Venture Staff

Meet the 2017 Venture Team:

Glenne, Director

Glenne Hi! My name is Glenne and I am in my fourth year of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. I started loving science as soon as I learned what it was and have not stopped since. It intrigued me because I like to understand everything around me and science lets me do that. When I was younger I was the type of girl who always wore dresses and played with dolls but, that did not stop me from being into STEM activities, and I hope it will not stop any other girl! I am so excited to be a Director this summer. By working here I get to combine two of my passions Engineering and working with children. I believe its really important to get young children involved in learning STEM and I cannot wait to be a part of exposing them to Engineering and Science.  I am ready to have the best summer yet! 
   

Owen, Director

Owen

Hey! My name is Owen and I am in my fourth year of Materials Engineering and Society with a minor in business at McMaster University. I am also currently a member on McMaster University’s varsity men’s rugby team. I love playing sports and spending time in the outdoors. I have enjoyed building things with my hands and figuring out how things worked since a young age so engineering is the perfect fit for me. Someday I hope to be my own boss and have my own engineering company. I am super excited for the upcoming summer at Venture and can’t  wait to have the opportunity to inspire others to pursue Engineering. 

   

Taylor, Director of Curriculum

Taylor

Hi guys! I'm Taylor and I'm in my fourth year of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering here at Mac!  When I was little I loved playing with K’Nex and Lego and in school I loved all types of science and math. When I got a little older I realized how cool electricity and technology are and decided that some type of Electrical Engineering was what I needed to be doing. Now that I’m at Mac I get to do science and math and learn about electricity all day every day and I’m having tons of fun! When I finish school I really want to help improve people’s lives and hope to be able to build Robotic Prosthetic limbs and hearing aids.
In my spare time I like being outdoors and going fishing and hiking and training my puppy to do cool tricks! I'm super excited for this summer at Venture and can't wait to meet you all!!!

   

Patrick, Assistant Operations

patrick Hey! I'm Patrick, and I am in my fourth year of Civil Engineering and Management. I was once a Venture camper myself for many summers in both the Engineering & Science, and the Computers & Technology stream. I took an interest in science at a very young age, and I hope to motivate others to enter into STEM fields. My main interest within civil engineering is the structural component where we understand how buildings are constructed, maintained, and how new designs can be implemented. In my spare time I love to travel, stay active by taking hikes to the many Hamilton waterfalls, and golfing!  I am very much looking forward to a great summer ahead where I'll be able to implement what I have learned the past three years, give kids a place to explore science, and most importantly, have fun!
   

Jack - Engineering and Science Curriculum Coordinator

Jack Hey guys! My name is Jack, I am in my third year of Mechanical Engineering and Society. As a child, I had a strong interest with how things worked and spent most of my earlier days playing with Lego. I was very interested with what made structures strong, what made different parts move and what functions they performed. These interests grew as I went through school and ultimately lead to my decision to go into Mechanical Engineering. The society portion carters to an emerging interest I have in regards to sustainability and problems that our society faces. When I am not studying, I like to spend my time playing sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and Hockey, and play on the McMaster Ultimate team. I have a strong passion for the outdoors that was built up by attending camps since I was eight years old, and enjoy doing recreational canoeing. I am excited to be apart of the Venture Team and hoping to make this a great summer!
   

Jimmy - Software and Electronics Curriculum Coordinator

Jimmy Hey everyone! I'm Jimmy and I'm in my fourth year of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster.  As a kid, I was fascinated with  computers and electronics, and I always took apart my RC cars and television remotes just to see what they looked like on the inside. At McMaster, I've learned a lot about using electronics to build robots, and also how to apply robotics in the field of biology and medicine to help patients with their injuries. In my spare time, I like to go swimming and hang out with my friends. I'm really excited and can't wait to inspire all the young campers to pursue Engineering!
   

