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I am a fourth year student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen's University. My technical interests include sustainable infrastructure, life-cycle analysis, energy auditing and retrofitting, and ergonomic design.
Learning - School - Courses
I am currently enrolled in the following courses:
- Mech425 - Engineering for Sustainable Development
- MECH 393 - Biomechanical Product Development
- MECH 350 - Automatic Control Systems
- MECH 346 - Heat Transfer
- MECH 341 - Fluid Mechanics II
Some courses I have previously completed include:
- MECH 495 - Ergonomic Design
- MECH 480 - Aerospace Engineering
- MECH 478 - Biomaterials
- MECH 460 - Design Project
- MECH 462 - Design Project Implementation
- MECH 414 - Machine Design
- CHEE 481 - Air Quality Management
Through my coursework in Mech425, I have developed a spreadsheet to calculate the projected cost and energy savings that can be achieved by telecommuting in the workplace. I am currently working on an article outlining the means by which composting can be implemented as an appropriate technology to generate fertilizer.
Philosophy of Learning
I'm not that smart but I try to make up for it by living passionately and working hard.
I am interested in learning about ecological economics as well as the arguments on both sides of the sustainable growth-versus-degrowth debate. I believe that we as students, learners, thinkers and motivators have a responsibility to lead the charge to effect pragmatic changes to solve global challenges.
Applying - Work - Experience
I have worked for two years in the geophysical exploration industry based out of Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that I had summer employment at a firm specializing in building systems design and energy retrofits. At Queen's University I have been involved with the Engineering Society in the development of the Tea Room, an enterprise operating upon a conceptual foundation of environmental responsibility, education, and fiscal sustainability. Additionally, I was involved through the Alma Mater Society in the initial design phase of the Queen's Centre.
Interests - Sharing - References
In the News
- Interesting article that discusses about the future of charitable work and the emergence of social enterprise while referring specifically to Craig Kielburger's Kids Can Free the Children foundation.
Sites I Visit Often
- TED - Ideas Worth Sharing
- Gapminder - Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view
- Sins of Greenwashing
- Engineers Without Borders Canada
- Ontario Power Authority Feed-in Tariff Program