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Success and Challenges at the University of Manitoba

1 July, 2015

Ella Thomson

My second year in the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba was an exciting one! As a student in the department of electrical engineering, I took a variety of interesting and challenging courses, including electronics, microprocessing systems and modern physics. I continued with my position as a club instructor for women in science and engineering. Throughout the year, I planned field trips and science experiments to expose girls to the field of science! I was involved as secretary on the University of Manitoba Engineering Society, and this year I will be taking on the position of Vice Stick Finance. I continued my work with Engineers Without Borders as a student volunteer and co-head of communications. I was also appointed as secretary of the University of Manitoba Engineering and Renewable Technology Hub, a new student group focusing on implementing sustainable engineering practices on campus and in the community. This February, I was honoured to be recognized as a U of M Emerging Leader, and to be featured in the U of M alumni magazine, “On Manitoba”. I received an NSERC grant to conduct research this summer in a biomedical engineering lab at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. I am currently working on developing a computer program, which will model mitochondrial behavior. I am looking forward to the rest of my research term and to continuing my studies in electrical engineering.