- 1 Major Milestones for EngSoc in 2015-2016
- 1.1 UTSU Associate Membership Agreement
- 1.2 Skule Endowment Fund Committee
- 1.3 Academic Advocacy Committee (AAC) Re-structuring
- 1.4 Mid Course Feedback
- 1.5 Policy and Structures Committee Re-structuring
- 1.6 Godiva Hymn Competition
- 1.7 Club Affiliation Process revision
- 1.8 Positions created
- 1.9 ESSCO Membership
- 1.10 Officer Videos
- 2 Engineering Society Positions
Major Milestones for EngSoc in 2015-2016
UTSU Associate Membership Agreement
For several years, the Engineering Society had been advocating that the undergraduate engineering fees paid to the University of Toronto Students Union should be diverted to the Engineering Society, on the basis of duplication of services as well as concerns with the democratic legitimacy of the UTSU. During the 2015-2016 year, the UTSU executive committed to addressing the issues regarding its democratic legitimacy and transparency, and agreed to enter into an agreement with EngSoc to transfer 50% of the engineering fees to EngSoc, in an effort to better serve these students. The agreement is publicly available here.
Skule Endowment Fund Committee
Established in the 2010-2011 year, the Skule Endoment Fund had the goal of providing a self-sustaining source of capital for large scale projects in the benefit of engineering students, with the vision of eventually replacing the Temporary Levy Fund. Since its inception, the only use of the fund had been a $1 Million CAD commitment to the University for the new Center for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During 2015-2016, the Endowment Fund Committee, in charge of managing the fund, was established and the first round of funding was conducted in the winter semester. More information about the Endowment fund, including the constitution where the details of the committee are outlined, can be located here.
Academic Advocacy Committee (AAC) Re-structuring
The Academic Advocacy Committee, which existed in EngSoc’s bylaws for several years was re-structured in the 2015-2016 year. One representative from each discipline was included in the AAC. This change was made to enhance academic advocacy while tightening Skule's culture of interdisciplinary rivalry. It was done for the AAC to have more involvement with discipline clubs to be more representative of entire society. The change can be found in the Minutes of the May 2015 Board of Directors Meeting - Motion 7.
Mid Course Feedback
Following initiatives from previous years to conduct a Faculty wide mid-course evaluation, EngSoc worked with the discipline clubs to organize a formal mid course feedback initiative. The initiative was facilitated by the Academic Advocacy Committee with the aim of providing course instructors with feedback on feasible improvements that can be made during the semester across all disciplines within the Faculty. The project served as a means for students to provide ongoing feedback in addition to the faculty-run end of course evaluations.
Policy and Structures Committee Re-structuring
The Policy and Structures Committee, which existed in EngSoc’s bylaws for several years but had not been formally structured in recent years, saw a revival during the 2015-2016 year. The committee drafted its terms of reference, and held regular meetings to review and update EngSoc’s Bylaws and Policies. The first major reform it led was a Bylaw 3: The Elections Bylaw revision, which included clear language about the type of Single Transferable Voting system that EngSoc uses, as well as new clauses about student-led referenda.
Godiva Hymn Competition
In partnership with the Faculty, EngSoc organized a competition for students and alumni to write new verses of Godiva’s Hymn that reflected the values and culture of engineering in the 21st century. The competition was generally well received and the winners were announced at Cannonball. The winning verses can be found here.
Club Affiliation Process revision
EngSoc undertook a major revision of its club affiliation process, which led to the creation of the Affiliations Committee. The new policy now includes provisions to require new clubs to first undergo a “trial status” where they will be expected to focus on defining clearly what the club’s goals are, what value they will add to the student body, and what strategies they will implement to ensure sustainability and longevity. This policy was implemented with the goal of ensuring that EngSoc only affiliates high quality clubs that are making a positive and valuable impact on the students experience, and also encourage students to think long term when creating a club.
Design association project manager
The Design Team Association was created in 2014-2015 to represent EngSoc’s design team clubs. This group was put together to encourage the sharing of resources and the creation of a shared direction wherever possible. The chair of this group was previously the Vice-President of Student Life however in the 2015-2016 year EngSoc created a directorship to ensure that the DTA had a voice to represent them that originated from someone with experience on design teams.
Part time students chair
This ex-officio director was created to assist EngSoc in developing targeted initiatives to improve the services we provide to part time students, who have distinct necessities and concerns than full time students.
