Using his “brains” to make a difference

Having completed an internship in South Korea last year, where he developed a wireless camera surveillance system for police vehicles, the bright Electronics and Communications Engineering student turned down an internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to come to University of British Columbia Vancouver through Mitacs Globalink.

Starting a research career on stable foundations

For Oleksandr Romanko of McMaster University’s Department of Computing and Software, a postdoctoral fellowship through Mitacs Elevate helped him to transition to the world of risk analytics when he was hired as a full time Research Analyst this summer by IBM.

Tracking seafood from fish harvesters to consumers

Having developed key relationships and a trail platform with the seafood industry across the country, Ecotrust Canada was ready to launch Thisfish as a full, social-purpose venture. Simon Fraser University student George Chatzivasileiou undertook a Mitacs Accelerate internship to conduct industry research and contributing to key aspects of the business plan.

Mitacs collaborates with research partners to investigate innovative therapies

Every year, thousands of Canadian children are diagnosed with, or treated for, brain disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and cerebral palsy. As a national scientific research network, NeuroDevNet has dedicated its mission towards finding the root causes of these disorders. 

Mitacs Accelerate intern models success for her future

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. 

Step student making a difference in cancer research

After completing his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Tehran, then working at a car manufacturing company, the loss of a close family member to cancer changed his goals for the future. He set his sights on biotechnology at the University of British Columbia. Ahmadi initially thought this meant a career destined for academia, but since attending eight Mitacs Step workshops he says “My eyes were opened to the opportunities outside of academia and I started to think about my career differently.”

Where are they now? Former intern leads a new generation

Christina’s Accelerate project, under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Marceau and Dr. Marco Musiani, developed a computer model to assess the impact of natural resource development on Alberta’s caribou population. With nearly two years of research experience on the project, Christina gained a first-hand understanding of the working climate for resource-extraction companies.

The Mitacs Step Experience

What makes Mitacs Step workshops such crowd pleasers? From professors to participants its rave reviews all around.  I sat in on a workshop to see, first-hand, what sets these workshops apart.

On the Mitacs website, the Step page has a listing of workshops offered throughout Canada covering a range of essential business skills sure to enhance future careers. Armed with some reviews and insights into the Mitacs Step program, I settled on Practice Your Presentation Skills I.

Alumnus now looking to make new participants benefit from Mitacs experience

The five possible projects for Mitacs internships are still going through a final review by Blackbox management before being submitted to Mitacs for approval, Gedamu says, but will likely be offered fairly soon for interns through the Mitacs Accelerate internship program. A little further down the road, Gedamu says, there may even be a few more internship projects in the field of Electrical engineering, although those plans have yet to be finalized.

Elevating the interplay of art and science

Peter is currently in the final year of his Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University. Supported by his industrial partner, Sentinelle Medical, Inc. (a Hologic company), he is focused on clinical applications of combined MRI and ultrasound for improving diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

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