Hellen Luvizetti Lacava
- Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
- Campus: Okanagan
Year: 4th year
What are some of the highlights of your education so far?
In first year, you do a technical design project using SolidWorks. The challenge was to design something that would improve the quality of life in residence. It was a lot of fun because you could invent anything you wanted and the professor really encouraged us to go beyond what was taught in class. Many students in residence were frustrated by motion-controlled lights that turned off when they were studying. So we designed and 3D-printed a device that you could control with an app on your phone and that would move in front of the motion sensor to keep the light on while studying. My team came in first in the final design competition.
Are you involved in any clubs?
I’m President of the Student Chapter of the UBC Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. We run events to connect students to industry to make it more real what we do in school.
Somehow you also have time for a part-time job!
I am a Research Study Assistant at the UBC Integrated Transportation Research Lab. Right now I am collecting data related on whether travel behaviour has changed after COVID-19. I work with a great team and it’s very rewarding to be part of this group and learn more about research.
Any advice for other students?
In my first year I went all out and tried to give 100 percent on everything. That was exhausting. I’ve learned to ease up and slow down. I’ve learned that it’s ok to not get top marks and to take an extra year to do my degree. And it’s totally worth it. I’m part of a club, I work, I play volleyball, and I have time for friends and my boyfriend. When you talk to people in industry you quickly learn that they want to hire people who have a life beyond school.