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Grads to Watch

Newsroom authorby Carol HillJun 29, 2016

Each year, Sheridan welcomes a new group to the alumni community. We put the spotlight on recent grads who are making their mark by creating innovative films and designs, and building more vibrant communities.

Hargurdeep Singh, Manager, The Printing House 3D Printing Centre
Mechanical Engineering Design and Drafting Technology, 2015 graduate

Hargurdeep Singh was the face of engineering at Sheridan. An Ontario Co-op Student of the Year, Singh became an expert in Sheridan’s cutting-edge 3D technology, and his work resulted in award-winning designs including a model of an exoskeleton hand for a man who had suffered nerve damage. “The applications are endless. You just use your imagination.”

Singh led efforts that saw Sheridan become the first Canadian college to join the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2015, he received the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s Young Achiever Award and was featured in Macleans magazine.

Singh is the Manager at The Printing House 3D Printing Centre in downtown Toronto which opened in September 2015. The studio can produce concept models, functional prototypes and end-use 3D prints for many industrial and personal applications. Products range from one-of-a-kind mementos for sports teams and special events including weddings and anniversaries, to 3D scanned files of yourself for animation and video games. The facility also has the ability to produce 3D prints of medical models from CT or MRI data to demonstrate injury. Follow Singh: @HargurdeepS

“I am excited to see how the new virtual reality platforms will encourage the creative use of 3D Design and 3D Print in various industries.”

– Hargurdeep Singh

Jane Miroshnykova, Constable, Hamilton Police Service
Investigation – Public and Private, 2015 & Early Childhood Education, 2012 graduate

The Ukraine-born alumna graduated top of her class while volunteering at five different organizations, kick-boxing six times a week, holding two part-time jobs, all while managing to get a decent night’s sleep. In 2015, Miroshnykova was among the winners of the United Way of Oakville’s Generation Next Top 20 Under 40 Volunteer Award. She then went on to become the first Sheridan student to receive an award of excellence from the Justice and Public Safety Coordinators of Ontario. Her zeal for improving our communities will no doubt serve Miroshnykova well in her latest role as a Constable with the Hamilton Police Service.

“There are endless opportunities to give back and if you have even a small amount of free time, why not spend it doing something meaningful?”

– Jane Miroshnykova

Taha Neyestani, Storyboard Artist, House of Cool
Bachelor of Animation, 2015 graduate

Taha Neyestani translated his passion for figure drawing to the screen with his short film ed which received the animation industry’s top honour: the 2016 Annie Award for Best Student Film. He also appeared on TIFF’s list of Top Ten Student Films of 2015. Born in Iran, Neyestani entered Sheridan after immigrating to Canada in 2010, and believes his new environment played a big role in his development as an artist.

Read more about Taha and watch his film on Vimeo.

“Canada was like a rebirth for me. I needed the opportunity and freedom to flourish that my native country couldn’t provide.”

– Taha Neyestani

Melody Wang, Storyboard Artist, House of Cool
Bachelor of Animation, 2015 graduate

The buzz surrounding Melody Wang started well before she graduated. Her short film, The Casebook of Nips & Porkington, created during her final year at Sheridan landed on industry’s top picks for 2015.

Calling the film “delightfully imaginative animation”, TIFF named The Casebook of Nips & Porkington the Top Ten Student Film of 2015. Like her former classmate and current colleague, Taha Neyestani, Wang also earned an Annie Award nomination (animation’s highest honour). She received the Applied Arts magazine student award, as well. Based on the interest in Wang’s film, chances are high that we will see more of her charming characters in the future.

Read more about Melody and watch her film on Vimeo.

“I continue to focus on keeping the original thinking and creative spark that brought me to Sheridan. ”

– Melody Wang
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