Ludent Stife Luv

Mariko Shimoda - VP Student Life
Posted on: May 21, 2017

My name is Mariko Shimoda, and I am your VP Ludent Stife! I will be responsible for improving your engineering undergraduate experience through wild social events, volunteer and outreach opportunities, and MORE.

I hope the first few weeks of term have treated you well! Several lovely things have already happened this term. Engiqueers and Charity Brunch sales have started, and will be continuing weekly. Two rounds of wonderful, LinkedIn-worthy Professional Photoshoots took place on the iconic E5 bridge. Myself and the amazing exchange team had dinner with the 6 delightful German and Austrian exchange engineers. The fantastic Education Outreach team and volunteers ran an educational day of building and hands-on activities for kids at the MUSEUM.

Last but not least, the Waterloo Engineering Competition occurred last weekend! Make sure to congratulate the 1st place teams who are advancing to the Ontario Engineering Competition and representing Waterloo: Jeff Niu, Jackson Macdonald, Kevin Zhang, and Justin Borromeo for Programming; Het Anand Patel, Armaan Ladale, Eason Gao, and Munir Abdinur for Consulting; Emily Zeng, Kai Wu, Anna Verkhovskaya, and Run Ting Wan for Junior Design; and Josh Li, Ian Lung, Megan Town, and Quinton Millad for Senior Design. The competition ran smoothly, thanks to our marvelous volunteers, judges, diWECtor team, and the terrific commissioner Emily. If you missed out on this WEC and will be in the area next term, make sure to sign up for the Fall WEC!

And there is even more coming up! Come Stargazing with us this Friday at CIF Fields, and learn something new about the sky! Learn how to negotiate your salary with the Women in Engineering Team. Get some exercise, release some endorphins, and toss out your hateful energy at the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Relax, sing an angsty song, and eat some s’mores at the Bonfire!

We are also offering a hackathon very different than what has been run in the past! EngHack has partnered with Initium Labs and CapitalOne this term, and is offering bigger and better prizes, tons of swag, BUBBLE TEA, and activities and tech talks running all night long. Applications have officially closed, but we are still looking for some volunteers to help us out on the day (May 26th-27th).

If you want to know what’s coming up, check out the calendar outside the Orifice or online at

You will also notice that there will be feedback forms up on all Facebook events. I am working with the Feedback team to increase and standardize the metrics and feedback we get from all of you! I hope to learn more about what makes an event memorable, valuable, and overall great for the engineering population, and use that to make our events better.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback, I would love to hear it! Shoot me an email at, or visit me in the Orifice Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4.

There is no such thing as overcompensating with fun; come out and enjoy an event, meet new people, and pick up a skill or two!

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