course “Multicriteria optimization and design of experiments” by Prof. Milani was a very helpful course in proper analysis of my experimental data and design of my experiments.
Upon graduation, what was your plan?
I would like to pursue my career in academia, so I decided to continue my education towards PhD degree.
How did you find your current role?
I am very excited to continue as a researcher in one of the top tier research laboratories. I feel so happy that I can apply what I learned during my Masters studies at UBC Okanagan in my current research.
Describe your role.
I am currently doing experimental research in bioengineering areas to find solutions for a wide range of healthcare problems.
Overall, what would you say is the impact that UBC Okanagan and the School of Engineering has had on you?
The biggest impact that the School of Engineering and my supervisors thought me was to always aim big and strive to make a big impact.