IBET PhD Program Fellow Focus: James Tatum

James was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and is pursuing his PhD in the Faculty of Chemical and Materials Engineering, specializing in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. 

James is a proud University of Alberta alumni having completed both previous master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering there. During that time James also helped to found a new student group called The Indigenous Engineering Students Association (IESA).  James is currently Co-President and VP Finance for IESA during his PhD.

James spent a year working for Innova Hydrogen Corporation after completing his graduate degree as a Technology Development Engineer-In-Training. He is now partnered with Aurora Hydrogen who are providing him with the tools and equipment to complete his PhD research. In this Q&A James reflects on the importance of the IBET PhD Program, his experience as a fellow, and his future in engineering.  

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