National Women in Engineering Conference

Lucas Hudson - 4A Mechatronics
Posted on: November 23, 2014

On November 16, 2014, Grant Imahara, former Mythbuster, closed out the last ever National Conference on Women in Engineering (NCWiE). The three day conference, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was centred around the witty theme of ‘Leveling the Playing Field;” equality for all, no matter your race, creed, religion, sex, gender, the list goes on. I [...]

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ESA’s Daring Comet Mission Comes to Fruition

Allen Chen - 2A Civil

For many years it was been deemed quite impossible to land an object on a comet. The fast trajectory speed combined with the small size of comets makes such a landing quite a challenge compared to landing on another planet, moon, or even an asteroid, which are much larger and generally closer in distance. The [...]

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Obama Speaks Out in Favour of Net Neutrality

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

On November 10, US President Barack Obama proposed that broadband internet access should be treated as a utility. This would ensure net neutrality: a situation wherein all traffic over the internet would be treated equally. Specifically, Obama wanted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban content blocking and paid prioritization of internet content by internet [...]

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Are the Rich Really Getting Richer?

Bryan Mailloux - 1A Mechanical

Since the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 – 2012, the growing income gap between the richest people and the poorest has become a very hot topic for the media. The general perspective on the matter is that the rich are receiving an ever-increasing share of the total income, while everyone else’s share is decreasing. [...]

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Announcing the Winner of the EngSoc Teaching Excellence Award

Devansh Malik, Summer Kavan - EngSoc Teaching Award Committee

Starting this Fall 2014, the Waterloo Engineering Society debuted the Engineering Society Teaching Excellence Award to promote and reward teaching excellence displayed by University of Waterloo Engineering Faculty or Staff. The motivation behind the award was to recognize instructors who have shown outstanding contributions toward undergraduate learning. As part of the selection process, nominations were [...]

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Movember Funds Prostate Cancer Research Breakthrough

Andrew McMahon - 4A Environmental

Movember will be coming to an end shortly, and some of you “Mo Bros” may be reaching the dreaded face tickle stage of moustache growth.  This may be a time when you need some extra motivation to keep growing that nose neighbor until the end of the month, and lucky for you that motivation has [...]

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ISIS Situation Worsening Every Day

Bogdan Constantinescu - 1A Nanotechnology

The terror group ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has yet again struck discord and fear into the Western world with their latest in a series of beheadings. The first known beheadings committed by ISIS were recorded on July 25th of this year, and since then their fervour and crimes [...]

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What to do when you have a bad Landlord

Anonymous -

Many of the property management companies in Waterloo have nasty business practices that range from questionable to criminal. I have been forced to spend a disproportionate amount of time this term in conflict with Hoffaco property management over their complete refusal to perform maintenance to our extremely damaged rental unit (damage was inflicted by the [...]

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Feminism Controversy over Scientist’s Shirt

Raeesa Ashique - 1A Electrical

It is funny how two people can see the same situation in two completely different ways. Everything is a matter of perspective and priorities. Scientists have successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet for the first time. Rosetta was launched over ten years ago, and has traveled over six billion kilometers in that time. Its [...]

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PCP: Should the Final Exam be Weighted Less Heavily? (Negative)

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

Recently, Alberta Education decreased the worth of the provincial high school diploma exam. For those unfamiliar to the provincial final high school exams of Alberta, here are some quick facts: Since 1984, Alberta Education maintained that provincial final exams should be worth 50% of a students final grade in major courses such as grade 12 [...]

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PCP: Should the Final Exam be Weighted Less Heavily? (Affirmative)

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

Last week the Alberta School Board Association, which represents all primary and secondary school boards in Alberta, voted to reduce the weighting of the standardized grade 12 ‘Diploma Exams’ taken by all students from the current 50% down to 30% of the final grade. The decision still must be approved by the province, but it [...]

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Engineering Traditions: Caltech, Where Innovation is Everywhere

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

Here we are, the final issue of the term. I briefly considered doing this article about the best school of them all, Waterloo, but then I realized that the people who read this paper would actually be in a position to fact-check me, and I certainly don’t want that. I also considered escaping from the [...]

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What to do when you have a bad Landlord

Anonymous -

Many of the property management companies in Waterloo have nasty business practices that range from questionable to criminal. I have been forced to spend a disproportionate amount of time this term in conflict with Hoffaco property management over their complete refusal to perform maintenance to our extremely damaged rental unit (damage was inflicted by the [...]

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VP Internal: Wrapping Up the Term and Planning the Next One

Puneet Natt - Vice President Internal

What a term. It feels like I was just elected yesterday and now I’m already halfway through my term as an executive. This term has been very busy, but I am happy with the results. We were able to execute some great events and services this term including the First Year Engineering Leadership Conference, Post-Secret [...]

