Brazilian exchange students benefit from experience at 1125@Carleton

Filipe Faleiros, left, and Matheus Pinheiro have received real-world experience this summer thanks to 1125@Carleton. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

When Filipe Faleiros and Matheus Pinheiro came to Carleton from Brazil to study on exchange, they wanted to practice their English skills and immerse themselves in a different culture – but they got more than that, thanks to experience they have received this summer at 1125@Carleton.

“It’s been a good opportunity to develop ourselves in a professional way, and personal way,” says Pinheiro.

The 22-year-old civil engineering student, along with 23-year-old Faleiros, who is studying mechanical engineering, are part of more than 1,300 Brazilian students who are undertaking internships across Canada under the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). As part of the program, students were placed in summer internships with Canadian companies, start-ups and academic researchers in universities and colleges across Canada.

Faleiros and Pinheiro, along with five other students, were placed with the start-up company Sentinel Solutions which is run out of 1125.

Founded by Carleton students Luc Reussele and Tyler Valdron, the company focuses on how to better use water, and using a system which signals when malfunctions are detected and automatically shuts off non-essential water in that part of the building.

The company is also looking to see how that technology can be used around the world, and is finding ways to collect potable water in countries where it might not be as available.

Reussele says that the Brazilian student interns have been a tremendous benefit to the company.

“Since they come from a different part of the world, they have a different outlook on this,” he says, adding that he was excited to learn that Brazilian students would be joining the team over the summer. “Carleton is an international school, and it’s a big asset to have people from around the world helping us work.”

He adds that the experience has been beneficial for both the Sentinel Solutions team and the international students.

“They’re learning about research and development and learning about Canada, and we’re learning about Brazil and South America. It’s exciting for us as well,” Reussele says.

Mary Herbert-Copley, head of 1125@Carleton, says the Brazilian students brought an incredible amount of energy and diversity.

“We are an experimental, collaborative space for problem solving – and the key to solving these problems is diversity,” Herbert-Copley says. “Everybody brings a different perspective to the table, and they’re not coming in with just a Canadian perspective – it’s a different cultural perspective and that always adds new dimensions.”

Faleiros says the experience has been invaluable for his fellow students and that he is confident it will help him as he begins his engineering career back in Brazil.

“It’s good experience learning how Canada deals with problems, and you see a small difference in business and how they deal with situations,” he says.

Pinheiro agrees that the experience has enhanced his education.

“This experience will be very good for us in Brazil,” he says. “The English we are learning and how things work here, will be good for us. And, it will help us get a job and allow us to be valuable for a company.”




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Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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