Edita Botonjic-Sehic, PhD
“GEL is doing a great job introducing young students to becoming leaders. These are students who are technically strong in their education and the courses they are taking with high GPA’s, but this program is allowing them to experience what industry is all about and how to look at the problem from the outside the box”
Program Manager and Technical Lead
Morpho delivers products and solutions targeted at governments, national agencies and administrations dedicated to law enforcement and border control, as well as private companies in need of secure physical or logical access control
As the Program Manger and Technical Lead at Morpho Detection, Edita Botonjic-Sehic, PhD; understand the importance of getting young engineers out to experience the workforce first hand.
“I feel that the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program is doing a great job introducing young students to becoming leaders. These are students who are technically strong in their education and the courses they are taking with high GPA’s, but this program is allowing them to experience what industry is all about and how to look at the problem from the outside the box,” says Botonjic-Sehic. “This is not your everyday experiment; technical ability is fine, it’s one thing, but to learn risks and mitigation of something you have to produce is completely different, it is not written in the everyday lab experiments. You have to take into consideration things like how you are going to produce something at the end and deliver that to the customer, to the market, within the budget with adequate resources or the resources you are given. In this respect, The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program has done an amazing job by bringing their students into a setting like this which results into a great opportunity for everybody.”
Botonjic-Sehic first learned about the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) in 2012 when Gordon Fellow candidate Jacob Arsenault started a Co-op with Morpho Detection. Botonjic-Sehic says “It gave me great pleasure to mentor Jacob throughout his challenge project.” She recalls being in Jacob’s shoes as an up and coming scientist/engineer.
“It’s very challenging coming right out of school into a setting like this. You are given a task to do with limited resources and limited budget, you’ve got to make it or break it! In a R&D environment you can tweak things, you can improve, and make processes better. But at some point you have to draw the line and determine what the risks are for stopping where you are and moving forward to meet that target deadline or target delivery to the customer.”
With Botonjic-Sehic’s mentoring, Jacob has grown into a mature and accomplished engineer. Jacob’s Challenge Project involves developing and testing an analytical method for the detection of trace amounts of inorganic oxidizers used in homemade explosives.
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