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Rob Jelenic, third-year Electrical Engineering student
long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
I am in my third-year of electrical engineering at Western. Besides
being an undergraduate student, I am also the Team Manager of Western
Engineering's SAE Mini Baja Off-road Racing Team. Because of this, I've had
a lot of involvement in showcasing the student mega projects to potential
students, faculty, staff, and industry professionals.
What is the first thing you would
do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
I would set-up a central body in the Faculty to oversee the existing
student projects, as well as facilitate new ones. There is a lot of talent
in this Faculty. It would be great for the design culture of the Faculty if students
were encouraged more to form new teams and
What do you like most about
The flexibility. I like the fact that no matter what your interests are, you
have your first year to figure things out. You can also enrol in concurrent
degrees already set-up, or form news ones based on your individual
interests. Also, faculty members in each department collaborate a lot around
campus with other faculties. This results in some very interesting research
What was the last book you
The Social Contract and Discourse on the Origin of Equality, by
What have you always wanted
Skydiving. I'll probably try it this summer.
What advice would you give to
someone considering a career in engineering?
Do a lot of background research and find your interests, and then follow
them. It can be a very long four years if you're studying something
you don't like.
On a typical day, what would we
find in your lunch box?
Two sandwiches, a bottle of water, and a granola bar.
What is your favourite movie?
At the moment, The Life of David Gale.
Which engineer (famous or not) do
you respect the most?
Leonardo Da Vinci. He was a painter, an engineer, and many other
things. Anyone who can paint a canvas
like he did, and invent a helicopter has my respect.
us about your favourite spot on campus.
Spencer Engineering Building, room 1076, working on the Mini Baja car. I
wish I could just do that for a living. The number of hours I've spent in
that room would be staggering if I were to add them up.
How has Western Engineering
changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
First of all, first-year students now have to take ES050 instead of ES025
and ES029a/b. It would've been interesting, but from the sounds of it, a lot
Secondly, the addition of the Annex in Spencer Engineering Building and the
construction of the Thompson Engineering Building.
What is your most memorable
moment at Western Engineering?
Probably the fake test during frosh week in my first-year. Western
Engineering really had me scared there.
What are you most proud of
accomplishing over the past five years?
By far, building a race car and representing Western while competing
against some of the most well-known universities in the United States.
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.