Internships


Rocscience regularly hires students as geotechnical interns to work with our engineers, contributing their fresh perspectives and academic talents towards the engineering software development process. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) offers Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) to stimulate student interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering, and to encourage graduate studies and research careers. The majority of our geotechnical interns have won this award.

Recent Interns

Nissrine Bouslama

My term at Rocscience was very enjoyable mainly due to the variety of projects I was involved in. I investigated consolidation settlement under various cases of loading with both flexible and rigid loads using RS2 and Settle3D. In the process, I acquired knowledge on the use of finite element analysis and empirical methods for calculation of settlement under rigid and flexible footings. At Rocscience, I also learned about 2D and 3D slope stability methods to find the factor of safety and the critical seismic acceleration of a given slope. I also researched various root finding methods to find the critical seismic acceleration and programmed a few of these formulations into the Slide3D engine. My supervisors ensured I was constantly learning and that I was given assignments that suited my interests. The work I did at Rocscience honed my problem solving skills and thought me a lot about geotechnical engineering and programming.

Kray Centeno Cuellar

My term at Rocscience was very enriching and enjoyable. The mentors, the stress-free environment, and everyone at Rocscience were all a part of it. During this term, I mainly worked on RS3 2.0 and a future version of the Slide3D software. I was mainly involved in improving and implementing new features and gained skills with software development and research. Along the way, I was exposed to many different techniques in the geotechnical field and definitely enjoyed the competitive ping pong double matches. These four months have flown by very quickly and is an experience I won't forget.

Alyshan Jahani

During my internship at Rocscience I worked on scaling the computation engine behind the overall slope analysis of the Slide 7.0 application. The challenge - to develop a solution that would allow the work of the computation to be split among an arbitrary number of computers thus reducing the time to results. The task was definitely challenging and gave me a great insight into research and development with respect to software engineering. I learned about a variety of concepts within the ever growing field of cloud computing and also sharpened my ping pong skills. The positive energy and upbeat vibe around the office made time spent at Rocscience time well spent..

Grace Sung Ji Lee

Spending my term with Rocscience has been unlike any other co-op experience I’ve had. The people and culture are so open, interesting, and lively. The work was also a change from my other experiences, as I primarily focused on geotechnical modelling in RS3 version 2. RS3 is in the releasing stages for version 2, which features a fully-3D set of geotechnical modelling and analysis tools. I worked on verification and validation of the computations, as well as updating and creating documentation. The term as a whole helped develop both my hard and soft skills, as well as exposing me to the geotechnical branch of civil engineering.

Neesarg Patel

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Rocscience Inc. During my time at Rocscience I worked on their new 3-dimensional slope stability software called Slide3D under the supervision of Dr. Brent Corkum and Dr. Ramin Mafi. While completing my project at Rocscience I gained valuable software development skills using C++. The home-like open office environment is one that enables sharing of knowledge which makes it easier to learn new things from veterans of the software industry. They allowed me to quickly get up to speed and write code which was put to use almost instantly. The team at Rocscience made me feel like I was making valuable contributions to the company daily. The daily table tennis matches with the team at the office caused my ping-pong skill level to double in the past four months!

Caitlin Schropp

This work term at Rocscience was unlike any other. Over the course of this term, I worked in many diverse areas of marketing and sales, allowing me to branch out, and develop many skills, particularly in the design field. Although on any given day I could be writing an article, designing icons for RS3 version 2.0, or working with the sales team, my primary role this term was in marketing, as a video creator. I worked to build Rocscience’s YouTube presence, beginning with promotional videos for RocFall 6.0, Settle3D 4.0, and RS3 2.0, and finishing off the term creating video tutorials for the same 3 new software versions. The company culture at Rocscience fosters enjoyable work, and encourages you to bring your ideas to fruition. As a smaller company, I felt that all of the contributions I made throughout the term would leave a lasting impact. Many thanks to Thamer, who always ensured I was producing quality content, and kept me on track this term, as well as the rest of the Rocscience business team, who I learned a lot from, both by working with them on small projects, and by osmosis from being surrounded by their daily activities.

Summer 2016

Scott Corkum Mechanical Engineering, University of Guelph
Derek Lam Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Liam MacKichan Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Owen Westland Computer Science, Queen’s University
Winston Wong Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Bowen Wu Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Bohan Zhang Engineering Science, University of Toronto

Winter 2016

Julien Chaperon Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
Kaitlyn Diederichs Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Terence Ma Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
Hyun Jun (Edmond) Yoo Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Jessica Zhang Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Fall 2015

Jason Cheung Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Ian Gardiner Geological Engineering, University of Waterloo
Matthew LaPoint Software Engineering, University of Waterloo
Kimberly Usi Software Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2015

Samuel Cheung Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Sriram Sundararaman Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Russell Todd Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
Cody Tran Computer Science, University of Toronto
Daniel Wai Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Owen Westland Electrical & Computer Engineering, Queen’s University
Jing Bo Yang Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Winter 2015

Parastoo Abtahi Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Victor Chung Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Helena Diao Geological Engineering, University of Waterloo
Stephen Li Software Engineering, University of Waterloo
Trevor White Geological Engineering, University of Waterloo
Brent Zhang Business & Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Fall 2014

Samuel Cheung Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Andy Hoang Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Earl Magsipoc Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Rumman Rahman Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2014

Sarah Almasraf E-Business, Humber College
Jacob Ritchie Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Eleanor Siow Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Neil Veira Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Matthew Visser Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
Justin Zhang Engineering Science, University of Toronto

Winter 2014

Aldo Katragjini Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
Michael Liao Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Alan Lai Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Fall 2013

Shumin (Susan) Huang Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Xiaohan (Emily) Wu Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Summer 2013

Gavin Luo Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Parastoo Abtahi Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Suhaib Ahmed Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
Aaron Wang Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Daniel Wai Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Winter 2013

Amir Panahi Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Menaka Kiriwattuduwa Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Eric Sethna Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Michael (ChengLun) Xiao Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Fall 2012

Steve Chai Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Gavin Luo Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Daniel Wei Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Andy Zhang Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2012

Derek Badner Geological Engineering, University of Waterloo
Fadi Basmaji Materials Engineering, University of McMaster
John Luo Engineering Science, University of Toronto
Andrew McDonald Geological Engineering, University of Waterloo
Aleck Wu Engineering Science, University of Toronto

Winter 2012

Steve Chai Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Cat Mercer Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

Fall 2011

Charles Allan Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Mark Ranjram Enviromental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2011

Jean Hanna Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Bing Li Lassonde Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto
Shruti Srinivasan Materials Science & Engineering, University of Toronto

Winter 2011

Charles Allan Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Mark Ranjram Enviromental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2010

David (Tianhao) Hu Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
Grace (Zhanyu) Huang Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Paul Semple Geological Engineering, Economics, Queen's University
Heather Trommels Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Jason Woodfine Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto

Winter 2010

Calvin Yan Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2009

Tushar Verma Civil Engineering, IIT, Roorkee, India
Franco Chingcuanco Engineering Science, University of Toronto

Winter 2009

Xiao Su Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2008

Leslie-Ann Foulds Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Xiao Su Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Summer 2007

Gabriella Nuta Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Vainatey Kulkarni Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

Summer 2006

Derrick Shum Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
Elena Priciou Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Felex Wibowo Geotechnical Engineering, University of Toronto

Summer 2005

Chris Doan Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Peter Chen Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto

Summer 2004

Ellen Yeh Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Holly Wonch Geotechnical Engineering, University of Toronto

Summer 2003

Michael Diez d'Aux Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Kien Vinh Duong Geotechnical Engineering, University of Toronto

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