First-year engineering students get inspired
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Engineering Society “A” and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science held the fourth annual Student LIFE Forum. This year’s forum was held at The Capital Hotel in St. John’s.
The forum is sponsored by the Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and Innovation Fund in Engineering (LIFE) Program, which is a one-million-dollar 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 program also sponsors the annual Student LIFE Forum.
The day began with words of welcome from the Student Society “A” president, Meghan Boland; followed by the dean of engineering and applied science, Dr. Greg Naterer. Then, Mr. Tom Brophy, director of Student Success Programs, got students out of their seats and interacting with each other and faculty members through a mini People Up Meeting People (PUMP) session.
Participants also enjoyed two keynote speakers. Mr. Earl Ludlow, president and CEO of Newfoundland Power Inc., inspired students by discussing the challenges and successes he has experienced in his professional career, followed by a presentation of what he considers to be the “keys to success”. Ms. Kim Keating, engineering & technology team leader with Suncor Energy Inc., talked to the students about working in Arctic environments and the challenges associated with subsea protection.
Also throughout the day, students took part in break-out sessions led by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and members of Student Society “A” and were treated to a “Getting Hired” session which focused on everything from interpreting job advertisements to preparing cover letters to interview “Dos and Don’ts.” Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Andy Fisher, gave closing remarks and thanked the students for attending and making an investment in the leaders they could become.
The Angus Bruneau Student LIFE Program encourages and supports student leadership and innovation in engineering education, research and community service. The 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.