This year, we are introducing a newly redesigned mentorship program to IGEN students.
The mentors consist of upper year students who have confidence, experience, and are adept at specific
skills. They are offering their time to all IGEN students who may have questions that relate to their
specific skill-sets.

For example, if you are designing a part and need to conduct FEA simulations to analyze its stress
concentrations but don’t know where to start: scroll down the list below, find the mentor who has
experience with this skill, and shoot them an e-mail!

If you are reaching out to a mentor, please come prepared with specific problems and/or questions. Do
your research, attempt the problem at least once, and then reach out to a mentor if you need help.

If you have any questions about mentorship or would like to get involved, please email igenmentorship@gmail.com!

Here are the mentors for 2021/22:


Sajida Chowdhury


Areas of expertise: Resume & Cover Letters, Course-planning, Life-planning, Networking, Scholarships, Getting Involved on Campus, Design Team Experiences, Figuring out how to best use your time, Study Strategies, Co-op, and more! 

Relevant Experience: I worked as a mechatronics test engineer for 8 months at Verathon Medical working with Arduinos, relays, solenoids, stepper motors, actuators and other electronic components to build test jigs. Throughout my degree, I have also been involved with UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UBC Rocket, IGEN Council, Women-in-Engineering, UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team and undergraduate research. In addition to my engineering involvements, I am a UBC Student Ambassador where I give tours of campus to prospective students and am on the Student Alumni Council where I work with Santa Ono, alumniUBC, and other leaders on campus to plan events and programming to connect current students with alumni. 

Hi everyone! My name is Sajida (she/her) and I’m currently in my third year of IGEN specializing in the biomedical aspects of electrical and mechanical engineering. I’m super interested in the intersection between the engineering and medical field. In the middle of my second year, I had my heart set on working at Verathon and through a bit of networking I scored my position for the summer! I would love to speak about how to highlight your strengths in cover letters, resumes, interviews, applications and anything else where you need to really sell who you are. If you are interested in getting involved on campus whether it is engineering-related or not, reach out to me and we can discuss that too! I also really like planning things out so if you need someone to talk to about what to do with your degree or course-planning, I’d love to help. Outside of IGEN, I love dance - both learning and choreographing so if anyone would like to have a dance session with me - send me a message!

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Andrei Gavrilov


Areas of expertise: Data Analytics, Programming (SQL, C/C++, HTML/CSS/JS, Python, Excel VBA), Data Visualization, UI/UX Design, Human Centric Design, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Project Management, Career Coaching, Networking,
Interview Preparation, Public Speaking.

Relevant Experience: Data Analyst on the Advanced Analytics Team at Suncor Energy since May 2021. Three Co-op placements over 24-months: 2017, four months at City of
Calgary, 9-1-1 Emergency Services as Business Continuity Student (Organizational Disaster Recovery); 2018, eight months at City of Vancouver, Project Delivery Branch as Engineering Assistant (Project Coordinator); 2019-2020, 12 months at Suncor Energy as Data Analytics Student (Developer). Three publications in fields of Civil Engineering (Parametric Building Design), Computer Engineering (Biometric Facial Recognitions and Machine Learning), four total research projects.

Andrei Gavrilov is a 2021 UBC Dean's Honour List Graduate from Integrated Engineering, specializing in Computer and Mining Engineering and Minoring in Commerce. At UBC he was involved with the EUS, Residence Life, UBC Orientations, mentorship, undergraduate research and was nominated as a 2021 APSC Rising Star. Currently, he is a Data Analyst at Suncor Energy and serves as Vice Regional Student Representative for the IEEE Canada Student Activities Committee.


Andrei has completed 24-months of internships during his undergraduate degree in organizations such as Suncor Energy, The City of Calgary and The City of Vancouver. His experiences range from being a Business Continuity Student, to Project Coordinator to Autonomous Haul Truck Data Analytics Developer. Andrei has completed his "Golden Triangle"; by having experiences in the Business, Management and Technical sectors throughout his Co-op placements. His current full-time role leans on all three sectors in his responsibilities as a Data Analyst at Suncor Energy.


Andrei has conducted four research projects on topics of machine learning, biometric facial recognition and parametric building design and has three publications. He has presented his research at the University of Oxford, UK and University of Berkeley, USA. As well, Andrei enjoys helping peers finding ways to excel in academics, personal goals and leadership ventures. Some of his interests include public speaking, tennis

coaching and social deduction board games.


Andrei is very excited for the IGEN Mentorship Program for 2021/2022 and hopes to meet you soon!