Mature students chair
This ex-officio director was created to assist EngSoc in developing targeted initiatives to improve the services we provide to mature students, who have distinct necessities and concerns than students who entered engineering right after high school.
Mental Wellness Director
This director was created to assist EngSoc in providing services to students related to mental wellness. The purpose of the role is to plan events (such as Exam Jam), obtain feedback from students about services provided by EngSoc and the faculty, and confer with the faculty. This position was created to service an underlying need observed within the faculty where students were not aware of the resources available to them concerning their own personal mental wellness.
EngSoc decided to re-join the Engineering Student Societies' Council of Ontario (ESSCO) as an OEC-Only member, with the intention of being able to send delegates to the Ontario Engineering Competitions, as well as renewing our ties with other engineering schools in the province. Due to this and other developments, at the end of the 2015-2016 year, conversations began with the incoming executives about creating an External Director, to address the gap left when the VP External position was removed in 2012-2013.
During the 2015-2016 year, the officer team put together monthly videos to promote several aspects of EngSoc’s operations to the students, in an effort to increase the society’s engagement and transparency. The videos are available on the SkuleTube, EngSoc’s youtube channel, or can be found here.
Engineering Society Positions
- Skule Alumni Outreach Director - Nicholas Valenton
- Archivist - Connor Lawless
- Cannonball Chair - Shubham Manchanda
- Cannon Editor - Edgar Wang
- Community Outreach Director - Carole Suarez
- Stores Manager - Colin Parker
- Stores Manager - Raneem Shammas
- F!rosh Handbook Editor - Namya Syal
- Gradball Chair - Deniz Jafari
- Hard Hat Cafe Manager - Tyler Weil
- Hard Hat Cafe Manager - Eric Chong
- Hi-Skule Liaison - Samantha Stuart
- Ombudsperson - Sanchit Mathur
- Orientation Chair - Milan Maljković
- Professional Outreach Director - Medhaj Athikar
- Skulebook Editor - Ahmed Ujjainwala
- Skule Kup Director - Jonathan Swyers
- Sponsorship Director - Peter Luo
- Suds Manager - Sabrina Sikora
- Suds Manager - Stephen Dawe
- Toike Oike Editor - Ryan Williams
- UTEK Director - Amir Kharazmi
- Webmaster - Nikola Andrejevic
- Chief Returning Officer - Raffi Dergalstanian
Board of Directors
|Chemical Engineering Representative||Jason Tang|
|Civil Engineering Representative||Peter Luo|
|Computer Engineering Representative||Milan Maljković|
|Electrical Engineering Representative||Andrew Boetto|
|Engineering Science Representative||Apurv Bharadwaj|
|Industrial Engineering Representative||Benjamin Leung|
|Materials Science Engineering Representative||Amy Zhao|
|Mechanical Engineering Representative||Robert Goldberg|
|Mineral Engineering Representative||Ogi Kelec|
|At-Large Representative||Kevin Rupasinghe|
|At-Large Representative||Ryan Gomes|
|At-Large Representative||Aidan Solala|
|At-Large Representative||John Sweeney|
|First Year Representative||Twesh Uphadhyaya|
|First Year Representative||Victoria Cheng|
|First Year Representative||Christopher Choquette|
*Resigned ** Recalled from the Board of Directors
Discipline Club Chairs
- Chemical Engineering Club - Nikola Andric
- Civil Engineering Club - Louis Étienne Couture
- Computer Engineering Club - Anna Hankinson
- Electrical Engineering Club - Patrice Boisclair-Laberge
- Engineering Science Club - Kenny Kim
- Industrial Engineering Club - Marianna Gomez
- Materials Science and Engineering Club - Michael Sabatini
- Mechanical Engineering Club - Kunal Taneja
- Mineral Engineering Club - Daryl Li
|Chemical Engineering||1T8||Jeff Dryden|
|Materials Science & Engineering||1T8|
|First Year Chair||1T8||Sofia Tijanic|
|Fourth Year Chair||1T5|
Godiva Week Competition Winners
- Godiva's Quest - TBD
- Mr. Blue & Gold - David Boroto
- Godiva's Crown - Hema Nookala
- Ultimate F!rosh - TBD
- Ye Grande Olde Chariot Race - TBD
- UTSU Director - Joshua Calafato
- UTSU Director - Emily Xu
- UTSU Director - Saarthak Saxena/Raffi Dergalstanian*
- After Saarthak Saxena resigned, Raffi Dergalstanian was elected in a by-election held in October 2015.