BEng 2017, Computer Engineering
What was your inspiration for pursuing Engineering?
At the tender age of 1, I could usually be found on the floor of my living room in the early hours of the morning building symmetrical Lego structures. Through grade school, I was intrigued by the science of the human body, which encouraged me to enter the Odyssey of the Mind competition in grade 12. We were asked to build a Rube Goldberg machine, awakening the Lego-enthused 1 year old and her passion for design, solving problems, and understanding how things work. In combination with my interest in Science, this sparked an inspiration to engineer designs that could contribute to the improvement of problems in the medical field and more.
Why is it important for women to be involved in Engineering?
As with every field of study, diversity is important. People from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds have different opinions and perspectives on concepts and the best solutions are often found after taking all points into consideration. The same applies to gender diversity. Men and women think differently and having an equal number of both genders in the field optimizes the steps of design processes.
Why did you choose McGill?
Travelling and learning about new cultures have always been two passions of mine. Having grown up in the Greater Vancouver area, I wanted to experience a new environment and a different side of Canada (literally and figuratively speaking). McGill, with one of the highest international student populations in Canada, would give me the opportunity to meet students from around the world while studying in one of the strongest engineering programs. I was also a French immersion student and I felt that moving to Montreal could facilitate the conservation of my knowledge of the language.