VP Education Executive Report

Alex Hogeveen Rutter - VP-Education
Posted on: May 19, 2010

Alex here, looking forward to working with you all over the next 12 months to do everything we can to improve the quality of UW Engineering.

The PDEng Renewal Task Force was a success and has already implemented changes, including a percentage-based marking scheme. I’m not going to dwell on the past, but info is available at http://www.engineering.uwaterloo.ca/pdengrenewal/home.php, askthedean@engmail.uwaterloo.ca, and elsewhere in this fine paper.

The curriculum committee (with three student members) is looking forward to designing a revamped curriculum, which will then be available for profs to bid on to create. If you have great profs who you think might be capable of writing/designing these courses please let them, myself, or the new director, Gordon Stubley know. Also, if you have any ideas or comments about what should be in the new curriculum, please let us know as well. In the interim, KEEP DOING PD ENG and WORK TERM REPORTS. Please don’t not graduate and then blame us for not warning you.

Also, I am working with Co-op to ameliorate the job situation. Try and encourage former employers, professors, family members and other members of your network to hire co-op students. Most importantly, be willing to accept jobs outside your desired geographical location, and be willing to compromise on other factors (a low-paying job is better than no job). You can always email me (or find me in the Orifice) if you have ideas about how to improve co-op.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of CECS’s services to help you in your job search, including finding jobs outside of Jobmine.

Finally, if there are any university policies you would likely to address, or workshops you would like to see run, let me or your class rep know and we’ll do our best. Cheers!