Neil Neville has collected only three As during his Concordia
career. The rest of his grades have been all A-pluses.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old mechanical engineering student was surprised
when he learned he was receiving the Governor-Generals Silver Medal,
awarded to the undergraduate student with the highest GPA at the university.
He even made his sister read the letter just to make sure.
Neville was also awarded the Chait Medal, given to the outstanding student
receiving a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and he has received non-renewable
scholarships in each of his four years at Concordia.
Hes at a loss to pinpoint the secret to his success, insisting that
he doesnt study all the time. He tries to get plenty of sleep, and
even squeezes in nights out on weekends. Id say there are
a lot of people who take school more seriously than I do.
However, school is his primary focus. He is already receiving funding
from NSERC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Set on pursuing a masters degree, he has been eyeing research in
robotics and control systems. Neville said he would like to design flight
simulator programs one day.
The co-op program at Concordia gave him a chance to work for Nortel Networks
in Ottawa, where he conducted heat transfer experiments on certain network
designs, and Keen Engineering in Toronto, specialists in the design of
mechanical systems for buildings.