Global research exposure lures student from India to Quebec

Saumya Vij hopes his Mitacs Globalink internship is the start of his research career in Canada

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 thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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