Problem solver

- May 28, 2008

Scott Wetton
Scott Wetton (Nick Pearce Photo)

Scott Wetton enrolled in engineering to gain skills and insights that would enable him to design systems for people.

“It’s great to see problems solved,” he says. “Industrial Engineering gives you the technical skills to find solutions and the professional credentials to make changes.”

His third work-term placement provided him with the opportunity to put his education to work. In the process, he saved his employer $300,000 through the design of a software application for scheduling—not bad for four months of work. “Co-op was fantastic. It is the best way to get hands-on experience,” says Mr. Wetton. “It was what landed me my job for September.”

During his academic career, Mr. Wetton has been deeply involved in student life, particularly as president of the Dalhousie Sexton Undergraduate Society for the past year. During his presidency, he focused on providing better student services and he’s proud to have worked with multiple stakeholders to create new study spaces, a new society office and a DSU office on the Sexton Campus.

Mr. Wetton’s accomplishments are too lengthy to list but a few highlights are the Top Co-op Student of the Year Award, the Lily Ju Lifetime Academic Achievement Award (recognizing his contributions to student life) and the APENS award for demonstrating outstanding abilities to serve society in an ethical manner. His team also won the National Industrial Engineering Design Competition at the Industrial Engineering National Student Conference.

The coolest thing to happen to Mr. Wetton while at Dalhousie was the Iron Ring ceremony, where he joined the ranks of engineers including his grandfather. In this time-honoured secret ceremony, he received not only his ring, presented by his grandfather, but also the Camp 7 Award, the only award presented to students at the ceremony.

Mr. Wetton looks forward to travelling through Europe this summer. In September, he will join Imperial Oil’s Toronto office as a construction project manger.


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