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DEAR READER, Welcome to the Into Engg edition of The Bridge. This month, we are pleased to provide articles that support your transition back to classes... remote classes this time. You may not be excited for the fall yet, but we are! We’ve lined up a myriad of pieces by students who share this excitement and want to tell you why. Who says the beginning of a new academic year can’t be fun? The amount of advice and resources we have for you is reflected in the impressive length of this edition -- and still, this is only a preview of our incredible community. Students have a lot to say, and there are a ton of services to explore as you enter back into an academic season. We also know the importance of unwinding and having some fun; Into Engg is filled with lots of activities for in-between Zoom calls! So, whether you’re an incoming or returning student, take a moment to reflect on the experiences you’ve had and the opportunities that await. We encourage you to enter this new term motivated to take on a new challenge and join the legacy that is Engineering at Alberta! Cheers, Delaney MacIntosh & Elizabeth DeCorby
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It is about using your ability to better present systems and creatively solve problems to further humanity and help people. Engineering is about humanity, accessibility, and how small ideas can have large impacts all in the name of a better tomorrow. These engineers and inventors are trailblazers in their respective fields and have not only contributed greatly in the name of innovation but have created opportunities and opened doors for hundreds more to pursue their passion. Fazlur Rahman Khan was a renowned civil engineer in the 1960s. He is credited to revolutionizing structural engineering by developing the tubular structural system allowing for high rise buildings. This new design made it more feasible and allowed for the structure to better stand against high winds. His additions to the Sears Tower in Chicago made it the tallest building from 1973 to 1996 at an impressive 1451 ft. As time went on, variations of his work were formed to create taller buildings. Khanâ€™s work remains a legacy in the field of structural engineering and architecture. Photos: Various Sources
Lynn Conway is an electrical engineer who developed and laid the groundwork for microchip design and processing in modern tech. She invented scalable design rules for very large scale integrated (VLSI) chip design and co-authored the textbook â€œIntroduction to VLSI Systemsâ€?. In addition to her revolutionary work in computer science, she faced much hardship as she transitioned in the 1960s. She lost her job at IBM, was forced to completely restart her career and was not met with much, if any, support. She is a model for budding scientists everywhere and continues to tell her story and inspire others.
Mae Jemison attended Stanford at 16 for chemical engineering and then went on to study medicine at Cornell University. She was selected as one of 15 to become a NASA astronaut in 1987. In 1992, she became the first Black American woman in space. On the shuttle Endeavour, her crew made 127 orbits around Earth. She continues to advocate for diversity in STEM and encourage young scientists and engineers to pursue their passions.
Engineering At the University of Alberta An excerpt of a Gateway article discussing the formation of the ESS. Courtesy of The Gateway from January 23rd, 1919.
Snippet from The Gateway article from February 14th, 1984 reporting the first Canadian women going into space - Roberta Bondar. An excerpt from The Gateway in 1928 discussing the annual Engineering Banquet.
GEER Week! The festivities have been celebrated by UofA Engineering students since 1942. This particular title is from Januray 12th, 1993.
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The Frauenkirche as seen from the Brühlscher Garten.
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Albrechtsburg - Castle in Meissen, Germany
FROM OKTOBERFEST TO COVID-19: MY CO-OP ABROAD IN GERMANY WRITTEN BY YANZHAO YANG
Every trip to Europe starts in the...dish pit
Hey everyone! My name is Yanzhao and I’m going
It’s 2017, I had just finished first year, and really
into my 5th (and hopefully last) year of MecE. From
needed a break from it all. I always wanted to visit
September 2019 – March 2020, I had a co-op term
Europe, had never been, and knew that I wouldn’t
abroad in Dresden, Germany. In this article, I’ll talk
have any extended vacation for the next four years
about why I went, how I got there, the things I did,
if I went into co-op. So, I got a dishwashing job at
and what I learned, with some extra bits thrown in at
Meat (a BBQ joint at Whyte & 104 St.), saved up,
the end. Lass uns gehen!
and was on a plane to Europe three months later.
