April 5, 2011
“Most likely to succeed” are on their way
By Jennifer Sowa
Just over five years ago, the University of Calgary’s engineering school got a new name and took in a major cohort of top scholars with an unprecedented number of $30,000 and $50,000 scholarships. This spring, these extraordinary students will graduate.
Sixteen of the first group of Schulich Scholars are setting off on careers in research and industry, while two more have taken a fast-track to medical school. Their passions are diverse: tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine; energy and the environment; structural engineering and oil and gas. On top of their engineering interests, they excel in a range of other areas: music, sports, leading clubs and teams, running businesses and volunteering in the community
The Schulich School of Engineering hosted a send-off event April 1 to celebrate their achievements.
When they began studying engineering in 2006 and 2007, these students were the first recipients of the prestigious Schulich Entrance Scholarships, which were established following the $25-million gift to the University of Calgary from philanthropist Seymour Schulich.
In order to maintain scholar status, these students had to become masters in organization and time management. They had to measure up academically while managing a hefty course load and, for scholars in the community service and entrepreneurship category, stay on top of their volunteer commitments.
Many will return full-time to the companies that hired them for their work internships. Several will pursue graduate degrees at the U of C and elsewhere, including Stanford University and Lund University in Sweden.
These 18 young engineers and leaders are: Muhammad Ali-Beg, Bianca Courtright, Bruce Duong, Karman Foo, Ramez Hanna Alla, Timothy Harris, Marian Hettiaratchi, Michelle Hua, Ania Kroman, John Lagasca, Lise Malta, Jason Motkoski, Greg Pink, Shantel Ryback, Jose Silva, Angela Solano, Agnes Soos and Jordan Stosky.