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Get to know Garret Book,
Accelerated Masters and Co-op student.
long have you been affiliated with Western Engineering?
Three and a half years. I am
currently a Chemical Engineering Accelerated Masters student studying under
Dr. L. Briens and Dr. C. Briens. I am also participating in Western
Engineering's Co-op Program. This September I will be moving to Belgium for
a year to work at TOTAL (a company based in France) on non-intrusive
techniques for the monitoring of pneumatic transport lines. When I return I
will finish my 4th year and complete my MESc. I believe I am the first
Accelerated Masters student to also complete an internship.
What is the first thing you would
do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
I would definitely try to get a giant sculpture of an iron ring in front
of the Spencer building.
What do you like most about
I like the huge number of opportunities. There are so many ways to go about
making your degree perfect for you: Concurrent degrees, Accelerated Masters,
and Co-ops. Then, if you come up with something new you want to try, the
faculty and staff will work with you to make it happen.
What was the last book you
When the Devil Dances, by John Ringo
What have you always wanted
I am not a huge guy so I always wanted to try one of those steak deals
where if you eat a 72 oz steak and the fixings you get it free. I think
it would be funny to see the waiter's face when a slender guy like me
licks the plate clean.
What advice would you give to
someone considering a career in engineering?
Engineering gives back what you put in to it. The harder you work, the more
you get out of it. You can coast by, pass your courses and never get
anywhere. Or, if you want to really succeed, you can get involved with
student projects and talk to professors. You should make use of every
opportunity available to you.
On a typical day, what would we
find in your lunch box?
$5 for lunch at The Spoke.
What is your favourite movie?
Titus with Anthony Hopkins. I think it was a great version of
Which engineer (famous or not) do
you respect the most?
I always like stories about people who come from nothing and do
extraordinary things. Herbert Hoover, an orphan from Iowa and later the 31st
President of the USA, was a 26 -year-old mining engineer in Tientsin, China,
when the city was attacked by 5,000 Chinese troops and 25,000 members of the
martial arts group known as the Boxers - the Boxer Rebellion was a violent
1900 uprising against foreign business interests in China. Hoover took
charge of setting up barricades to protect Tientsin until its rescue after
28 days of bombardment. He wasn't a military man, just a good engineer. I
recommend looking up what he did for Belgium in WWI.
us about your favorite spot on campus.
The patio at The Spoke. It is a great place to just hang out with your
friends on a sunny Friday afternoon.
How has Western Engineering
changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
Western Engineering's facilities have really grown since I came here. The
Thompson Engineering building was built and now they are planning to build
the Green Building to replace the Bio Building. Some huge industrial
projects have also been built in the pilot plant.
What is your most memorable
moment at Western Engineering?
The very first day when the Engineering Sophs took me from Essex to meet the
rest of the first year engineers. I am still great friends with a lot of
people I met in just that one day.
What are you most proud of
accomplishing over the past five years? Publishing my first paper. Two
other students and I did some research this year during the term and I just
got to present my paper in Montreal at a pharmaceutical conference.
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