GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: MICHELLE PITTS
Hometown: Angus, Ontario
Graduate Research Focus: Thermal properties of Cobourg Limestone and thermally coupled processes in the underground storage of nuclear waste
Why I chose to do graduate studies: I was a research assistant one summer in undergrad, and I loved the experience of research. Graduate studies also allow you to develop skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication, which are huge assets in all engineering jobs.
Why Queen’s?: For me, it was all about the professor I would work with. I really respect Dr. Diederichs, and knew he had a lot to teach me about rock mechanics.
Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with: In the past I have been involved in martial arts (haidong gumdo), intermural sports, and the HYPE program, which provides volunteer tutoring for local high school students.
The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most: Definitely my supervisor, Dr. Mark Diederichs. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to work so closely with a world-class rock mechanics expert.
After I graduate, I plan to: Go into consulting. I participated in an internship in undergrad, and really enjoyed the work.
One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime: I feel like what’s more important is your life between those big accomplishments, the day-to-day life that makes up 99.9% of your time on Earth. I’d like to do meaningful work, maintain my relationships with my family and friends, and lead an active lifestyle.