Students/Interns

In an attempt to grow the wind industry in Canada the Institute has made a concerted effort to attract students/interns from across the country for work terms at the Institute.  This program has been very successful and rewarding for both the students and the Institute.  This hands on opportunity gives the students/interns a chance to explore the wind energy field and gives them an opportunity to bridge the realms of academia and industry.  The Institute also offers a Visiting Professor and Peer Review Program (VPPP) that allows for job shadowing at all levels of the organizations, internships, co-op placements, peer review of papers, etc. The Institute strategically supports college and university wind energy training programs and engages in outreach and public education efforts to support its mission. Compiled below is a list of students/interns who spent time at the Institute since 2008.


Name:
Sherif Youssef
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Jan 17/2008 - Apr 09/2008
Junxiang Hao
Junxiang, a computer science student from Dalhousie University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the summer of 2018.

During Junxiang’s term, he wrote a software related to GADS System. His main work consisted of four parts. The first part was to import the data with different formats (CSV, Excel, Access) from local server to my software and store the data into the datasets. The second part was to build a database, export the data with different standards (2011 Standard, 2016 Standard) from datasets to the database, modify the data properly and fix the errors automatically. The third part was calculation. There were lots of formulas need to be used and he wrote more than 30 queries to finish all the calculations for each farm. Then he summarized the data from all farms to analyze them. The final part was to generate reports (debugging reports and final reports) based on the analysis and calculation for each farm, including tables, charts and graphs, so people from each farm can access to the reports, know the performance of their turbines and adjust their turbines.

Junxiang is currently in his fourth year of computer science at Dalhousie University and is working towards becoming a software developer.
Ben Thompson
Ben, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in 2015. His duties included data acquisition from small wind turbine owners throughout the Maritimes. He utilized the data he collected to reinforce his research into performance and issues involved with small wind turbines. Hearing from Ben recently, he told us that, “I learned a LOT about the renewable energy sector, and the challenges associated.” Ben is currently completing his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on grid energy storage.
Name:
Katherine Gallant
Degree or Program:
Environmental Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Apr 06/2010 - Oct 01/2010
Sean, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op winter-term in 2010.

His duties included a great amount of data acquisition for the testing of small wind turbines as well as performing and reporting on wind energy assessments.

Sean told us, “This experience with data collection has been incredibly helpful for other work terms, classes and projects. Also everyone at WEICan was incredibly friendly, helpful and great to work with.”

Sean is currently completing his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering specializing in tidal renewable energy.
Name:
Chris Carter
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Aug 24/2009 - Dec 18/2009
Jeff, a mechanical engineering graduate from Dalhousie University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the fall of 2007. Jeff was the first coop student ever to be hired by the Institute. During Jeff’s term at the Institute, he was involved in a project to test the efficiency of a new concept wind turbine blade. He also collected and compiled data on this new concept blade for future performance evaluation.

Jeff mentioned recently that “My experience at WEICan helped land my next job with a wind energy developer in Ireland. As well through contacts made during my time at WEICan, I was contacted by a wind energy company to work on a new project in Nova Scotia. Both these experiences I directly attribute to my previous involvement with WEICan.”

Jeff is currently working in Houston, Texas with a contracting company which provides large scale Engineering Procurement Construction Installation and Operations.
Name:
Gabriel M. Gaultier
Degree or Program:
Renewables Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Jan 10/2010 - Mar 31/2010
Name:
Gabriel M. Gaultier
Degree or Program:
Renewables Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Feb 16/2009 - Jul 17/2009
Trevor
Trevor, a 4th year electrical engineering student at Laval University, worked at WEICan for a 16-week co-op term in the summer of 2018.

His duties included troubleshooting of a DeWind turbine, maintenance of wind turbines, writing a report on power curves of small wind turbines and horizontal axis turbines, researching possible solutions for a condition monitoring system, writing an excel script to ease vibration data preparation and the collection of vibration data.

