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2017 Issue 2: The Technology Issue

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Picture yourself...as an engineer

Picture yourself...as an engineer

[magazine cover and page]

I’m a Chemical Engineer is a comic-style book geared to kids aged 8 to 14 to get them thinking about careers in engineering. The first in a series, I’m a Chemical Engineer introduces the reader to Siobhan, a comic book character ­talking to a young friend about the many uses of chemistry, links to chemistry in traditional Aboriginal cultural practices, and her work as a chemical engineer. On the last page, we meet the real-life Siobhan Dooley, Sc’12 (Chemical), and a member of the St. Theresa Point First Nation in Manitoba, now working as a chemical engineer in Sudbury.

The book was the initiative of Melanie Howard, Artsci’95, Ed’98, Director of Outreach and Aboriginal Access with the Faculty of Engineering and ­Applied Science. With the help of her Circle of ­Advisors, including Carol Ann Budd, Sc’89, Howard created the book to engage young Aboriginal ­students with role models at Queen’s, as well as to highlight the engineering disciplines available at the university. There are now four books in the ­series featuring First Nations and Métis students and young graduates, and a fifth is in development. Learn more: Aboriginal Access to Engineering...

[Queen's Alumni Review 2015 Issue 4 cover]