Mentor Bios

 

These are our confirmed mentors for WiSE 2021! Stay tuned as this list will be updated as new mentors are added.

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Adrienne Joaquim

Consultant (Rock Mechanics), SRK Consulting

Adrienne Joaquim graduated from Queen’s University in Geological Engineering. Adrienne currently works for a consulting company focusing on the rock mechanics aspects of mine design. Adrienne’s experience is focused on collection of rock mass data and applying rock mass characterization to open pit and underground designs at all levels of the mine life cycle. She has completed multiple geotechnical field investigations and used modeling and empirical tools to complete design assessments on projects around the world.

 

 

Agnes d’Entremont

UBC Mechanical Engineering, Instructor and Coordinator

Dr. Agnes d’Entremont, P.Eng., is an Instructor and the Mech 2 Coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC.  She received her BEng in Mechanical Engineering at McGill, and her MASc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UBC.  Her technical research in Orthopaedic Biomechanics is in the area of human joint motion and cartilage health with a particular focus on pediatric hip disorders and MRI-based methods.  Her teaching-related interests include team-based learning and the flipped classroom, as well as diversity and climate issues in engineering education and the broader engineering profession.

 

 

Alexandra Dozzi

4th Year Medical Student, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Alexandra is currently a fourth year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, Ontario, her home town. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at UBC in 2017, and nearing the end of her degree, decided she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She currently lives between Sudbury and Vancouver, as her husband currently works as Professional Engineer in the Lower Mainland. When not studying, Alexandra is involved in many mentoring initiatives, as she was during her time at UBC, and pursues many outdoor activities. She believes engineering is an excellent degree to pursue if planning to apply to other professional programs in the future, and aspires to one day pursue work that allows her to combine her engineering and medical degrees.

 

 

Anja Lanz

Design Engineer, Haakon Industries

See Anja’s biography here.

 

 

 

 

Bernadette Dao

Software Developer, IBM

 

 

 

Chunpreet Sahota

Structural Engineer, WSP

Chunpreet Sahota is a passionate Structural Engineer with 10 years of experience in the design and analysis of structures in a variety of industries for new builds, upgrades, and seismic design. She enjoys the various challenges and consequent problem solving that consulting engineering brings everyday to deliver tangible results for her projects. Chunpreet also has a passion for EDI. She is a Board Director for Women in Consulting Engineering, chairs the EDI Committee at the Vancouver WSP office, and is the programming lead for the LGBTQ2+ national employee resource group at WSP.

 

Connie Ma

Software Development Engineer, Amazon Canada

 

 

Courtney Williamson

CEO, AbiliLife

Courtney Williamson, Ph.D., is the CEO and Founder of AbiliLife, a biomedical device company developing products to improve the posture, balance, and quality of life for elderly and neuromuscular patients. AbiliLife’s first product, the Calibrace+, is a back brace that has a patent, is 100% reimbursed by Medicare and commercial payors, is patented, and is an FDA registered device. AbiliLife’s future product, the SmartCalibrace, is a clinical wearable device embedded in the Calibrace+ to monitor motor symptoms in real time to indicate fall risk.

Courtney founded AbiliLife as a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business where she realized the need for a product to help her mom, a 25-year Parkinson’s disease patient, with her posture. Before Courtney’s mom passed away, Courtney invented the Calibrace+ that has developed into a full-service medical device company that will change the way that the geriatric population shops for medical equipment.

 

Eleanor Wong

 Software Engineer, Google

Eleanor  graduated from UBC in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Engineering Physics. She has been working in the software engineering industry for four years. Currently, she’s working at Google, designing media solutions for Google Cloud Platform. During my time at UBC, she had the opportunity to do a few internships involving testing electric cars, building big data pipelines powered by ML, and migrating petabytes of data live, all across multiple cities in Canada and the United States!

 

Elise Ng

Systems Engineer, Miraclon Canada

Elise Ng has spent her career nourishing her passion of creating exhilarating theme park and waterslide attractions around the world. After graduating from Mechanical Engineering at UBC, Elise began her career designing unique and thrilling waterslides for locations in the US, China, Abu Dhabi, Guatemala, Japan, and Switzerland to name a few. After hanging up her bathing suit, she spent several years bringing a beloved Nintendo franchise to life for a soon-to-be-opened attraction at Universal Studios Japan. She is a member of the ASTM F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices where she contributes to the development of the worldwide safety regulations for theme park attractions. She is currently bringing her ride design skills to a new industry, flexographic printing, as a Systems Engineer at Miraclon Canada. In her spare time, Elise enjoys learning about design thinking, catching up on the latest theme park news, and travelling to theme parks to ride the latest attractions (when it’s safe to do so).

 

Elham Torabi 

Senior RF Design Specialist, Telus 

Elham started her career in Telecommunications back in 1997. She graduated from University of Tehran in Telecommunications Engineering and received her Master’s degree in 2008 from UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She started her career at TELUS Mobility in 2008 and is currently a Senior RF Design Specialist and involved in many projects that will facilitate the road for TELUS to continue being the industry leader in 5G. She is inspired to see more and more young and successful female engineers in the industry and continues to support them through mentoring programs at TELUS, UBC, and IEEE.

 

Emily Carpenter

Technical Services Manager, Layfield Group Ltd. 

