Class of 2021 Graduate Spotlight

Class of 2021 Graduate Spotlight
Mastering Technology

For Nigerian-born engineer Winner Ekwue, an online master’s degree at the Marine Institute was the best way to further his education and acquire new skills while living and working in England.Winner Ekwue

Mr. Ekwue grew up in Nigeria and worked in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) as a directional drilling engineer with Schlumberger Ltd. before taking on a new technology job with the company in Gloucestershire shortly before the pandemic.

Next month he officially graduates with his master’s in technology management (engineering and applied science), an online program offered at MI’s School of Ocean Technology.

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Marine engineer rediscovers a love of learning

Tim Stanley thought his days of studying and exams were behind him when he completed a marine engineering diploma in 2007 at the Marine Institute.Tim Stanley-350px

The 37-year-old has worked on six tankers in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore and is first engineer officer on board the Dorset Spirit, one of three Altera Infrastructure vessels transporting crude from the Grand Banks oilfields to the Placentia Bay transshipment facility.

This month, he receives a Bachelor of Maritime Studies in Safety Management and is already considering a master’s degree.

“This was really important for me to do this and now I feel like I want to do more.

“It rekindled my love for studying. Before, I didn’t really want to go to university because I saw more opportunity with a trade. Now I’m looking for an education to get an understanding of a lot of different things.”

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Sailing to a career in marine engineering

Opportunities to crew traditionally rigged sailing vessels known as tall ships convinced Sophia McCloy to make a new career plan to become a marine engineer.Sophia McCloy

Her original goal was to become a Chinese interpreter.

She had completed a Bachelor in International Business from Western Washington University, where she minored in Mandarin Chinese, and also spent a year studying in Taiwan.

“I studied intensive Chinese and business while I was at National Chengchi University, but then I ended up on tall ships and decided I like it better,” she said.

“It was supposed to be an interesting blip on my resume when I applied to business firms later.”

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Sees a wave of opportunity at home

Kathleen Fillier had a clear eye on her future when she signed up for the marine environmental program three years ago – one that includes living and working in Newfoundland and Labrador.Kathleen Fillier

She figures the program’s hands-on training and experiences will enable her to do just that.

“I think the opportunity for fast-paced and rewarding careers in Newfoundland and Labrador is enormous. The environmental, marine and marine environmental industry in the province is growing exponentially and this program gears you up to lead that growth.”

It also gave her an opportunity to follow in her father’s footsteps.

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Carrying on a family tradition

Natalia Lashina is carrying on a family tradition of designing ships – something she discovered during the naval architecture program she started three years ago.Natalia Lashina

Her father is a naval architect, as was her grandfather.

Naval architecture is the art and science of designing boats and ships, including the form, structure and stability of hulls.

“My grandfather was also a naval architect. It was really cool when I found that out – it’s like I’m following a family legacy.”

This summer, she completes her Diploma of Technology in Naval Architecture, a three-year program at the School of Maritime Studies focusing on designing large ships, small craft and floating structures.

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