In 2011 he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction, specializing in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. In addition to his coursework, he researched osteoarthritis biotheraputics and the bioremediation potential of bacteria when applied to oil sands tailings, alongside designing an industrial chalk crushing machine for a local climbing company.
During the final year of his Bachelor’s, he was awarded the prestigious National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship and chose to attend the University of British Columbia for their Engineers-in-Scrubs program, which aims to help foster innovation in medical technology by training biomedical engineers in a clinical/hospital setting. Of course, Vancouver’s proximity to Whistler and Squamish, world class mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowboarding destinations, might have played a role in the decision making process.
He successfully completed his Masters of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in August 2013, where he explored a control phenomenon called “Bracing” and how it can be applied to enhance surgeon performance during orthopaedic surgery. He is now working as a private contractor, providing mechanical/biomedical engineering and medical device design/validation services to Western Canada.