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ASE T FOUNDATION SCHOL ARSHIP WINNERS

Celebrating Academic Excellence
Every year, the ASET Foundation hands out tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to worthy students across Alberta.
Technology Alberta recently caught up to three of our most recent recipients to find out a bit more about these budding
technologists. We came away secure in the knowledge that all of them will soon join the ranks of our C.E.T.'s, and that the
future of the profession is bright.

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SCHOL A RSHIP

CL AY TON MILROY MEMORI AL SCHOL A RSHIP

Janet Finnamore

Kevin (Hui) Guo

Technology Alberta. Janet. Thank you for taking time to
tell us a bit about yourself. We're so pleased to be able
to speak to the Women in Technology Scholarship recipient. We truly believe that one of ASET's most important
functions is to encourage more women to join, and remain in, the profession.
Janet. Thank you so much. I am honoured to have been chosen for this bursary, and hope to inspire other women to pursue careers in the engineering technology field. You have no
idea how different this is from where I thought I'd end up.

Technology Alberta. Kevin. Congratulations on receiving
the ASET Foundation Clayton Milroy Memorial Scholarship. Your marks must have been outstanding.
Kevin. Thank you. It was an honour and really helped our
family financially. The money let me concentrate much more
time in study. By the end of the program, I achieved 18 A+'s
and 6 A's out of 24 courses, and had a GPA of 4.0.

TA. What do you mean?
Janet. Well, I was born and raised in Alberta, and I grew up

in rural communities around Edmonton. After high school, I
enrolled in the U of A, and completed two years of Nutrition
studies. So, not really a typical technologist's career path.
TA. We've heard of many routes to the C.E.T., but you're
right; this is a first for us. What prompted the switch?
Janet. I just wanted to switch gears and, well, I always liked
bridges so I thought Civil Engineering Technology sounded
cool.
TA. Really?
Janet. Yes. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself

into. Like I said, I liked bridges and I decided to attend NAIT
because of their dedication to student achievement, as well
as the way the program seemed aligned with industry.
TA. That actually makes a lot of sense. No regrets?
Janet. None at all. While attending NAIT, I felt I had the full
support of faculty members from start to finish. That led me
to be a part of the co-op program, which I cannot recommend enough. In fact, I'd say my achievements have come
from opportunities I encountered through the work term.
TA. As you said, the program is aligned with industry.
Seems like you made the right choice.
Janet. Absolutely.

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TA. That's outstanding. We're certainly glad you were
able to put the money to good use. Now, you mentioned
your family. We know you're a mature student, so tell us a
bit more about the Guo clan.
Kevin. I am an immigrant and moved from China to Canada
with my wife and baby in 2016. Later, our daughter was born
here. When we arrived, we struggled for many months because we did not know how we could financially survive and
how to reboot our careers.
I have a Measurement Engineering Degree, which is a versatile major just like instrumentation. I also worked as a field
application engineer for years in a large American company
before coming here. I had chances to work on a wide variety of instruments with different applications such as oil &
gas exploration (detectors in drilling tools), radiation detection, medical imaging, and high-energy physics. With these
experiences, and after consulting some Canadian friends, I
realized an instrumentation career would be a perfect fit for
me, especially as I have an endless passion for instruments
and the associated applied technology. That's why I came to
NAIT. To learn instrumentation.
TA. A remarkable story, and one we've heard from a number of technologists who came to Canada to build a better life, and found it through an Alberta education and/
or ASET certification. Is it safe to assume that with all
your experience, you'll start working towards your C.E.T.
immediately?
Kevin. Yes. ASET gave me an invaluable encouragement to
continuously pursue excellence in my future instrumentation career. I'm going to be a C.E.T. soon, and I believe I will
become an excellent instrumentation technologist later, just
like I am recognised by this scholarship at this moment.



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