Inspiring stories of women in engineering at UBC Okanagan’s school of Engineering

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Having a culture that champions diversity and inclusivity in our labs and workplaces empowers all of us to solve the challenges facing society today and into the future.

Mina Hoorfar, Director & Professor

faculty

Cigdem Eskicioglu (Professor, Civil) is the NSERC Senior Industry Chair in advanced resource recovery from wastewater

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Mina Hoorfar (Director & Professor, Mechanical) is principal investigator at the Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Laboratory

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Deborah Roberts (Professor, Civil) is principal investigator at Facility for Environmental & Biological Imaging / Biological Solutions

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Sepideh Pakpour (Assistant Professor, Mechanical) is principal investigator at Biomedical Microbiome Research (BMR) laboratory

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Sumi Siddiqua (Associate Professor, Civil) is principal investigator at CFI-Funded Advanced Geomaterials Testing Lab

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Claire Yan (Associate Professor, Mechanical) is an active researcher and educator in the field of thermofluids and energy

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Sabine Weyand (Assistant Professor, Electrical & Mechanical) is an active researcher and educator in the field of biomedical engineering

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Growing up I loved all the maths and sciences, but I knew very little about engineering until my older sister chose to study Computer Engineering. I got very interested in engineering, but had very few female engineering role-models. I hope as the number of women in engineering continues to grow that young girls realize there are so many opportunities available to them in whatever discipline they wish to pursue.

Sabine Weyand, Instructor

UNDERGRADUATE

Julia Halipchuk (BASc, Civil ’13) is a Building Science & Restoration Engineer with Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

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Aliyah Ayorinde (Electrical)  is a second-year Electrical student in the School of Engineering

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Saskia Huesing (BASc, Civil ’18) is a Project Coordinator at Emil Anderson Construction Inc.

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Emma Houiellebecq (BASc, Civil ’13) is a Programme Manager with the Red Cross (ICRC)

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Holly Denby (BASc, Electrical ’20) is an Associate Controls Account Manager at Trane Technologies

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Shay Dekock-Kruger (BASc, Electrical ’17) is an Engineer In Training at BC Hydro based in Vancouver

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Jessica Rempel (BASc, Mechanical ’19) is a Control Systems Specialist at Tolko Industries

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Rachael L’Orsa (BASc, Mechanical ’10) is a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary

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Emily Earl (BASc ’19, Mechanical) is pursuing a MASc in Mechanical  (2021)

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Karlyn Fischer (BASc, Civil ’18) is a Structural EIT at Horrocks Engineering.

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Shriya Agrawal is a 4th year mechanical engineering  student from Tanzania 

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I chose to study engineering years ago without knowing any gender diversity issues in the profession. Over years, I have started to realize that there are places, where male engineering students are more likely to secure a job than their equally-qualified female classmates. Being a female engineering faculty means that I have an opportunity to mentor both female and male engineering students, who will not only contribute to the engineering industry with their expertise, but also help change stereotypes in the profession.

Claire Yan, Senior Instructor

GRADUATE

Naomi Fredeen (BASc, Electrical ’15) is a Research Assistant at Integrated Optics Laboratory at UBC Okanagan

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Tanya Fraser (BASc & MASc, Civil ’18/’20) is a Structural Engineering Student with Mercury Consulting Inc.

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Nilufar Islam (MASc & PhD, Civil ’11/’15) is a Project Engineer in Sewers & Drainage Design City of Vancouver

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Nurmunira Muhammad (PhD, Civil ’19) is a Faculty Member Civil at Universiti Malaysia Pahang

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Kalie Smith (MASc, Civil ’19) is a Junior Civil Engineer at Waters Edge Engineering Ltd.

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Kishoare Tamanna (MASc, Civil ’18) is a Researcher at the School of Engineering

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Marie Reid (BASc & MASc, Mechanical ’11/’19) is a Engineering Outreach Advisor

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Jessica Van Brummelen (BASc, Mechanical ’17) is a PhD candidate at MIT

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As a child, I had an inquisitive mind and was always interested in how things worked. In high school, I discovered a fascination with all things mechanical, through an automotive course. This ultimately inspired me to become an engineer.

Marie Reid, Alumni & SOE Outreach Coordinator

PROGRAMS

Celebrating Women in Engineering Round Table featuring students, faculty & staff discussing opportunities in Engineering takes place on June 23, 2020

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Go CODE Girl! is designed to introduce young women to technology, computing & software focusing on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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Go ENG Girl! is an annual event at UBC Okanagan where grade 9 girls undertake an exciting day of exploration through hands-on activities with students and faculty

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2019 International Women’s Day – The School of Engineering celebrates its female students every year with a series of inspirational quotes from those students

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2020 International Women’s Day – The School of Engineering celebrates its female students every year with a series of inspirational quotes from those students

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