After graduating from his degree, his plan is to find work related to developing sustainable energy.
Andre Begin-Drolet
Andre, a mechanical engineering graduate from Laval University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the fall of 2010.

His duties included the installation and testing of Laval University’s “ice-free anemometer”. The results he obtained highlighted the financial losses WEICan was burdened with due to icing of anemometers. His paper is now published titled “Commissioning of a new ice-free anemometer: 2011 field tests at WEICan”. Andre recently stated, “I am a professor in mechanical engineering at Laval University and I still have a lot of research projects linked to the wind energy industry.”

The ice-free anemometer is currently on its 4th iteration.
Jan, a mechanical engineering graduate from McGill University, worked at WEICan for an 8-month co-op term in 2013. During Jan’s term he worked on a variety of tasks that were part of multiple projects. He performed data acquisition and analysis, wrote reports, helped install small wind turbines and programmed in VBA.

Jan was speaking to WEICan staff recently and said, “The WEICan experience helped me to secure a position at Siemens Canada. The interviewers had many questions about the internship at WEICan and admired the versatility of the program.”

Jan is currently finishing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at McGill University and has started an internship in the energy sector of Siemens Canada.
Remi, an electrical engineering graduate from McGill University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the summer of 2009.

Remi has recently been in contact and he told us that, “My experience was tremendously valuable specifically because of the size of the team, which made knowledge transfer easy, and because I had the chance to touch on a little bit of most projects that were running during my term.” Remi’s work has shifted towards controls systems involved in the underground transport system of his hometown Montreal.

He told us, “I still leverage my experience at WEICan at job interviews” and he is currently looking to get back into energy-type work at the moment.
Lee, a mechanical engineering graduate from Memorial University, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop-term in the winter of 2008.

Since Lee’s work term at WEICan he hasn’t worked specifically with wind energy. However, he did continue to pursue a master’s degree with work that was utility related, and is current working in the electric utility industry. Lee’s message to future students is, “The work was interesting and I'd encourage any prospective students to complete a work term with WEICan if given the opportunity.”

Lee is currently working as a transmission equipment engineer with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in Bishop's Falls, NL.
Thomas Fincker received his master’s degree of Engineering from ECAM Strasbourg-Europe and a European post-Masters in Renewable Energy from Mines Paristech specializing in Wind Energy in 2018. He worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the fall of 2018. .
Name:
Nanae Kii
Degree or Program:
Environmental Science
Effective Date(s):
May 08/2016 - Aug 26/2016
Meher, an environmental science student at the University of Moncton, was an intern with WEICan from April to July 2013.

Meher has been in contact and said “Although there is no direct link between my actual or former job and my internship at WEICan, the experience that I gained and the technical knowledge that I learned helped me a lot in the few last years. I think the project management and statistical analysis skills that I developed during my internship at the Institute were particularly helpful.”

Meher has gone on to work with a geomatics, environmental consulting and aerial photography firm as well as with an oyster hatchery automating data acquisition.
Mehdi, an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Moncton, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the winter of 2012.

Mehdi’s main focus while at the institute involved data analysis of the rink’s net metering project. He used predictions of the average yearly wind speed for each location and then compared the actual 4-month wind speed and analyzed how it affected the turbine’s production. Mehdi told us recently that, “WEICan has a positive work environment that made me feel good about coming to work every day.”

