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November 2012

A chance to excel in Canada

“This has been so much more than a summer internship,” says Nayantara Duttachoudhury of the Vellore Institute of Technology, “—it has been a complete experience of Canada.” The computer science student studied with Dr. Giuliano Antoniol and fellow Globalink student David Marin at École Polytechnique de Montréal’s Department of Computer Engineering this summer where she has advanced her skills in research, analysis and coding.

Together, the students and their professor developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. The system provides useful information to software engineers and designers as they continually advance computer software packages to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.

Outside of the laboratory, Nayantara and her cohorts enjoyed visiting the cities of Toronto and Niagara Falls and experiencing the many summer festivals of Montréal, including the nightly fireworks shows of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec.   Of the many career-building opportunities that the group attended, Nayantara found the Mitacs Step workshop on project management to be the most useful, saying: “We learned how to understand the people on our teams and to use their strengths effectively!”

The students were also awed by a tour through the labs of Ericsson Canada, makers of mobile phones and communication devices. The students got to talk to Ericsson researchers and see demonstrations of their work while on the tour, something Nayantara didn’t expect to see.

“The people here are so friendly, and the experience has been put together in such a wonderful way for us… I wasn’t sure about my research skills before I came here but now I have confidence in my work.  I’ve been telling my friends at home in India that if they want to study or work abroad, they need to come to Canada through Mitacs Globalink. In Canada there are so many high-quality universities and lots of opportunities for us— why would they go anywhere else?”

We thank Polytechnique Montréal for their partnership.