IPSW is an fun and engaging opportunity to begin the transition from academia into the workforce. It is a campus-wide opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to interact with local industry representatives, and solve real-world problems. An industry workshop which takes place during Reading Week (from February 17th – 20th, 2015), IPSW is designed to help students of all ages and disciplines become job ready. Each team of students will be made up of various faculties and disciplines, and will work together throughout the week to develop an innovative solution strategy. The week functions as a networking opportunity between students, faculty mentors, and industry partners. The workshop includes three different categories – Environment & Sustainability, Materials & Biomaterials, and Data Analytics.Why participate?
Previous experience working with industry, as part of a problem-solving team, is a benefit and tool for future job applications. Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to network with students from outside your discipline, as well as industry representatives and faculty advisers. The week also offers professional development through presentations and interactive seminars from industry leaders. Several of the industry partners from the 2013 and 2014 IPSW are currently working with Western students and graduates.
"IPSW offers an engaging and fun means of applying what one has learned in their university career to a current real-world problem. It further offers the ability to interact with industry professionals, faculty members, and students of various programs, in an informal and highly productive setting. By fostering such an interdisciplinary collaboration, the workshop affords students the unique opportunity to work together towards an inventive solution and is truly a worthwhile and intriguing experience."
Coby Viner, IPSW 2013 Participant