During my three weeks there, I visited countries from the UK to Poland, and grew particularly fond of Germany & Austria – their culture and history just “clicked” with me as an engineering student, violinist, and soccer fan. Germany’s reputation for engineering and venerable soccer record is worldknown, while Germany & Austria produced many of the big names in classical music. Plus, it was in Vienna that I first learned to like bier. Therefore, I decided: I will complete a co-op abroad, and it shall be in Germany. How I Picked Dresden
Leipzig University - Leipzig, Germany
I’m in MecE IV, which is the 8-12 work-term sequence. For my 8-month, I stayed local to gain experience and save up, and completed a co-op in reliability engineering with Imperial. For my 12month, I planned to go abroad, and actually had quite a difficult time because the fall start of my term didn’t align with summer research programs. I first applied to the International Work Experience program from UofA Go Abroad, and had no luck after five months; then, near the end of May, a research position in Dresden opened up, to which I applied and was accepted. So, I didn’t really pick Dresden…it was more like my only choice (and so you shall see, an awesome choice). Getting There
Brühl's Terrace - Dresden, Germany
Despite being quite stressful and the “all-or-nothing” part of going abroad, getting the job was the easy part. Since my program was “self-directed” and not part of a structured program (e.g., UROP at the RWTH Aachen), I essentially had no support with anything, from my visa application, to finding housing, to opening a bank account; all this was quite challenging, and gave me my first taste of German bürokratie (e.g., the consulate wanted health insurance for the visa, the health insurance wanted a job offer, and the job offer wanted a visa). In the end, I jumped through (most of) the hoops and was ready to go, which I think was a (small) accomplishment in itself.
Hofkirche and Residenzschloss (Cathedral) - Dresden, Germany
IFW Dresden - Dresden, Germany
Levitator at DESY
as Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW Dresden) My co-op was at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, which is a non-university materials research institute part of the LeibnizGemeinschaft (Association). My main project was supposed to be studying D2 tool steel in a low-oxygen atmosphere through magnetic levitation, but due to some equipment delays and my co-op getting cut short, I spent most of my time modelling crystal growth with SOLIDWORKS and calculating growth velocity. Still, I learned a lot and met many brilliant colleagues, and had a fantastic opportunity to visit the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY (a particle accelerator in Hamburg). Life in the Elbflorenz A common nickname for Dresden is the “Florence of the Elbe,” and for good reason: historically, it has been one of Germany’s artistic cities, with showcase projects including the Dresdner Frauenkirche and Zwinger, among its many landmarks and museums. But my indisputable favourite was the Semperoper: a masterpiece by Gottfried Semper that is among the most beautiful opera houses in the world, it is home to the world-renowned Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Saxon State Opera), and is thus a perfect ambassador for the city’s musical legacy. I attended many concerts there, including the opera Die Zauberflöte (The
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Magic Flute) and the ballet Sleeping Beauty, and was blown away by the building’s beauty every time. Saxony, the state of which Dresden is the capital, was coincidentally quite like Alberta to me: there were two main cities – Dresden and Leipzig – and I lived in the capital and smaller of the two. However, in Saxony’s case, the prettier one with mountains was the capital (sorry Edmonton). As such, apart from visiting the attractions within Dresden, I went on a couple of nice hikes in Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), which are sandstone mountains near Dresden, and saw sites including the Basteibrücke and Festung Königstein.If anything rivals the Germans’ love for beer, it is likely their love for Weihnacht (Christmas). And the best part of Christmas in Germany, I think, are the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets): the countless glasses of Glühwein
Another organization I was a part of was bonding e.V., which is akin to a cross-Germany ESS with local chapters. Like the ESS, they host career fairs, and I traveled to Aachen to volunteer at Firmenkontaktmesse Aachen 2019, which is Germany’s biggest student career fair and the best I’ve ever been to (companies included VW (+Audi, Porsche), Airbus, McKinsey, etc.) However, my favourite activity by far was playing in the Universitätsorchester Dresden, a must-do for me since I’d played in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for the last seven years. In addition to the joy of making music with musicians from across the world, it allowed me to integrate with “real” Germans – a common critique of exchange programs from participants is that they only stay with international students while there, and thus do not actually get to meet locals. Great memories include our magnificent concert, with highlights including Brahms’ IV and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, as well as our Christmas party and carolling together (my favorite carol: Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling). Travel Highlights The weekend after arriving, I was already on an IntercityExpress (ICE) to Munich for Oktoberfest. I won’t say much since it’s basically what you’d think it is – beer, beer, and more beer. But here are some tips: make sure you dress up (gents: lederhosen, ladies: dirndl), book early to avoid sleeping in a tent for three rainy nights, and make enough Saxon Switzerland National Park
(mulled wine), the smell of amazing food, and the joyful live music combine to create the perfect example of Gemütlichkeit (~coziness). Out of the many markets I visited (Prague, Leipzig, Bern, Strasbourg, etc.), the Dresdner Striezelmarkt, at 585 years old in 2019 and the oldest in the world, was my favourite for feeling the most authentic and non-touristy.
