June 22, 2020

Class of 2020: Engineering a passion to travel the world

Civil grad Rayven Moore shares globe-trotting memories
Rayven Moore
Rayven Moore teaching in Haiti Rayven Moore

There are awards, and then there’s rewarding.

With a resumé that includes the Donna Geekie Leadership Award, Senior Student of the Year, the Seymour Schulich Community Service Scholarship and the Governor General's Academic Medal, Rayven Moore, former University of Calgary Women in Science and Engineering co-president, certainly appreciates accolades.

But as grateful as she is for such honours, Moore will leave the Schulich School of Engineering with one memory cherished above all of the others, and that was a trip to Haiti where she had a chance to share her engineering knowledge with students training in trades and technical studies.

“The highlight of my undergraduate experience was taking a group of engineering students to Grand Goâve, Haiti to teach at the Haiti Arise Technical and Professional School,” explains Moore.

“Together, my team taught a 16-hour course on AutoCAD, a drafting and design software, to building and construction students. We also helped set the school up to continue this training for future classes.”

One of many memorable trips

That volunteer journey to help others was just one of the trips Moore made as a civil engineering student, having participated in a Through the Eyes of an Engineer study term in Spain, Homes of Hope and the Conference on Diversity of Engineering.

She says new engineering students should try to embrace everything the faculty and university offers.

“I would encourage first-years to throw themselves fully into the engineering experience, including classes, teams, clubs and Engineering Week shenanigans,” says Moore, who also served as Civil Engineering Undergraduate Society president.

You will get as much out of this degree as you put into it and extracurricular activities will help you find what you are truly passionate about.”

A trip to celebrate, on hold for now

Moore is graduating into an engineer-in-training position at Magna Engineering Services, where she will be designing innovative stormwater, wastewater and solid waste solutions for communities.

And, when the global pandemic is over, Moore plans to celebrate her degree doing what she loves best.

“I am also looking forward to a postponed graduation trip to southeast Asia to celebrate the completion of my undergraduate degree.”

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