Ermia Aghaie MASc ’19 (Mechanical) is a Materials Engineer at Pacific Particulate Materials Ltd. in Vancouver, BC.
What inspired you to go into Engineering?
Engineering is the backbone of any technological advancement in our life from building to data architectures. I’ve always been inspired to uncover these advancements through building complex solutions. I’m happy to make an impact by putting the pieces of the puzzle together and engineering solutions.
Why did you choose the School of Engineering?
Most emerging technological solutions require knowledge and skill-sets from different backgrounds. School of Engineering was a place where I could become a specialist in one area of knowledge and get to meet brilliant minds from across the globe in a centre of excellence. I am proud to be a graduate of SOE.
What were some of your highlights of studying at UBC Okanagan?
We are a small engineering family that lived next to the Rocky Mountains. Looking out onto nature was a mind exploration exercise for me. It continues to bring perspective to my research work innovating new materials for automotive components.
Were there some faculty / courses that really had an impact on your experience? If so, how/which ones?
The Specialty Alloys with Professor Dimitry Sediako was an amazing learning experience for me. This course was a perfect combination of materials science knowledge, new technologies, and how to improve the properties of metallurgical materials in a practical way. I have also learned how to tune properties to what’s needed from a mechanical and materials science engineering perspective. I learned how amazing it feels to be part of a chain leading to building something spectacular.
Upon graduation, what was your plan?
I had my mind set on industry experience prior to graduation. Like a planner if you wish, and that’s why I was hungry to put my knowledge into practice. I have always been an admirer of applied research and project work where the outcome is measurable.
How did you find your current role?
Networking! I encourage students, and my peers, to keep in touch with industry professionals and classmates. You never know how well-established networks and valuable relationships can help you land that next job. I was referred to my current manager by a former engineering colleague.
Describe your role.
Using technical background, I support operations and product development initiatives within our manufacturing business. I do literature reviews and market studies to help keep the organization and team up to date with the latest technologies and evolving needs of our customers.
Overall, what would you say is the impact that UBC Okanagan and the School of Engineering has had on you?
UBC School of Engineering prepared me for the long run. All the training, lab experiences, and interactions with classmates helped me become a better version of myself (on a journey I am passionate about). I will always be grateful to all the faculty members and my supervisor, Dr. Dimitry Sediako, who challenged and inspired me to overcome obstacles – which has mirrored the challenges I face today as an engineer.