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Top marks for Memorial engineering student

Ref. No. 145

DATE:     May 30, 2002
SUBJECT:     Top marks for Memorial engineering student

Convocation 2002 at Memorial

If you asked Kelly Joy whether she thought she would end up at the top of her class in mechanical engineering, she would probably say no. But that is exactly what happened to this girl from Harbour Main. Before she began at Memorial back in 1995, she never heard of engineering. "My strong points were math and sciences. After two years of general studies, my friend and I went to an information session on engineering. I thought about it a lot and then I decided to apply," said Ms. Kelly.

Attracted to the diversity of career options, she decided to pursue mechanical engineering at the end of her second term. Working very hard, she started to gain the attention of employers and was sought out for positions with Hibernia, Petro-Canada and Husky where she worked in inspections, operations, completions and production.

"I really enjoyed the work terms," she said. "It is so hard to get your first job coming fresh out of university, but having experience really helps. The work terms also help to pay for school, so you don't have to rely so heavily on loans."

During her undergraduate program, Ms. Joy received the Shell Canada engineering scholarship, Schlumberger scholarship, and was named to the Dean's List for 2001 and 2002.

Now that she is finished, Ms. Joy is thinking about a master's degree at Memorial. She received a fellowship to start in the fall, but is considering looking for a job and working on her master's degree part-time. She would also like to get more involved with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and start encouraging high school students to consider engineering as an option.

"It is so important to capture students when they are at the point of trying to decide which path to take. A lot of people don't understand what an engineer does. We have to make it more accessible and really show people the exciting possibilities. I really enjoyed engineering and would encourage anyone to give it a try."

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Outstanding research in a variety of disciplines and extraordinary teaching in more than 250 academic programs, plus a strong tradition of service to the community, are the university's hallmarks. Memorial's diverse offerings are available at in four distinctive campus locations - in Newfoundland and in England - on the Web and in field courses around the world, providing a rich learning experience for students from this province and, increasingly, elsewhere.

In addition to providing personal and intellectual growth, a Memorial University education prepares students for fulfilling careers. According to a recent survey conducted by the provincial government, one year after Convocation over 80 per cent of Memorial graduates had found full-time employment related to their field of study.

For more information about Memorial University, visit the Web site at www.mun.ca, email info@mun.ca or phone 709 737-8663. Please note photos are available at http://www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, cell # 687-9243, e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca.


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