Since he was a young athlete, Nick Frank dreamed of working at Nike alongside world-renowned scientists designing sportswear to improve athletic performance. Completing a Bachelor and Master of Science in the Department of Kinesiology further developed his curiosity in biomechanics and helped him develop a strong foundation in essential research skills. Combining persistence with solid field experience helped Nick to land a position as a Researcher at Nike, where he designs exceptional footwear for basketball players around the world.
Michael Cao graduated with his MSc in Kinesiology in 2018. Now, he is a Design Researcher for Idea Couture, a strategic innovation and design firm. In his work, Michael is responsible for analyzing human behaviour and making recommendations for product innovation and design.
Brendan Pinto’s pathway to doctoral studies started with a grueling athletic injury, and is exemplary of what can happen when personal experience meets passion and perseverance. His PhD research investigates the neurological response to biomechanical forces to inform movement interventions prescribed for injury, pain and performance. Brendan is also a recipient of a prestigious NSERC doctoral scholarship.
A desire to transform the health-care system to be more culturally safe for Indigenous peoples has been the focus of Cornelia (Nel) Wieman's (MSc Kin '91) career as Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist. It was during her time at UWaterloo, both as an undergraduate and while she was studying for her MSc Kinesiology that she really discovered that some life goals she had previously thought unimaginable were attainable. From there, her path to her current position as senior medical officer began.
Ellen Wang was inspired as an undergraduate at Waterloo's Kinesiology program to continue her studies into the research-based master's program. Working with Professor Lora Giangregorio as her supervisor, Ellen's research focuses on resistance training and disease management.
Rasha El-Kotob's PhD research examines considerations for designing and managing resistance training interventions. In particular, she looks at timing of exercise interventions. For example, determining whether people with a spinal cord injury could still benefit from an exercise intervention aimed to prevent or manage bone loss years after an injury. She also balances working toward her doctoral degree with being a new parent.
At the beginning of his practicum, Keith Rajkumar (MSc Kinesiology - coursework) had mapped out a plan to complete his project during his four-month work-integrated experience. With the best laid plans, the outcome wasn't what he thought it would be, but it was so much more. Chosing his master's program based on the reputation for science-based rigour of the Kinesiology and Health Sciences department, he's never looked back.
As the pandemic and lockdowns continued throughout 2020 and into 2021, Angela Gnjatic found herself feeling increasingly anxious about being in social situations. The one-year MSc Kinesiology (coursework) program she started in the fall of 2020 had been adjusted to online delivery but as the four-month, in-person practicum placement started getting near, Angela wondered how she would manage it after an extended period of social isolation. What she discovered is that the practicum experience helped turn around her anxiety and created a positive impact on the people she interacted with on her practicum.