Pasquale, Computers and Technology Curriculum Coordinator

Pasquale Hi! My name is Pasquale and I am in my second year of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University.  I chose Mechanical Engineering because I am very interested in moving parts and how the motion of one part affects the other.  My inspiration for science and engineering came from Venture.  As a child, I attended Venture multiple times and I am extremely excited to be apart of the Venture team this summer! I hope to give the campers the same amazing experience I had not so long ago. Aside from engineering, I enjoy both playing and watching soccer and I am a proud and passionate fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  I can't wait to get this summer underway and have a great time!
 

Rachel, Social Media and Computer Coordinator

Rachel Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m in my fourth year of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering here at McMaster! Growing up I came to Venture and LEAP programs and they are a big reason why I came to McMaster for engineering. I can’t say how thankful I am to have to opportunity to give back to future generations of Mac Engineers! I’m super excited to be working at Venture this summer and am looking forward to keeping everyone well connected to what’s happening at Venture through social media! In my spare time I like walking my dog, kayaking and rollerblading along the Hamilton waterfront. I absolutely love the outdoors, almost as much as I love Venture. Looking forward to meeting everyone this summer and having a great time at Venture!
   

Gillian - Clubs

Gillian Hello! My name is Gillian and I am in my third year of Civil Engineering. I have always loved science and math and am specifically interested in earth science and geotechnical engineering. I love learning about the environment and the world around me. I have been playing the violin since I was 3 years old  and enjoy listening to all types of music. Outside of music and school I enjoy running and spending time outside. I am really excited to be working at Venture for the first time this summer and can't wait to get started!
   

Cuirin - Clubs

Cuirin

Hello friends! My name is Cuirin and I am in my third year of Civil Engineering and fourth year of the Engineering & Society program this September. I really enjoy anything that has to do with structures and the great outdoors. I love the idea of creating buildings and structures that can be built in the world around us to assist in the functionality of everyday society. I am very interested in the design of bridges, fun outdoorsy type structures like treehouses, and definitely Roller Coasters!!!  In my free time I love to go camping and spend as much time as I can seeing new sights and just indulging in nature. I also love swimming and competed competitively in my high school years. With my love of working with other people, especially within my interests, engineering has felt like the right fit for me since almost everything involves working with others. I feel like this will definitely be applied this summer working for Venture. I am very excited to enter the Venture community and be the best I can be!

   

Olivia - Clubs

Olivia Hello! My name is Olivia and I am in my third year of Civil Engineering and Society at McMaster University. Throughout my childhood I was always found taking things apart and putting them back together. As I grew older I learned that I enjoyed learning about Math and Science and because of this I attended the GoEngGirl events from grade seven to grade ten. This really opened up my eyes to the endless possibilities in the STEM fields and I decided to pursue engineering at Mac. I am also very passionate about activities outside of school such as soccer and spending time with my family. I believe it is very important to stay well rounded and balanced in life! I am very excited to be a Venture Instructor this summer so I can inspire young minds to find their passion the same way that I was inspired.
   

Stephanie - Clubs

Steph

Hey! My name is Stephanie, and I'm in my fourth year studying Computer Science. Ever since I was a child I loved taking things apart and putting them back together. As a child when we got our first family computer, I remember taking it all apart and nearly giving my parents a heart attack when they saw their new computer in pieces. Empowering all children to get involved with STEM is so important and teaching children to conquer their fears and not being afraid to try things that might be difficult at first. When I graduate I hope to combine my love of psychology with software to make applications to aid people suffering from mental illnesses. In my spare time I love organizing and attending hackathons, hiking with my puppy, and embroidering! I'm so excited for this summer to meet all of you!!

Sharon - Clubs

Sharon Hello World! My name is Sharon, and I am in my fourth year of Software Engineering here at McMaster. I grew up with two engineers as parents, and always loved asking a ton of questions about all things computers, and playing on my Dad's Linux machine. My interest in computing and software peaked in grade 10 after I took a programming course, and made a game from scratch! Some of my hobbies outside of school include dancing, biking, baking, swimming,  learning languages, watching TV, and browsing Amazon. I hope to bring my love for the Engineering field to Venture this summer, and show campers the endless doors STEM opens up!