Maria Shaposhnikova joined the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing in November 2017 as Research Associate. Maria is a 2017 HBSc in Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate from the Geography Department at Western University. She was a Gold Medal and National Council For Geographic Education Award recipient. Receiving Western Alumni Global Opportunities Award allowed Maria to study Spanish abroad expanding her language skills and gaining international experience. During her undergrad, Maria did an internship with the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University where she participated in research of the Canadian Arctic analysing remote sensing data using GIS techniques.