Humans of UVic Engineering and Computer Science

Get to know some of the “humans” in UVic Engineering and Computer Science — why they chose their field, how they’ve overcome challenges and what they’re most passionate about.

A woman wearing a Lallemand lab coat and a mask stands in a room full of yeast processing equipment.

Rachael Mebs

Biomedical Engineering, 3rd-year undergraduate student

2021 June – Working in the lab at Lallemand has helped Mebs put her studies into practice. At the same time, she’s honed her problem-solving and time management skills while working on numerous projects. Read more

Robert Lee stands on some logs lying near the side of a lake in the wilderness on a sunny day.

Robert Lee

Computer Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 June – Lee, who at the start of his undergraduate degree won the highly prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship, intends to keep looking for opportunities to make a difference, particularly in the area of climate change. Read more

Jason Tinker stands outside with a harbour, trees and buildings in the background.

Jason Tinker

Computer Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 June – Jason Tinker leaves UVic with a great career opportunity at a local technology company, thanks to a co-op during his degree. Read more

David Kinskofer stands outdoors with grass, trees and the Gorge Waterway in the background.

David Kinskofer

Civil Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 May – Being exposed to an environment that encourages lifelong learning and meeting like-minded peers has been the favourite part of David Kinskofer’s time at UVic. Read more

Hanna Atmanspacher-Wirth stands outdoors wearing a UVic hoodie, with trees and mountains in the distance.

Hanna Atmanspacher-Wirth

Biomedical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 May – Hanna Atmanspacher-Wirth hopes to work as a doctor or in the field of medical device development. Read more

Enns and Emily stand with their arms around each other, with trees, ocean and mountains in the background.

Keanu Enns

Honours in Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, graduated with a BSc in May 2021

2021 May – Keanu Enns has already begun working on the next step in his education – a Master’s of Science. Read more

Nishra Shah, stands outdoors on UVic’s campus holding a Faculty of Engineering sign and wearing a graduation cap.

Nishra Shah

Master of Engineering in Applied Data Science, graduated May 2021

2021 May – For Nishra Shah, the steep learning curve provided through co-op work terms was hugely effective in expanding her skillset. Read more

Verhelst stands outdoors during a sunset, with a vista of mountains, ocean and Saanich in the background.

Jacob Verhelst

Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Business, graduated with a BEng in Spring 2021

2021 May – Jacob Verhelst is excited to set out on the next phase of his journey, which includes working at the UVic Centre for Aerospace Research. Read more

A head-and-shoulder photo shows Connor Balogh standing indoors in front of a window.

Becca Thomson

Computer Science, graduated with a BSc in May 2021

2021 May – Some of Becca Thomson favourite memories at UVic include working at the McPherson Library, a “Vampire Studies” class and fitness classes at CARSA. Read more

A head-and-shoulder photo shows Connor Balogh standing indoors in front of a window.

Connor Balogh

Electrical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 May – Connor Balogh’s immediate plans include working on Vancouver Island and registering to become an Engineer in Training. Read more

Kalk appears in the driver’s seat of a bus, her hands on the steering wheel and wearing a safety vest.

Kelsey Kalk

Biomedical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 May – Some of Kelsey Kalk’s best memories are a result of her amazing co-op experiences, which included having the chance to drive a double-decker bus. Read more

With his arms in the air and giving the “thumbs-up” sign, Messner sits on a large rock with a waterfall in the background.

AJ Messner

Mechanical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

2021 May – AJ Messner is hungry to learn more and plans to pursue his master’s degree after graduating, with a focus on ocean and wave energy generation. Read more

A headshot of Whitney Dluhosh.

Whitney Dluhosh

Software Engineering, graduated with a BSEng in May 2021

2021 May – As she graduates with a degree in software engineering, Whitney Dluhosh looks back on meeting many new friends during her time at UVic. Read more

Li stands on a log near the shore of a Vancouver beach on a wintry day, with her arms open wide.

Sherry Li

Biomedical Engineering, 4th-year undergraduate student

2021 Feb – Sherry Li was among 115 young women invited to an event focused on networking, leadership and expanding one’s knowledge of the construction industry. Read more

Stefani – wearing a UVic Rocketry T-Shirt, sunhat and outdoor gear – stands outdoors in the desert and shows two thumbs up.

Natasha Stefani

Mechanical Engineering Alumna, minor in Business

2021 Feb – Natasha Stefani, who loved being part of the UVic Rocketry team, hopes to eventually work in the technical garment industry. Read more

Mosavat sits at a desk, working on a laptop, in a room with electrical and computer equipment.

