Sarah Vestrum is a first-year master's student interested in microwave sensing and digital communications. She had the opportunity to work with Dr. Abbasi as an undergraduate at the University of Alberta. Under the guidance of Dr. Abbasi, Sarah’s capstone project team designed and began fabrication and testing of a readout system for a microwave sensor to detect frequency shifts when water was placed on the sensor. She enjoyed the hands-on experience of designing, building, and testing microwave circuits. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics in 2020, Sarah jumped at the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Abbasi on microwave sensors.
Sarah enjoys getting involved in her community. She is interested in environmental sustainability, and volunteered for Sustain SU, an on-campus sustainability initiative, from 2014 to 2016. Seeking the inclusion of women and gender minorities in engineering, she began volunteering with the Diversity in Engineering club on campus from its formation in 2017, and was elected President in Fall 2019. Off campus, she has kept busy with her rugby club by playing rugby, spending two years on the executive team, and coaching with the youth program. When she is not studying or working, Sarah loves to hike in the high alpine, cycle for fun and transportation, and crochet winter layers for friends and family.