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physCAP Recap

Updates from the Physics Career Accelerator Program.

Physics Mentorship Program
Mid-Term Event
January 20, 2022

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The virtual mid-term event for the Physics Mentorship Program took place on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

This year, the program has 49 pair of mentors and mentees and they have been meeting throughout the academic year.

The event had a scavenger hunt and a networking session.

Mentees are 3rd and 4th year physics students and mentors are physics alumni, graduate students and faculty.

Mentees in this valuable program get advice on careers, academics and more. Mentors have the opportunity to meet the current crop of students, stay connected to and give back to the Department of Physics.

More information on the Physics Mentorship Program can be found here:

physCAP Careers Outside Academia
February 2, 2022

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On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year physics students heard from a panel of physics alumni who took career paths outside academia after their BSc in Physics. Students had the opportunity to find out what is possible with their degrees in physics.

Brian Bi
C++ library engineer
BSc (2014) - Major Physics, Major Chemistry

Brian Bi's interest in particle physics since an early age led him to study physics as an undergrad at U of T, but he later realized that trying to pursue a research career in this sub-field wasn't the right choice for him. Brian has worked as a software engineer at Google on the Google Scholar team and at Citadel Securities, one of the world's largest high frequency trading firms. During his career, Brian has met several colleagues who also majored in physics. Brian believes that a physics education helps students develop excellent problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide variety of professions and has some tips for students who are curious about software engineering careers.

Jen Hoecht
VP Operations – Strata Health Solutions
HBSc (1999) – Physics (Major), Mathematics (Minor), Political Science (Minor)

Jen has worked in software since graduating, holding roles at a variety of levels and across different sectors. Her current role is responsible for teams that implement and support an application catering to the healthcare sector, which astonishingly rivals astronomy in its fondness for acronyms. The skills learned in the physics undergrad come in handy in a bunch of indirect ways – troubleshooting, analysis, problem solving and preference for elegant solutions – that have served well throughout her career.

Samantha Mauti
Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
BSc (2013) – Major Physics, Major Physical Geography, Minor Math
Post-Grad Certificate (2014) - Meteorology

While studying for her BSc at U of T, Samantha developed a deep curiosity and passion for the Earth and atmosphere. A background in Physics and Math is needed to help understand the atmosphere’s complexity. Samantha deepened this understanding after completing a certificate in Meteorology at York. In 2014, she began working as an Operational Meteorologist at The Weather Network. More recently, in August of 2021, Samantha moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where she works for Environment and Climate Change Canada as a Meteorologist within the Canadian Meteorological Aviation Centre.

Dylan Trotter
Founding Partner, Bit Complete
BSc (2005) Physics, University of Toronto

Dylan Trotter has worked in software development for over 20 years in domains from computer graphics, to programming language compilers, to web applications. Originally from the GTA, he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years where he learned to build teams and scalable software at YouTube and Thumbtack. Now he’s back in Toronto where he co-founded Bit Complete, a consultancy with a mission to help startups and technology companies build great software. Throughout this journey the problem solving and communication skills he developed while working on his physics degree have played a big role in every project in which he’s been involved.

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