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June 2012

Mitacs Accelerate intern models success for her future

In the past ten years, solar cell technology has revolutionized the way we think about energy production for our homes and businesses. The industry has become fiercely competitive, challenging companies like iDme Technologies of Burnaby, B.C. to manufacture more environmentally-friendly, yet cost-efficient photovoltaic cells and panels.

Through a Mitacs Accelerate internship at the end of her Masters at Simon Fraser University, Vivien Lo was asked to  develop a cost-benefit model for their technology— a challenge which landed her a job with the company full-time.

Having already completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cellular Biology, Vivien found herself craving an entry into industry. This led her to SFU’s 2-year Masters of Business Administration for the Management of Technology (MBAMOT) program where she was awarded a Mitacs Accelerate internship for a graduating final project in the fall of 2011. 

At the same time, Vivien began a contract working for SFU’s 4D Labs, a facility which iDme uses for research and development.  Her internship helped to strengthen the ties between iDme and 4D Labs, as well as providing valuable business insight for the iDme’s potential manufacturing plans.

So valuable, in fact, that Chief Technology Officer for iDme Technologies, Clint Landrock, offered her a job as their Business Development Coordinator saying, “Vivien learned quickly and adapted well to our team, so after her Mitacs Accelerate internship it became a natural fit to offer her the position with the company.”

As part of her job with iDme, Vivien will be helping the company to implement the cost analysis model that she developed during her internship across all of their technology products. The Mitacs Accelerate internship provided an indispensible experience for both the company and for Vivien who will now enter into a new phase of her professional life. “Mitacs helps academics to bridge between companies and their research; it was like a trial run for me.”

Mitacs wishes Vivien the best of luck in her new career with iDme Technologies!

 


Mitacs gratefully acknowledges the Networks of Centres of Excellence's Industrial Research and Development Internship program, Western Economic Diversification, and the Government of British Columbia for their support of Mitacs-Accelerate in the province.