B.Sc. (Honours) 1997; M.Sc. 1999
I began my undergraduate degree in September of 1992 in the Physics Department
at Brock University. In addition to the course work during the fall and winter terms,
I was fortunate to spend several summers as a research assistant for
Dr. Bozidar Mitrovic. We looked at various theoretical problems of high temperature
superconductivity, and during this time I gained practical experience programming
in FORTRAN and also learned many other computer software packages.
In the fall of 1996 I completed my honours degree and was undecided about whether
I would pursue employment or continue in academics at the Masters level. Ultimately,
I made the decision to continue on to a Masters program. I had enjoyed my
undergraduate research experiences at Brock and thought that a MSc would
give me more flexibility when pursuing employment in the future. I
received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
graduate scholarship, which is awarded to selected Canadian students to pursue graduate
studies at any universityin Canada (or abroad in some instances). While I both applied
to and visited several other universities, I chose to stay at Brock for my Masters.
I enjoyed the small classes and friendly atmosphere in the department, and I wanted
to continue along the same line of research as my undergraduate thesis. For my
MSc thesis, I examined the magnetic field penetration depth in high
temperature superconductors using a proposed model of high-Tc superconductivity
called the Interlayer Pair Tunneling Model. I completed my Masters degree in
September of 1999.
After graduation, I decided to temporarily pursue one of my other interests, namely
music. I was involved with both performing and teaching music, which was
a big change in pace from my seven years in the physics department! During this
time, however, I began to investigate my options for employment in industry.
I was pleased to discover that the prospects were good, and that physicists
are in high demand, especially given the recent surge in telecommunications
and computer technology. While I was initially worried that I did not have the
practical hands-on experience necessary to qualify for many positions, I quickly
learned that in many cases, employers hire candidates based on one's potential
to learn. Both the problem solving skills, independent thinking skills, ability
to carry out research at a high calibre, and teamwork that I learned at Brock
proved to be essential in obtaining a job.
I was recently offered a position as a Product Engineer at JDS Uniphase
Corporation. JDS Uniphase designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes
fiber optic components for the rapidly growing fiber optic communications
industry. I will be working in the manufacturing division, and more specifically, the
wavelength division multiplexer group. At this stage, I can't say too much about
the details of the job since I haven't started it yet!
I'm very much looking forward to working in this exciting and challenging
environment. I feel that my education and experiences at Brock were crucial
in obtaining my current position, and that they will also be crucial to my success
on the job. In particular, I am grateful to Dr. Mitrovic for all of his insights and
guidance throughout the years. He took a personal interest in my
achievements, both in physics and in life in general. My time at Brock will
be remembered fondly, and I hope to keep in touch in the years to come.