My name is Zion Yua and I am the Chair of the Engineering at Alberta Young Alumni Council (ENGGYAC). My life started in Malaysia and I moved to Canada at a young age. After growing up in BC, I moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta (U of A). I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering Option in 2011 and have been working in Environmental Consulting at Thurber Engineering ever since. In 2017, I returned to U of A and completed my Master of Engineering degree in Geoenvironmental Engineering in 2019.
Community has always been a key theme in my life. In my travels around the world, it became apparent that the prevailing sense of community I felt at home was so uniquely Canadian and I firmly believed that my time Engineering at Alberta demonstrated that quality consistently. The Engineering at Alberta Faculty believes that the sense of community you felt during your program should not end after you receive your degree. The Faculty formed ENGGYAC as a response to that belief. Graduates of the past ten years represent over a third of current living alumni and this proportion continues to grow. ENGGYAC seeks to connect with all engineering alumni with a specific focus to build the young alumni community.
My passion for serving the local community and working with ENGGYAC stems from a quote, “the grass is greener where you water it”. This has transformed into a philosophy that guides all aspects of my life. I truly believe that bettering your community starts with the work you put into it and that is the framework we hope to adopt with ENGGYAC. I’m excited for where we can take the engineering young alumni community and hope you connect with us!
Read more about my personal experience and how ENGGYAC contribute to the alumni community on The Bridge magazine published by Engineering Student Society: https://issuu.com/solbeeseo/docs/thebridge_homefortheholidays_20-21/6