Third year students hatch a plan for the future of the earth

Have you ever worked on a co-op term with other UWaterloo students? Did you ever see them go above and beyond? Michelle Wesolowski and Tania Casaluce are two such students, who both made an exceptional impression on their employer.

Michelle standing with colleagues

In fall 2015, Michelle and Tania both worked for Hatch Limited, an engineering and project consultancy firm with more than 65 offices around the world. At the Hatch Student Showcase, the third-year students were both honoured for their exceptional work with the global company. 

Michelle, a Geological Engineering student, took home the company’s top prize for her work with the firm's geoscience team. She was involved in a variety of ongoing provincial, national and international projects at Hatch. 

Hatch is a world leader in ensuring that mine by-products are dealt with in an environmentally conscious manner. Our group designs the foundation upon which mines and plants are built, and we ensure that the ore mining process is efficient and safe.

To Michelle, however, the learning and experience she gained at the consulting firm was more rewarding then winning the competition.

The Student Showcase allowed me not only to show my team my progress, but also gave me the chance to speak with senior engineers and executives, who have provided me with career guidance.

Tania in front of project diagram

Tania, a Recreation and Leisure Studies student, was the project manager for the Student Showcase – a major feat given that the company has more than 10,000 employees. Like Michelle, Tania was also recognized her contribution to the event – specifically her planning and leadership skills, and talent for organization.

Being the project manager for this event allowed me to further develop my planning skills and I am so glad to be a part of this process.  If I am ever back at Hatch, I would love the opportunity to do it again.

Both Michelle and Tania will use their co-op experiences as a launching pad for future opportunities. As Michelle explains

I was always fascinated with the Earth and I knew I wanted to travel for work, not just to urban cities, but to remote locations all over the world. Because Hatch is a global company, it provides endless opportunities for this.

One of my hopes for the future is to reverse the negative connotations associated with the mining industry and to regain society's trust in geological works.

Michelle is delighted to be returning to Hatch Ltd. for her sixth and final co-op term this year. Experience is clearly the best teacher.

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