Monique Schluff Soboren, P.Eng., with
pooches Wiggin and Isis.
APEGGA Volunteer Values Professional
BY HEATHER FRANTZ Public Relations Coordinator
Monique Schluff Soboren, P.Eng., joined APEGGA 11 years ago.
She graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor
of science degree in electrical engineering, and has worked
in telecommunications and power industries since graduation.
Monique is a professional member currently working for Aquila
Networks Canada in Calgary. She is a member of the University
of Calgary Student Liaison Committee and also volunteers with
the Outreach program.
One of her favourite activities is going to the mountains
with husband Mike and their two dogs, Wiggin and Isis. She
also enjoys jumping out of the occasional plane - just for
fun, of course.
Why did you join APEGGA?
For the professional aspect. I heard an engineer who worked
on the space shuttle Challenger speak in Calgary once. He
discussed how he was blackballed in the U.S. after coming
forward with his attempt to block the launch and didn't have
a professional association to turn to for assistance. It reminded
me how important it is to have this sort of organization.
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
I do most of my volunteering with the Outreach Committee and
the Student Liaison Committee. Interacting with the students
reminds me of why I became an engineer.
Can you recall a particularly memorable
When I did a presentation on how I use math in my job for
a Grade 5 class. A girl came up to me after the presentation
and said that this presentation helped her understand math
better and made it seem more fun. Those are the moments that
keep me doing this.
Is there a person who has been
helpful in your development as a professional?
My dad is a retired electrical engineer and gives me invaluable
advice as my career progresses. He has worked around the world
and has always spoken highly of the profession. Visiting the
offshore oil rigs of Saudi Arabia while my dad was
the superintendent may have also inspired me to think of engineering
as a career in the first place.
If you could travel anywhere in
the world, where would you go?
Growing up overseas I had the privilege of seeing many places
in the world. Australia is somewhere I have never been, and
my husband and I are on the way there very soon.