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Jennifer McMillan, Chemical Engineering graduate
long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
Five and a half years. I completed my undergraduate degree in
chemical engineering at Western and then started my grad studies in May
2003. I am currently a PhD candidate and am working in the area of
fluidization, focusing on jet-bed interaction for the fluid coking process.
What is the first thing you would
do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
I would hire Dr. Berruti as my assistant. He is doing such an excellent
job as Dean. Tips from him would be very useful.
What do you like most about
I like the fact that Western Engineering is a close-knit community, where
everyone supports and encourages each other. Due to the relatively small
class sizes you get to know the people in your class well, which promotes a
friendly and positive atmosphere.
What was the last book you
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.
What have you always wanted
What advice would you give to
someone considering a career in engineering?
You need to be willing to commit the time to a very challenging work load.
You must be able to organize your time to balance schoolwork and
On a typical day, what would we
find in your lunch box?
Half a sandwich, an apple, a pink grapefruit drink box and some cookies.
What is your favourite movie?
Which engineer (famous or not) do
you respect the most?
The engineer that I respect the most is my uncle. He went back to school
after he had a family and took mechanical engineering. He now owns his own
company and is very successful. It was a lot of hard work to raise a family
and go to school full-time, but he had a goal and he persevered and achieved
it and I admire that dedication.
us about your favourite spot on campus.
My favourite spot on campus is the courtyard in the centre of the
engineering building. It's usually a quiet, secluded area and is a good
place to go and relax and maybe do some work in a peaceful, outdoor
How has Western Engineering
changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
The Faculty of Engineering has grown significantly since I was a first-year
student. The enrolment has increased over the 5 years I have been here, and
there are many new facilities in the new Thompson Engineering Building.
Also, the curriculum has changed significantly since my first-year.
What is your most memorable
moment at Western Engineering?
My most memorable moment at Western Engineering was the Iron Ring Ceremony.
After all of the work that you have gone through during your undergrad,
receiving the ring is tangible evidence that you are a part of a respected
What are you most proud of
accomplishing over the past five years?
I am most proud of being on the Dean’s honour list all 4 years of my
undergraduate engineering studies and that I graduated with distinction.
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