Studying in the Aerospace major opens access to very interesting and likeable jobs after you graduate. I have spent the past four months working at the National Research Council Canada in the Aerospace Portfolio of the research group, developing a full-scale morphing wing for the Aeronautics for the 21st century program. From the start of first year, I personally never imagined myself undertaking a PEY internship, but as I’ve learned first-hand, going on PEY will teach you various life lessons, which you won’t be able to develop anywhere else in your undergraduate degree.
Working in government (or any company for that matter) is very different from working at a lab at a university, as experience has taught me – your boss is no longer a professor who guides the research, but rather a supervisor who simply oversees your project. Seeing this has really put my vision forward on how research is conducted in a more formal setting, where you are the one who takes the reins and directs what the end result should be.
In the past months, I’ve learned quite a bit about CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and aeroelasticity, both of which are very advanced topics that I was fortunate enough to learn and have as an asset for future career paths in the aerospace discipline. In the remaining months of my PEY term, I expect to learn quite a bit more from this experience by attending overseas conferences and publishing journal papers, all of which I will carry onwards in a future career path as a researcher.