friends to get free beer. Around Sachsen, I visited Meißen, a beautiful town near Dresden known for its Meißner Porzellan, and Leipzig. While not particularly “pretty,” Leipzig is a city with a remarkable history. Among its baroque relics, my favourite was the Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked as a Kapellemeister (head of church music), and is currently interred; for a violinist and any musician, a visit to the Thomaskirche and the adjacent Bach Museum is a profoundly inspiring and
Activities and Organizations
humbling experience. In its modern period, Leipzig is
Because the standalone nature of my program meant I was
prominent for being the place where the Quiet Revolution
basically dropped into Germany knowing no one, I joined
began, which was a movement of peaceful protest that
the local Eurasmus Student Network (ESN) chapter to get
eventually felled the Berlin wall. Tracing the steps of the
the social experience. They’re a student association and
revolution and seeing the exhibits at the Zeitgeschichtliches
support international exchange via stipends, etc., but
Forum (a museum) made me realize how recent and real
basically, they’re the party people. So, if your program is like
this part of history was, especially as someone born into a
mine or you just wanna party, join the ESN.
world of a unified Germany.
Yanzhao and colleagues at the Dresdner Neumarkt
Checkpoint Charlie - Berlin, Germany
Dresdner Striezelmarkt - Dresden, Germany
Speaking of Berlin, I took part in the ESN Spreebreak, an
side of the border). French highlights included Strasbourg
annual event where all German ESN chapters meet in Berlin
with its charming Petit France, and the “Little Venice” of
to party, which in 2019 coincided with the 30th anniversary
Colmar; Swiss highlights included the Jungfrau, which is the
of the fall of the wall (Mauerfall30). While the clubs we went
highest rail-accessible mountain in Europe, and (for you
to were disappointing for Berlin’s lofty standards, a walk
geeks) the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Museum of
along the East Side Gallery and participating in a
Transport) in Luzern, where a scale model of the Gotthard
“UnityinDiversity” parade with people from the world-over
Base Tunnel almost made me “EnvE” the CivEs; Austrian
on such a historic day was amazing. Plus, at the official
highlights included New Years in Salzburg, the city where the
Mauerfall30 event at the Brandenburger Tor, I attended a
Sound of Music was filmed, and the idyllic village of Hallstatt,
sick concert with Beethoven’s V followed by the best techno
which is pretty enough for a fairy-tale but has far too many
I’ve ever heard, and even caught a glimpse of Angela Merkel.
tourists (myself included).
Doing the math, I realized that the cost of returning home over winterbreak was the same as travelling over the same period, and so decided to see my family…over Facetime. For two weeks, I left Germany, and travelled through parts of France, Switzerland, and Austria (no joke: if going to France, check for strikes – my train literally stopped on the German
Things I learned and where I am now Overall, I had a great time on my co-op abroad, despite it being cut (slightly) short due to COVID-19 and me missing out on most of my travelling (which I planned for April). It was the best part of my degree, and the experiences I had, friends I made, and colleagues I met will stay with me for a very long time. Further, it was a factor in me landing my current co-op with Siemens, a German company making everything from the LRT to CAD software, and to my selection as the U of A Young Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). (On this note: email me at email@example.com if you have specific interest in going abroad to Germany, and I can share with you the DAAD’s resources.) If I had one takeaway, it would be this: while math and physics don’t change across borders, cultures do – and the resulting myriad of perspectives has every bit the influence on problem solving as science itself does. There is so much to see and learn out there, and an engineering background provides a strong basis from which to start; the world really is your oyster.
Yanzhao's Orchestra Concert - February 2020
Jungfrau - Switzerland
Gotthard Base Tunnel - Switzerland
The Extra Bits The following bits are interesting things I noticed after arriving, and may be interesting to those who want to go abroad to Germany/Europe.
