Vanier College is proud to announce that Iulia Andra Mihai, a graduate of Industrial Electronics Technology, received a $1500 entrance scholarship from ETS – École supérieure de technologie where she is studying automation engineering – Génie de la production automatisée. Iulia was awarded the “Bourse femme en génie” a scholarship that awards women in engineering.
The ETS scholarship for women in engineering is new this year and aims to encourage more young women to study engineering. In fact, 97 young women obtained the entrance bursary for the autumn 2018 semester.
Iulia has long been attracted to engineering. Both her parents are trained engineers and she often accompanied her father to his business, which works with robots. “I was always manual. I like renovations and making things, which is why I like engineering,” she says.
In choosing Vanier, Iulia was very interested in the Industrial Electronics Program because it included all the areas of study she wanted to prepare for university studies. The program has great equipment with upgrades made every year that are also key to being well prepared for the future.
Iulia enjoyed the program itself, especially working on projects. “I learned how to do computer programming. I really liked that because you need to think, and then design a program where you get immediate feedback. When I program a machine to carry out a task, I immediately see results because the machine does what I want it to do. It’s why I prefer Industrial Electronics to software engineering. I want faster feedback.”
Although Industrial Electronics generally attracts more male students, Iulia felt very comfortable in her program. “Our program is like a family. The students and teachers are together for three years and we become friends. I had no problem being a girl in the program. It’s a very nice environment and my favorite place to hang out at Vanier was in the Industrial Electronics labs with computers where I did homework or worked on school projects.”
“I’m already working with my father in his company, but eventually I’d like to own my own company. I might not work with robots though. I love motorcycles, cars and speed so maybe I’ll have a company that includes them.”
Whether Iulia eventually starts her own company or not, the one sure thing is the demand for graduates of Industrial Electronics is very high. “I could have placed 50 graduates in jobs this summer with starting salaries almost as high as $75,000 and more with overtime,” said Jason Duheme, Coordinator of Industrial Electronics Technology. Surely a program for the future.
Congratulations to Iulia Andra Mihai who will be part of that exciting future.