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Engineering students are leading the way

Dean of Engineering Dr. John Quaicoe participates in an icebreaker activity with students.

By Jackey Locke

They’re still getting settled at Memorial – finding their classes, meeting their professors and getting used to new schedules – but first-year engineering students are already thinking about becoming future leaders in their field.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, engineering students and invited guests gathered at The Battery Hotel and Conference Centre in St. John’s for the second annual Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and Innovation Fund in Engineering (LIFE) Forum.

The forum is sponsored by the Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and Innovation Fund in Engineering (LIFE) Program, which is a $1million donation by Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau, to encourage and support student leadership and innovation in engineering education, research and community service. In addition to financial awards, the Angus Bruneau Student LIFE Program sponsors an annual leadership and innovation forum.

The day of inspiration and leadership began as Dr. Jean Bruneau welcomed students. Dr. Bruneau spoke on behalf of her and her husband, Dr. Angus Bruneau. She told the students that this was a good leadership opportunity for them and expressed sincere appreciation to all of the students for coming out so early on a Saturday morning and to the Student Society ‘A’ for organizing the second annual forum.

Following Dr. Bruneau’s welcome address, Tom Brophy, director of Student Success Programs with Memorial’s Student Affairs and Services, got everyone up and interacting with each other with some fun activities.

In the afternoon, engineering alumnus Earl Ludlow spoke to the students about the challenges and successes he has experienced in his position as CEO of Newfoundland Power; Engineers Without Borders (EWB) president Evan Walsh spoke on international development and how students can get involved with their local EWB Chapter and Nick Hounsell, executive director of Organizational Strategy, SIFE Memorial, talked about community involvement and how students can get involved with SIFE Memorial. There was also a session on sustainability from Memorial engineering professor Dr. Steve Bruneau.

The Angus Bruneau Student LIFE Program provides funding for student-led initiatives that significantly enhance the experience of students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, and supports initiatives that would not normally be funded through the faculty’s operating budget. The fund provides financial awards on a matching basis such that students are required to raise some portion of the funds needed for the project.