West(ern) Germany vs East(ern) Germany. More than 30 years after reunification, there is still a noticeable west-east divide, from nuances such as the Amplemann to considerable economic and industrial disparities. A manifestation of this in everyday life are social stigmas, with (as a German colleague mentioned) some westerners still having reservations about visiting the “backwards” east, which was quite shocking to me. However, through private and public efforts, such differences decreasing, with many of my German student friends having come from the west. One random dude at our Oktoberfest table probably described these changes the best: “before they said we had east and west, but now we just say: ‘f*** you, we are one Germany!’” Ordnung muss sein…oder? “There must be order” is probably one of the major German clichés, so I really wanted to see if this was true. And it is, but only sort of. Most people do follow the same rules, which may be written/unwritten, but they must make sense to them:
e.g., not walking when the light is red, or having strict appointment times (like 30 min/WEEK to activate internet), are strictly followed. But some rules, like no drinking on public transport or closed hiking trails, are basically ignored. Attitude to Foreigners. While most Germans are open to foreigners, not all are. This was even pointed out to me by my Italian friends, who said they often felt left out in class. I’ll note this may depend on where in Germany you are (e.g., the east is infamous for being a right-extreme hotspot), and applies to Europe in general, not just Germany; but regardless, there is a noticeable difference compared to Canada. Obviously, if you are not white, this is exacerbated: while I had no issues with younger Germans, I did with older Germans and other Europeans, from subtleties such as rude service, to saying I don’t “look” Canadian, to straight up telling me to get my Pfand (bottle deposit) back in Peking. I find this quite frustrating as someone who makes every effort to learn and appreciate the culture of the place I am in, but unfortunately this is a
reality you must deal with. But, let me be clear: while I say this because I think it needs to be said, don’t let this stop you! Bureaucracy & Timeliness. I found the stereotype of bureaucracy to be very true, with an all-round emphasis on appointments and original paper copies, etc. Timeliness is also highly valued, especially in one’s private life, but apparently not at die Deutsche Bahn: the German Railway’s timeliness is so poor that the topic has essentially become a national joke. For “German” timeliness in trains, try Switzerland. And lastly: cash is king, pack your own groceries, and sort your waste.
GERMAN 101 mit Delaney Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, discover more about your heritage, or have an elective that you just can’t seem to fill, learning a language is a great place to start! Dream your way out of quarantine and start planning for your future travels or co-op terms with this list of some important (and some fun!) German phrases. And, hey, I’m sure your friends will be impressed -- talk about a neat 'Zoom party' trick! Hallo (HAHL-oh) - Hello Tschüss (t-ch-uice) - Informal Goodbye / Cheers Auf Wiedersehen (ouf-vee-duhr-zey-uhn) - Formal Goodbye Bis bald! (biss buhlt)- See you soon
Einfache Deutsche Wörter und Sätze
(Basic German Words and Phrases)
Danke (DAHN-kuh) - Thanks (long version is Danke schön) Bitte (BITT-uh) - Please & You're welcome (long version is Bitteschön) Sorry (with an accent) - Sorry (informal) Entschuldigung (ent-SHOOL-day-goong) - Sorry (formal) Wo? (Vo) - Where? Eingang (Eyen-Gong) - Entrance Ausgang (Ow-S-Gang) - Exit
Guten Tag (GOOT-en tahk) - Hello/Good day Guten Morgen (GOO-ten MOR-gen) - Good morning Guten Abend (GOO-ten AH-bent) - Good evening Mein Name ist.... (Mine NAH-muh ist...) - My name is… Ich heiße… (ich HAI-suh) - I am… / My name is… (alternative) Wie heißen Sie? (vee hie-ssen zee) - What's your name? (polite)
In der Stadt (On the Town)
Ja (yah) - Yes Nein (nine) - No
Ich komme aus… (Kanada/usw.) - I am from… (Canada/etc.) Sprechen Sie Englisch? (SPRA-shun see ANG-lish) - Do you speak English? (polite)
It is likely that you will come across some commuters in a hurry on the train. Always keep this saying in mind, and you’ll always be in the right: “Rechts stehen, links gehen!" Translation: stand right, walk left
A short phrase perfect as you make it up the escalator and one that has been permanently implanted in my brain! If you’re ever ordering food, say: “Ich hätte gern…” Translation: I would like / May I please have
Your servers will be impressed by your german etiquette if you start your order with these few simple words!
Deutsche Sprichwörter "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei"
(German Sayings) “Scherben bringen Glück”
Direct translation: Everything has an end, only a sausage has two
Direct translation: Broken pieces bring good luck
Meaning: All must come to an end
Meaning: Exactly that -- some believe that broken porcelain (etc.) is a sign of good luck!
