1. what courses are you taking this semester?
a. Non Destructive Evaluation:
Dr. Aktar shows us techniques used to find flaws on components, and many of these techniques are used in the jet engine industry
b. Microstructural Evaluation:
Dr Wang teaches us the principles employed in SEM/EDS, TEM, XRD etc.
c. Engineering Economics
d. Hydrometallurgy I
e. Hydrometallurgy lab
This term, I also had to prepare for my presentation at the Conference of Metallurgists 2006 in Montreal, Oct 1st - 4th. This took up a lot of my time, and I am quite behind in my schoolwork.
2. what courses do you enjoy most?
g. Microstructural Evaluation. I used SEM/EDS and XRD when I was in Japan as an assistant researcher. At that time, I had many questions concerning the accuracy of my data, and I tried to ask people and read books, but the handbooks were in Japanese. I did look as many schematic diagrams, and now, I see them in Rizhi’s class, and I would think “oh, so that was what the diagram meant!” Also, the teaching style of Rizhi is a very good fit for me. He really encourages student participation, and when he asks a question, and the class does not answer, he would just wait until there is an answer.
3. what are your interests?
h. learning to appreciate the beauty in different things
i. learning about different cultures to make my life richer and happier
j. learning about health, disease, nutrition and wellness
k. art – impressionistic art, architecture, cars
l. biomaterials research – I love everything about this field. I feel that if one does research in this field, we are helping society to achieve a better quality of life.
m. superalloys research – Once this school term is over, I’ll have to write my papers and also prepare for my presentation for the TMS 2007 conference in florida. I’ll also have to prepare for my meeting with my phd supervisor in jan 2007. Everything is very exciting, but very tiring. I feel as though I do not have the stamina to keep up.
4. what activities do you enjoy to do?
n. helping out family and friends – I am happy when I see that the people I care about are happy
o. travelling the world – right now, I have my eye on Europe. I have already spent 6 months in Germany, and have been to France, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Italy. I need to go back to germany and france, and also visit the Czech republic. Prague is known to be one of the best architectural sites in the world
p. reading –I am in the suspense novel phase right now, but I also read other books that are based on fact.
I highly recommend Sophie’s World byJostein Gaarder. It’s about the history of philosophy spanning from the natural philophers, the Greeks, right up to the present branches of philosophy. This is a novel that tells us about history in story form, which makes it more comprehensible, and therefore more interesting, to me (the general public).
When I write papers or make presentations, I always think back to this book to remind myself that I must try my hardest to allow my audience to understand what I am trying to convey.
q. playing the piano – I play classics, and I love the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.
r. hiking – I have a lady friend who is 52 years old but so much fitter than me. She demolishes me when we hike the trails of Mount Seymour in North Vancouver.
s. volunteering – it just makes me feel good when I make people more comfortable/ happy.
5. what do you hate to do?
u. Dealing with politics. This is very stressful for me, especially when lazy people put their effort into taking credit for things that they did not do.
v. I’m a very black-or-white person. I hate doing things that hide or twist the truth, especially if this action would be harmful to society.
w. Computer programming. This hate stems from ignorance and frustration but I know that I should overcome it. At some point. But not now.
6. any food allergies? and illness or disabilities I need to know (optional)
Here is a bit more about my history:
Engineering-Related Work Experience
National Institute of Materials Science May 2005 – Aug 2006
High Temperature Materials Centre
I am creating a systematic approach for the alloy design of overlay bond coats that do not induce secondary zone formation in their underlying substrates. My base substrate is a 5th generation ni-base superalloy, TMS-173. Once this system is established, it will be applied to 3rd and 4th generation superalloys.
Materials Engineering Department, UBC May - Aug 2004
NSERC biomaterials research student
The National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded me a grant to work under my biomaterials professor, Dr. R. Wang. I tried to determine the mechanical properties of a drug that combats osteoporosis in order to explore the viability of incorporating this drug into bone cement as a strengthening phase. This drug precipitates as a fibre 200mm in diameter and up to several mm long, which made it difficult to evaluate.
