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Education • Photo Restoration • 56 • Gabičko • University

• Engineering was the hardest four years of my life. I studied seven days a week, usually till late into the evenings, with only Friday or Saturday night to unwind.  Physics didn’t come easy to me. Semiconductor theory, special & general relativity, radio communications, quantum physics, nuclear science – all of it was hard. I had to find a way to visualize what I was learning, and that was my biggest challenge. I nearly failed physics in the second year, while  enrolled in the Engineering Physics program! To this day I honestly believe that physics professor would have failed me. I can’t say for sure, how I passed, but, but I’m certain that he let me go because he saw I had passed my other courses. I scraped by with my lowest grade ever: 52%.

• I was petrified of failing any course. Not for fear of failure, but because I knew that if I failed any course, it meant adding an additional year to my studies.  From 19 students, I managed to graduate in the top half. During the week of my graduation I visited the Dean of Engineering, Gary R. Purdy and thanked him for accepting me into the engineering program. According to the Top 500 Universities in the World, there are four Canadian universities in the top one hundred. McMaster University ranked 90 in 2014.

• After graduation I realized there weren’t many options for me. I could have pursued a Master’s degree, which was a logical direction for some of my colleagues. That didn’t interest me. I struggled so much in the undergraduate program I felt I didn’t have the brain capacity.  Another option was to go for an MBA, but wanted to get some work experience first. Also, my graduating class entered the middle of a recession in 1991. So applying for any engineering job was a crazy affair.  I recall submitting my resume to a job that had 2000 applicants. In hindsight I wasted two years before realizing I should have just gone for that MBA while I still had the cognitive capacity. By the time time I wrote the GMAT, I had missed that boat, acing the math, but fairing poorly on the English part.

• This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of my graduation.

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 7 minutes 20 seconds

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91 - Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class
91.May – Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)

 

• 1991 May 31 • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • McMaster University, Convocation

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)

• My mother only paid for my first year of studies. I managed to finance the latter three years from my summer jobs and working as the bookkeeper at my mother’s animal hospital.

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)

 


87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation photo, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 48 • Gabičko • University

• During our first week of orientation, the keynote speech was delivered by the Dean of Engineering. He told us to look to our left, then then to our right, “Before the first term is completed one of you won’t be here anymore.” That prediction ultimately came to fruition.

• In the first year we were taught the fundamentals of science, math, and technology. Essentially it was to equalize all freshmen into the program, from varying levels of high school education across the country (and abroad). If you made it past the first year you picked an Engineering discipline. I distinctly remember asking my cousin which one to choose. It was a Friday evening in the summer of ’88. We were waiting at the entrance of The Phoenix pub, at McMaster University. I told him I was on the fence to choose Engineering Physics or Electrical Engineering. He was entering his fourth year of Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. He said that if I chose electrical then I could potentially work for a big company like Bell Canada  – the incumbent telecommunications operator in Canada. But I cringed at the thought, imagining that I would be installing telephones for the rest of my life. At that very moment I decided to go into Engineering Physics. I reasoned that if I started in the hardest discipline then I could transfer to an easier one in the middle of my studies with minimal damage to my  established course prerequisites. After four years in the undergraduate program, only 18 students graduated from the 40 that started.

• In the late 80’s there was an unwritten hierarchy to engineering disciplines: Physics was considered the top, followed by Electrical. Mechanical was in the middle and Civil was somewhere at the bottom. The rest: Chemical, Material Science, and Computing fit somewhere in between. This categorization may cause emotional outbursts, but it was my observation when talking to other students.

• I wanted to study Physics because I loved the subject. That passion came from my grade 13 Physics teacher, Mr. Cantlon – a phenomenal teacher. His lessons were a work of art.  I also migrated to Engineering because I was good at math. So Engineering Physics seemed the perfect fit for me. But it wasn’t long after graduation when I felt I had chosen the wrong path. My personality was more inclined to business. Pursuing a Master’s degree or PHD in Physics was out of the question – the undergraduate program was hard enough, and another two to four years would have probably broken me. Joking aside, I also realized I didn’t want to work in a nuclear power plant for the rest of my life. In hindsight I felt my cousin was right all along, and I should have gone into Electrical from the beginning. The employment options would certainly have been better. Even though many of my courses were shared with electrical engineering students, I never quite grasped the intricacies of their topics to the same intuitive level as they had. But I have no regrets. I never really had the passion to be a career engineer.

• As things turned out, I migrated to marketing and sales roles in the years that followed. University taught me mental endurance, how to learn, how to work hard, and it motivated me to pursue my life goals. Engineering Physics gave me a unique ability in marketing and sales to understand complex IT (Information Technology) topics and translate those concepts for business decision makers. I often considered myself strengths in being a liaison between the technical world and the business world. A manager once told me early in my career, “Gabriel, if you can understand it, then everyone will.” So I always wrote proposals, presentations, and articles, with the confidence that as long as I can explain it to myself, then everyone reading my work will also understand.

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 3 minutes 40 seconds

87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep – Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University campus)
87.Sep.6 - Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
87.Sep.6 – Kingston · Alica & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University)
88.Sep - Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
88.Sep – Kingston · Gabriel Dusil & Jim Little (Queens University, frosh week)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Roman & Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 - Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May.31 – Hamilton · Vašek Vasak, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (McMaster University, graduation, Convocation Ceremony)

• Documents & Articles

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering, Obligation)
92.Mar - Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar – Hamilton · Tracking UFOs At Sea
92.Mar.24 - Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Mar.24 – Hamilton · Taking Their Research On the Road
92.Jun - Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road
92.Jun – Hamilton · Radar Research Takes to the Road

 

• These articles are from a research project where I worked as a junior engineer, after graduating.


87.Sep - Kingston · Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (Queens University, frosh week, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 11 • Googičko • School

• Here is my beautiful sister growing up – from kindergarten all the way to her high school graduation. As with anyone with a younger sibling, I will always look at our Googičko as my little sister. Well, she’s not so little anymore. She’s a business woman. She’s a wonderful mother. She’s an accomplished artist. She’s trains in mixed martial arts (MMA). Oh ya,… and she’s beautiful. I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

 Happy Birthda Googičko 

I love you,

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

• These days, my sister runs her own  business.

 

Home - Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 8 minutes 33 seconds

Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)
Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’80-’92)

80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
80 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

81 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
81 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

82 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
82 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

83 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
83 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

84 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
84 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

85 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
85 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

86 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
86 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

87 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
87 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

88 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
88 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

89 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)
89 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)

90 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)
90 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)

91 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)
91 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)

92 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)
92 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)

 


80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)