Engineering students look forward to summer of TRIUMF

Two third year Carleton Engineering Physics students will be making University history this summer.

Tim Mahilrajan, 22, and Kathryn Oraas, 24, have both received prestigious job offers with TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics in British Columbia. Though many Carleton students have applied in the past, Mahilrajan and Oraas are the first to have been offered a position since the partnership between Carleton University and TRIUMF was established in 2000.

In addition to the job offer, Mahilrajan is also the recipient of the TRIUMF Ontario regional scholarship, a $2,000 enhancement to the summer position. Mahilrajan thanks Carleton for playing a big role in facilitating this opportunity. “Our physics program is quite reputable and well-known there,” he says, adding this no doubt helped him in securing the job.

Both Mahilrajan and Oraas see their respective jobs as a learning experience. Mahilrajan will be working in the area of radio frequency amplifiers, and says the job will be “a bit of a learning curve at the start to get my head around it.”

Oraas, whose father had a hand in helping build the accelerator at TRIUMF in the 1970s, will be working in astrophysics on the DRAGON spectrometer, a simulator that studies the formation of heavier and lighter elements in space. Like Mahilrajan, Oraas says the job will be challenging. “It’s 100 percent learning experience for me,” she says.

“We hope that as a result of their performance and enjoyment of their summer position, this would encourage other students to apply from this side of things; and that TRIUMF would be interested in hiring other Carleton students in the future,” says Physics Professor Robert Carneige. “This is very good for the [physics] program here, as it will strengthen our TRIUMF relationship.”

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-04/310.htm

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