“The people in the Physics department are amazing. From fellow students to faculty and staff, everyone is welcoming and nice to interact with. That makes it very easy to ask people for help, have casual/formal discussions about research, and socialize with outside the University.”
Supervisor: Dr. John de Bruyn
Where is “home” for you?
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
A combination of my supervisor and the work I would be doing. I really enjoyed the work I did for my undergraduate thesis under the same supervisor, and after discussing with him ideas for a potential graduate project, I decided to stay and continue my graduate studies here.
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
I am interested in designing new tools to study fluids. One method for studying fluids is to vibrate a structure in it (e.g., a wire, or a small plate) ,and observe how the fluid affects the vibrations. A very viscous fluid, like honey, will resist the motion of the structure, damping its motion, more than a less viscous fluid, like water. More complex fluids, like polymer solutions, may possess elastic properties as well. Both the viscous and elastic properties of complex fluids influence the motion of a vibrating structure in a way measureable by my devices.
What’s your favourite book?
A Song of Ice and Fire
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
My office. The space provided to me is an excellent space for me to work and study in peace. The view overlooking UC hill isn’t bad either! The atrium space in the Physics and Astronomy building is also a wonderful place to sit and socialize or get some work done when I need a change of scenery.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best way to see if you’ll like it here is to come and visit the campus, talk to current students here, and, most importantly, talk to prospective professors about their research and see what interests you.