Prof Personalities: Dr. Steven Forsey

Ashlyn Low - 1B Chemical
Posted on: January 28, 2015

Dr. Steven Forsey has been a member of the University of Waterloo family for many years. He began his career here in 1979 as an undergraduate student, and ultimately chose to pursue his Master’s and PhD degrees here as well. He is now a lecturer for organic chemistry for both the science and engineering faculties. [...]

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Copyright Reform: “Notice and Notice” System Now in Effect

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

On the first day of this month, Canada officially adopted a new system for handling cases of copyright infringement. In this system, commonly referred to as “notice and notice”, a copyright holder has the right to send a notice to an internet service provider (ISP) informing them that they believe there has been unauthorized access [...]

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A Brief History of Student-Funded Buildings

Matt McLean - 4B Mechanical

On November 11th 2014, A-Society students voted in favour of a $1 million student donation for the construction of Engineering 7, with 76% of students in favour of an optional $25 fee to be collected termly until the total reaches $1 million. The fee would only take effect once the building is completed. B-Society engineering [...]

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Oil Plunge Bad News for Canadian Resource-Dependent Economy

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

Been to the gas station recently? Notice anything funny? Maybe it’s that gas prices haven’t been below $0.90/L in the past, I don’t know, 6 years. This looks good, as many of us purchase gas everyday and saving money is great. But the sudden fall in oil prices is not good for the Canadian economy [...]

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New York Bans Fracking Statewide

Jessica Keung - 2N Civil

In recent years, hydraulic shale fracturing, also known as fracking, has stimulated a boom in the American oil and gas drilling industry. Fracking is a well-stimulated technique in which rock is fractured by hydraulically pressurized liquid composed of water, proppants (usually sand) and chemicals. This slurry of fracking fluids and proppant is injected at high [...]

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Paris Attacks call Freedom of Speech, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity into Question

Elizabeth Salsberg - 2T Nanotechnology

On Friday January 7, twelve people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine based in Paris, France, were killed in what is the most brutal attack on freedom of speech in the history of the French press, as described by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Two masked gunmen raided the [...]

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Tech Ethics: The Interview leaks, and Sony attempts to bring back SOPA

Filzah Nasir - 3B Environmental

Most of you have probably heard about the cyberattacks on Sony Entertainment and the controversy surrounding the release of the Sony film The Interview, about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. But while the controversial film has sparked debate and thus become the center of media attention, the cyberattacks leaked a significant amount [...]

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PCP: Should the 7D/7E bus routes be removed? (Affirmative)

Yige Tong - 3N Planning

Yes, the 7D/E buses to UW are being eliminated in September 2015. No, it won’t be the end of the world. The change is a part of a total overhaul of the GRT bus system, moving from a “hub-and-spoke” model to a connective grid network. This process involves deleting overlapping routes and straightening others to [...]

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PCP: Should the 7D/7E bus routes be removed? (Negative)

Caitlin McLaren - 3A Chemical

GRT is considering changing its service for 2015, to prepare for the new ION Light Rail that is currently under construction. GRT bills this as a “2015 Grand River Transit Service Improvement Plan.” However, as it stands, the changes are not likely to improve service at all. In the first place, this is the 2015 [...]

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Don for VP Finance

Don Tu - VP Finance Candidate, 2A Chemical

Hey everybody! My name is Don Tu and I am campaigning to be your next Vice President of Finance! Now, I am sure that it comes as no surprise when I say that being an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Waterloo is not cheap. Even with the rewards of co-op, it’s no small [...]

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Teresa Lumini for VP Internal

Teresa Lumini - Candidate for VP Internal, 3A Mechanical

Hi, my name is Teresa Lumini and I want to be your next VP Internal!  I’m in 3A Mechanical and I have a lot of ideas on how to improve our events, services, and workshops as well as tons of experience with leadership roles and management.  For starters, I would like to implement a Scholarship [...]