Tyler He


Areas of Expertise: Software stuffs (Generally in Python or C variants), in the realms of machine learning (strong/weak learners, deep learning, boosting), embedded systems (especially ESP32 related stuffs!), and some FPGA (SV). Some hands-on electrical assembly of SMD parts and debugging miniaturized circuits. Logistics including agile project management, team management, and technical writing.

Relevant Experience: Doing machine learning on all of my capstones, doing embedded software and digital circuit design at my co-op (with some robotics control software mixed in). I’ve run two businesses so far.

I’m a 4th year IGEN student and your friendly neighborhood ELEC shop manager! I’m probably not the best source for academic advice, but I have lots of experience converting an idea into a prototype / reality! I’ve worked on projects ranging from autonomous sidewalk vehicles to heart attack detectors embedded in clothing. If you need help with Arduinos, ESP32s, sensor communication protocols, digital systems, or machine learning, I can probably help! I have tons of project management experience. I managed a successful painting franchise in first-year with multiple employees and turned my second-year capstone into a company (though that one flopped). I can also help with technical writing; I got 100 in IGEN 330 to back it up ;)


Zachary Huser


Areas of expertise: Building things (machining, welding, composites, printing, wood, plastics, concrete, ceramics), CAD, CAM, Abaqus FE, project management, mechanical component/system design and manufacturing

Relevant Experience: All co-ops manufacturing/design focused, Formula UBC Design Team Technical Director

Whatever you're trying to do, let me know we can probably get it done.


Shea Mills (they/them)


Areas of expertise: Energy Systems, Sustainable Design, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Project Documentation, Project Management, Building Design, Agriculture, Mental Health/Neurodivergence, Gender/Queer Issues, Desgree Planning, CFA navigating!  


Relevant Experience: 

Lead/Co-Captain - Third Quadrant Design, ~1 yr

Lead/Team-member - Sustaingineering, ~1.5 years

Capstones: Plant Monitoring System, with App (don’t ask me about app things). Affordable housing modules, design (no prototype). 

Coop - Documentation Engineering, Project Coordinator

I’m a non-binary individual very stoked to be an IGEN Student! I was IGEN’s VP Finance and co-sustainability rep last year and have spent time on both Third Quadrant Design and Sustaingineering (both IGEN lead at some point!). I have a built out kind of a “renewable energy” IGEN degree utilizing MECH & CHBE courses, I’m not sure if I’ll double major or nab another sustainable option elsewhere. I’m a big nut for sustainability and have ample experience in many areas along the Sustainable wavelength. I’m one of the older IGEN’s and have learned a great deal in my time, don’t hesitate to reach out for just life stuff, too! 

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Shawna Naderi


Areas of expertise: Biomechanics, BMEG course selection, planning and managing school, mental health services

Relevant Experience: BMEG 410, 456, MECH 433, 435, former mech lead in open robotics, upcoming research co-op in biomechanics without being in co-op program, project with prosthetic clinic

Hi! I am a 4th year IGEN majoring in MECH and BMEG! I am very interested in biomechanics and plan to do a master's in the field after graduation. I will be doing my first work term in biomechanics research starting January 2022. If you are interested in doing BMEG through IGEN, please reach out to me! I would love to tell you about my experiences and share what I have learned over the years to make your journey a bit easier! (I also initially considered doing a BMEG CPEN major so I also have some knowledge around that). Feel free to reach out about anything school or life related. I'm happy to help!


Kevin Peng


Areas of expertise: Fullstack software engineering (JavaScript, Python, Java, React, Node.js, APIs, Microservices, Databases, etc.), project management.
Relevant experience: Software Engineering Co-ops (Execlar, FISPAN, incoming at SAP) and Lead Developer at UBC Visual Cognition Labs (PT)

Hi! I'm a 4th year studying CPEN/ELEC. I'm pretty passionate about software development and all that jazz. Aside from co-ops I also have some experience with project management as a Lead Developer at the Visual Cognition Labs. I'm always happy to chat about career-related things, goals, or anything tbh!


Chantal Sousa (she/her)

MECH & ELEC - Minor in Commerce

Areas of expertise: Resume & Cover Letter Building, Networking, Selling IGEN to potential employers, Project Management, Time Management, Non-Traditional Engineering Paths, Workflow Automation, Excel & Airtable, Navigating Mental Health during University, Navigating IGEN Degree Planning & Extension planning.