If you use this list of words, sayings, and phrases, you’ll certainly sound like a pro if you ever find yourself on a co-op term in Germany. It’s foolproof... sort of. If you end up in Bayern (Bavaria) or someone tries speaking Koelsch (Cologne dialect) to you, all you can do is start breaking some plates, because luck is all you’ll have! Alles Gute, meine Freunde -- all the best in your post-pandemic travels.
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THE BRIDGE 2020 - 2021
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THE EXECUTIVE POSITIONS ! President The Unwavering Leader As the leader of the FYEC the President is in charge of representing the voice ofÂ
VP Finance Money Money Money Money In charge of managing the finances of the group, from creating a budget to managing expenses for events, the VP Finance does it all for the FYEC
VP Academic Addresses your academic concerns Hears, and addresses the academic concerns of their fellow first year students and leads in planning any academic events throughout the year
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THE FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING CLUB By Johnny Lee As the group which represent the First Year Group in the University of Alberta's Engineering Community the FYEC is a must-explore group for any incoming first years for the 2020-2021 school year! WithÂ seven executive positions available to first year students through an annual election, the FYEC is an amazing way for new engineering students to begin getting involved within the university. To sign up for the election process, the students are responsible for filming a video which introduces and promotes their platform to their peers. The videos will be shared on the ENGG 100 e-class along with a voting link which will allow all First Year Students the opportunity to vote. For more information regarding elections, stay tuned to ENGG 100 lectures where the information will be provided once the school year begins
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THE EXECUTIVE POSITIONS ! (CONT'D) VP Communications Advertises any events from the group Manages the Instagram and Facebook and advertises any events planned by the FYEC throughout the school year through posters and posts.
The FYEC hosts and partakes in a variety of events throughout the school year. Some events hosted by the FYEC in the 2019 - 2020 school year included Board Game Night, Christmas Dinner, and the Engineering Skate Night. However, the highlight of the FYEC truly comes during Geer Week, an annual event hosted by the ESS where each discipline club battle it out in a variety of events such as Beer Brewing, Film Making, Scavenger Hunt, and Battle of the Bands. As the representatives of the first year students, the FYEC partakes in all of the events and battles for the day when they will eventually defy all expectations and rise to the top as Geer Week Champions. However, if you do try for an executive position and don't manage to win, that's ok! You can always participate as a MAL (Member at Large) for all of these events and look to still get involved in the amazing Engineering community at the University of Alberta.
VP Social Plans the Social (Fun) Events Leads in planning any social events throughout the year, allowing students to meet de-stress with their peers through a variety of activities
VP Volunteers Gathers volunteers for planned events Responsible for gathering and training any volunteers required for FYEC events as well as gathering students for Geer Week.
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VP Academics and Services: Adrian Wattamaniuk & Amlan Bose Important Engineering Lesson: As important as your technical background may be, people skills and work ethic will carry you not only through your degree, but through life. Use your time in university to broaden your horizons, develop a strong work ethic, and meet a diversity of people to help guide you through the field; they’ll do a much better job than a high level math class will. Fun Fact: I once helped umpire a 24 hour long baseball game for charity! Adrian - 2nd Year Electrical Co-op
Important Engineering Lesson: “Hardwork beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. As long as you are putting in the required effort, you will get good results. The equation is really simple. Fun Fact: I can eat an entire small goat in an hour. Also, I am one of the most involved kids on the UofA campus. Amlan - 4th Year Chemical Co-op Portfolio Tip: As important as it seems while you’re in engineering, the key takeaway from your degree will never be your GPA. In addition to professional skills, university is a time to find yourself, develop your soft skills, build work ethic, and meet some of the incredible people in our faculty. We encourage you to not only foster your academic success, but to seek professional development opportunities, and balance your studies with a constant pursuit of work-life balance.
VP Communications: Delaney MacIntosh & Elizabeth Decorby
Delaney - 2nd Year Civil Co-op
Important Engineering Lesson: Be persistent -- don’t give up on yourself or your ideas. There are so many opportunities for you to explore and so many paths to discover; all you have to do is be yourself. It is easier said than done, but if you overcome any fears or hesitations that may prevent you from doing so, you will be unstoppable. A wise greek man once said, “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”. So, never be afraid to speak your mind, ask questions, and put yourself out there. I used to lack any confidence to go up to people and talk to them and devalued my own ideas, so I completely understand these nerves. But try and find comfort in this discomfort. This is where the new beginnings and opportunities I mentioned truly flourish, and you learn invaluable lessons about yourself and the world. Fun Fact: Once, while ski racing in Colorado, someone tried to break into our hotel room to stuff leaves in our pillows.
