Prof Personalities: Carolyn Hansson

Hasan Ahmed - 1B Nanotechnology
Posted on: March 10, 2017

Funny, sarcastic, and an overall wonderful person. Carolyn Hansson is a professor who teaches both graduate and undergraduate students and I got to sit down in her office to ask her questions. Learn more about her extensive background in this issue’s Prof Personalities. How long have you been teaching at Waterloo? 21 years. What courses [...]

Continue Reading...

Trappist-1

Alexa Grittani - 3B Mechanical

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone exoplanets around a single star. An exoplanet is just a term to describe a planet that orbits a star other than the Sun. Seven planets were found orbiting in the TRAPPIST-1 system, named for The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in [...]

Continue Reading...

South Korean President Park Geun-hye Removed From Office

Bryan Mailloux - 3A Mechatronics

On March 10th, South Korea’s Constitutional Court upheld an earlier decision to impeach the Korean President, Park Geun-hye, effectively ousting her from office. The December 2016 parliamentary decision to impeach President Park came after a corruption scandal surrounding Park’s close friend, Choi Soon-sil, came to light. After the decision, waves of pro- and anti-Park protesters [...]

Continue Reading...

North Korea Missile Launch

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

In a world dominated by Trump and his cabinet’s shenanigans, we sometimes need news to lighten up the mood and give us hope for our future on this planet. Unfortunately, if you want to read an article about that, you should not read this article. The type of lightening up in this article is the [...]

Continue Reading...

Not-So-Old News

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

I’m going to break from tradition this issue and talk about recent finds in early human history rather than beasts of pre-history. There have been multiple significant archaeological discoveries in the past few weeks. American archaeologists recently published a report on evidence of human life in Arkansas intermittently dating back 10,000 years. A cave system [...]

Continue Reading...

International Women’s Day

Hira Rahman - 1B Nanotechnology

On March 8, people around the world celebrated International Women’s day to bring light to the issues concerning women, commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and to celebrate the political, social, economic, and cultural achievements of women throughout history. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Be Bold for Change”, was indented to push [...]

Continue Reading...

ECE Design Days

Aaron Propp - 1B Electrical

Last week was the close of ECE Design days. After two days of Domino’s pizza and two days of mystery wraps, the furious keyboard-pounding was over. It was a fun experience overall, filled with, well, designing ECE things. To kick things off on the first night was President Hamdullahpur, who shared with the class a [...]

Continue Reading...

WaterlooWorks in the Spotlight

Bryan Mailloux - 3A Mechatronics

Co-op rankings for first round are finally over, and hopefully most of you have a job lined up for the next co-op term. If you don’t, don’t be discouraged! There’s still plenty of time to get employed. I didn’t get my first job until the beginning of May – I guess the good thing about [...]

Continue Reading...

PCP ObamaCare For

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From the name to the content to its effects, there is probably no piece of legislation more divisive or more generally misunderstood. Arguments range from conspiracy theorists raving about non-existent “death panels” to dry economic breakdowns. Why do Republicans seem to hate Obamacare so much? Well, in the [...]

Continue Reading...

PCP Obamacare (Trump)

Alexa Gritanni - 3B Mechanical

Donald Trump made his opinion of Obamacare clear when he was running for President of the United States. In the second presidential debate he stated, “Obamacare is a disaster. You know it. We all know it. We have to repeal it and replace it with something absolutely, much less expensive, and something that works.” He [...]

Continue Reading...

Logan

Donovan Maudsley - 4B X-Men-ing

Crafting Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine was no small order. Jackman has become heavily associated with the role over his 17 years playing the mutant brawler. He was one of the highlights of the original X-Men. The second movie’s plot largely grew out of his mythos. He’s appeared in or been alluded to in [...]

Continue Reading...

A Guide to Engineering Sponsorship – Insights From the VP Finance

Katie Arnold - VP Operations and Finance

The Waterloo Engineering Society runs a Sponsorship Committee every term to allocate a percentage of our student fees back into the hands of the students. Our sponsorship funding is available to any student team or organization to apply and present their proposal. As our sponsorship committee wraps up, I wanted to offer my insight to [...]

Continue Reading...

Sick of Us Already? Actually Though, Let’s Talk Elections

Rachel Malevich - President

Hey readers! I remember thinking that March would be relatively chill. If your March has been more like running across hot coals than relatively chill, you’re not alone, and we’ll all get through this together! On the topic of March, I realized at the last Council meeting that we are already preparing to be replaced! [...]

Continue Reading...

National Engineering Month: I Spend All of my Nights Writing Labs, But it’s Fine, I Think

Chelsea VanderMeer - VP Student Life

So, March is NEM – National Engineering Month! For all of us, every month is an engineering month, but specifically in the March of 1992, Engineers Canada decided that engineering deserved some real recognition and celebration! I mean, are you really a real thing if you don’t have your own ‘month’? (Note: March is also [...]

Continue Reading...

