Meet your Discipline Specialists

Waterloo Grad Ready is run by grad students, for grad students

Have a question about graduate life at Waterloo? Your discipline specialists, Julia and Jigar, are here to provide one-on-one support throughout your first term.


Julia Goyal

Julia Goyal
PhD Candidate, School of Public Health Sciences

As a discipline specialist, Julia Goyal works with campus partners to facilitate information sessions and increase resource visibility to incoming students. She is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc. (Honours), Biology with a minor in Economics) and University of Waterloo (M.Sc., Public Health and Health Systems). A recipient of Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Julia is pursuing her doctorate at the School of Public Health Sciences (SPHS) to study the health and well-being of frontline care workers. She is an Affiliate at the Global Labour Research Center; a member of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation; and member of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Board of Directors. In the past, she has served as co-president of the UW SPHS Graduate Student Association (2017-2021), Chair of UW Graduate Studies of Endowment Fund (2017-2019), Student Senator on the UW Senate (2017-2021) and Student Governor on the UWaterloo Board of Governors (2018-2019, 2020-2021). To Julia, success means getting out of one’s comfort zone and embracing a growth mindset. Outside of work, she enjoys singing, baking, exploring new pockets of town, and eating peanut butter from the jar.

Jigar Patel

Jigar Patel
PhD Candidate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

As a discipline specialist, Jigar Patel supports the transition of graduate students as they begin their journey at University of Waterloo. Jigar provides support for Grad Ready by moderating discussion boards and live sessions on various topics of interest, hosting live chats, and answering new student questions. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical and Mechatronics engineering. Previously, Jigar worked as an engineer in the medical device industry in the US. He has a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and was awarded the Jim Roger’s scholarship for contributions to manufacturing during that time. Jigar finds deep fulfilment in his role at the Student Success Office, since it allows him to help students with concerns that he has similarly experienced as a graduate student. Outside of work, you will likely find Jigar watching a mind-bending TV show with his wife, at the gym or happily tidying up his apartment.