About Us

Engineering Society

The Engineering Society, or EngSoc, is the student government for undergraduate engineering students at the University of Toronto. It represents all full-time and part-time undergraduate engineers and is made up of elected student volunteers. EngSoc engages in academic advocacy, allocates funding to groups and initiatives in the community, and provides a wide variety of services and events to students. If there is anything you want to know about the Engineering Society that you can't find on this website, please email us or visit our office.

Governance Structure

The Engineering Society is run by volunteers in a wide variety of positions. It would be impossible to list everyone who contributes to its operation, but this page includes information about many of those volunteers. To read more about each role, what that person does, and how you can contact them, expand one of the categories below. For a pretty infographic on our governance structure, please click here.

Officers

Officers handle EngSoc's day-to-day operations and external relations at a high level. Each of them also oversee a group of Project Directors related to their portfolios. They are elected directly by all full-time and part-time engineering students.

President Laura Berneaga

Who am I? I’m a Mech 1T9 + PEY and I am super excited to call Skule™ my home away from home! I hope I can get to know all of you throughout the upcoming year and make our community a better place for everyone!

Key Responsibilities

  1. Determine a vision for EngSoc and give direction to the broader goals that the team intends to pursue.
  2. Oversee the operations of EngSoc, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and that everyone has the resources needed to achieve their goals.
  3. Represent engineering students and student interests & concerns to the faculty, university, and beyond.
  4. Put out fires, both literal and metaphorical, as they come up.
  5. Be approachable and accessible to hear what you want to see from EngSoc and what you have to say.

Goals for the Year

  1. Manage funding changes based on the Student Choice Initiative to ensure all groups within EngSoc receive the funding they need to operate.
  2. Work with the Engineering Career Centre and their new Director of Student Development and Career Programming to develop and implement their new plans for their Professional Development curriculum.
  3. Work with VP Academic to implement a set of Midterm Course Evaluations for the professors such that the students can send their feedback prior to the end of the school year.
  4. Work with the Faculty and with the Mental Wellness Director to provide better mental health resources and referrals for the students.
  5. Work with the Discipline Clubs and Faculty to map out all the mentorship opportunities available and centralize them in one easy to access space.

Fun Fact! Despite loving engineering, math, and everything technical, I am extremely passionate about languages! I can actually speak four (4) languages: English, French, Romanian, and German (which I am still working on). I would love it if you taught me a phrase (any phrase) in your language!

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Vice-President Finance Alex Caton

Who am I? I’m an ECE 1T9T1 + PEY, repping TrackOne since DayOne! In past years, I’ve been a class representative, Board of Directors member and member of the Finance Committee. I look forward to working on behalf of all of you this year!

Key Responsibilities

  1. EngSoc Operating Budget
  2. Student Fee Breakdown regarding the Student Choice Initiative
  3. Club Funding
  4. Skule Endowment Fund
  5. Temporary Levy Fund
  6. Cheque Requisitions
  7. Special Projects Funding
  8. Overseeing the Finance Committee

Goals for the Year

  1. Work on creating a financially responsible goal for EngSoc’s Student Fee breakdown that secures the most value for the student body.
  2. Centralize ticket sales for dinner dances to provide an easier method for discipline clubs and dinner dance organizers to coordinate tickets.
  3. Oversee the Commercial Operations in a way that provides students with affordable options.

Fun Fact! I once rode a bullet train in Japan… unsupervised.

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Vice-President Communications Najah Hassan

Who am I? I’m an EngSci 1T9+PEY. I’m an ex-Editor-in-Chief for the Cannon and am excited to apply the things I learned to this role. I look forward to giving back to the community that has given me so many great opportunities!

Key Responsibilities

  1. Manage EngSoc’s communication infrastructure, including the Skule™ Digest, the Pit plasma screen, and skule.ca.
  2. Approve EngSoc’s publications like the F!rosh Handbook, Toike Oike, Cannon, and Skulebook.
  3. Maintain an accurate record of Board of Directors meeting minutes and EngSoc’s bylaws and policies.
  4. Oversee EngSoc’s branding and the marketing of its initiatives.
  5. Attempt (and/or pretend) to understand EngSoc IT and hope it doesn’t crash and burn.

Goals for the Year

  1. Improve channels of communication so that students can get more involved in activities at Skule™.
  2. Take an active role in Project Directorships to help our publications voice the opinions and ideas of our student body.
  3. Create a way for students to get more involved in EngSoc activities and develop skills that match their interests.

Fun Fact! I am a master of tsundoku - the practice of buying more books than you can read.

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Vice-President Academic Zahir Firoze

Who am I? I’m an Indy, once a TrackOne (BEST ONE!), 2T1. I have previously been a part of the Academic Advocacy Committee and have also served as a class rep. I look forward to serving you all in the 1T9-2T0 year!

Key Responsibilities

  1. Spearhead the Academic Advocacy Committee (AAC).
  2. Design Frosh Anti-Calendar.
  3. Advocating Student concerns directly to the Faculty.
  4. Support Class Reps and Academic Directors.
  5. Manage Student Representation on Faculty Council Standing Committees (FCSC).
  6. Running courses.skule.ca, tutors.skule.ca, and speakup.skule.ca!

