Engineering Work Term Students funded by Generous Grant

Mar 5th, 2021

Darcy McMeekin

Faculty of Engineering Students, Liam Lawlor, Zachary Bennett, Parishat Tanakoor
Engineering Work Term Students funded by Generous Grant

Through a generous grant from the Fry Family Foundation the Botanical Garden and the Johnson Geo Centre of Memorial University are pleased to be able to host 3 Engineering Community Work Term Students. We invite you to learn more about each of our fantastic students and the important work they are undertaking.

Zachary Bennett

Zachary Bennett is an electrical engineering student from Conception Bay South, who has recently completed academic term three. He has competed in the Skills Canada competition for electronics from 2017-2019 and placed third nationally at the 2019 competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Participating in these competitions inspired Zachary to pursue electrical engineering. His work term with the MUN Botanical Garden is his first, where he will primarily participate in designing and planning the Merry and Bright Light Festival.

In the position of the Botanical Garden Events Infrastructure Design Intern, Zachary will primarily work with the garden staff to design and plan the light displays for the Merry and Bright Light Festival. As part of the overall plan, Zachary will be conducting research and consulting professional engineers for assistance on the design of interactive animated displays. Through the design of interactive displays and thematic areas his work will help to increase public interest in the festival and create a more cohesive experience for attendees.

Parishat Tanakoor

Parishat Tanakoor, originally from Mauritius, is a 4th-year student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Inspired to help society fight against global warming and promote green building, Parishat is studying civil engineering. He was nominated in the engineering dean's list for the academic year 2019-2020. His first internship was at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in India as a research assistant while his second work term was at the National Research Council of Canada.

Parishat is working as the Education Infrastructure Design intern at the Botanical Garden and will focus on large-scale infrastructure designs. It will include the design of a geodesic plant exhibit and butterfly facility, an educational chalet, outdoor classrooms and, also, examine the development capabilities of expanding the power systems of the Garden into new areas of the 110-acre property.

Liam Lawlor

Liam Lawlor is a Memorial University student from St. John’s, currently in his second year of Memorial’s computer engineering co-op program. He has previously worked in STEAM education as part of Brilliant Labs’ Summer Camp programs, where he worked directly with students to teach them about coding, robotics and 3D printing. Passionate about new and emerging technologies, Liam hopes to help shape the future of technology education in the province as part of the Geo Centre team.

As part of the Johnson Geo Centre Makerspace project, Liam will be working closely with the administrative and education staff to plan the transformation of the former oil and gas exhibit into a STEAM education space. He will be analyzing hardware costs and the needs of the area to bring technology not currently accessible to students into the Geo Centre programming. Liam will also be working on the STEAM Bus project, designing educational kits for schools to increase the capacity for climate change innovation in our province’s youth.


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