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Student Profile: Sarah Garner

Sustainable Energy Engineering Master's student in the Faculty of Applied Science

December 10, 2020
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I’ve just started my Master’s in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Simon Fraser University. I recently moved here from Ontario where I completed my Bachelors of Engineering in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering at Carleton University. As my background suggests I am passionate about sustainable energy and I am excited to be learning and researching a subject that interests me.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose SFU to continue my studies in sustainable energy engineering and pursue a unique research opportunity in fuel cell technology. I also loved the idea of living in British Columbia and starting a new and exciting chapter in my life.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

I am researching fuel cells which are devices that convert hydrogen and air into clean and renewable electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions. My research focus is the durability of fuel cell membranes which is required to ensure the long lifetime and dependable operation of a fuel cell.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I am greatly enjoying the opportunity that my research has to make a difference through sustainable energy technology. I’m also enjoying the many amazing people that I have met (virtually) this semester as everyone is working towards sustainable energy solutions in very inspiring ways.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

I have been fortunate to receive the British Columbia Graduate Scholarship and Graduate Entrance Scholarship. These awards have helped me to focus on graduate school and dedicate my energy to my studies.