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July 2013

Global research exposure lures student from India to Quebec

The Mitacs Globalink program has been perfect opportunity to gain some “global research exposure” for Saumya Vij.

Coming from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in India, he is completing a five year degree combining a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a Masters of Economics.

“Mitacs Globalink is very well known in my college back home and it has a great reputation.  For students, it’s a big deal to be accepted for an internship because it is so competitive.  I’ve been to Canada on holiday before with my family and really love the country and the culture here and was very happy at being able to return.”

Saumya has always been fascinated by electronics and has wanted to work in the field of electrical engineering.

Under the supervision of Dr Jérémie Voix at the École de technologie supérieure’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in Montreal, Saumya is working on enhancing hearing aid technology to make it more effective for users, especially in noisy environments.

“The project focuses on using acoustical beamforming technology which helps the user more clearly hear the person they are speaking to in front of them.  I’m involved in writing computer code and testing algorithms to improve noise quality by cancelling out background noises, and ultimately design better hearing aid products.

“It’s a fantastic project and I’m really excited about being able to work on it.”

During his time in Canada, Saumya is looking forward to exploring Montreal, and would like to one day return to further his research work through graduate studies.

“This country has an excellent education system and I’d love the opportunity to come back and do more research here at ETS.”

Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.