University of Waterloo Wins Big at CEC

Stuart Alldritt, Austin Cousineau - 4B Computer, 4B Electrical
Posted on: March 7, 2016

The Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) is the culmination of all regional engineering events within Canada, bringing together the best and brightest engineering students from across the country.  Thousands of students compete every year, first at the school level and then at the regional level in order to earn a place at CEC. Seven events take [...]

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UW Engineering Profs Named to Order of Canada

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

On Friday February 12, three University of Waterloo Engineering professors were named to the Order of Canada. The investiture ceremony took place at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. Governor General and former University of Waterloo President, David Johnston, presented the awards. Carolyn Hansson, P.Eng, is recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada for inventing [...]

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#FreeKesha

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Kesha has been largely out of the spotlight until about three weeks ago. I wish I could announce that she’s dropping a new album, but the real reason for reappearing in the news is much darker. Her career has been at a standstill since 2014; in January she checked into rehab for an eating disorder, [...]

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Mark Zuckerberg on Virtual Reality

Emilia Jiao - 1B Management

It is not a secret that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of the largest social network in the world, is a huge supporter of concept of virtual reality (VR). Through the purchase of Oculus Rift in 2004, he has established himself as a strong competitor in the field of VR development. After a demonstration [...]

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Syrian Ceasefire in One Word: Tenuous

Brigita Gubins - 2A Environmental

The February 27th ceasefire agreement reached by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) as well as members of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and members of its opposition centred around three main commitments to humanitarian access. The ISSG, which includes Iran, Turkey, Qatar, the Arab League, the European Union (EU), and the United States came to the [...]

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The Mockingbird Must Live On

Tiffany Chang - 1N Chemical

I was deeply saddened when I heard about Harper Lee’s passing on February 19, 2016 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. I hadn’t only enjoyed reading To Kill a Mockingbird long before everyone had to read it in ninth grade English class, but I had also fully appreciated its social implications by the time I [...]

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Google’s Autonomous Vehicle Improves with Time

Josh Li - 1B Mechanical

Directly out of GoogleX, the Google autonomous vehicle (AV) is a leader in the wave of self-driving cars. With innovation from Tesla, Cadillac, and many retail car manufacturers, such a product has even been connected to Apple. The entire industry, thus far, has been deemed “not ready.” The Google AV has logged over 1.7 million [...]

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Plastic Found in Mars Candy Bar Results in Recalls Across 55 Countries

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

In January, a small bit of red plastic was found in a German customer’s Snickers bar. After some investigation by Mars, the maker of Snickers, it was concluded that the incriminating piece of candy was produced in Mars’ factory in the Netherlands. The plastic originated from a protective cover used in the manufacturing process of [...]

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Leafy Thoughts: Liberal Government May Impose National Carbon Price

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, has announced imminent steps that may take Canada towards environmental sustainability. Coming out of a meeting in Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s premiers declared that they have been working on a climate change plan for the nation, though fairly few specifics were [...]

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Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple: Unlocking the Backdoor

Seamus Bannon - 1B Nanotechnology

Three months ago on December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik perpetrated the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. The attack— which occurred in San Bernardino, California—resulted in the deaths of fourteen people and serious injury of twenty-two more. Farook, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, and his wife, a Pakistani-born [...]

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Against Researching AI

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Artificial intelligence has been on the minds of authors and forward-thinking scientists for decades, but its roots can be traced back as far as the Greek myths of Hephaestus’ bronze automatons. Modern AI is a frequently discussed topic within science fiction, typically focused on the perils of using it. Artificial intelligence is typically defined by [...]

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For Researching AI

Bryan Mailloux - 2N Mechatronics

A large portion of science fiction deals with the theme of artificial intelligence, and more often than not with the destruction or subjugation of the human race because of its development. One just has to watch the Terminator movies to know the extent of the damage a rogue AI can cause. Now that smarter machines [...]

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Women and Minorities in Engineering

Michael Beauchemin - 2A Chemical

Let me start off by saying this: I am a white male, and, though I am bisexual, I have never experienced racism. I have never been a visible minority anywhere I have studied or worked. As such, I cannot know first-hand how any minorities have struggled, but I do what I can to temper the [...]