He is currently in Nova Scotia working for Michelin Canada as the “Energy Manager”.
Name:
Ehsan Mollasalehi
Degree or Program:
Post Doctoral Associate in Mechanical Engineering
Effective Date(s):
Sep 19/2017 - Nov 17/2017
Ehsan Nasrolahpour
Ehsan joined the Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) , through Mitacs Program, as an intern student for four months in winter 2017 while pursuing his Phd in electrical engineering in University of Calgary. His main responsibilities involved operation of energy storage systems and wind turbines in providing ancillary services considering their technical constraints. His Phd thesis was on optimal operation and sizing of energy storage systems in competitive electricity markets. Ehsan graduated from University of Calgary in 2017 and since then he is working as an energy market analyst at EDC Associates Ltd in Calgary.
Alex Medd
"Alex was a technical intern from May 2016 to March 2017 and completed work on the Generation and Availability Database for the Canadian wind market to analyze the performance of wind farms across Canada and provide performance benchmarks for operators. He also completed work on the underperformance of small wind turbines in collaboration with Dr. Wood at the University of Calgary. The research was presented at TUrbWind 2017. Alex also assisted senior wind turbine technicians in servicing and troubleshooting the on site turbines.

Alex is now a technical specialist with WSP in the wind group in Calgary focusing on wind resource assessment, layout design and production assessments."
Brady
Brady Gaudette works as a civil engineer for EXP Services Inc. in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His role is a Designer in the Municipal Infrastructure division.
Name:
Jon Parkman
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Apr 29/2013 - Apr 17/2014
James is an electrical engineering student currently at the University of New Brunswick and he worked at WEICan for a 3-month term in the summer of 2013.

James was involved with the assessment and collection of wind turbine performance data, determining placements for new wind turbines using industry standard software tools like Windpro, and conducting any necessary on site tasks such as maintenance trips up the Dewind D9.2 turbines. James also created a macro through SCADA office that updates the institute on the Dewind turbines production, availability, and fault history.

James is aiming to graduate from UNB in May of 2016.
Name:
Brett Ferguson
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
May 08/2013 - May 30/2013
Name:
Caleb Grove
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Apr 30/2012 - Dec 21/2012
Name:
Brett Ferguson
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Apr 30/2012 - Aug 12/2012
Name:
Brett Ferguson
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Apr 20/2011 - Aug 26/2011
Name:
Keegan Shaw
Degree or Program:
Electrical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
May 02/2011 - Aug 26/2011
Dylan M
Dylan, is a 4th year engineering student enrolled in the School of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. During his two internship terms at WEICan, Dylan was involved in the data analyses, maintenance and troubleshooting of the Dewind turbines. Other duties included developing software protocols and the preparation of presentations.

His future plans include graduating from his degree and finding employment related to sustainable energy in the province of Prince Edward Island.
Liam Kinch
Liam, a 3rd year Computer Science student at the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 4 month co-op term in the summer of 2018.

During his time at WEICan, Liam created some Visual Basic .NET programs to go through the company's data and find instances where the data did not seem correct. He also used these programs to calculate a specific exponent in a formula to find the turbine's wind gradient.
Name:
Dylan MacLennan
Degree or Program:
Sustainable Design Engineer
Effective Date(s):
May 08/2017 - Aug 25/2017
Name:
Cameron Hastie
Degree or Program:
Physics and Mathematics
Effective Date(s):
May 08/2016 - Aug 26/2016
Conner, an engineering student currently at the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the summer of 2014.

Conner’s main responsibilities involved data analyses of the Dewind turbines along with the battery energy storage system (BESS) and report writing. He would be included in fault troubleshooting and turbine maintenance as well. His advice to future students is, “Showing up to work on time with an open mind is key because chances are you will be doing something different every day.”

Conner is currently in his third year of sustainable design engineering at UPEI and is working with an industry client on a large design project.
Alexa, a business graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 3-month term in the spring of 2013.

Her work was on the administrative side of WEICan. She worked on small wind turbine financial breakdowns, competitor analyses and did research/data acquisition on the opportunities of small wind in the global market. Alexa was happy with her term here and told us recently, “My experience at WEICan provided me with some insight on how non-profit organizations are run, which is relevant to what I work at now.”

She is currently employed at Grant Thornton and is working toward becoming a CPA this year
Alexa, a business graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 3-month term in the spring of 2013.

