If it weren’t for ESEC
If it weren’t for ESEC 2016, I definitely would not have gotten to where I am now. Following a day of fascinating presentations, the reception gave students an opportunity to engage with speakers who are renowned in their respective fields. Even though I had little knowledge of accelerator and particle physics in my second year of EngSci, I was connected to a dark matter researcher at Stanford University through the director of particle physics – an Engsci alum. Because of this simple connection, I was able to spend my summer working with brilliant researchers from all around the world in California. The global network of EngSci alumni is unlike any other, and I’m very excited to see what the future holds.
Inspiration to Seek Mentorship
I really enjoyed attending ESEC in first year. At that time, I had little vision or understanding of what was available for me post graduation or what my options really were. I was confused and honestly a bit lost. I recall walking through the sessions I registered for and being so inspired hearing about the amazing things Engscis went on to create and contribute to. One of my favorite ESEC speakers, Karl Martin, was such an encouraging role model that I later reached out to him for mentorship. He agreed to donate some of his time to talk to me, and has since become an important and influential figure in my life and career – giving me the guidance and support necessary to make some pretty tough decisions thus far!
The Importance of Basketball
The talk two years ago for the MSF option was very enjoyable. Rather than speaking generally about a field and the developments within it (which are generally known to an interested audience), the speaker spoke specifically about their career and the technology they were developing. This gave me the perspective of a life in that field, rather than general knowledge about the field. Also, the technology involved was unknown to me so it was a very engaging and new talk.
The Best Part about ESEC
The best part about ESEC is seeing how leaders of industry and academia carved their own path. Naomi Ginsberg was my favourite speaker at ESEC 2018 . Her journey from EngSci to grad school to teaching chemistry and doing research with improving image capture in microscope at UC Berkeley taught me to appreciate unexpected opportunities. Her story inspired me to be open to different EngSci majors and I switched into a major I would have never considered in my first year.