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Self-Mastery…with a Panda

Tiffany Chang - 1N Chemical

Something unique about the Kung Fu Panda series of movies sets it apart from other animated films in recent years. I won’t deny that it’s rather refreshing to see a Hollywood series of movies that uses elements of Chinese culture as significant plot elements. In the most recent installment of the existing trilogy, Po undergoes [...]

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Ranks: Waterloo is a University, not a Military

Josh Li - 1B Mechanical

Waterloo Engineering is one of the most competitive programs in the world; as we’ve come to realize, this is true on two fronts: academically by having the brightest students in the country, and through Co-op, getting employed in a competition with our peers. Then on top of that, we are systematically ranked based on our [...]

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Course Critiques Going Online (But Staying In Class!)

Eryn Dickison and Kirandeep Sahmbi, - Course Critiques Directors

After a successful fall 2015 trial of a campus-built online course evaluation platform, https://evaluate.uwaterloo.ca, Engineering is transitioning away from paper-based course evaluations. In 94% of classes this term, students will complete Course Evaluation Questionnaires electronically. This means a whole lot less waste, as the paper-based system used more than 20,000 paper questionnaires and 600 envelopes [...]

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March Madness Is Here!

Sarbajoy Majumdar -

Hello A Soc, it is your friendly VP Internal Sarb here. March is a term full of project deadlines, assignments, quizzes, tests and most importantly, EngSoc events. Sit tight and wait for March Madness. MENTAL HEALTH WEEK First off, I apologize that mental health week was not advertised as well as I wanted it to [...]

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You Gotta Spend Money to Make Money #JK #NotForProfit

Abdullah Barakat -

Hello Engineering Students! A new issue of the Iron Warrior means new updates on all things money related from Abdullah-Dolla-Bills! Let`s get this show on the road: Sponsorship Every term, EngSoc has a certain amount allocated in the budget towards sponsoring student groups and design teams that have an impact or benefit Engineering students at [...]

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National Engineering Month: There’s A Place for You!

Ola Suchon and Will Wilmot -

Hopefully by now many of you have had the chance to walk past POETS and seen the rather large banner with a rather large goose on it in CPH Foyer that reads National Engineering Month. “What is that?” you may be asking. Every March, professional engineers and engineering students from across the country come together [...]

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["hip","hip"]

Jeff Gulbronson -

First of all, if you’re reading this on Wednesday (the 9th), go check out EngSoc’s career fair in E5! We’ll be there from 11 – 3, and have 9 companies participating. It’s a great chance to talk to employers about full-time, or co-op if you aren’t in fourth year. Now that that’s out of the [...]

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Updates from Council

Adelle Vickery -

Hello again engineers! I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the Engineering Society Council. For those of you who don’t know, the Council exists to coordinate the official business of the Society, approve the allocation of our funds, and exercise control over the actions of the on-term Executive. The Council is made up [...]

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More Picks, More Picks! Leafs Wheel and Deal at Trade Deadline

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Among the most active teams in the league for obvious reasons, Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello wasted no time dismantling the few veterans that remained on his roster. In what is now a full-fledged youth movement for the Leafs, there will certainly be a learning curve over the next three or so years. That being said, [...]

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I am a Humanist

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Long time, no talk! Blame Reading Week for the month gap. That being said, I can’t believe we’re over halfway through the semester. Forget New Years’s resolutions: this is the time of year when students are making “how to bring my average up” or “how not to fail the term” resolutions. I don’t have enough [...]

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Five Things You Really Don’t Want to Know – Putting the Fun in Funeral

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Dearly beloved readers, we are gathered here today to discuss a serious subject: death. From the revelry of Irish wakes to the crocodile tears of ancient Egyptian paid mourners, our ancestors have exhibited many and varied ideas about how to behave at funerals. Here are some excellent examples from our ancestors of how not to [...]

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Cooking with Cam: Best Burger Quest

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

The burger is often considered a rather lowly dish, suitable for fast-food joints and late-night exam bingeing. However the delicious American cultural export has a long and delicious history stretching back millennia. Or at least so I assume. I didn’t bother to look it up; the cultural heritage of the food I eat has no [...]

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