Brendan Cottrell

2015, Engineering

School & Degree:

Simon Fraser University, Engineering

High School/Cegep:

Elgin Park Secondary

City & Province:

Surrey, British Columbia

Nominated by:

Kirsten Farquhar

What area(s) of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are you pursuing for your undergraduate degree?


Engineering Physics


What is your favourite inspirational quote? 


“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


What is a little known fact about you?


I have a passion for geography and geopolitics, which is a nice reprieve sometimes from a very quantitative lifestyle in STEM. 


Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader?


I make a great Schulich Leader due to my continued battle in striving for excellence. I am excited for the challenge of innovating and solving modern problems. Schulich Leaders find fulfillment in problem solving, and I am grateful to be provided with the opportunity to achieve this at a higher level.