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Success in STEM
Software Testing Engineer, Novatel Inc.
Novatel Inc. is a leading Calgary-based manufacturer of precision GPS
systems used around the world. Sanjeet Singh is employed there as a
software testing engineer. He started with the company after having
completed a BSc in electrical Engineering and an MSc in Geomatics
Engineering at the Shulich Engineering School of the University of
Calgary. Sanjeet knew that he wanted to work in a technology-related
job from as far back as he can remember, despite his visual impairment.
Receiving encouragement from his family and those close to him, Sanjeet
was able to make his way through both of his programs at university
as well as complete an internship with Nortel through his university’s
There were certainly challenges along the way, however. Sanjeet first
had to convince his family and the university administration that he
truly wanted to study engineering and that his dedication would see
him through all of the trials he would face while at school. Some of
the lectures dealt with subject matter that was primarily visual, and the
practical labs required more time for Sanjeet than they did students with
normal vision. But he persevered and ultimately succeeded in attaining
his MSc. By using the skills he developed in the classroom and as an
intern, he was able to network with previous coworkers and people he
had met during engineering conferences and other functions, and obtain
a job in his field that he would not trade for any other.
Sanjeet recommends that students and young professionals persevere,
be patient, and plan their education and career goals according to their
dreams and passions.