Emily graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2017 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Afterwards, she moved to Vancouver and started my first post-grad job as a Chemical EIT with Layfield Group, working in manufacturing. In January of 2020, she took on the role of Technical Services Manager and now oversee product development, graphics, and international production for the Flexible Films division at Layfield. Layfield manufactures blown film plastics, flexible packaging for food, and medical devices (such as surgical masks)in Richmond, BC.

 

Hafza Majeed

Security Engineer, Scotiabank

Hafza is a Security Engineer, working within the Cryptography department at Scotiabank. She is enthusiastic about information security and have earned the CISSP and CCSP certifications offered by ISC2. Always willing to mentor young students and beginners who are interested to pursue a career in this domain!

 

Janice Lee

Director of Product, Market Leadership, and Engagement, Technical Safety BC

Janice Lee is the Director of Product, Market Leadership and Engagement at Technical Safety BC. Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees that safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In her role, she is responsible for leading the development of client-centric products and services that drives safety outcomes, increase participation and contribute to the sustainability of our organization. By improving our understanding of our clients and our environment, we identify opportunities and barriers for change. We then enable the transformation of those insights into new or improved safety products and services with the goal of increasing safe behaviors and ultimately reducing safety risk.

She is a Professional Engineer, graduating from the University of Manitoba, Civil Engineering with Distinction.

 

 

Janice Savage

Channel Sales Representative, Schneider Electric Canada

Janice Savage graduated with a BaSC of Electrical Engineering in May of 2018. She has co-op and work experience in a number of different industries and roles. She is currently working with Schneider Electric in their Commercial Leadership Project, where she works in non-traditional engineering roles like marketing and sales. For more details and information about her experience, check out her LinkedIn .

 

 

 

 

Jeanie Malone

PhD Candidate, UBC Biomedical Engineering

Jeanie Malone is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering, working in the BC Cancer Research Centre’s Optical Cancer Imaging Lab. A graduate from UBC’s Electrical Engineering program, Jeanie develops and validates optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Her work explores the potential of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) for ovarian cancer detection. She is involved with a number of other studies including work using OCT to identify early signs of chronic lung allograft dysfunction and OCT-AFI of the endocervical canal to detect pre-cancerous lesions. Outside of the lab, Jeanie can be found working as a teaching assistant in various BMEG courses.

 

Jodie Hon

Project Engineer, Creative Energy

Jodie is a UBC CHBE Alumni, currently working for Creative Energy as a Project Engineer. She manages the design and construction of large scale district energy systems with a focus on low carbon energy technologies such as geo-exchange, heat recovery from cooling, and electric boilers. She works with a wide range of disciplines that includes Architects, Developers, Engineers, and policy makers.

 

Julia Rubin

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia CPEN/ECEE

Julia is an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Associate Faculty Member in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Before joining UBC, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She received my PhD from the University of Toronto and both M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the Technion, all in Computer Science. She also spent almost 10 years in industry, working for a startup company and then for the IBM Research Lab in Israel, where she was a research staff member and, part of the time, a research group manager.

 

Karen Marwick

Senior Research Associate, STEMCELL Technologies

Karen works in scalability and process development in biotechnology. She completed both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Westerlund

EIT Tunnels, Mott MacDonald

Katherine is a Tunnel Engineering EIT with Mott Macdonald Canada. She graduated from UBC Geological Engineering in May 2020. During her studies at UBC she was a 3-term executive of the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society, chaired the AMS’ Governance Committee, and was on two Engineering Design Teams (Concrete Canoe & SUBC). Outside of work Katherine is currently a member of the BC Girl Guides Program Committee focusing on STEM programming, and is an avid long-distance runner.

 

 

Paula Morales

Distribution Engineer, BC Hydro

Paula graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Electrical Energy Systems. Shortly after, she joined the BC Hydro Engineer-in-Training program where she completed rotations in Distribution Standards, Work Methods, Distribution Engineering – Interior & NIA, and Generation Stations Field Maintenance Engineering (Bridge River Generation). Paula is currently working as a Distribution Engineer for the Lower Mainland South region. Prior to BC Hydro, Paula spent 16 months as an Engineering and Maintenance Co-op Student for the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Outside of work, Paula is always on the go whether she’s exploring the outdoors, volunteering, or training in Olympic weightlifting!

 

 

Sally Felkai

IT Director, Technical Safety BC

Sally is a Leader with experience running IT Services and software development teams. Her background in engineering, product management and program management help her align strategy with market driven business needs. Sally is also a certified coach at the ACC level.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Walinga

Senior Power Systems Engineer, Tesla

Sarah is a Sr. Power Systems Engineer at Tesla, where she works on interconnecting energy storage systems to electrical distribution and transmission grids throughout the world. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with Distinction from the University of British Columbia in 2014.

 

 

 

 

Shreya Gupta

Lead Data Scientist, Achieve Intelligent Technologies

Shreya is very passionate about Affective Computing and am using the power of AI to create empathetic machines. She believes that emotions are the most important part of human nature and she is working towards making machines more human. She is a firm believer that we can make computers truly intelligent if they can be empathetic and not artificially intelligent. Her dream project is to work on Suicide Prevention technology using AI. Right now she is enjoying bringing a vision to reality at Achieve Intelligent Technologies to make the Empathetic AI capable of engaging in a conversation with the user and responding empathetically and intelligently all the while accomplishing the given task! Converting an idea into innovative technical solutions and products is my favorite part!

Pursuing a Master’s at the University of Southern California and the following professional experiences helped her gain experience, and expertise in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Data Science, and Databases.