Important Engineering Lesson: There is so much to learn and so much to be a part of. There is no way that you won’t be inspired; if you haven’t been yet, keep looking I promise you will be! But don’t waste your time searching for that perfectly fitting opportunity -- one of the best parts is taking an activity and making it your own. Or even better, making connections that guide you to an even better role. Fun Fact: Ran up Mount Robson this summer. Elizabeth - 2nd Year Engineering Physics Portfolio Tip: Remember that you are equally a part of the ESS as us and every other undergraduate student. By simply being an engineering undergrad you’re part of the club! The opportunities that you see and hear about through various platforms are intended for you, so do not hesitate when signing up for a new event, service, group or survey. You’re invited to be part of it all!
VP External: Andrea Schmitz & Tyler Veldhuis Important Engineering Lesson: You don’t get anything that you don’t ask for. I’ve been amazed at the amount of support I’ve received after simply asking for help. But if you don’t put it out there, nothing can be done about it Fun Fact: I was part of a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band. We played 0 gigs . . .
Andrea - 5th Year Chemical Co-op Important Engineering Lesson: The most important thing I’ve learned during my degree is that being able to reach out to others is not a weakness, it’s a strength. I do not think I would’ve ever been able to get as far as I have if I hadn’t been able to ask the people around me for help when I needed it. Fun Fact: Last year, I did not study outside of Engg Quad. Tyler - 4th Year Electrical Portfolio Tip: Always make sure that you’re giving yourself the time you need to think through a problem. When you are stuck on a question, consider taking some time to gather your thoughts, going for a walk, or refilling your water bottle. It helps to get past the train of thought you may be stuck in to get away from the problem.
VP Finance: Ethan Franz Important Engineering Lesson: The importance of connection. My first year experience was good because of the connections and bonds I made with my fellow students. Engineering showed me how much more of an impact is possible when one works with a team of like-minded individuals, advancing toward a common goal.
VP Finance: Ethan Franz
Fun Fact: Never broken a bone Portfolio Tip: Proper record keeping is important in all facets of life, finances and otherwise. Even something as small as a journal can make a huge difference in the way you can collect and use date a about your own life. In much the same way as one would make observations in an experiment, proper record keeping can allow you a better insight into how you live your life.
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VP Internal: Akhil Aggarwal & Rae Callahan Important Engineering Lesson: Engineering has taught me that no one is expecting you to be perfect and know everything all the time. Just be open in admitting when you donâ€™t know something, ask for help and be willing to learn. Fun Fact: I am only 21 and have already lived in three different countries.
Akhil - 4th Year Chemical Co-op Important Engineering Lesson: Engineering has taught me- or rather forced me- to create a balance between prioritizing my academic responsibilities while still maintaining a social life and getting involved in extracurriculars, including volunteering. Fun Fact: I went from being scared of sharks to planning on swimming with them one day :)
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Portfolio Tip: It can be easy with an online academic term to lose touch with other students and teachers. Because of this, it is important to plan regular check-ins with your friends and your support system. Also, during this time try to remind yourself that it is difficult for everyone, and to try to give yourself the benefit of the doubt, as well as your fellow students and teachers.
VP Student Life: Annette Lau & Daniel Gye
Important Engineering Lesson: I’ve learned that most profs are more human and friendly than we think and they’re actually really fun to talk to. Fun Fact: I’m friends with at least 4 stray cats in my neighbourhood!
Annette - 3rd Year Mechanical Important Engineering Lesson: I’ve learned how incredibly important it is to take breaks from the constant grind, and find hobbies that are both personally productive and enjoyable. And I’ve also learned the incredible importance of surrounding yourself with a group of friends that will keep you focused, but are also free to have fun at the right time. Daniel - 3rd Year Mechanical Co-op
Fun Fact: I use to be able to play the trumpet, the violin, and the clarinet (I’m not good at any of them anymore though lol)
Portfolio Tip: In a semester online, undergrad students can struggle with connecting to friends and classmates. It can seem like a ton of effort to go outside, stay in touch, or even reach out when it’s easier to stay to yourself. As Student Life execs, we can assure you there’s an even greater struggle to plan these events that cater to a whole new lifestyle. So one tip from us is that it takes two sides to connect people: you and us. This year, make the effort to engage yourself and others and we promise we’ll do the same. - With love, Annette and Daniel
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Is Ending Better Than Mending? By Shreya Roy Chowdhury
Being a member of ESS Sustainability has always made me question my lifestyle choices and made me wonder: am I really doing enough? I mean, everyone reads about climate change, tries to raise awareness by sharing posts on social media or even attends rallies. But do we ever wonder how long until the day the damage to the Earth may become irreversible? Well luckily, I had the chance to speak with a person who tries to take the extra mile and actually walks the talk. During this quarantine period, talking to her made me realize that itâ€™s the smallest things which can spark a chain of good deeds and make a difference in this world.
