Students/Interns

In an attempt to grow the wind industry in Canada the Institute has made a concerted effort to attract students/interns from across the country for work terms at the Institute.  This program has been very successful and rewarding for both the students and the Institute.  This hands on opportunity gives the students/interns a chance to explore the wind energy field and gives them an opportunity to bridge the realms of academia and industry.  The Institute also offers a Visiting Professor and Peer Review Program (VPPP) that allows for job shadowing at all levels of the organizations, internships, co-op placements, peer review of papers, etc. The Institute strategically supports college and university wind energy training programs and engages in outreach and public education efforts to support its mission. Compiled below is a list of students/interns who spent time at the Institute since 2008.


Name:
Sherif Youssef
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
Jan 17 - Apr 09/08
Ben Thompson
Ben, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in 2015. His duties included data acquisition from small wind turbine owners throughout the Maritimes. He utilized the data he collected to reinforce his research into performance and issues involved with small wind turbines. Hearing from Ben recently, he told us that, “I learned a LOT about the renewable energy sector, and the challenges associated.” Ben is currently completing his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on grid energy storage.
Name:
Chris Carter
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
Aug 24 - Dec 18/09
Jeff, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the fall of 2007. Jeff was the first coop student ever to be hired by the Institute. During Jeff’s term at the Institute, he was involved in a project to test the efficiency of a new concept wind turbine blade. He also collected and compiled data on this new concept blade for future performance evaluation.

Jeff mentioned recently that “My experience at WEICan helped land my next job with a wind energy developer in Ireland. As well through contacts made during my time at WEICan, I was contacted by a wind energy company to work on a new project in Nova Scotia. Both these experiences I directly attribute to my previous involvement with WEICan.”

Jeff is currently working in Houston, Texas with a contracting company which provides large scale Engineering Procurement Construction Installation and Operations.
Name:
Katherine Gallant
Degree or Program:
Environmental Engineer
Effective Date:
April 6 - Oct 1/10
Sean, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op winter-term in 2010.

His duties included a great amount of data acquisition for the testing of small wind turbines as well as performing and reporting on wind energy assessments.

Sean told us, “This experience with data collection has been incredibly helpful for other work terms, classes and projects. Also everyone at WEICan was incredibly friendly, helpful and great to work with.”

Sean is currently completing his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering specializing in tidal renewable energy.
Name:
Gabriel M. Gaultier
Degree or Program:
Renewables Engineer
Effective Date:
Feb 16 - July 17/09, Jan 10 - Mar 31/2010
Andre Begin-Drolet
Andre, a mechanical engineering graduate from Laval University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the fall of 2010.

His duties included the installation and testing of Laval University’s “ice-free anemometer”. The results he obtained highlighted the financial losses WEICan was burdened with due to icing of anemometers. His paper is now published titled “Commissioning of a new ice-free anemometer: 2011 field tests at WEICan”. Andre recently stated, “I am a professor in mechanical engineering at Laval University and I still have a lot of research projects linked to the wind energy industry.”

The ice-free anemometer is currently on its 4th iteration.
Jan, a mechanical engineering graduate from McGill University, worked at WEICan for an 8-month co-op term in 2013. During Jan’s term he worked on a variety of tasks that were part of multiple projects. He performed data acquisition and analysis, wrote reports, helped install small wind turbines and programmed in VBA.

Jan was speaking to WEICan staff recently and said, “The WEICan experience helped me to secure a position at Siemens Canada. The interviewers had many questions about the internship at WEICan and admired the versatility of the program.”

Jan is currently finishing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at McGill University and has started an internship in the energy sector of Siemens Canada.
Remi, an electrical engineering graduate from McGill University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the summer of 2009.

Remi has recently been in contact and he told us that, “My experience was tremendously valuable specifically because of the size of the team, which made knowledge transfer easy, and because I had the chance to touch on a little bit of most projects that were running during my term.” Remi’s work has shifted towards controls systems involved in the underground transport system of his hometown Montreal.

He told us, “I still leverage my experience at WEICan at job interviews” and he is currently looking to get back into energy-type work at the moment.
Lee, a mechanical engineering graduate from Memorial University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop-term in the winter of 2008.

Since Lee’s work term at WEICan he hasn’t worked specifically with wind energy. However, he did continue to pursue a master’s degree with work that was utility related, and is current working in the electric utility industry. Lee’s message to future students is, “The work was interesting and I'd encourage any prospective students to complete a work term with WEICan if given the opportunity.”

Lee is currently working as a transmission equipment engineer with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in Bishop's Falls, NL.
Name:
Nanae Kii
Degree or Program:
Environmental Science
Effective Date:
May 8 - Aug 26/16
Mehdi, an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Moncton, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the winter of 2012.

Mehdi’s main focus while at the institute involved data analysis of the rink’s net metering project. He used predictions of the average yearly wind speed for each location and then compared the actual 4-month wind speed and analyzed how it affected the turbine’s production. Mehdi told us recently that, “WEICan has a positive work environment that made me feel good about coming to work every day.”

He is currently in Nova Scotia working for Michelin Canada as the “Energy Manager”.
Meher, an environmental science student at the University of Moncton, was an intern with WEICan from April to July 2013.

Meher has been in contact and said “Although there is no direct link between my actual or former job and my internship at WEICan, the experience that I gained and the technical knowledge that I learned helped me a lot in the few last years. I think the project management and statistical analysis skills that I developed during my internship at the Institute were particularly helpful.”

