Cassie Rosen Wins First Prize at the WISE Conference

Cassie Rosen is graduating this year from EngSci (1T4 + PEY Energy Systems Option)

Interview by Liz Do (MIE)

Tell me about the first-prize win: what was the competition and what was your entry?

I won first prize in the  Poster Competition for the Engineering category at the WISE National Conference. Undergraduate and graduate students attending the conference were encouraged to present their research.  My entry was about the research I’m currently working on for my fourth year thesis. I’m developing a comprehensive design framework that will aid in the design of micro-grids for remote off-grid communities. I’ve been working on this project with the DGRC and the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninnuwug.

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How do you feel about winning first prize?

I’m surprised but happy to have won first prize! The research from all the entrants was of a very high caliber, and it was great to see so many students excited about their research. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to discuss my research with so many people about my research, and to hear their valuable feedback about my direction.

What was the WISE conference experience like?

​The conference experience was great! The theme of the was “build your own legacy” – we got to hear from several amazing speakers, and delegates were inspired to pursue their passions. Something I took away from the conference was that success in the engineering profession can come in many forms – through entrepreneurship, education, government, business, or more. Also, success is not a constant, rather it’s something that evolves throughout your life.

Why is it important to you to be involved in women-focused initiatives like the WISE conference?

I think it’s important to be involved in women-focused initiatives so that gender based discrimination can be openly discussed in a safe space. One speaker stressed the importance of being aware of gender biases so that a more supportive working  environment can be facilitated. Both men and women hold these biases, so it’s important to involve everyone in the discussion. I think it’s important for all students to see successful female role models in STEM professions. Congratulations to everyone on the WISE team for organizing such an amazing conference!