Last summer, Weatherhaven and SFU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that formalized a $500,000 commitment from the company to SFU over the next five years in return for accessing a broad range of engineering, research and development and other resources.
The collaboration, designed to support the company’s national defense contract, includes hands-on co-op work terms and in-class mentoring by Weatherhaven engineers. It also enables prototype testing through SFU’s 4D LABS, and collaborations in areas such as materials science and structural engineering and design.
Khara was one of half a dozen MSE graduate students to participate at various companies as co-op students of the Professional Master’s Program last fall and again this past spring. The program began in 2015 and has since drawn students from around the world.
With a focus on the rapid pace of new product development and new manufacturing technologies, the MSE-PMP program aims to enable graduate-level students to specialize in mechatronic product realization, training engineers in leading-edge product development techniques, processes and manufacturing systems.
The co-op component allows students to apply their academic learning and expand their knowledge and skill base through related work experience. Through workshops and one-on-one support, the program prepares students vying for the most competitive opportunities in Canada and abroad.