MEEI Enterprise Development Project:
Liquid Fibre Displays
Learning to Invest Time with Investors.
Cristian Nunez has moved to the next level in his engineering career – presenting his ideas for energy conservation and consumer savings to potential investors across Canada and the United States.
While Cristian calls Mexico home, he has endured the Canadian northern climate long enough to graduate from the Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI) program at McMaster University. Now, he’s equipped with the essentials needed to take his growing engineering business to the next level. “We’re just beginning the selling process,” says Cristian, “and are now trying to secure the first infusion of financial investment. We’re working toward incorporating our company as we take our ideas from concept to market.”
It all sounds very sophisticated, very specialized. And it is! For Cristian, the McMaster Faculty of Engineering MEEI graduate program “changed my way of thinking and recognizing potential opportunities for business.” In Mexico, no such program exists, so Cristian feels fortunate to be able to share his newly acquired knowledge, skills and experience with others back home in Mexico. The MEEI program has enabled him to better focus and work diligently to increase his skill set. But he has since also felt the need to help other engineers succeed as entrepreneurs in his native country. And with McMaster University’s support and assistance, Cristian has played an important role in opening doors and opportunities where few or none existed before.
“There’s so much talent here,” Cristian says from his home in Mexico. “So many students don’t have the financial resources available to take their studies further, especially international studies. McMaster’s program made such a difference to my life and to my career, and now I want to make a difference in someone else’s life.” Cristian understands their passion, their excitement for the field of engineering technology. He says being surrounded by scholars and professionals who are leaders in their respective fields throughout the duration of the McMaster graduate program reinforced the feeling that these people believed in their students. He feels he has gained lifelong skills and knowledge he can utilize, build upon, and teach to others. Positive feedback and constructive criticism by instructors and mentors who instilled a sense of trust helped shape Cristian into a self-assured professional engineer and business entrepreneur.
Cristian’s excitement about his future shines through. “I know now how to look for opportunities, in both the world of technology and the markets of the world.” He has adopted “a new mentality” he can apply to support, build, sustain and grow his career. “Taking the McMaster Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation program encouraged me to take my ideas and my business to the limit! It absolutely surpassed all my expectations. Now it’s my turn to give back and make a difference, personally and professionally.”