Cominco Engineering Services Ltd Sept – Dec 2003
As a subsidiary of Teck Cominco, CESL conducts research on hydrometallurgy. I was operating the Neutralization section of CESL’s pilot plant and did general maintenance to ensure smooth operation of the plant. Through this, I gained experience in real-time processing in a hydrometallurgy plant.
My nose was sensitive to the lime used to in my section to neutralize and precipitate metal ions that were not extracted. This triggered a series of nose bleeds, which were deemed by my colleagues to be ‘quite spectacular’. I was thus transferred to the lab, where I determined metal ion concentrations and ppm solids content of solutions for plant process control.
Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner (S.E. Asia) Ptd. Ltd. Jul - Aug 2001
Mechanical Engineering student
I was hired at this international mechanical engineering firm to help out in the Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV) calculations for various buildings. This was accomplished by using a program called E-20.
Engineering Tri-mentoring Program 2006-07
Calendar of Events
Term 1: September-December
Student Information Sessions September 20 & 21
Applications Due September 28
Matches Announced October 13
Junior/Senior Student Workshop October 19
Coaching Skills for Mentors workshop October 23
(Mentors only; optional)
Kick-Off Event (Mentor Orientation) October 26
Entrance Surveys are due (Students only) November 14
First group meeting by this date December 1
First E-mail check-in with Coordinator by December 19
Term 2: January-April
Alumni Panel & Mixer (tentative) January 18
Second group meeting by this date February 2
Second E-mail check-in with Coordinator by February 20
Third group meeting by this date March 2
Closing Event March 22
Online Exit Surveys due April 16
Please see http://www.cpsd.apsc.ubc.ca/mentoring/ for event details.
Mentor Application Form 2006/2007 Program Year Please Print General Information:
Name: ______Gesheng Li_________________________________________________
Company/ Organization/ Faculty: _______________________________________
E-Mail 1: email@example.com_____________ E-Mail 2: _________________________
Previous Degrees/Diplomas: __M.A.Sc._____________________________________
Are you a UBC alumnus? If “yes,” from which faculty? ___Applied Science______________
<> Female <√> Male
Most recent experience relevant to engineering:
__Research engineer at MMAT, UBC, 2001______________________
Professional designation(s): <> PEng <> PGeo <√> EIT <> GIT
Province of Registration: _____BC_______________________________
Registration Number: _________143792_____________________________
Years of experience in current occupation: ___~5__________________________
~ continued ~
How did you hear about the Tri-mentoring Program?
<> A friend told me.
<> A co-worker told me
<> Visited the Mentoring Program web site
<> Contacted by University Staff member
<> Through the UBC Alumni Association
<> Read about in UBC publication
<> Brochure / poster
<√> Was sent an e-mail about it from university staff member
<> Other (please describe below)
Have you participated in the Tri-mentoring Program before? <√> As a mentor
<> As a student
Have you had any other previous experience in mentoring programs?
<> No <√> Yes If “Yes”, please describe:
4 years experience of teaching in China
What are your major career interests?
Research and development
What are your career short-term goals?
Gain some Canadian mentoring experience
What do you hope to gain from participating in the Tri-mentoring Program?
Do you have a preference of being a mentor to male or female students? <> Female <√> Male <> Either
~ continued ~
Do you know of any colleagues or friends who might be interested in becoming mentors?
If so, please fill in the contact information below.
Company/ Organization/ Faculty: _________________________________________
If you have any questions about the Tri-mentoring Program, or to submit your application form via E-mail, please contact:
Amy Vozel Engineering Tri-mentoring Program Coordinator The University of British Columbia
Faculty of Applied Science
1100-2332 Main Mall (Kaiser Bldg)
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Engineering Tri-mentoring Website: http://www.cpsd.apsc.ubc.ca/mentoring/
UBC Tri-mentoring Website: http://www.students.ubc.ca/careers/mentoring.cfm
Privacy Statement – 2006
Personal information provided on this Application form is collected pursuant to section 26 of the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996, c.165.
The information will be used for the administration of the Tri-mentoring Program.