Relevant Experience: UBC Thunderbots Team Captain - Member since 2017, 24 months of Coop Experience - 4 months at Q-Imaging (Electrical Assembly), 12 Months at Spartan Controls (Application Specialist - Technical Sales), 8 Months at AirOps Consulting (Start-Up: Database and Automation development & Business Consulting), old and jaded 6th-year.

Hey IGEN! I am a 6th-year IGEN Student Majoring in Mechanical, minoring in Electrical with a minor in Commerce. I have taken a fair amount of unique courses aimed at business development in the entrepreneurial and business sector of engineering such as NVD, APSC 440 which is Management Fundamentals for Technology-Based Product Marketing and Development. I have experience in both the sales and consulting space and am happy to chat about these kinds of career paths. I have also been heavily involved in Thunderbots throughout my degree and have a ton of experience with Administrative Tasks & Leading Teams as well as Trip Planning. I have experience with resume building & networking and have even interviewed candidates before as well - I am always happy to provide career/job finding tips or review resumes. I have also extended my degree & taken a non-traditional path through IGEN if you need advice with planning your degree - I even have previous experience as vp academic and can help you with courses selection as well. I am also passionate about mental health struggles so please let me know if you need help navigating this with your degree - I am always happy to help. I look forward to connecting with fellow IGENS soon :) 


Faith Tan


Areas of expertise: Working in healthcare, Research, Campus Involvement/Extracurriculars, Networking, Campus Resources/Navigating University

Relevant Experience: Biomedical Engineering Technologist internship at Providence Healthcare/Fraser Health, NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant (paper published in IEEE SSCI 2020), Open Robotics Software Member since Sept 2020, Various positions on IGEN Student Council

Hello!! I’m Faith, a third year majoring in BMEG (via the MECH route likely - ask me about it!) and minoring ELEC. 
I am passionate about engineering for healthcare - my most recent internship gave me the opportunity to work hands-on with various medical devices (if you need help with various hand tools/soldering/etc., hit me up)! I also enjoy programming (mainly Python, some experience in Java/C) - if you’re a coding enthusiast like me, I’d love to chat and we could learn more together. 
Outside of technical things, I’m the current VP Comm on IGEN student council and am proficient using Canva (I can help you make pretty presentations and graphics!) and working on building IGEN’s presence on various platforms. I'm also on a dance team at UBC and I’d be happy to share what I know on getting involved with clubs and other extracurriculars on campus!
If you’re overwhelmed or struggling with school, I’ve been there and I’d love to share some resources that helped me, studying tips, and other strategies that help me to cope with our engineering workload. 
Academics aside, I am also willing to simply be a listening ear and a friendly face on campus for you :) Looking forward to meeting you!


Danika Unger


Areas of Expertise: Control Systems, Silicon Design (System Verilog Verification), Design Teams, Resume Building, Project Management

Relevant Experience: Silicon verification co-op at Microchip Technology, I develop design verification tests in SystemVerilog and debug the RTL using Cadence tools in a Linux VM. I write test points, program test cases, identify potential bugs, communicate with designers, and participate in reviews. In Jan 2022 I’ll be working at FLIR as a Firmware Co-op helping test their cameras. 

Hi, I'm a 4th year student in IGEN! I was a team lead on UBC BEST in second and third year, founding and developing UBC Uplift as the Mech Team Lead. I’ve joined UBC Aero this past year and have had a ton of fun choosing avionics components and designing a control algorithm to allow our PADA (powered autonomous delivery aircraft) to fly autonomously. Outside of the nerdy stuff, I’m always happy to talk hockey, soccer, sailing or swap book recommendations:)


Orion Yuen


Areas of expertise: Navigating Degree/Registration, Job Applications, Resume & Cover Letters, Project Management, Consulting, AI/ML/Data, Sustainability & Buildings, STEM Education, Aerodynamics, Power & Propulsion

Relevant Experience: Student Teams (TQD, previously UAS, Rocket), Risk & Consulting @ PwC, Software & Technical Design @ National Defence, Geering Up, Engineering Co-op & Mentorship

I'm a fifth year IGEN student that never really cared for a specialization. I take courses that interest me, and during my time in IGEN, took on a whole host of extracurriculars including part-time studies at BCIT and a complement of transport licences. I also rearranged my degree in a way to take nearly all my requirements in second and third year, leaving my fourth and fifth years almost purely for tech elecs. In my 20 months of work experience, I took on roles that spanned the range of technical to business focuses. I'm happy to chat about any one or combination of degree, career, or life planning!