Welcome to Indigenous Futures in Engineering, Queen's University

Chennoa Tracy

Métis Nation of Saskatchewan
Program of study: 
When I first heard about engineering: 

When I was growing up I knew about engineering from two of my older cousins who graduated in chemical engineering. At that time I did not really know what engineering was. As I continued high school I started realizing engineers were the ones responsible for the safe designs of widely used objects like bridges, airplanes, mines, and rollercoasters to name a few. 

Why I chose my school and program: 

After taking two years in arts and science at the Universty of Saskatchewan,  I had rediscovered my love for science and knew that the U of S had a strong engineering program. My relatives had found success by graduating there, and I had established contacts and resources within the college already so the transition into engineering was natural.

What I like most about engineering: 

Engineering is about finding solutions to complex problems for the benefit of the public and environment. For myself, what I love most is that someday my work and collaboration with others will hopefully better the world we live in. There are so many different fields and areas of study that I know I will never be bored.

Where you will find me outside of classes: 

I am a very outgoing individual, so outside of class you can see me being involved in the campus community whether it is volunteering for an event, in a meeting for different student councils, or playing different team sports. 

My inspiration: 

My inspiration stems from a few things. Firstly, I enjoy challenges and rising against the norm. As an Indigenous female in mechanical engineering I want to be the best role model I can be, especially for my young nephew. Secondly, I am inspired by my cousin. With his advice and his own career he has taught me different aspects of the engineering industry and I would not be in the mechanical discipline without him

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Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada

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