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STEMinist Profile: D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika, Founder and Consultant

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D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika

Founder and Consultant

BrainSTEM Alliance



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I have always been a bit of a nerd and loved math and was really interested in science and why things were the way they were. I ended up studying engineering on a whim. I was in grade 12 and was trying to figure out what to study and my calculus teacher was an engineer. It made me decide to look into it a bit more as a career option. I applied and was accepted and I am very happy I did.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
At work I think one of the coolest projects I worked on was a project to improved our bitumen quality. I work in the Canadian Oil sands and our bitumen quality is very important if we wish to sell to market or if we will to upgrade to synthetic crude oil. I worked as a business case advisor on this investigation into how we could improve bitumen quality, helping to ensure that the capital was spent where it needed to be spent and the benefits we were hoping for would actually be realized with the solutions being implemented. It was a good project and helped me to learn a lot more about the impact of bitumen quality to our site operations.

Outside of work, a great project I worked on was with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), coordinating their international Consulting Design Olympiad competition. This competition pairs NSBE chapters from across the globe and challenges them to present an innovative technological solution to a societal problem facing the third world. I enjoyed working on this project because I loved seeing the ideas that engineering students came up with and the passion they had for making a difference in the world using STEM.

Role models and heroes:
My role models are many of the people who I met through the National Society of Black Engineers, particularly those in NSBE Canada. They are role models to me because they have shown me that through passion and determination you can make an impact on your community and you can have a successful career. All of them have really successful careers or have started their own businesses while continuing to give back and inspire the next generation of engineers and I hope that I can continue to do the same.

Why do you loving working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because I love the innovation that surrounds the field. I love that we get to solve problems and think outside the box. I also love the way that STEM applies to many different aspects of our lives; you can make an impact in any industry.

Advice for future STEMinists?
My advice to future STEMinists is to keep on thinking creatively and working hard. Follow your passion because your passion is what will lead you to success. 🙂

Favorite website or app:
My favorite website/app is StumbleUpon. It is so simple, just takes you to a random website, but I love that I can use it to explore the internet and find out something new about any particular subject area, whether it be technology, education, art or fashion.

Twitter: @dwilson15

Site: www.brainstemalliance.com

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