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Lauren Briens, faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical
long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
joined Western Engineering in 1990 as a transfer student from
Biochemistry. In 1994 I graduated with a BESc and obtained my PhD
through Western's Chemical Engineering grad school in 2000. I then became a
professor in chemical engineering at Western in 2001.
What is the first thing you would
do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
It is such a difficult and
complex job. I'm not sure what I would do first.
What do you like most about
What was the last book you
The Program, by Gregg Hurwitz.
What have you always wanted
To learn how to make stained glass windows. My grandfather made some
What advice would you give to
someone considering a career in engineering?
Go for it!
On a typical day, what would we
find in your lunch box?
Yogurt and a banana.
What is your favourite movie?
Which engineer (famous or not) do
you respect the most?
Hana Zalzal. She is founder and president of Cargo Cosmetics. She was
trained as a civil engineer at The University of Toronto and shows that you
can use your engineering degree and go on and do almost anything with it.
The engineering degree provides an amazing base for so many career
us about your favorite spot on campus.
The new Beryl Ivey Garden. I walked past it every day in the summer as it
was being built and I cannot wait to see how it looks in the spring.
How has Western Engineering
changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
The Faculty has grown tremendously. It is easier/faster for me to list the profs
that taught me as an undergrad than to list the profs that have since joined
What is your most memorable
moment at Western Engineering?
There are so many that it is difficult to choose. It was wonderful to have
my Dad "ring me".
What are you most proud of
accomplishing over the past five years? Raising
happy and healthy boys.
If there is someone in Western
Engineering you would like to learn more about or if you would like to be
contact Allison Stevenson via email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
telephone (ext. 82917) or stop by her office (SEB Room 2074). Your comments
and feedback are also greatly appreciated.