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A Message from Your Chief Returning Officer

Andrew Davidson - Chief Returning Officer

Hello Engineering Society “B”! I’m sure you’ve all noticed the election posters going up around the engineering buildings. It is now time to elect your new set of executives for the engineering society! My name is Andrew Davidson, and I am the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the engineering society executive elections. The role of [...]

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The Student Portal

Parmeg Kenth - VP Education

Hey! Welcome back. Hope everyone is having a great term. In this week’s issue, I would like to inform you about the Waterloo Student Portal, developed by the Student Success Office (SSO) and the Information and Systems Technology (IST). It is a communication tool for the students at the university that centralizes content from the [...]

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Wesley Sak for WEEF Director

Wesley Sak - Candidate for WEEF Director, 3A Management

Hey everyone, My name is Wesley Sak, I’m in 3A Management and I’m running for the position of WEEF director. I’ve been involved with WEEF since the start of my university career in September of 2012 as a council class representative and was a member of the Board of Directors since the summer of 2013. [...]

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Anson Chen for VP Education

Anson Chen - Candidate for VP Education, 3A Civil

Hello, wonderful Waterloo engineering students! I’m Anson Chen, from Civil 2017 and I’m running to be your next Vice-President Education. I’m going to get right to the point, and tell you that there are 3 things I want to get done in this role: 1. Ongoing Representation. The Engineering Society’s VP-Education sits on no fewer [...]

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VP-Winternal Update

Mathieu Tremblay - VP Internal

Hello friends! I hope the beginning of the term has been going well so far, I know I’ve been keeping pretty busy over the last little while and I have some updates to share with you! The technical workshops series I’ve been putting together is looking really solid this term, and a couple of them [...]

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The Importance of Community Outreach

Sarah Rose Lancaster - VP External, Engineering Society 'B'

Every term the Waterloo Engineering Society decides how to spend its member fees in a way that will best benefit Waterloo Engineering students. A budget is composed, and funds are allocated to social events such as a termly trivia competition and professional development events like resume critiques. Undoubtedly these professional and social events benefit our [...]

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VP FINE Reporting for Duty

Melissa Ferguson - VP Finance

Hey friends!! To all first years – and some fourth years – I say welcome to B-soc, and welcome back to everybody else! My name is Melissa Ferguson and I am the Vice President of Finance (VPF) of the Engineering Society B. I am in charge of overseeing how your EngSoc student fees are spent this term. I allocate [...]

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Pallavi Hukerikar for VP Internal

Pallavi Hukerikar - Candidate for VP Internal, 1B Management

Hello Engineering Students! My name is Pallavi Hukerikar and I am in 1B Management Engineering! I am currently the Student Life Commissioner so I have been working very closely with the VP Internal to help execute some great events. I strongly believe I have learned a lot from this experience, so I would like to [...]

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Letter from the Editor: In Defence of the Dumbphone

Nancy Hui - Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations! You are reading the very first edition of the Iron Warrior, the Engineering Society newspaper at the University of Waterloo, the culmination of several hundred persons’ hours of work. I am Nancy, and I was more excited to take the helm of the Iron Warrior as the Editor-in-Chief than I am to graduate – [...]

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Take Five: Bad Men

Nancy Hui - 4B Civil

When the criminals drive the story and the heroes react it is way easier to root for the bad guys instead. Even better is a movie in which the protagonist is straight-up villainous. Villains don’t always get a happy ending, whereas heroes usually do, increasing the uncertainty in the plot. Villains can get away with [...]

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Album of the Week – Viet Cong Viet Cong

Alex Toth - 4B Mechanical

I got into post-punk all backwards growing up, probably because I wasn’t even close to born when the first wave of post-punk bands started releasing music in the 70s. The first song that I enjoyed that could justly be classified as post-punk, with its chilly atmosphere, prominent basslines, and stately vocals, was probably Franz Ferdinand’s [...]

