Caleb Spencer

I began my engineering journey in my hometown of Cranbrook, BC. There, I completed my first year of undergraduate studies at Cranbrook’s local institution, the College of the Rockies (COTR). I then continued my studies in mechanical engineering here in Kelowna at UBCO. Throughout my studies, I have always taken interest in a wide variety of engineering topics. It wasn’t until my third year of studies that my interest in materials science and manufacturing processes outshined the others. Courses like ENGR 376 and ENGR 377 showed me how valuable these fields are to various industries. Additionally, I was very fortunate that the professors of these courses, Dr. Taheri and Dr. Sediako respectively, sparked my ambitions and pushed me to my limits. In the last Lecture of ENGR 377, Dr. Sediako showed some of the work that his lab does. I reached out to the HPPM lab manager, Dr. Joshua Stroh, and inquired more about their research. After our conversation, I decided I had to be a part of it.

I am now an undergraduate research assistant at the HPPM lab, on track to graduate with a BASc in mechanical engineering in the spring of 2023. I currently shadow one of the lab’s researchers, Jordan Kozakevich. Jordan is an excellent mentor, and it is a pleasure to be a part of a team of like-minded individuals with mutual goals.  I have no doubt that I am in a great place to prepare me for a career in engineering. I am eager to continue working with the HPPM lab, researching materials used by industries, professionals, and enthusiasts

Like many others at the HPPM lab, I am an avid car enthusiast. My other hobbies consist of high-intensity fitness activities such as weight training, plyometrics, gymnastics, parkour, and cliff diving.