On Oct. 6 2015, Suncor hosted its first Memorial University Engineering Alumni Meet and Greet, bringing together nearly 50 Memorial engineering graduates and co-op students.
“Our alumni are an important partner to the success of our Faculty of Engineering,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, Dean of Engineering at Memorial, as he addressed the attendees. “It is you who have paved the way: hired and mentored our work term students and new graduates, shared your professional expertise as guest lecturers and through design projects, and supported their education with scholarships and philanthropic support. Thank you.”
The event was also a time for reflection from the alumni and Suncor employee, Andrea Parrell, spoke to the guests about her experience at Memorial and her transition into the workforce.
“Being a Memorial graduate gave me a great foundation to determine my path forward in life and I am thankful that I had the opportunity. One thing that sets Memorial apart from other engineering schools is the co-op program. I completed six work terms before I graduated and this gave me an edge over other new engineers my age.”
A fifth year mechanical co-op student, Josh Roul, also shared his perspective of the engineering program. “Many of the co-op student supervisors at Suncor are alumni of Memorial, so they understand how to relate the course work to the engineering that goes on here. The experience I’ve gained has been invaluable. This is my third work term at Suncor, and one of the main reasons I keep coming back is definitely the people.”
Following the formal speeches, attendees had an opportunity to mix and mingle with their colleagues and the engineering faculty staff.