Juan Yepez is an accomplished engineer and entrepreneur from Ecuador. After founding a successful engineering firm with an undergrad classmate and running it for eight years, Yepez came to a realization – he needed more knowledge, more academic skills. Fastforward to August 2015: with the help of a SENESCYT Scholarship awarded by the government of Ecuador, Yepez uprooted his life to improve those skills, embark on a new academic path and make a life for his young family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since arriving, Yepez has had success from all sides. He was welcomed at the airport and helped integrate into Canada by a family he met online. That family has since become his adopted Canadian family and godparents to his son. His work on pattern recognition has earned him the Russell William Haid Memorial award from the U of S College of Engineering, and an offer to continue to his PhD from his supervisor.

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