Her work was on the administrative side of WEICan. She worked on small wind turbine financial breakdowns, competitor analyses and did research/data acquisition on the opportunities of small wind in the global market. Alexa was happy with her term here and told us recently, “My experience at WEICan provided me with some insight on how non-profit organizations are run, which is relevant to what I work at now.”

She is currently employed at Grant Thornton and is working toward becoming a CPA this year
Name:
Brian Bylhouwer
Degree or Program:
Physics
Effective Date(s):
Jan 12/2009 - May 08/2009
Mitchell, a business graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island, worked at WEICan for a 4-month coop term in the summer of 2008.

His main responsibilities were business and administration oriented. He had the opportunity of learning about business development and growth along with project management. We got in touch with Mitchell recently and he told us that while he was here “The staff took an active role in developing my skills and allowed me to gain experience in a variety of fields.”

Mitchell is currently in a management role as the “Tourism Manager of the North Cape Coastal Tourism Area Partnership.”
Tapabrata (a.k.a. Topo), an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Regina, worked at WEICan for a year-long term in 2014-15 pursuing his master’s degree.

His main responsibilities involved implementation of various ancillary grid services using energy storage. He did his MEng. project work on automatic generation control (AGC) using energy storage which is a type of ancillary grid service. Topo recently contacted us saying, “In my opinion, WEICan is one of the best research institutes to work for in Canada. The work environment is conducive for students and interns.”

Topo is currently completing his master’s degree from the University of Regina in electronic systems engineering and temporarily employed at Saskpower.
Name:
Jamie Kilkenny
Degree or Program:
Industrial Systems Engineer
Effective Date(s):
May 04/2009 - Aug 28/2009
Name:
Logan Campbell
Degree or Program:
Mechanical Engineer
Effective Date(s):
Jan 04/2010 - Aug 27/2010
Maggie, a mechanical engineering student from the University of Toronto, worked at WEICan for an 8-month co-op term in 2010-11.

Maggie was involved with the improvement of wind turbine test procedures, analyzation of acoustic and power performance of wind turbines and helped improve the data processing speed of various programs. Maggie’s tip to future interns is to ask questions in order to get the most diverse experience WEICan can provide.

After graduation Maggie went on to work with an oil company as a machinery engineer.
Name:
Matt Zahynacz
Degree or Program:
Economics
Effective Date(s):
May 03/2010 - Aug 27/2010
Da, a mechatronics engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the fall of 2008.

His main job was analyzing and formatting logged data from the field and identifying trends by relating wind speed and power output. Also, Da was involved with the installation of various wind speed measurement instrumentation. Hearing from Da lately he said, “The skills I learned from my internship were incredibly important to add to my skillset in order to find meaningful employment.”

However, Da’s career path has shifted to the wire and cable industry. Specifically software and machine design for industrial automation.
Monika, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo, worked at WEICan for a 4-month co-op term in the summer of 2008.

She spent the majority of her time at the Institute working with excel and macros to develop a worksheet for processing and interpretation of wind turbine performance data according to IEC standards. She has informed us lately that “After graduating I got a job at RWDI Inc., which performs wind tunnel tests on buildings. It is possible that my previous experience with WEICan would have made me a more suitable candidate for the job.”

Monika has recently returned to school to complete her master’s degree in transportation.
FEATURED:
Tapabrata Chakraborty


Tapabrata (a.k.a. Topo), an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Regina, worked at WEICan for a year-long term in 2014-15 pursuing his master’s degree.

His main responsibilities involved implementation of various ancillary grid services using energy storage. He did his MEng. project work on automatic generation control (AGC) using energy storage which is a type of ancillary grid service. Topo recently contacted us saying, “In my opinion, WEICan is one of the best research institutes to work for in Canada. The work environment is conducive for students and interns.”

Topo is currently completing his master’s degree from the University of Regina in electronic systems engineering and temporarily employed at Saskpower.

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