Category Archives: Careers

Ottawa ranked as top student city

Ottawa ranked as top student city by the students themselves!



We’re hiring!

Department of mechanical engineering at the university of ottawa is looking for new tenure-track professor.

The Horizons Fellowship


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The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become tomorrow’s leaders in technology. The program is a part-time 6-month experience (or full-time summer experience) that teaches software engineering and provides students with the network and perspective needed to launch their careers in tech. The program requires no prior computer science or programming knowledge. It is open to current university students of all ages. Students develop the arsenal of highly employable software engineers as well as the perspective of entrepreneurs.

Application Process/Criteria

·         Currently enrolled in a 4-year university program

·         Submission of transcript, resume, and standardized test scores on

·         Series of fit and technical interviews

·         Applications are on a rolling basis. The final deadline is July 20th 2016 but we encourage students to apply sooner as the program is already filling up.

Horizons Fellowship Details

·         800+ hours of learning to build web applications

·         1-on-1 mentorship from technology industry leaders

·         Speaker series consisting of entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, product managers and designers from successful technology companies & leading venture capital firms

·         Lifelong access to the Horizons Career Network

Tenure-track positions in materials engineering

The Faculty  of Engineering at the University of Ottawa is recruiting in the area of materials engineering.  The description of the positions is posted at under ‘Faculty of Engineering’.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

Engineering Degrees Provide Biggest Returns

Originally published here.

A new report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York breaks down the return on investment enjoyed by holders of bachelor’s degrees in the United States and reaches the conclusion that engineering majors reap the biggest economic rewards amongst all subject areas.

The study, conducted by economists Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, calculated the return on investment of tertiary degrees by first looking at the wage disparity between degree holders and high school grads over the past four decades. A model was then used to calculate the lifetime earnings of each group, factoring in both the cost of tuition fees and the opportunity cost of pursuing a tertiary education in order to obtain final figures for returns on investment. While holders of bachelor’s degrees see a 15 per cent return on their education investment on average, engineering majors come in well ahead of the back, with a return on investment of 21 per cent.

Engineers are also significantly ahead of the second place holders – math and computing majors and health majors, who enjoy returns of 18 per cent on their education expenditures. Business majors take fourth place, with returns on investment of 17 per cent.

At the opposite end of the scale were holders of degrees in the liberal arts, education and agriculture and natural resources, all of whom saw returns on investment well short of the average. Education majors enjoy returns on investment of under 10 per cent, while holders of liberal art degrees see returns of just 12 to 13 per cent.

engineering degree

While training in engineering or computer science provides the biggest returns, the economic promise of these degrees has failed to boost their popularity amongst undergraduates, and they comprised only eight per cent of all degrees issued in the United States the 2011-12 school year. This is less than half the percentage for the most popular type of undergraduate degree – that of business studies, which accounted for around one-fifth of all degrees issued in the same school year.

According to the study’s authors, the reason for the relative want of popularity of engineering and other science-related subjects is the very same reason for the high levels of remuneration they provide – the difficulty of pursuing these areas of study compared to easier subjects such as commerce and accounting.

“Not all majors are feasible for every college student,” said the authors. “For example, recent research has shown that graduating with a math or science major is more difficult than pursuing other fields of study.”

Salary gaps

Engineering wins!   Taken from

Post Grad Earnings

Post Grad Earnings


The UK experience

A few years ago, I had the marvelous opportunity to work and study in the UK, with funding from the UK via the British Council.  It was a great experience and one that I would recommend to anybody.  It was also not an experience unique to me since many others have had the same wonderful opportunity.   The British Council has made a short film documenting how other scholars have fared in these types of experiences.  The short film can be seen below.

Longer versions can be found on the British Council’s Youtube page.