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How engineers can contribute to the financial industry

cfeTo begin exploring how engineers can make their way into the financial industry, we will take a look at two alumni who have pioneered their own paths in this field – one who did whatever was necessary to earn positions with the most prestigious firms and one who started his own financial startups to compete against the largest in the business. Sherjan Husainie A graduate of EngSci Aerospace, Sherjan stepped into Skule knowing he was good at math and science. However, after a few years in the program and a summer at Ontario Power Generation in an engineering role, he …

Applying the Principle of Legitimacy to Mass Surveillance

738px-Three_Surveillance_camerasOver the past two years, the public has become aware of mass surveillance—warrant-less governmental surveillance of computer activity, phone, email, and other communications of millions of citizens and non-citizens. People accept and understand the need to intercept the communications of terrorists, but most (53% of Americans) feel that authorities have overreached and have been spying on too many innocent civilians or allies (for example the US has been spying on leaders of at least 35 countries including Israel, Brazil, and Germany) [1, 2]. Leaks to media explain exactly how agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) have also monitored …

Who Deserves to win the 2014 Ballon d’Or?

Ballon-dor-REUTERS-Michael-Buholzer2014 was a truly remarkable year for football that was highlighted by the dominant Germans winning the exhilarating World Cup in Brazil.  The group stage provided surprises such as Spain’s elimination as well as Costa Rica’s qualification in the last 16, at the expense of the European powerhouses, England and Italy. The biggest disappointment was Brazil’s capitulation in their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi finals that sent shockwaves around the football world. In the club scene, Real Madrid finally won their 10th Champions League title through the dynamic trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema and Atletico Madrid finally …

The Story of Tales Of Harmonia

14496627284_6a5388c13f_oClubs are a bit of a mystery at UofT. Right from the start the number of groups presenting themselves at the Frosh club fair can be very overwhelming. However, despite the vast array of available distractions at our university there are a number of students who haven’t taken the opportunity to put themselves out there. A big reason for this is simply a lack of information; it’s difficult for a student to discover all the clubs that meet on campus, and it’s even harder to learn about major clubs’ executive positions or especially about how to start one’s own club. …

Ferguson

15687793830_3748cab676_zI hope most people see where I’m going with this before being quick to dismiss what I’m trying to get across. Last Monday, a grand jury found that Darren Wilson should not be criminally charged for the shooting of Michael Brown. Understandably, the town of Ferguson, and much of the Internet, exploded with rage. You might agree that most of the public’s opinion, maybe even your own, is summarized pretty well by this tweet from @VancouverGuero: “So what we’ve all learned last night. It’s everyone else’s fault EXCEPT the police officer with the gun? Wow.” I think this is a …

ECE Soccer wins closely contested game over MSE

304624_246664392042814_1149778705_n6November 10, 2014 ECEs quick spurt of goals wins them a closely contested game over MSE. The game started with both teams bringing their best defensive effort as neither team was able to break through and score a goal in the first half. Both teams came out firing though, as a multitude of shots hitting the post and the crossbar signalled that perhaps the defensive coverages were solved. It did not take too long for MSE to score however, as they drew first blood, 1-0. And then ECE stepped on the pedal, scoring 4 goals in just 3 minutes.  It …

Chem Basketball breezes through MSE; stays undefeated

304624_246664392042814_1149778705_n6Chem basketball extended its winning streak to a league high 7 games, as they handily beat MSE with a score of 42-20. Chem came out firing from the gate as it started the game with a 14-2 run, headlined by their pressure defense forcing several turnovers from MSE. This led to plenty of fastbreak opportunities as MSE stayed on their heels. By putting their regular starting point guard, Patrick Polvorosa, at center, Chem emphasized speed and transition opportunities over MSEs lineup that featured plenty of bigs. MSE never recovered as the first half finished with a score of 22-8. The …

Five Reasons Why Chelsea Will Win The Premier League This Year

chelsea article title photo  Chelsea looks like the team to beat at the start of the Barclays Premier League. Let’s look at why they are poised to win the title in May 2015.   Reason #1: Defence Chelsea’s defence is the best in the league. With John Terry’s consistency and leadership at the back, the Blues cannot seem to put a wrong foot down. They are not the fastest of defenders, but the central defence partnership of Terry and Cahill offer stability and their communication with Courtois between the sticks is close to perfect. Mourinho has also put his faith in the young …

Fun ways to stay active in Skule

aIn the middle of midterms, it’s easy for engineering students to get tunnel vision. The world outside of that Stewart Calculus textbook seems to disappear and all that makes sense is debugging code or performing row operations. You’ve heard people talking about joining varsity or intramural sports teams to help them get exercise and have a bit of fun. It sounds like a good idea, until you remember the pile of problem sets, other clubs you’re involved in, and that thin shred of a social-life you’ve somehow managed to hang onto. Sports may seem like a bit much for most …

Toronto Raptors Season Preview

raptors-could-make-playoffsWe The North in its second season of renaissance. Last year, the Toronto Raptors season changed for the better after the Rudy Gay trade. The trade gave them a competent bench and a new identity. Gone are the times when the team would just alternate isolation possessions for Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan. The team decided that instead of tanking and trying to get enough ping pong balls for Andrew Wiggins, they would collectively play great system defense, share the ball and use their new found depth in order to win games. They had the best record in the Eastern …