Kenneally is now a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, “one of the leading robotics institutions in America,” as he describes. He says that Concordia and its professors were pivotal in getting him there.
“I was always interested in robotics and I did robot competitions in high school and CEGEP,” he says. “It wasn’t until I was at Concordia that I really started doing academic research.”
During his studies in the university’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, he was given the opportunity to work in several engineering research labs, all the while being funded by undergraduate grants from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council.
Along with the valuable experience he gained in these labs, he is grateful for the emphasis his teachers placed on his research interests.
“I had professors, specifically Professor [Paula] Wood-Adams and Professor [Luis] Rodriguez, who really took an interest in my enthusiasm towards research,” he says.
“They coached me in how to write papers, how to do research and how to apply for grad school. Those two outstanding professors pushed me a long way to being able to get into the program I am in now.”