Hamed Mosavat

Electrical Engineering, 5th-year PhD student

2020 Dec – Hamed Mosavat will be defending his PhD thesis online in December 2020. He plans to pursue work that enables him to work on an R&D team that focuses on finding practical solutions to real-world problems. Read more

Jingrong Wang stands on a rocky treed hillside with smoke hanging over the scene.

Jingrong Wang

Computer Science, graduated with a MSc in November 2019

2020 Sep – Jingrong Wang, who recently earned her Master’s from UVic, revealed talent in mobile networks, edge computing and sketches of her instructors. Read more

Logan Bakker sits on top of Mount Tolmie on a sunny day.

Logan Bakker

Mechanical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in November 2019

2020 July – Logan Bakker, who won three top awards for the 2019-20 academic year, answers questions about his plans for the future and his time at UVic. Read more

Tim Berntsen faces the camera for an indoor professional photo.

Tim Berntsen

Civil Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

2020 July – Tim Berntsen, who served as President of the UVic Engineering Students’ Society, strongly believes in encouraging and supporting diversity in the field. Read more

Zak Papas leans against the open window of a vehicle deck on a BC ferry. The sun is shining and the ocean is seen behind him.

Zak Papas

Civil Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

2020 July – As Zak Papas graduates, he takes time to share a few thoughts and some tips for new students arriving at UVic. Read more

Inside the Crystal Garden conference centre, Kai Ren kneels beside a small self-navigating robotic device.

Kai Ren

Electrical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

2020 July – Developing an autonomous navigation robot system was the highlight of Kai Ren’s undergraduate degree. He’ll be delving further into robotics during graduate studies. Read more

Wearing a tuque and jacket, Laura Kissack stands outdoors, with mountains and forest in the background.

Laura Kissack

Computer Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

2020 July – Laura Kissack is looking forward to working in the wearable tech field as she heads to Vernon BC following graduation. Read more

Close-up of Shiyi Huo outdoors on a sunny day, with fields in the background.

Shiyi Huo

Computer Science, graduated with a BSc in July 2020

2020 July – As she graduates from UVic, Shiyi Huo leaves with both an award in computer science and a collection of wonderful memories. Read more

Krajnc stands in a lab, wearing a lab coat and protective glasses. She holds a small steel column in front of her.

Kirsten Krajnc

Civil Engineering, 3rd-year undergraduate student

2020 June – Kirsten Krajnc almost didn’t go into engineering, but she’s very glad she did. She loves how the discipline focuses on problem-solving and its great potential for making a positive impact on the environment. Read more

Kodituwakku stands in front a rack of computer servers, which glow with colourful lights.

Chandula Kodituwakku

Computer Science, 4th-year undergraduate student

2020 June – From doing presentations for UVic Systems to winning a national cybersecurity competition, Chandula Kodituwakku believes in the importance of hands-on learning and getting out of one’s comfort zone. Read more

Co-op student Jenna Brown stands in a low-lit hallway in front of signage that describes PBX Engineering’s services

Jenna Brown

Electrical Engineering, 4th-year undergraduate student

2020 February – Electrical Engineering student Jenna Brown has thrown herself into a series of challenging positions, only to discover that these are where the greatest rewards lie. Read more

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Kyle Wilson

Computer Science, 3rd-year undergraduate student

2020 February – A passion for Wikipedia combined with a background in Computer Science and knack for writing inspired Kyle Wilson to pitch his articles to major online magazines. Read more

Alex Doknjas sits in a lab at a work bench, holding a small satellite called a CubeSat

Alex Doknjas

Electrical Engineering, graduated with BEng Spring 2019

2020 January – Alex Doknjas is passionate about aerospace and is right at home working as a full-time research assistant and lab manager in UVic’s Satellite Integration Lab. Read more

Camille Zimmer crouches down on the bank of Goldstream River and scoops up water in a glass container and then uses equipment to test its quality

Camille Zimmer

Civil Engineering, 1st-year PhD student

2020 January – Camille Zimmer has a decidedly broad range of interests – from helping protect the quality and quantity of our water supply to backcountry skiing and bouldering – and she works hard to balance them all. Read more


Jared White

Mechanical Engineering, graduated with BEng Summer 2019

2019 October – Jared White didn’t set out to pursue a degree in engineering. From an early age, he’d always loved the ocean and later scuba diving. Read more


Sadegh Hasanpour

Mechanical Engineering, 4th-year PhD student

2019 October – What excites Sadegh Hasanpour most about the work he’s doing at UVic is the real-life impact it will have – both on improving health care and helping save the planet. Read more


Aria Poutanen

Computer Science, 4th-year undergraduate student

2019 October – Computer scientist, radio DJ and Bandcamp developer. Read more