GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT: MICHELLE VAN DER POUW KRAAN
Hometown: Pitt Meadows, BC
Graduate Research Focus: rock mechanics, tunneling, geotechnical baseline reports, and engineering contracts.
Why I chose to do graduate studies:
I’ve always wanted to do a masters, in order to further build on my rock mechanics and tunneling education received from my undergraduate degree and while working in the consulting industry for the last 3 years.
Student involvement/extracurricular activities I am involved with:
Canadian Geotechnical Society - Kingston Chapter
Kingston Yacht Club
Queen’s intramural sports
The professor(s) or course which has influenced me the most:
My supervisor, Prof. Mark Diederichs, has a contagious enthusiasm for rock mechanics and tunneling. With Mark’s motivation and teaching I have gained a greater understanding of rock mechanics, tunneling, and my specific research area, further from where I had originally thought.
After I graduate, I:
I intend to take some time off to go travelling. Afterwards, I hope to find a job in the tunneling industry, either in a design office, or on a tunnel construction site, and complete the requirements to obtain my Professional Engineering status.
One big goal I’d like to accomplish during my lifetime:
Through tunneling and geotechnical engineering, I hope to either travel to or live in a variety of locations around the world – from North and South America to Europe, Asia, and Africa.