University of Calgary

International exchange program gives personal and career boost

UToday HomeAugust 14, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

Navajyoth Gaddam plans to encourage fellow students from India to study at the University of Calgary. Photo by Navajyoth GaddamNavajyoth Gaddam plans to encourage fellow students from India to study at the University of Calgary. Photo by Navajyoth GaddamNavajyoth Gaddam is so impressed with Canada and with the University of Calgary that he is planning on encouraging younger students at his university in India to come study here. “Magnificent infrastructure, revered faculty and great exposure to industry are some of the luring aspects which have made Canada the vanquishing choice for students to undertake research and higher studies,” says Gaddam.

Gaddam is developing an autonomous electricity generating system made of diesel generators and wind turbines to discover how to get gather maximum power with minimal fuel consumption and environmental impacts. He is a Mitacs Globalink Research Intern from the National Institute of Technology Warangal on a 12-week research project with Om Malik in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The visiting students learn not only from working in a new and different environment, but also the mutual interaction enriches the lives and experience of both the visiting students and my own students,” says Malik.

Salime Sarahi Benavides Ontiveros is among 38 undergraduate students from Brazil, China, Mexico and India spending 12 weeks as research interns at the University of Calgary. Photo by Trisha KingcottSalime Sarahi Benavides Ontiveros is among 38 undergraduate students from Brazil, China, Mexico and India spending 12 weeks as research interns at the University of Calgary. Photo by Trisha KingcottSalime Sarahi Benavides Ontiveros , a Computing Engineering student at the Durango Institute of Technology in Mexico, agrees: “The experience of working in a multicultural environment is one of the best things I can ask for.”

Working with Henry Leung, also in the electrical and computer engineering department, Ontiveros says her 12-week project implementing the navigation of an autonomous robot is developing technical and interpersonal abilities for her career.

For Leung, having student interns is building his research program. “They have developed some useful software programs for our robots. These programs are essential for our future research.”

This summer the Schulich School of Engineering is hosting 20 Mitacs Globalink Research interns. If your faculty is interested in hosting interns during the summer 2014 session, check out: www.mitacs.ca/globalink

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