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Tyler Turchyn, fourth-year
Mechanical Engineering student
long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
I am currently in my fourth-year
of mechanical engineering here at Western.
Tell us about your IIP
I am currently working for the Labatt National Office. I work with
project managers, suppliers and contractors to plan and implement processing
and packaging projects for the breweries.
What is the first thing you would
do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
1. Eliminate 8 am classes (9am is early enough).
2. Encourage professors to clearly identify the most essential items to
learn, whether it is the big picture course outline or a single type of
problem solving approach. Focused learning will give more time for the real
world side of the course (maybe even time for a field trip). Drs. Wood
and Johnson are two great examples of profs that clearly teach the
essentials of the course and applications in industry.
3. Exams should challenge the mind and problem solving approach not pencil /
calculator speed. A clever prof doesn't challenge their students with their
What do you like most about
The people. I've worked with a lot of great people to get through the
tough engineering program. Team work is a big part of Western Engineering.
Good Engineers aren't cut throat; we work together as a means to a common
What was the last book you
Big Book - Trinity, by Leon Uris. Small Book - We, by Ayn Rand.
What have you always wanted
A few different things: travel the world, surfing inside a huge wave,
snowboarding in Norway, just to name a few.
What advice would you give to
someone considering a career in engineering?
Don't be afraid of the work, stereotypes, etc. Engineering is a challenge,
but it is respected well worldwide and will make your way of thinking
On a typical day, what would we
find in your lunch box?
I don't have a lunch box, I guess I either starve or binge eat. However, a
cold Stellas Artois, some fruit and cheese for snacks and a juicy filet
mignon sandwich with sautéed mushrooms would be nice.
What is your favourite movie?
I have many, but Platoon, Legends of The Fall, and Old School are
standing out right now.
Which engineer (famous or not) do
you respect the most?
Gord Duncan, my grandfather. He worked for a major company and had the
courage to quit a secure job and start his own engineering company helping
communities affected by Hydro.
us about your favorite spot on campus.
I have two: the bottom of University Hill, looking up at the gorgeous view,
and a bar stool at the Wave.
How has Western Engineering
changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
Hard to say, I've always done my own thing with the team of people I work
with in Mechanical Engineering. I don't think it has changed greatly; at
least not for me.
What is your most memorable
moment at Western Engineering?
Being an Engineering soph was great, crazy all nighters, studying for an
exam at the Ceeps, and many, many laughs with my engineering pals.
What are you most proud of
accomplishing over the past five years?
Great work experiences at a Steel Mill and now at Labatt. Somehow
maintaining average grades while working part time, and having the time of
my life being in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, chilling with my engineering
buds, playing hockey, snowboarding, and sucking every possible breath,
second and cent out of my university experience!
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 (email@example.com),
telephone (ext. 82917) or stop by her office (SEB Room 2074). Your comments
and feedback are also greatly appreciated.