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Waterloo Engineering’s Hidden Gems

Arjun Bali, Justin Lim, and Matthew Smith - 1B Mechatronics

First year is hard. As 1A Mechatronics students, we found ourselves inundated with school work, theory, and the promise that by 3A, we’d be able to build something “cool.”  Although hands-on engineering excited us in high school, as first year students, we found it hard to further those skills in Waterloo. Granted, our knowledge of [...]

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Marine Life May Be Key to Achieving Immortality

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

The hunt for a literal or figurative Fountain of Youth has been explored for ages, with longevity being one of the most coveted goals by humans in mythology and reality alike. While many investigations have yielded results, the secret to long life still evades scientists. Perhaps the focus should shift away from lab mice, and [...]

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Throwing a wrench into things

Caitlin McLaren - 3A Chemical

NASA has recently been doing experiments with 3D printing in space. In December 2014, they printed twenty objects on a printer in the International Space Station. Nineteen of them (13 different objects) were pre-programmed into the printer before launch, but one of them was special: it was sent into space electronically. This is the first [...]

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Cofounders: MetricWire

Nachiket Sherlekar - 3N Nanotechnology

Waterloo has been a centre for ideas and entrepreneurship for many decades. The presence of an open collaborative culture and the emphasis on ownership of intellectual property has helped the University of Waterloo gain huge success in the creation of start-up companies. One such company to come out of uWaterloo’s Velocity Garage is MetricWire, who [...]

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On the way to guilt-free eating?

Bryan Mailloux - 1B Mechatronics

This past month, scientists have made a medical breakthrough that could completely change the weight-loss industry. Researchers at the Salk Institute in California studied the effects of the molecule fexaramine on lab mice and found that it was successful not only in reducing obesity, but also in reducing insulin resistance. The molecule also promotes the [...]

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Tech Companies are Growing Lettuce in Clean Rooms: the New High-Tech Farms

Devika Khosla - 1B Chemical

If climate change turns much of the arable land into desert, at least we’ll still be able to have salad.     In Japan, a plant physiologist named Shigeharu Shimamura has created the world’s largest indoor farm inside of a former Sony corporation semiconductor factory.  The 25,000 square foot factory opened in July, 2014, and is [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Engineers Doing Awesome Things for the Environment

Nina Feng - 3B Environmental

…And we’re back! Welcome to the first Leafy Thoughts article in over two terms. Here’s to hoping that I haven’t yet run out of ideas. In any case, I’m back to beat the proverbial horse until it’s more dead than the dodo bird, or else until graduation. I’m going to take a break from environmental [...]

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An abundance of honestly sweet potatoes

Joanna Liu - 1B Chemical Engineering

Did you have fries yesterday, or poutine? Did you eat some form of the common potato, or see someone else eat it? Of course you have. If not, you wouldn’t be in Canada, where 5lb of potatoes is nearly the cheapest thing in the supermarket. “When it comes to potatoes, Canada has a well-earned reputation [...]

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Al-Khwarizmi and Abu Al-Wafa

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Towards the end of Fall 2014, a series of articles on various pioneers of science and engineering appeared in the pages of Iron Warrior, written by Cameron Soltys, Jessica Keung, and yours truly. These were generally well received, and I am pleased to report that this will become a regular column in this newspaper. In [...]

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5 Things You Really Don’t Want To Know: Disgusting things people have done in history

Caitlin McLaren - 3A Chemical

Living in a more-or-less clean, hygienic society as we do, sometimes we forget that our ancestors didn’t have any of our modern conveniences. Or the concept of germs. Or self-respect. Because sometimes, people in history did some really, really, disgusting things. Here are some things that our ancestors did (and if your ancestors aren’t listed [...]

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How to Have a GR8 Party

Peter Santos and Zed Herring - 1B Potato Potato

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re an engineer – and if you’re an engineer, chances are you have zero social skills and have never been to a party. Don’t worry. We’re Peter and Zed, and we’re here to help. The following is an article full of poetry, insight, and the kind of advice that [...]

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