Mechanical Engineering student at Ryerson University
Erica Attard is a mechanical engineering student at Ryerson University and the Team Captain of Ryerson Formula Racing (RFR). RFR is an engineering design team centered around promoting STEM education and creating opportunities to get hands-on experience through building a Formula 1 style race car. As the Team Captain, she is responsible for overseeing the timeline, goals, and decisions for the vehicle and ensuring the race car flies down the track (www.ryersonformulasae.com).
Passionate about building a better future, Erica has participated in various research initiatives including investigating human capabilities and their reflection in design as well as the analysis of geothermal heat pumps. She hopes to work in a technical field that helps to advance human capabilities or improve humanity’s quality of life.
Although Erica did not know she wanted to pursue a career in engineering until Grade 12, she has developed an admiration for learning and ensuring individuals receive information about the exciting and stimulating world of STEM at a young age.
Co-founder of Ripple Studios
Mallory Maynard is the co-founder of Ripple Studios (www.ripplestudiosinc.com), an educational video game company, that is on a mission to inspire more young people to consider a career in STEM. While completing her Marketing Management degree at Ryerson University (‘20) and after graduating, she worked full-time at Chubb Insurance, where she predominantly worked on data analysis and automation projects. During her time at University, she was Team Manager of Ryerson Formula, an engineering design team that builds racecars (www.ryersonformulasae.com). It was on this team where her full appreciation for STEAM grew.
Prior to starting her degree, she wore many hats while working at her family's business, Hastings Marine. Her primary role was managing the service department. She also maintained the company website, created advertisements, purchased retail products, did sales, and even recorded radio ads!
Her road to STEAM has been a winding one, and there were many times where she felt she didn't make the “right” decision. This journey has granted her the opportunity to test out many different career paths and learn a wide range of skills, all of which led her to co-found Ripple Studios. She is excited and incredibly optimistic about this new path where she can combine all of her passions and ambitions (technology, entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, and empowering others) into one. For her, this path feels right.
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