Meet Our Mentors

Brendan Barber

What is your title?

Health Physicist, EIT
Radiation Protection

Please share how your professional journey brought you to mentoring at the Faculty of Science?

I was initially unaware of this program while growing up in Winnipeg I had moved away for school before returning after finding work.

One day I was sitting in my office and our company’s communication officer came in with a professor from the University of Manitoba who was at our lab for a tour and discuss potential needs that work at the university could aid in. In our conversation we also spoke about skills and techniques that were used in the industrial research world that this professor could incorporate to better prepare students who explored this avenue. It was through this unexpected meeting and the connection to this professor that I became aware of the program. It was not something I had considered before but everything seems to have lined to and so I submitted my application to become a mentor and have found it very rewarding.

Why is mentoring Faculty of Science undergrad students important to you?

Looking back at my time at university, the path into academia was always very clear, but the opportunity to work in industry was more nebulous.

I was fortunate to get a summer position during my time at university with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as a student Health Physicist, which at the time I didn’t even know was a job, and loved it.

The business world that students are graduating into is much is a constantly evolving space with careers that may have never existed before or have gained new meanings and responsibilities.

For many students in university, it can be hard to see where they will end up after school but for science students, I think it is even more difficult.

The “job” of a scientist is not as clear as a nurse or accountant but there are scientists in every industry and, for those who want to follow that path, very rewarding careers.

Having the ability to share my experiences making the transition as well as shed light on the vast array of careers available to these students has been a great pleasure.

Anything else you would like to add?  Quotable quote?

A favourite quote of mine is from the great Richard Feynman in his book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman”

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

 

Triparna Lahari Ghosh

What is your title?

Agronomic Research Specialist in Canola Breeding, Bayer Canada – Crop Science Division.

Please share how your professional journey brought you to mentoring at the Faculty of Science?

I graduated with my Doctoral degree from the department of Biological Sciences in 2018. I started working in 2015 while doing my PhD as part time student.

Why is mentoring Faculty of Science undergrad students important to you?

I owe to this University for my degree and professional journey. I worked as TA, laboratory instructor while doing my doctoral degree. I love to stay connected with the students as I missed the guidance in my student hood.

Anything else you would like to add?  Quotable quote?

You never fail until you stop trying’- Albert Einstein

 

Grant M. Zipursky

What is your title?

CEO, MD Innovative Strategies Ltd.

Please share how your professional journey brought you to mentoring at the Faculty of Science?

My biochemistry prof was very much a mentor to me. Science helped me find my way into medical device industry by accident.

Why is mentoring Faculty of Science undergrad students important to you?

I love to help students.

 

Yvette Shang

What is your title?       

Mitacs, Business Development Specialist

Please share how your professional journey brought you to mentoring at the Faculty of Science?   

My passion after completing an undergraduate degree was to do research, therefore I finished my master’s and Ph.D. After obtaining all of these degrees, I realized the importance of gaining hands-on experience. So, I founded my own business related to science communication and landed internship opportunities. Now as a Business Development Specialist, with Mitacs, I connect academia to industry and help to create internship opportunities.

Why is mentoring Faculty of Science undergrad students important to you?  I am always interested in promoting science in general.