Soon-to-be alumnae reflect on why they chose to study engineering

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2022

Four female engineering students

In honour of International Women’s Day, we asked some of our soon-to-be alumnae why they chose to study engineering and their thoughts on the profession.


Chloe Bergeron

Chloe Bergeron

Fifth-year student, Chemical Engineering and Computer Technology
President, Engineering Students’ Society

“The chemical engineering and computing technology program interested me the most because I saw that it would give me the opportunity to combine my passion for the environment with my love of math and my creative side. I believe that the most important aspect of my career as a future engineer will be continuous learning and process improvement. The field of chemical engineering is still evolving rapidly and is more and more focussed on sustainability, renewable energy, and waste reduction, which is exactly what I hoped for. I look forward to doing my part and to making a positive difference in the fight against climate change, and to feeding my curiosity every day.”

Yzabelle Bisa

Yzabelle Bisa

Sixth year, Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry
Vice President of Services, Engineering Students' Society

“As a future engineer, I’m excited to enter a career that pushes the limits of innovation to solve real-world problems. I chose to study chemical engineering and biochemistry because I wanted to pursue a career that allows me to see where the lines of engineering and science intersect. Through my undergraduate studies, I’ve learned about the importance of applying combined knowledge across different disciplines. I know that what we’re taught here at uOttawa will help me and my colleagues work together to solve the challenges that we face in the near future. As I continue to pursue a profession in biomedical engineering in my postgraduate studies, one thing that I’ll always remember is that engineering is a team degree: you can’t face your challenges alone.”


Reese Wunsche

Reese Wunsche

Fifth year, Biomedical Mechanical Engineering with Computing Technology
Former President and Vice President of Social Affairs, Engineering Students' Society

“I chose biomedical mechanical engineering at the University of Ottawa because I wanted to build medical devices to help people live longer and more fulfilling lives. I aspire to work in the design of rehabilitation devices, or prosthetic implants, and to make more affordable and accessible rehabilitation treatment options. Throughout my undergrad, I have met numerous women in engineering, and have made lifelong friends and colleagues with each of them. When I see other women in my engineering classes, I feel empowered and supported in my community. I am graduating this term, and I hope to see equivalent representation in the biomedical engineering field and to inspire more young girls to be women in STEM because it is not as scary as it seemed in high school!”


Jillian Prins

Jillian Prins

Fourth year, Biotechnology
Payload Team Lead, uOttawa Rocketry

“I picked engineering, specifically biotechnology, because I wanted to find a way to bring together the different sectors of science that I enjoy, namely biology, chemistry, and engineering. I was also very interested in the types of modern problems that biotech and chemical engineering were looking at, such as gene therapy, innovative disease remedies, and carbon capture technology. The pandemic was especially a solid reminder for me of the importance of science and engineering today. There will continue to be major issues and problems in which science and technology will likely be our best shot at solving them, and my goal is to be a part of this. My time at uOttawa has allowed me to learn about these issues and how I can contribute. And it’s also been incredibly fun, especially being on uOttawa’s Rocketry Team over the past two years, developing my experience as an engineer and scientist. Overall, I find engineering to be an exciting discipline that gives me true potential to make a change in the world – and I love it!”


The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa is committed to the 30 by 30 initiative, a national goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030.

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