Nicholas Bak, E.I.T. graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2016. He completed an undergraduate research program studying the various methods of pipeline failures under the supervision of Dr. Hogan. This exposure to research prompted him to seek opportunities to further his education and complete a Master’s degree. Fall 2016 he joined Drs Wolodko and Lefsrud on a large interdisciplinary team studying Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC). His research interests include more traditional engineering topics like corrosion and asset integrity but also more social aspects of science like the mapping of scientific fields and the definition and quantification of interdisciplinarity.
Nicholas’s current research project hopes to understand the complex political, social and economic factors that influence companies when making decisions regarding emerging or competing technologies. Additionally, using MIC as his test case he’s looking to understand how different scientific fields can come together to create new more niche research areas.
In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys sports and researching the history of hockey.