Meher has gone on to work with a geomatics, environmental consulting and aerial photography firm as well as with an oyster hatchery automating data acquisition.
Name:
Brady Gaudette
Degree or Program:
Civil Engineer
Effective Date:
Sept 28/15 - Present
Name:
Brett Ferguson
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
April 20 - Aug 26/11, April 30 - Aug 8/12, May 8/13
Name:
Caleb Grove
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
Apr 30 - Dec 21/12
James is an electrical engineering student currently at the University of New Brunswick and he worked at WEICan for a 3-month term in the summer of 2013.

James was involved with the assessment and collection of wind turbine performance data, determining placements for new wind turbines using industry standard software tools like Windpro, and conducting any necessary on site tasks such as maintenance trips up the Dewind D9.2 turbines. James also created a macro through SCADA office that updates the institute on the Dewind turbines production, availability, and fault history.

James is aiming to graduate from UNB in May of 2016.
Name:
Jon Parkman
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
Apr 29/13 - April 17/14
Name:
Keegan Shaw
Degree or Program:
Electrical Engineer
Effective Date:
May 02-Aug 26/11
Alexa, a business graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 3-month term in the spring of 2013.

Her work was on the administrative side of WEICan. She worked on small wind turbine financial breakdowns, competitor analyses and did research/data acquisition on the opportunities of small wind in the global market. Alexa was happy with her term here and told us recently, “My experience at WEICan provided me with some insight on how non-profit organizations are run, which is relevant to what I work at now.”

She is currently employed at Grant Thornton and is working toward becoming a CPA this year
Name:
Brian Bylhouwer
Degree or Program:
Physics
Effective Date:
Jan 12 - May 8/09
Name:
Cameron Hastie
Degree or Program:
Physics and Mathematics
Effective Date:
May 8 - Aug 26/16
Conner, an engineering student currently at the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the summer of 2014.

Conner’s main responsibilities involved data analyses of the Dewind turbines along with the battery energy storage system (BESS) and report writing. He would be included in fault troubleshooting and turbine maintenance as well. His advice to future students is, “Showing up to work on time with an open mind is key because chances are you will be doing something different every day.”

Conner is currently in his third year of sustainable design engineering at UPEI and is working with an industry client on a large design project.
Mitchell, a business graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the summer of 2008.

His main responsibilities were business and administration oriented. He had the opportunity of learning about business development and growth along with project management. We got in touch with Mitchell recently and he told us that while he was here “The staff took an active role in developing my skills and allowed me to gain experience in a variety of fields.”

Mitchell is currently in a management role as the “Tourism Manager of the North Cape Coastal Tourism Area Partnership.”
Name:
Jamie Kilkenny
Degree or Program:
Industrial Systems Engineer
Effective Date:
May 4 - Aug 28/09
Tapabrata (a.k.a. Topo), an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Regina, worked at WEICan for a year-long term in 2014-15 pursuing his master’s degree.

His main responsibilities involved implementation of various ancillary grid services using energy storage. He did his MEng. project work on automatic generation control (AGC) using energy storage which is a type of ancillary grid service. Topo recently contacted us saying, “In my opinion, WEICan is one of the best research institutes to work for in Canada. The work environment is conducive for students and interns.”

Topo is currently completing his master’s degree from the University of Regina in electronic systems engineering and temporarily employed at Saskpower.
Name:
Logan Campbell
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date:
Jan 04 - Aug 27/10
Maggie, a mechanical engineering student from the University of Toronto, worked at WEICan for an 8-month co-op term in 2010-11.

Maggie was involved with the improvement of wind turbine test procedures, analyzation of acoustic and power performance of wind turbines and helped improve the data processing speed of various programs. Maggie’s tip to future interns is to ask questions in order to get the most diverse experience WEICan can provide.

After graduation Maggie went on to work with an oil company as a machinery engineer.
Name:
Matt Zahynacz
Degree or Program:
Economics
Effective Date:
May 3 - Aug 27/10
Da, a mechatronics engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the fall of 2008.

His main job was analyzing and formatting logged data from the field and identifying trends by relating wind speed and power output. Also, Da was involved with the installation of various wind speed measurement instrumentation. Hearing from Da lately he said, “The skills I learned from my internship were incredibly important to add to my skillset in order to find meaningful employment.”

However, Da’s career path has shifted to the wire and cable industry. Specifically software and machine design for industrial automation.
Monika, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the summer of 2008.

She spent the majority of her time at the Institute working with excel and macros to develop a worksheet for processing and interpretation of wind turbine performance data according to IEC standards. She has informed us lately that “After graduating I got a job at RWDI Inc., which performs wind tunnel tests on buildings. It is possible that my previous experience with WEICan would have made me a more suitable candidate for the job.”

Monika has recently returned to school to complete her master’s degree in transportation.
FEATURED:
Tapabrata Chakraborty


Tapabrata (a.k.a. Topo), an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Regina, worked at WEICan for a year-long term in 2014-15 pursuing his master’s degree.

His main responsibilities involved implementation of various ancillary grid services using energy storage. He did his MEng. project work on automatic generation control (AGC) using energy storage which is a type of ancillary grid service. Topo recently contacted us saying, “In my opinion, WEICan is one of the best research institutes to work for in Canada. The work environment is conducive for students and interns.”

Topo is currently completing his master’s degree from the University of Regina in electronic systems engineering and temporarily employed at Saskpower.

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