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Nigel Woodhouse | Member Highlights

Posted by Rozia Zafar on February 26, 2021

Member Highlights are where we showcase the wonderful talents, goals, and interests that our members possess.

Nigel Woodhouse

Nigel Woodhouse is the Admin Team Co-Lead for the 2020/2021 year.

What year and discipline are you in?
I am currently in my final year of an MEng in computer engineering, specializing in software and intelligent systems. I am excited to be graduating this December! My first degree was in mechanical engineering; I decided to transition disciplines upon returning to the University of Alberta to diversify my skillset and make myself more marketable to future employers. The transition also allows for a career in the booming tech industry, which I believe is the future.

Why did you go into engineering?
I had always been strong in mathematics and sciences; I have a soft spot for calculus in my heart. Growing up, I gravitated towards literature focused on physics. Due to my strong background in these subject areas, it made sense that the next step in my academic journey was to apply those skills through the engineering profession.

What do you want to do as a career?
An entrepreneurial endeavour is the best path for me moving forward. The opportunity to make my own decisions and pursue my interests is highly attractive; the journey's risk is exciting. I do not want to be a cog in a bureaucratic institution. A start-up organization may be a great place to begin my engineering career.However, at this point, I do not know what that entrepreneurial endeavour is or what successes and failures lie in the fog ahead. A bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a master's in computer engineering is a pretty good place to start.Last year, I had a conversation with one of my favourite professors from my undergraduate degree, Dr. Carlos Lange. Upon graduating, he suggested that I travel abroad, gain new experience, meet new people, learn a new language, pick up odd jobs, challenge myself, and live a life outside of academia. It is a compelling narrative and something that I wish to pursue, though the pandemic makes that option more complicated; adapt and persevere.

What hobbies have you been working on over COVID?
The pandemic has made things, well, interesting, though it has also provided the opportunity to retouch old hobbies. I started playing the piano again. I found a world-class Italian pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, and fell in love with his work. I Giorni, Nuvole Bianche, amazing pieces.I own a "100 movies bucket list" poster, highlighting popular or revolutionary films everyone should watch. A friend and I have watched approximately a third of the movies during the pandemic. My favourites so far are Dirty Dancing, Her, The Truman Show, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Prestige, The Unusual Suspects, Good Will Hunting, the Back to the Future trilogy, plus the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots. It is a long list of good movies.

Do you have a fun fact, skill, or interest?
One of my passions is video making.I took the concept of the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and made it on YouTube!The user faces 15 questions related to the platform and selects their answers on the screen to progress. The player could also get assistance through lifelines, similar to those from the original show: 50/50, phone a friend, and ask the audience.The user can select any lifeline at any time. Many permutations arise from this. To maintain continuity for the use of any lifelines, 1,162 videos were filmed, edited, and uploaded for this one project!My hard work was well received! I obtained 100,000 views and 7,800 subscribers! The project ranked 4th on r/videos on Reddit and featured on the Philip Defranco Show on May 22, 2018.

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