Department of Astronomy & Physics

Undergrad Career Seminar I

Speaker: Jean-Marc Samson and Fernando Pena-Silva
Time: January 17, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Location: AT 101


Jean-Marc Samson (high school science teacher) and Fernando Pena-Silva (data scientist, Load Forecaster for Nova Scotia Power) will share their professional experience following studies in physics and astronomy, respectively. You can find their short bio below. There will be time for students to ask questions and also an opportunity for them to meet with the speakers for individual/small group discussions after the presentations.

Jean-Marc Samson started his physics training at Mount Allison university completing a BSc Honours in Physics, then continued his studies at Dalhousie University studying models of decoherence of spin states in quantum dots. Shortly after passing his doctoral candidacy exam, he decided to change careers and become a high school teacher. He travelled to Korea to teach ivy league bound students physics. He then came back to Canada and has taught a variety of math and science course at the junior high and high school level. He is currently teaching Math 10, Pre IB Math 10 and Physics 11 and 12.

Fernando Pena-Silva is originally from Chile, where he completed his BSc in Astronomy before coming to Canada for graduate studies, obtaining his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. He was then a Postdoctoral fellow in Astrophysics at Saint Mary’s University and a Postdoctoral fellow in Medicine at Dalhousie University before moving to industry, first as a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young Center for Advanced Analytics in Halifax, and now as a Load Forecaster for Nova Scotia Power. He has a passion for statistics, data science, math, research, electromagnetism, data visualizations… and soccer!


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