Q: Your research is in wastewater management, What do you get into with that?
A: Uh… Sewage! It’s pretty gross, I’m not going to lie, but it’s super interesting. We’re taking gross water and making it clean. For one facility, it’s going into a river and another facility it’s going into the Halifax Harbour. Knowing that I can make it as clean as possible is great and rewarding.
Q: What do you say to people that doubt the Halifax Harbour is cleaner than it used to be?
A: An old term was, “Dilution is the solution.” I don’t agree with that. If we can take away as many pollutants as possible, it would be a lot better for our water systems.
Q: Do you feel connected to the environment on a personal level?
A: I grew up in Digby Neck, right between the St. Mary’s Bay and the Bay of Fundy. I love seeing the ocean. I feel very connected to the water resources. Knowing I have a direct impact on how much pollution goes into the water is fantastic.
Q: What got you interested in waste-water engineering?
A: One project I had, I did lead sampling at peoples homes. Getting to see that impact on a personal level and seeing the families that drink the water was educational. No matter what, we’re going to need water. Water’s where it’s at!
Q: What’s the one thing you want to accomplish as an engineer?
A: Bettering the lives of other people. I want to make sure more people are safe and have access to the things everyone needs to have.
Q: What do you think is the impact of the Summer Student Research Scholarship?
A: Giving students the resources to have experiences and have those hands-on opportunities to learn is important, so that they graduate and increase those faces of representation in the professional field.
Q: You’ve made an effort to encourage other students to follow their passion in STEM, how will you continue to do that when you’re established in your career?
A: I want to go to rural communities and connect with students like myself, who didn’t really have an example of an engineer in their lives. I’d love to be that role model for someone else and tap into ILA’s outreach program in rural communities.