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Get to know Michelle Prestwich, Western Engineering Student Career Services

How long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
I started in Western Engineering Student Career Services almost 2 years ago
.  In my role I coordinate the co-op programs and services available to students and employers. I am responsible for administering our summer co-op and internship program which includes marketing the program to students and employers. Career Services also holds many events including Career Fair, Practice Interview Day, Employer Information Sessions, Careers Evening with Alumni and much more, as a way for employers and students to connect.

What is the first thing you would do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
Continue the great work that is being done in reaching out to the community. I believe that the students, staff, faculty and alumni are our greatest assets in promoting the accomplishments and achievements of Western Engineering to the community both locally, nationally and internationally.

What do you like most about Western Engineering?
The people. We have an exciting faculty that is constantly changing and trying new things.

What was the last book you read?
The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown.

What have you always wanted to try?
Backpacking through Europe.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in engineering?
Take advantage of all the resources that are available. We offer many programs, services and events for students to make the most of their time in Engineering. It is important to make connections inside and outside of the classroom. The more students are involved the more they will get out of their experience here at Western.

On a typical day, what would we find in your lunch box?
A sandwich, apple and yogurt. That is if I am remember to bring my lunch.

What is your favourite movie?
Phenomenon. I am a huge John Travolta fan.

Which engineer (famous or not) do you respect the most?
Thomas Edison. After the famous blackout during August which was my first summer in Engineering I realized how thankful I am for the light bulb.

Tell us about your favorite spot on campus.
The Wave.  It brings back many memories from my time here as an undergrad and it is definitely a great place to eat too.

How has Western Engineering changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
I have seen so many changes in the short time that I have been here. The Faculty is continuing to grow with many more programs and services; however even with the continued growth, Western Engineering still keeps a community feel to it, which I see as one of our major strengths.

What is your most memorable moment at Western Engineering?
I started in June 2003 so it was a very "quiet" time of year. I instantly knew it was frosh week by seeing "purple" engineers all around on campus the first week of September.  That's when I knew the fun would begin.

What are you most proud of accomplishing over the past five years? Obtaining my degree. I was the first one in my family to go on to post-secondary education. My convocation day was a proud moment for me and my family.

If there is someone in Western Engineering you would like to learn more about or if you would like to be profiled yourself, contact Allison Stevenson via email (, telephone (ext. 82917) or stop by her office (SEB Room 2074).  Your comments and feedback are also greatly appreciated.

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Last Updated: 29/04/05