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.  

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: Jonathan Swyers (president@skule.ca)
Who am I?
I'm an ECE1T7T1+PEY, focusing on software and pursuing an engineering minor in business. I absolutely love the Skule community and am so excited to be representing you as EngSoc President!
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. Focus on getting students engaged by enabling them to explore their passions through a new "Skule Calendar" and by ultimately being transparent.
2. Work to improve the influence we have on younger generations by emphasizing effective support systems.
3. Improve the professional services available to us to help us grow and expand our career options.
4. Solidify the Equity and Inclusivity Director portfolio, creating a solid foundation to build on.
5. Ensure consistency in our Bylaws by restructuring and refactoring for accuracy and readability.
Fun fact
Not sure if it's a "fun" fact per se, but if you reference me as Jonathan when I'm not in the room, chances are no one will know who you're talking about, since most people call me by my last name.
Vice-President Finance: Aron Sankar (vpfinance@skule.ca)
Who am I?
I'm an INDY 1T7 + PEY specializing in Operations Research, former Suds Manager, and that guy who signs your cheques.
Key responsibilities
1. Engineering Society Operating Budget
2. Club Funding
3. Skule Endowment Fund
4. Temporary Levy Fund
5. Cheque Requisitions
6. Special Projects Funding
7. Overseeing the Finance Committee
Goals for the year
1. Increase awareness and engagement from the student population as to the potential funding and sponsorship resources available.
2. Improve current funding guidelines to be more objective and equitable across clubs and disciplines.
3. Foster greater integration between the Commercial Operations of the Society.
4. Prioritize broad reaching projects that can affect all students and not just groups that specifically request funds.
Fun fact
In an informal straw poll Aron was the first one to be voted out of the EngSoc Office.
Vice-President Communications: Harry Jiang (vpcomm@skule.ca)
Who am I?
I’m an EngSci 1T9 going into the [undecided] Option. I was the EngSoc Webmaster in the past year, and was responsible for redesigning courses.skule. ca.
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
Goals for the year
1. Improve EngSoc’s web infrastructure by ensuring a consistent aesthetic to our websites, as well as revamping the design and operation of digest.skule.ca.
2. Work with the newly created Branding Directorship to build a strong brand presence of EngSoc among the student population.
3. Expand and Improve EngSoc's social media presence.
4. Make student governance at the Engineering Society more easily understandable and accessible.
Fun fact
I made this website!
Vice-President Academic: Sofia Tijanic (vpacademic@skule.ca)
Who am I?
I’m ECE 1T9 with no idea what I’m going to specialize in. I was ECE Academic director this past year, and am excited to take on a bigger role within the realm of Academic Advocacy!
Key responsibilities
1. Overseeing the Academic Advocacy Committee (AAC)
2. Designing Frosh Anti-Calendar
3. Supporting Class Representatives & Academic Directors
4. Managing Faculty Council Standing Committees (FCSC)
Goals for the year
1. Continue to develop and customize speakup.skule. ca to create the optimal user experience for each discipline.
2. Improve the policies and processes pertaining to petitions, probation and part-time enrollment.
3. Re-define Class Representative & Academic Director mandate and election process.
4. Make the Anti-Calendar more digitally accessible through courses.skule.ca.
5. Support the Engineering Career Centre (ECC) re- structuring through student input & representation, as well as feedback and accountability. 
Fun fact
Cats are better than dogs. [Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this message do not reflect those of the Engineering Society and the University of Toronto.]
Vice-President Student Life: Mahsa Naserifar (vpstudentlife@skule.ca)
Who am I?
I’m an ECE 1T9T1, and of course a person in this world among all others. I was the Hi-Skule director last year and the role gave me a new perspective for approaching student involvement in the SkuleTM community. I am so excited to work with the 1T7-1T8 EngSoc team as the VP Student Life and bring new ideas to the table!
Key responsibilities
1. Managing and monitoring Student club affiliations, orientation, and allocating space
2. Affiliation Committee, Positive Space Committee and the Finance Committee
3. Overseeing Orientation, Cannonball, Gradball, Skule Kup, SCOre, and the Equity and Inclusivity Directors
4. Working with the Design Team Association representative
5. Managing design and work spaces for the student clubs; 256 Mccaul, 704 Spadina and the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE)
Goals for the year
1. Reaching out to more students, get more people involved in Skule™ and student activities and reduce apathy
2. Increasing outgoing feedback from the members of the society
3. Engaging and streamlining clubs and club affiliation
4. Working with the faculty and outreach groups on campus to introduce our clubs to the first year students and the potential future students earlier on
5. Helping the affiliated clubs and project directorships to develop a clear vision for their outreach and recruitment of first-year members
Fun fact
Dogs are better than cats. [Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this message do also not reflect those of the Engineering Society and the University of Toronto.]
 

