Stories of seven new graduates from the Faculty of Engineering

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020

Congratulations to all the new graduates! We are proud of each of you for what you have accomplished at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Engineering during your time with us. We now welcome to the uOttawa alumni family.

After facing tough challenges, many students have managed to impress us with their accomplishments and their overall drive for success. Convocation is a very exciting time for all students, proud family members, professors, and Faculty staff. While we can’t physically get together to celebrate our students’ achievements, we still want you to feel proud and celebrate your success! As of Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 at 1 p.m., you can watch (or re-watch) the 2020 Engineering Convocation here.

Many of our new graduates have amazing stories about the Faculty and lived various incredible experience there we wanted to give you an insight into those by sharing 7 of those stories from new graduates.

A girl in soccer gear

Margot Shore

Civil Engineering

Women’s GeeGees soccer

"With 20+ hours a week dedicated to soccer and even more time dedicated to coursework and lectures, I found a pattern that worked for me."


A man sitting and talking in a microphone

Dario Siranni

Civil Engineering

Now pursuing a Master’s degree at uOttawa

"If I had been asked if I was going to do a graduate degree upon entering my first year, it would have been a quick no. However, over the years of studying and learning, I actually acquired a taste for academia."


A disabled young woman leaning on a chair

Isa-Bella Leclair

Civil Engineering

Now pursuing a Master’s degree at uOttawa

"I did not expect my disability to guide me so much through my studies. But here I am now, researching the roles that civil engineers have in putting barriers in the built environment and investigating the accessibility of the civil engineering education and career itself to people with disabilities."

A guy with a dressed shirt smiling

George Ghossein

Electrical Engineering

Verification engineering at Ciena

"The advice I have for anyone who is considering going into engineering is to always dream big."


A woman smiling in front of a scenic view of a city

Caitlin Fischer

Computer Science

Software developer at Google

Don’t be afraid to be wrong. That’s how you learn. (Almost every time I spoke up in my first programming course, I was wrong.


A guy with a dressed shirt smiling

Sami Abu Shammeh

Civil Engineering

LCC and self-healing concrete researcher

"As an Engineer, you will be at the forefront of problem solvers/innovators that make everyday life better for everyone and in order to do your absolute best, it is vital to be passionate about the work that you do."


A guy smiling in front of blurry lights

Mohamed Ayman Najeh

Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology

Mentor at the Faculty of Engineering Mentoring Centre

"It's important to make an informed decision when choosing your program of study. Choose a program that aligns with your interests and the jobs in demand."

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