Yolanda Moser graduated from UBC’s School of Engineering in 2015 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she moved to Canada to pursue her university degree in 2009.
Moser chose UBC’s Okanagan campus for a variety of reasons. “I enjoy being part of a close-knit community that also offers excellent technical resources like state-of-the-art laboratories, knowledgeable and talented professors, and personal development opportunities.”
Moser began her academic career in the Bachelor of Arts program before switching into the Bachelor of Applied Science program.
“I wanted to become an engineer in order to have a challenging, fulfilling career while contributing to the world in a tangible way. Engineering also gives me the opportunity to develop my technical skills.”
Moser shares that she gained valuable skills as part of her engineering education that are necessary for a successful engineering career. “It all boils down to experience: working as part of a team, the contacts and networks created during the program, and the ability to learn and figure out complex problems with reliable technical instincts.”
Moser is now employed in Kelowna as a Transportation Design EIT (Engineer in Training) at Urban Systems.
“I started working at this consulting firm about 6 months after graduation and so far it's been challenging and enjoyable. The challenge comes with the steep learning curve of doing highly specialized, detailed work on very tight deadlines. Fortunately, this is balanced with the support of a team that works closely together and is very knowledgeable.”
Moser’s experiences have resulted in some important advice for engineering students.
“Take advantage of the resources and opportunities that are available on campus. Work with professors, and get involved in research. Join clubs. These experiences will help support you throughout your university years, and more importantly, will expand your networks within the school and industry. This is necessary and very helpful when looking for a job!”
Moser’s most memorable experience while a student was Jumpstart, the international student orientation offered to incoming international students on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
“I was introduced to Kelowna, our campus, and lifelong friends through this orientation,” says Moser. “After that, I participated in Jumpstart every year as a leader and then as the lead coordinator. I still have very fond memories of the staff, students, and places I got to know through this orientation.”
Moser stays involved on campus by participating in UBC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) mentoring program as a mentor to undergraduate engineering students. The goals of the WiSE program include providing students with tools and strategies to enable them to succeed in their future careers, and to raise awareness about the issues faced by women in science and engineering careers.
“WiSE is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community where I grew personally and professionally for many years. This program is valuable for students and mentors alike. I was lucky to be paired with a mentee with whom I have much in common.”
If you would like to know more about the WiSE program, please visit their website at http://wise.ok.ubc.ca/.