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SPARK After Hours is a podcast created by Team SPARK to talk about all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics!
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EP 5: Exploring the World of Software Engineering w/ Akshay Pall

SPARK After Hours

S2 EP 7: Adapting to Your Ecosystem w/ Roopali Chaudhary
In this episode, we discuss diversity in STEM, high-level education, and the future of genetics with Roopali Chaudhary! Dr. Chaudhary is the CEO of an organization called Lotus STEMM which provides a networking and leadership platform for South Asian women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine (STEMM). Alongside this, she is a cell biology specialist at Allarta Life Science, a research associate at McMaster University and a content editor for Sci-Illustrate. Today we will gain more insight into her organization, time spent in research, and advice on how to break into the post-secondary environment.
November 22, 2021
S2 EP 6: Game On: Are You Ready? w/ Owen Goss
In this episode, we discuss exactly what goes into making video games with Owen Goss! Owen is the co-founder at Milkbag Games. He has run his own businesses for over 15 years, and today, we’ll be exploring how he started off in this field, from his experience in software development to his world-impacting work with his very own game studios.
November 16, 2021
S2 EP 5: Solving and Innovating w/ Neil Mitra
In this episode, Neil Mitra talks about combining his interests in science with entrepreneurship. Neil highlights his experiences of participating in the science fairs, launching 2 well-established startups, and balancing this with high school. With tips on time management, innovation and entrepreneurship, this episode can help take your ideas to the next level.
November 07, 2021
S2 EP 4: To Infinity and Beyond w/ Nimita Wadhwa
In this episode, we’ll be discussing aerospace with the wonderful Nimita Wadhwa. She is truly a visionary and a remarkable individual with a profound interest in Aerospace Engineering. We will be discussing the aerospace industry, women in STEM, the future of aerospace and how it will impact you sooner than you might think. Nimita's useful links:
October 31, 2021
S2 EP 3: Scoping into AI w/ Jai Raghuvanshi
For episode 3, we’ll be going in-depth about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Devejya Raghuvanshi - who is an exceptional Data Engineer at SnapCommerce, as well as the host of the Unlabelled Unstructured podcast. We’ll be discussing his past experiences, accomplishments and strengths with Data Science and asking him for tips on beginning a career related to technology.
October 25, 2021
S2 EP 2: Bouncing Back w/ Adithya Venkatarao
In this episode, we touch on failure, technology, and determination with Adithya Venkatarao! Adithya is an advanced software engineer at Veeva Systems who faced numerous challenges as a Computer Science major at the University of Waterloo. He breathes life into the saying, “It’s not always sunshine and rainbows” and explains how the comeback can be greater than the setback. We’ll be reflecting on his failures and how they propelled him to a successful position today.
October 17, 2021
S2 EP 1: Transitioning to University w/ Jai Betala
In this episode, we discuss internships, investing, and invention with Jai Betala! Jai is a Computing and Financial Management student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He has worked to found one of the largest youth-led organizations in the GTA, InvestBETA (@investbeta) to teach youth all about finance. We’ll be exploring his organization, internships, and going over his advice on transitioning to university.
October 10, 2021
EP 8: Let’s talk Women in STEM w/ Stephanie Thompson
In the last episode of Season 1 of SPARK After Hours, episode, Komal and Mehak talk with Stephanie Thompson. Stephanie Thompson is a Professional Engineering Team Leader at General Motors of Canada and CEO of STEM by Steph, a social enterprise that breaks down barriers for women and youth in STEM. In 2020, Stephanie was named Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network. Throughout the episode, we discuss her experience as an engineer of 20+ years at General Motors, empowering women in STEM, and if cereal or milk goes first!
February 27, 2021
EP 7: Landing an Internship w/ Parth Sareen
In this episode, we discuss internships, technology, and innovation with Parth Sareen! Parth is an accomplished software engineer intern and mechanical engineering student who’s worked with leading tech companies such as Apple and Tesla. We’ll be discussing his projects at past internships and advice on standing out to recruiters.
February 13, 2021
EP 6: Learning About Innovation Design and Diversity w/ Suzanne Balima
This week we discuss innovation design, UX, and diversity, equity, and inclusion with Suzanne Balima!  Suzanne is an innovation designer at Vale, and has studied UX Design, Innovation Strategy, and Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about designing creative business solutions with a real social impact! We’ll delve into her experiences as a designer and a BIPOC woman in tech, and we’ll learn all about design along the way.
February 06, 2021
EP 5: Exploring the World of Software Engineering w/ Akshay Pall
If the world of software piques your interest, then listening to this episode is a must! Meet Akshay Pall, a software engineering student at the University of Waterloo. From interning at Facebook, Yahoo and CBC to being a three-time Dean’s List award winner, find out how Akshay was able to build a name for himself in just a few years!
January 30, 2021
EP 4: Mechanical Engineering and Goal Setting w/ TikTok Guru Tamer
Today we discuss mechanical engineering and goal setting with 4th Year Waterloo mechanical engineering student, Tamer. Specifically, we discuss Tamer’s time with the Formula-E team, his Capstone Engineering Project and the importance of goal setting. We also have a bit of fun, and challenge Tamer with his TikTok knowledge.
January 23, 2021
EP 3: Entrepreneurship and BIPOC Representation w/ the Mobile App Queen
Throughout high school and university, Janelle Hinds showed a strong passion for designing mobile applications and has been coined the “Mobile App Queen” by her friends and network. Today, Janelle is an entrepreneur, public speaker, facilitator and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant. She is also the Executive and Director of Helping Hands, which is a non-profit organization and app matches high school students with volunteering opportunities to help meet community involvement requirements and help local businesses. Due to her work with Helping Hands, Janelle was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Changemaker in the education sector in 2019. She also attended McMaster University as a biomedical and electrical engineering student where she formed Delta Hacks for university students.
January 16, 2021
EP 2: Racial Inclusion in STEAM w/ Cristina Pérez
In this episode, we discuss the importance of racial inclusion in STEAM, and how we can encourage racial minorities in these fields. We also talk about Cristina Perez’s company “DalmondFx” and her experience working as a data scientist.
January 09, 2021
EP 1: Exploring Systems Design at the University of Waterloo w/ Nirmal Hedge
Interviewing Nirmal Hegde, a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo. Discussions about University life, personal experiences and the culture in SYDE. Tune in for all things systems and more!
January 02, 2021