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  • Nitin Fernandes

Get to know the Engineering and Women in Engineering societies

It’s tough to imagine a world without engineering! While it might not always be obvious, there is some form of engineering in everything we come across daily.

Cape Breton University (CBU) has two active engineering societies – the Engineering Society and the Women in Engineering Society. They regularly host events, and if you’re an aspiring engineer, you are likely to learn a lot by being a part of such occasions.

We recently interviewed Courtney McAllister, the President of both societies, to know more. Here are the excerpts from the interview:

Can you give us a brief introduction to the Engineering and Women in Engineering societies?

“The Engineering Society is the society for all engineering students at CBU. Our room, A-131, is a good spot to work on design projects or assignments. We are part of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students and the Atlantic Council of Engineering Students, which means engineering students at CBU are invited to participate in conferences and competitions both regionally and nationally! This year, the CBU team received second place in their regional competition category.

“The Women in Engineering Society is primarily for female identifying engineering students as a resource for equity in engineering, but we have members from other programs and non-female identifying members too.”

How has student participation been thus far?

“Pretty good! There is room for improvement but considering that we must follow pandemic restrictions, I think we had great participation in our events.”

Are there any activities planned in the near future?

“The Engineering Society hosted their end of year banquet on March 30, while the Women in Engineering Society is preparing to host a panel of professional engineers on April 5 from 12-1pm. We will be providing lunch and it is free to attend for everyone!”

You can follow the Engineering and Women in Engineering societies on Instagram at @cbuengsociety and @cbuwie.

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