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VP Finance: Sustainable Finance

Kevin McNamara - Vice President Finance

For my last update this term, I’d like to talk about something that has become a large goal for me as the VP Finance of the Engineering Society, and that’s keeping our finance practices organized and also sustainable.  As the Society continues to grow (more students each year means a bigger society and more funds, [...]

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VP Education: Here’s to You A-Soc for a Great Term

Joshua Kalpin - Vice President Education

Hey everyone and welcome to my last exec update for the term. It’s been a wild ride so I wanted to focus on that last few things I’m finishing up before co-op and what my plans are on the education front for this co-op term. So let’s get this party… I mean article started! The [...]

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VP External: National Conference on Women in Engineering

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey Everyone!  I have no idea where the time goes, but apparently it’s that dreaded time of each term where exams are written, sleep is lost, and anxiety is high. Thankfully, exams are followed by the joy of holidays and the relaxation (hopefully) of work-terms.  So hang in there!  When things get tough, just visualize [...]

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President: Things happen over the Coop!

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

As A-Society is packing up and moving off to coop, the University and the Society will keep moving forward so I want to take this article to give you some tips on what to look out for while you are away! First thing is the B-Society E7 Referendum. This term A-Society voted yes to an [...]

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Letter From the Editor

Leah Kristufek - Editor in Chief

Here we are, yet another term is drawing to an end. It is the season of vacant gazes, rampant coffee consumption and crowded computer labs. Yet it still seems like just yesterday that September was beginning and we were all moving back to Waterloo. Ohhh, the days of being relatively well rested and eager to [...]

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Letter From the Editor

Leah Kristufek - Editor in Chief

Here we are, yet another term is drawing to an end. It is the season of vacant gazes, rampant coffee consumption and crowded computer labs. Yet it still seems like just yesterday that September was beginning and we were all moving back to Waterloo. Ohhh, the days of being relatively well rested and eager to [...]

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Replay Replay Replay: A Collection of Items

Vince Magas - 2A Management

A term is once again coming to a close and we find ourselves with the last issue of the Iron Warrior and with it, one final Hit Replay for Fall 2014! This term I found myself writing about all sorts of things from record players to pocket squares. There are just all sorts of gems [...]

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Take Five: Too big for one story

Nancy Hui - 4N Civil

Sometimes, a director gets ambitious. It’s not just enough to make a good film with one storyline, one time period, and one setting, oh no. One must expand the perceived scope of the movie by introducing a romance that spans lifetimes, the idea that all souls are connected, or applying cosmic scale to a run-of-the-mill [...]

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The People Behind the Equations – Karl von Terzaghi: The RockFather (well, actually more soil)

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

Readers of The Iron Warrior know that in this recently developed column,we write about people in math, science and engineering who developed theories and formulas that we as engineering students use frequently in class and at work. We have seen physics and math giants such as Hooke and Euler. We rarely hear of the giants [...]

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Hedley, BC: A Rocking Good Time (Because they are a band, ha)

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

Hedley is a well known Canadian pop-rock band with such hits as “Never Too Late” and “Cha-Ching”. The band decided on the name after hearing about the unincorporated town of Hedley, BC being put on sale for $346 000. Now with this abrupt segue, we move to the real reason of this article: to explore [...]

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The People Behind the Equations – John William Strutt (Baron Raleigh)

Sherwin Kwan - 4A Mechanical

John William Strutt (1842-1919), better known by his title Baron Raleigh, was one of the last great multi-disciplinary scientists. He was born into an aristocratic family in Witham in the English countryside, about 70 km north-east of London. He was fortunate to survive numerous close shaves with death while growing up: he was nearly shot [...]

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Big Mother Loves All IngSoc Citizens Except Three

Big Sister - Supreme Information Control

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Why Are All the Buildings Locked?

Woody Bay - 3A Pickup Arts

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How to talk to: the Females

Goosey McQuackens -

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Engineering Faculty Innovates New Strategies for Combatting Student Obesity

Fitness Buffer - 3B Rec and Leisure

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Chris Hadfield Sightings Increase in the Month of Movember

Hadfield Fan Girl - 2A Shuttles and Targets

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North Korea Builds Rocket to get Donuts, Fails Spectacularly

Agent Stick-A$$ - Supreme Power Science Officer

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Science Teaching Complex Behind Schedule

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For Science & Beyond

Doktor Arthur Arden Gruper -

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Let EngSoc Crush the Filthy Inferiors (Tin Soldier PCP)

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Big Sister is Watching

- Sergeant MisInformant

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