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Recognizing exceptional young alumni with Proudly UNB Awards

Author: Young Alumni

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni

Two remarkable young alumni will be celebrated at this year’s Proudly UNB Awards dinner on April 6 for their outstanding service and achievements. In the short time since graduating, Kaitlyn Adair (BN’11) and Firat Güder (BScCMPE'06) have taken the world by storm in their respective fields of nursing and engineering.

Kaitlyn Adair (BN'11). Photo by Rob Blanchard, UNB. 

 Kaitlyn Adair graduated from UNB's Faculty of Nursing in 2011 and went on to pursue her passion for harm reduction and social justice. Soon after graduation, Adair began working in North America’s first supervised injection site in downtown Vancouver, B.C. where she provided care to drug users in the city. Adair was integral in the implementation of the Good Samaritan Act, she developed an education program for violence in the workplace and later implemented the first street nursing program in Nanaimo, B.C. As a sexual assault nurse examiner, she is also a devoted humanitarian and an advocate for women’s rights, having created a non-profit organization called Acceptance Cooperative that teaches trauma sensitive yoga, by donation with all profits used to make self-care packages for survivors.

Firat Güder (BScCMPE'06)

Firat Güder graduated from UNB’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program in 2006. He later obtained a master of science degree and a PhD in nanotechnology in Germany, before becoming a research fellow at Harvard University. Now a lecturer at Imperial College London in the U.K., Güder works to develop new classes of low cost, micro and nano sensors and actuators, and wearable devices. Passionate about his field of study, Güder’s research focuses on the applications diagnosis of human and agricultural diseases, the monitoring of food spoilage to reduce waste and the construction of next generation prosthetic limbs with improved patient control.