Goals for the Year

  1. Advocate for the introduction of mid-term course evaluations.
  2. Ensure student concerns are properly heard as the Faculty transitions to the use of Active Learning Methods.
  3. Continuing the development of upper-year Anti-Calendars to help students in course selection.
  4. Keeping tabs on ongoing Faculty initiatives on major issues (with a focus on Mental Health and ECC restructuring) and continuing to advocate for student needs.
  5. Adding to the wealth of resources on courses.skule.ca and rebuilding tutors.skule.ca and speakup.skule.ca.

Fun Fact! Google thinks I’m a robot!

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Vice-President Student Life Zachary Jager LaPointe

Who am I? I’m an ECE 2T1 specializing in Software and Controls. I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors and various committees for the past year, and I was very involved with F!rosh Week 1T8. I’m super excited to make the 1T9 - 2T0 year amazing for all of you 💜💜

Key Responsibilities

  1. Manage clubs within the Skule™ community.
  2. Manage the club affiliation committee and approve clubs to become Skule™ clubs.
  3. Oversee project directorships including F!rosh Week, Skule™ Kup, SCOre, DTA director, and the Equity and Inclusivity director.
  4. Help affiliated Skule™ clubs receive funding from the faculty.

Goals for the Year

  1. Streamline the club affiliation process for clubs.
  2. Provide adequate space for clubs and design teams.
  3. Work with the Vice-President Finance to manage funding structure changes.
  4. Work with F!rosh Week and Godiva Week to ensure the events they hold are inclusive and appeal to many different groups within the Skule™ community.

Fun Fact! I was once struck by lightning while walking with my dad!

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest level of governance and oversees all of the operations of the Engineering Society, as well as the activities of the Officers. Board of Directors Representatives vote on major decisions concerning changes to EngSoc's services, methods of representation, and bylaws. The Board holds the Officers and Directors of the Society accountable for their actions, and ultimately ensures that the Engineering Society acts in the best interests of its Members. They are elected directly by all full-time and part-time engineering students in each of their constituencies.

At-Large Representative Christopher Kousinioris (christopher.kousinioris@mail.utoronto.ca)
At-Large Representative Harry Jiang (harry.jiang@mail.utoronto.ca)
At-Large Representative Katie Allison (katie.allison@mail.utoronto.ca)
At-Large Representative Shafkat Choudhury (shafkat.choudhury@mail.utoronto.ca)
First Year Representative Saira Rahim (saira.rahim@mail.utoronto.ca)
First Year Representative Marcus Grunnesjo (marcus.grunessjo@mail.utoronto.ca)
First Year Representative Gary Wei (gary.wei@mail.utoronto.ca)
Chemical Engineering Representative Muskan Sethi (muskan.sethi@mail.utoronto.ca)
Civil Engineering Representative Andria Wan Ning Liu (wanning.liu@mail.utoronto.ca)
Computer Engineering Representative Lisa Zaher (lisa.zaher@mail.utoronto.ca)
Electrical Engineering Representative Ankita Khanda (a.khanda@mail.utoronto.ca)
Engineering Science Representative Mirjana Mijalkovic (mirjana.mijalkovic@mail.utoronto.ca)
Industrial Engineering Representative Benjamin Rubinoff (benjamin.rubinoff@mail.utoronto.ca)
Mechanical Engineering Representative Rabita Chabrotra (rabita.chabrotra@mail.utoronto.ca)
Materials Science and Engineering Representative Vacant
Mineral Engineering Representative Vacant
UTSU Representative Dermot O'Halloran (vpprofac@utsu.ca)
Speaker Aleksei Wan (speaker@skule.ca)

Project Directors

Project Directors each manage a particular service or initiative, from managing a café to teaching high school students about engineering. Many of them form committees or teams open to anyone at Skule™ to achieve their goals for the year. They are elected by the outgoing EngSoc Council members near the end of their terms. See the Project Directors page for more details.

Associated Entities

Associated Entities are non-EngSoc organizations who are considered part of Council because of their contributions to the Skule™ community. The method by which they are elected or appointed varies based on their position. For mor information, please visit the Associated Entities page.

Class Representatives

Class Representatives are members of each discipline and year who represent the concerns and values of their classmates to Discipline Clubs, EngSoc, and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. They are elected directly by all full-time and part-time engineering students in each of their constituencies. For a Representative's email, click on their name.

Discipline First Year Second Year Third Year PEY Fourth Year
Chemical Engineering Vacant Vacant Ruknoon Dinder Vacant Vacant
Civil Engineering Vacant Vacant Vacant Dorothy Liu Vacant
Computer Engineering Vacant Vacant Ian Sartor Vacant Vacant
Electrical Engineering Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Katherine Rich
Engineering Science Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant
Industrial Engineering Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant
Materials Science and Engineering Vacant Vacant Andrew Wuebbolt Amanda Pasqualini Jeffrey Wang
Mechanical Engineering Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant
Mineral Engineering Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant
Track One Vacant