Witty and thoughtful, Katie Besko from Winnipeg has never been shy of voicing her opinions and making changes in her own life because she believes that living on earth is a two way street where you give and take. This year, she graduated from St. Maryâ€™s Academy, Winnipeg and plans to start her BSc degree at the University of Victoria where she will be majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in International Development. She chose to minor in International Development so that in near future she could voice her opinions on a more public platform and conduct relief services to help underdeveloped countries.
Q: When did you start living a more sustainable life? A: I went vegetarian for 3 months in the summer of 2019 after watching a film about animal cruelty called Okja, and since then I have been trying to eat less meat. Meat consumption contributes substantially to greenhouse gas pollution and uses more farmland than plants and vegetables. I also drink plant-based milk, like oat milk, which is a more sustainable source of milk, is ethically produced and good for my lactose-intolerant body. Q: Were you always this self aware about the environment or livelihood of people? A: My journey began in Grade 9 when I started to participate in debates where I learned about different issues. This led me to join clubs including the Green Team, Human Rights Team and Gay-Straight Alliance. It was debating which brought these concerns to light for me and helped me realize that I have the right to voice my opinions and how a single dedicated person can make a difference.
A: I participated in an Indigenous Rights campaign where I learned from the Indigenous Peoples we were working with that “The land is not something you own, but something you live on”. Our Human Rights Team hosts a dinner every year and the funds raised from it goes to an organization called One Girl Can, which helps enable five girls in Kenya to receive education. I also learned while on a field trip with Winnipeg’s Green Team about “car co-op”, a method to reduce pollution associated with cars by enabling people to share a single car from time to time. We also conduct a yearly swap shop where you swap or donate your old clothes and exchange them for clothes donated by others.
Q: What are some of the events you conducted or participated in along with your Green Team or Human Rights Team?
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Q: So, what do you think about online shopping? A: I am avoiding ordering things from the big online stores, like Amazon or SHEIN. Lots of these items are exported from different countries and they have to get all the way here through several different vehicles, making them expensive in terms of carbon consumption. So, I am trying not to, especially since the working conditions at some of the factories these items are produced at have unethical working environments, like utilizing child labour. The best thing that we can do is protest by sending emails to these companies who are producing goods using unethical factory conditions, organise letter writing campaigns, even write letters to your local government officials like your local representation, mayor, Member of Parliament, Premier, Lieutenant Governor, or Member of Legislative Assembly. (cont...)
Q: Has your greener ifestyle rubbed off on your family too?
A: Yes, my family has been trying to grow a self- sustaining garden so that we don’t have to buy as many imported ingredients. This helps to defund unethical working conditions of farmers in South America, by decreasing demand. We’ve been successful, growing enough produce to last us this summer. We’ve also started composting to create natural fertilizer for the garden. We try to buy local produce from the farmer’s market which helps our economy as well as limits our consumption of out of season produce - like avocados in the middle of winter! We try to look for fair trade chocolate and coffee so we know the workers producing them are not forced to work in an unethical environment.
Q: Would you say, a lot of your motivation to go green is based on the unethical working conditions of people? A: My main motivation is to reduce carbon emissions since that is the major threat the world is facing right now. I am also a part of the Human Rights Team at my school where I started learning about unethical working conditions, which was an eye-opener for me and made me focus towards that as well. I think going green and advocating human rights are something which go hand in hand. Q: Have you ever created anything cool and fun out of recycled materials? Yeah! I made a firestarter recently where I took some egg cartons and put lint in each of the egg cartons, and poured wax into them. Now, I have 12 firestarters, and
Q: There was a lot of activism and protest going on at the beginning of 2020 calling for climate action, did you participate in this? A: Yes, I did! Our Green Team even raised some relief funds for the Australian wildfires. The thing is it’s unavoidable that if we keep on the exact same path that we are on right now we’re in trouble but, we haven’t reached the point of no return yet. Now though, there have been a lot of other issues which have put a pause on environmental awareness. But we have really critical deadlines to meet environmental goals and if we put them off for too long, we will reach the point of no return and won’t be able to do anything about it. So, we are going to have to move a lot faster once the pandemic is over. Q: Do you think that the individual actions people are taking will put us on the right track?
one for the fire! I also redo some of my thrift store clothes by altering them a little to make them more fashionable. I have made some cool beeswax wrappers too, which are super environment friendly.
