Alex spent eight months in Japan as a Research Co-op student at Panasonic Corporation, working with a team that focused on developing home energy management systems. One of Alex’s main projects involved working on control algorithms for improving space thermal comfort, and he ended up pioneering the use of a new adaptive control for thermal comfort by executing proof-of-concept simulations which showed an accuracy higher than any existing control technology in the market at the time. His impressive work achievements resulted in a job offer from the employer to stay on with his team after graduation.
Now a Project Manager for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Alex is responsible for delivering airport terminal expansion projects. His familiarity with Japanese culture played a big part in helping him successfully produce strong results throughout his career in Canada. His appreciation and understanding of discipline, a strong work ethic, and efficiency – hallmarks of Japanese workplaces and daily life- helped him significantly in developing an excellent work ethic of his own. For Alex, being able to work in a high performing corporate environment while experiencing a unique culture allowed for substantial personal and professional development that has had long term benefits for him.