DEPARTMENT OF

Geological Sciences and

Geological Engineering

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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.

 

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