Passion for 机器人 inspires student’s success

工程, 合作社


亚历克Krawciw prepares to test drive a prototype electric hydro-foiling catamaran that he designed and built during a 合作社 with a local naval architecture firm.

Receiving the Governor General’s Silver Medal at 维多利亚大学’s 2022 spring 召开 means 亚历克Krawciw had the highest academic standing of any student graduating from 维多利亚大学 with a bachelor’s degree.

在某种程度上, along with achieving a remarkable 95 per cent average grade, the mechanical engineering grad also found time to lead a student engineering team, earn a minor in software engineering, turn a 合作社 into a part-time job, and volunteer in the community.


“I get asked that question pretty often,” admits Krawciw. Having a great group of friends made going to classes fun and kept him motivated. He says it also helped to have started university confident in his choice of engineering.

An interest in 机器人 is sparked

Krawciw’s path to engineering became clear in high school, where he developed a keen interest in 机器人 as part of an extremely ambitious team that competed internationally three times.

到达维多利亚大学, he was intent on being part of a student team that would allow him to further explore his passion, 加入维多利亚大学航空公司, which focuses on designing and building unmanned aerial systems.

Probably not many people come to their first day of engineering planning to join a student team and trying to figure out which one will be the best fit for their interests. I checked out a lot of teams and really liked the people I met at 维多利亚大学 AERO—I felt that I could make a big contribution.”

—维多利亚大学 engineering grad 亚历克Krawciw

By 2019, Krawciw was leading the AERO team. At the same time, and throughout his degree, he volunteered with 第一个 Tech Challenge, a global 机器人 community that advances STEM education among youth.

Krawciw’s long and abiding interest in autonomous systems motivated him to teach himself about various engineering approaches 之前 stepping foot in a classroom.

“It’s my favourite way to learn about something: by experimenting with an idea first, and then learning about it formally afterwards,”他说.

However, that is not always enough. “Learning in a classroom environment is crucial. I’ve enjoyed how many opportunities I’ve had to be exposed to new information that I would have never connected to my own.”

合作社s enhance in-class learning

Four 合作社 terms further enriched his skillset and knowledge.

第一个, he was a summer camp leader at 维多利亚大学’s Science Venture, where he led some popular and “zany” 机器人 activities. 下一个, he worked at the National 研究 Council’s observatory in Saanich on a project that involved using sensors to detect how the atmosphere distorts the image observed by a telescope. 晚些时候, he performed experiments at a Burnaby company that is researching how to create electrical energy from fusion reactions.

His final 合作社 took place at local firm Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect, where he was asked to design and build a 20-foot prototype electric hydro-foiling catamaran from scratch.

“The company wanted to get a sense of the challenges and opportunities of getting a hydro-foiling boat working, especially in terms of the control system,”Krawciw说, who continued working part-time for the company several months part-time after the 合作社 was finished. “I’ll never forget the exhilaration of flying over Prospect Lake during testing.”

The 合作社 helped give direction to his studies, leading to both an honours thesis that focused on the autonomous docking of a boat and a team capstone project called GLIDE. The Gyro-Levelled Inertial Dog Experience is an automatically stabilizing dog bed designed to prevent seasickness among dogs onboard yachts.



关键词: 召开, 机器人, 技术, 合作社, 电脑

人: 亚历克Krawciw, 米娜Hoorfar

出版: 戒指