Terri-Jane Yuzda

Field to Classroom
Emily Barr, E.I.T., an APEGGA volunteer, is taking a leave from her job at Chevron Resources.

A Few Hours with Play Dough

Emily Barr, E.I.T., Learns a Thing or Two
from her Outreach Charges

Public Relations Coordinator
APEGGA Calgary Office

APEGGA Outreach volunteer Emily Barr, E.I.T., graduated from University of Alberta
with a chemical engineering degree in 1999. The Calgary resident has taken a leave from her position as a corrosion engineer with Chevron Canada Resources as she sets off on new adventures in Oxford, England. Emily, 25, is a dedicated and frequently requested Outreach volunteer who will be missed by teachers and students in Calgary. Her enthusiasm and passion for engineering are evident through her classroom presentations and through her commitment to the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.

Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?

I believe that it is important to communicate to young people what engineers do and what career opportunities are available for them in engineering. When I was young, particularly in elementary school, I had no idea what an engineer actually did. I think the volunteer programs that APEGGA supports are an excellent way to expose young people to engineering and how it shapes the world they live in. I love it when I am teaching a class and one of the children tells me they want to be an engineer when they grow up.

What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?

I have always really enjoyed working with children and teaching. Volunteering with APEGGA has given me the opportunity to do that and to insert some fun into my very busy schedule. Sometimes it is important to get out of your office for a few hours and play with Play Dough and eight-year-olds! It is very refreshing.

Can you recall a particularly memorable volunteer experience?

I have been teaching Building with a Variety of Materials to Grade 3 children for a few years now. The first time I taught it I came up with a plan where I gave each of four groups of kids a different type of material (one group got only wood and paper, one group metal, one group plastic and one group cloth). I then asked them to build me a container that would hold 250 ml of water. I had set up the materials (I thought!) so that none of the groups could do it with only a single type of material - they would have to work together and combine materials to make it work. Kids never cease to amaze me - one of the groups actually managed to build one that worked only using one type of material - so I had to scramble a bit to re-word the moral of the story!

Have you received an award or special recognition that is important to you?

Currently I am the chairperson of a NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) International technical committee on plant and field applications of electrochemical noise monitoring. I have been working on the development and implementation of electrochemical noise monitoring for field applications for several years - since I was a co-op student in fact. I was nominated for the position by my peers in the corrosion monitoring field so it was a big honour for me that they felt I had contributed enough to the field to chair the committee.

Is there a person who has or had been helpful in your development as a professional?

I have been very lucky in my career so far - I have had two exceptional supervisors and mentors whose support and encouragement have really been important to my career and my professional development. The first was my supervisor at my first real engineering job when I was a co-op student. Dr. Peter Flynn is now chair of Engineering Management at the U of A and his advice and support both while we worked together and since then as a friend have been invaluable. The other is my supervisor in my current position, Ray Goodfellow. Ray's leadership and encouragement have both pushed me to achieve at high levels and made my job a lot of fun.

What are your other hobbies and activities?

I enjoy lots of outdoor activities in my spare time - mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing - just about anything outdoors!

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have always wanted to go to Ireland and the Isle of Mann - that is where some of my ancestors come from. I would also love to see Australia. I had an exchange teacher from Australia when I was a kid and he taught us a lot about Australia, but most importantly that the world was much, much bigger than our own backyards. His pictures and stories of Australia have stayed in my memory and I hope to get there some day and see that country for myself.

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