It’s hard to keep track of all our students once they have left BCIT, but instructors are always delighted to reconnect with graduates and see that they have successfully applied their learning towards a wonderful career.
Electrical and Computer Engineering — Telecommunications and Networks Program Head Bob Gill happened to do just that, connecting with a past student through online professional networking community LinkedIn. Mischa Steiner-Jovic, a 2003 graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering diploma program, had not only continued on to get his engineering degree and pursue an engineering career, but had followed in his entrepreneurial parents’ footsteps and started his own wireless telecommunications company, Awesense Wireless. In addition, Mischa’s company had just been awarded the prestigious Sustainability Award from BC Hydro.
Bob and his department invited Mischa back to campus, this time to congratulate him on his win. The department also used Mischa’s visit as an opportunity to introduce him to current students (who were just finishing midterms) and have Mischa speak about his career choices and the path he had travelled.
Misha was born at Royal Columbian in New Westminster, attended Pebble Hill Elementary in Tsawwassen, and in 1998, graduated from Summerland Secondary School, Summerland, BC. “I should have come to BCIT Electrical and Computer Engineering right from high school, but I did not know about the program at the time,” Mischa told the class. “If you are in the program now, you are in the right place.”
“I studied Mathematics after high school, but realized that just studying math wasn’t enough to keep me happy. I was missing what BCIT supplied, which was the opportunity to learn about real-world engineering.”
After graduating from BCIT, Mischa worked as an Engineering Technologist at ECO Fuel Systems in Langley before undertaking his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria. Due largely to his work experience and work ethic, Mischa was able to complete the degree a full eight months (two semesters) faster than the rest of his classmates.
At the February 3 meet-and-greet, Mischa was happy to answer the students’ many questions, taking time out of his busy day to share his insights and inspire students. One of the keys to his success? “I go full speed all the time, from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.,” he says. “It is just part of who I am and how I have always been.”