Am I Good Enough to Make It? – Overcoming the Feelings of Inadequacy in the Co-op Process

Andrew McBurney - VP Academic

Hey engineering students! I hope the term has been progressing well since I last wrote you. I wanted to say briefly that for this edition, my IW article is geared more towards first year engineering students. That being said, I feel the implications of this article are valuable to all engineering students. Without further ado, [...]

Continue Reading...

EngSoc Events 4

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

Although I, like most other engineering humans, love being on co-op for the independence and freedom from school it gives me, there is one major thing that I love about school that seems to be lacking in the “Real World”. The great thing about actually being on-term is the plethora of extra activities that are [...]

Continue Reading...

We Want YOU to do (EngSoc) Things!

Melissa Buckley - VP Communications

Hello there reader! Thank you for once again directing your attention to my article, I hope your procrastination is going well. For this article, I’d like to talk to you about how you (yes, YOU!) can be involved in with the Waterloo Engineering Society through a directorship or commissioner position in Fall 2017. So, here’s [...]

Continue Reading...

Editorial without a theme

Donovan Maudsley - Editor-In-Chief

What’s up readers? Welcome to my fourth issue of The Iron Warrior as editor. I had my doubts about this one, but we got it done in the end. Production of this paper was largely fueled by Bryan’s delicious marshmallow squares, the recipe for which you can find in Half-Baked this issue. This issue actually [...]

Continue Reading...

Oscars Wrap up

Tahreem Farooqi - 1B Planning

From announcement mess-ups to Nicole Kidman’s awkward clapping, the 2017 Oscars proved to be as entertaining as the nominees that evening were throughout 2016. The biggest highlight of the evening, as well as the biggest mishap, was in the final Oscar announcement of the night. The winner of the Best Picture Academy Award, originally announced [...]

Continue Reading...

Ra(Tan) Lines

Ratan Varghese - 2A Computer

The Story Collider is a podcast featuring personal stories about science. These do not always revolve around laboratory work and writing theses. A few weeks ago, there was an episode which included a comedian getting over his fear of flying. Like most recent episodes, it was a twofer: the second speaker talked about performing surgery [...]

Continue Reading...

Switching to the Switch

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

While it’s too early to definitively state that Nintendo’s newest console is a home run, people certainly are running home with it. Analysts expect stores to move 2 million units by the end of March, based on recently published sales figures. Extrapolating from this data and previous gaming console trends, this comes out to a [...]

Continue Reading...

Logan

Donovan Maudsley - 4B X-Men-ing

Crafting Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine was no small order. Jackman has become heavily associated with the role over his 17 years playing the mutant brawler. He was one of the highlights of the original X-Men. The second movie’s plot largely grew out of his mythos. He’s appeared in or been alluded to in [...]

Continue Reading...

Trappist-1

Alexa Grittani - 3B Mechanical

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone exoplanets around a single star. An exoplanet is just a term to describe a planet that orbits a star other than the Sun. Seven planets were found orbiting in the TRAPPIST-1 system, named for The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in [...]

Continue Reading...

Switching to the Switch

Donovan Maudsley - 3B Mechanical

While it’s too early to definitively state that Nintendo’s newest console is a home run, people certainly are running home with it. Analysts expect stores to move 2 million units by the end of March, based on recently published sales figures. Extrapolating from this data and previous gaming console trends, this comes out to a [...]

Continue Reading...

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Gabrielle Klemt - 2A Geological

How can I describe my feelings over the course of three days I spent at the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) convention in Toronto? Well let’s start with overwhelmed, excited, terrified, psyched, and exhausted. It was a full-on, non-stop four days that started with my volunteer training on Saturday, and ended when I [...]

Continue Reading...

IBM Proves Concept of Storing Data on Single Atom

Hasan Ahmed - 1B Nanotechnology

Yeah, you read the title right. Now don’t get excited just yet; it’s not like you can store all your hard drive data on it or something. It’s just a proof of concept. But I’m in nanotechnology engineering, so proof of concept to me is a very positive phrase with a lot of potential. Especially [...]

Continue Reading...

So You Think You Can Critique?

Megan Town, Andrew McBurney, Gordon Stubley - Course Critiques Director, VP Academic, Associate Dean Teaching

Hey engineers, it’s that time of the term again! With faculty course critiques around the corner, here are some things to get you up to date. Engineering will again be using UW’s course evaluation platform, Evaluate (https://evaluate.uwaterloo.ca), for the majority of your course evaluations. Of the 20,854 questionnaires being generated this term, only 822 are [...]

Continue Reading...

Half-Baked: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Bryan Mailloux - 3A Mechatronics

Hello again from the Half-Baked kitchen! It’s been pretty hectic over the past little while (we’re starting to get into that system transient analysis – we’re not in steady-state land anymore) and I haven’t had time to try any entrée recipes for this issue. So, I’m just going to feature some really easy-to-make Peanut Butter [...]

Continue Reading...

Five Folk Songs You Don’t Want to Know

Caitlin McLaren - 4B Chemical

As L.P. Hartley once said, “The past is a foreign country”. Our ancestors lived completely different lives from the ones we do, and that led to some very different attitudes. We look back at some of their ideas and laugh or shudder, and for the most part the crazier ideas don’t have much traction any [...]

Continue Reading...