A: Everyone doing their part is not going to be the only thing that brings us back. It is going to be things like less factories, more sustainability in the production sectors. It is the big corporations and the government that needs to act. The individual, the most they can do is play their part in this battle by sending mail and messages to government officials and protesting.
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Engineering Poets’ Society The thoughts and words of fellow engineers
RIPE AGE By Delaney MacIntosh August fruit hung still against the plain of dawn — free of shadow, but not of witness. A man sat cross-legged and watched as tired wind repainted the cracking sky. Stars sunk into the horizon, eluding the morning dark; threads of yellow flickered across freckled hands. He stumbled through his subconscious, thoughts drifting like muted words in an old lullaby. His lips split; his teeth grit; arms slumped down like memories resigning to their idle splendour. The last star fell with his heart, clambering down very slowly. It was such a gradual movement that he discovered he understood the heavens: a man trying to escape death — Fact tangled with fiction, but the fruit hung still.
VALLEY By Austin Newsham Crimson sky the mountains lie, Soft-spoken up-drafts won my favour, Drudge through the dirt until the vapour, Coarse my breath the wheezing unspoken, Ground laid barren my curiosity awoken, I’ve done my part, my love departs, Left cold, panting, my lungs misshapen, I recount my steps each one I’ve taken, You left behind what I felt I needed, The garden of thoughts thoroughly seeded, My step did spring, your voice did sing, The fog of my mind cleared away, Meadow soothed it’s my day, I walk the line of action, It is my choice and my reaction, I reap what I sow, my spirits once low, Green the valley is seen from above, I have nothing but love, This world is here for us, Till the inevitable dust, When we try our best to nurture, what will come is nature will mature for a much brighter future.
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Mark Rober is a super cool dude, not only is he a mechanical engineer, he also worked on the Mars rover. His videos serve to inspire me to think outside the box.
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Across 2. Which library has the infamous Harry Potter room 4. U of A's mascot 6. A new networking program available to all undergraduate engineering students. 8. The fast food chain on campus which sells coffee and always has a long line 9. The best faculty 10. Week of events where disciplines compete to be the champions. 11. Where you can buy engineering merch and paper
Across 2. The library with the infamous Harry Potter room 4. U of Aâ€™s mascot 6. A new networking program available to all undergraduate engineering students. 8. The fast food chain on campus which sells coffee and always has a long line 9. The best faculty :) 10. Week of events where disciplines compete to be the champions 11. Where you can buy engineering merch and paper 12. The acronym of the newest engineering building with a beautiful view 13. A modelling software often used for 3D design.
In case these steps don't work... friENGG is an online program that will introduce you to other undergraduate engineering students who hold similar interests. Find more information and the survey link at essualberta.ca
Each year, the ESS hosts a retreat to welcome the incoming first year students, giving them the opportunity to meet each other and connect with upper year students. This year, the First Year Retreat will be a fun-filled weekend of virtual games, competitions, and opportunities to connect with peers. Activities will be held for a few hours each day.
Memories... "Stargazing with fellow engineering students in the middle of a field and enjoying the spectacular view of meteor showers in the deep night sky."
"My favourite memory was finding the flag in the woods after sunset and gathering around the campfire with music and singing." "My favourite part was after the retreat. Our friendships lasted and we were able to support each other throughout the year!"
"My favourite memory of FYR was the cardboard boat challenge. As a first year engineering student, I was very confused about this first real engineer task. Gladly, no one else knew what they were doing, so we just worked together, shared our ideas, and made our very first project! The most fun part was putting the cardboard boat on the lake. Everyone had so much fun watching the people float on the lake."
"My team was a nervous and excited bunch -- and within no time, we could not stop laughing together." Find Registration Information and Schedule Details at essualberta.ca
Photo: ESS Photography
This edition is intended to help transition incoming students into university and allow returning students to look back on their time so far...
Published on Aug 20, 2020
This edition is intended to help transition incoming students into university and allow returning students to look back on their time so far...