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 Rep: Medhaj Athilkar (medhaj.athilkar@mail.utoronto.ca)
At-Large Rep: Dareen Kutob (dareen.kutob@gmail.com)
At-Large Rep: Danja Papajani (danja.papajani@mail.utoronto.ca)
At-Large Rep: Twesh Upadhyaya (twesh.upadhyaya@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Rep: Lisa Zaher (lisa.zaher@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Rep: Arnab Rahman (arnab.rahman@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Rep: Vacant
Chemical Engineering Rep: Muskan Sethi (muskan.sethi@mail.utoronto.ca)
Civil Engineering Rep: Mackenzie De Carle (mackenzie.decarle@mail.utoronto.ca)
Computer Engineering Rep: Vacant
Electrical Engineering Rep: Ankita Khanda (a.khanda@mail.utoronto.ca)
Engineering Science Rep: Graeme Edwards (graeme.edwards@mail.utoronto.ca)
Industrial Engineering Rep: Carol Yeung (carol.yeung@mail.utoronto.ca)
Mechanical Engineering Rep: Eden Gough (eden.gough@mail.utoronto.ca)
MSE Rep: Ziqi Ding (ziqi.ding@mail.utoronto.ca)
Mineral Engineering Rep: Vacant
UTSU Rep (ex-officio): Shivani Nathoo (vpprofac@utsu.ca)
Speaker: Andrew Kidd (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.

Alumni Outreach Director: Vacant (alumnioutreach@skule.ca)
The Alumni Outreach Director develops the relationship between engineering alumni and current engineering students. They promote Skule’s activities and development to former students and work with other student groups and with the faculty to increase alumni engagement.
Archivist: Muskan Sethi (archivist@skule.ca)
The Archivist maintains the Skule Archives, a collection of physical and digital relics dating back to when the Little Red Skulehouse was still standing. They work with their team and the Engineering Alumni Association to gather, track, and preserve materials which reflect important aspects of our history. They document Skule’s current culture for students in the future to reflect on, and often offer events where current engineering students can engage with the history of their community.
Branding Director: Ethan Dean (branding@skule.ca)
The Branding Director develops the branding and promotion of the Engineering Society. They design graphics that promote understanding of EngSoc services and initiatives, and ensure consistency throughout EngSoc's graphics and formatting.
Cannon Editor-in-Chief: Dale Gottlieb (cannon@skule.ca)
The Cannon Editor runs the Cannon, Skule’s “serious” newspaper, dedicated to informing students about happenings on campus and related to the engineering profession. They coordinate a dedicated staff to publish editions to newsstands and online on a regular basis.
Cannonball Director: Katherine Rich (cannonball@skule.ca)
The Cannonball Director organizes Cannonball, the Skule-wide semi-formal dinner dance. They coordinate with a venue, caterers, and entertainment to provide a fun and memorable night for students.
Chief Returning Officer: Aleksei Ji Lung Wan (cro@skule.ca)
The CRO is a neutral body who conducts EngSoc elections, ensuring that they are run fairly and democratically. Along with their Deputy Returning Officers (or DROs) as part of the Office of Returning Officers (or OReO), they spend much of the year refining the election policies and scheduling the elections for the year.
Community Outreach Director: Andrea Gonzalez (community@skule.ca)
The Community Outreach Director coordinates efforts among the engineering community toward volunteerism, community service, and charity. They direct public campaigns driven by engineering students to benefit those in need.
Computer Systems Administrator: Kevin Hua (sysadmin@skule.ca)
The “Sysadmin” maintains EngSoc’s computers and its backend technical infrastructure including its local and remote servers. They also coordinate with the Webmaster to resolve technical problems which interfere with EngSoc services or resources, like this website.
Design Team Association Project Manager: Isaac Chung (dta@skule.ca)
The Design Team Association Project Manager is a new position that heads the Design Team Association. They coordinate the efforts of design teams to resolve their shared problems and they represent the interests of those teams to EngSoc.
Engineering Stores Managers: Annie Yu and Jonathan Norman (stores@skule.ca)
The Stores Managers operate the store where many students will pick up their first year textbooks, coveralls, or leather jackets. They work with their staff throughout the year to coordinate with student groups on campus, providing a central location for academic materials and other Skule necessities.
Equity and Inclusivity Director: Benjamin Kwashigah (equity@skule.ca)
The Equity and Inclusivity Director promotes awarenses of equity and inclusivity issues within the Skule community. They coordinate with clubs and university services to facilitate discussion and support, and work with the Ombudsperson to respond to the needs of students.
External Relations Director: Vacant (external@skule.ca)
The External Relations Director is a new position that develops the relationship between Skule and other student communities. They act as a delegate of EngSoc to several conferences where engineers gather and to the University of Toronto Student Union, and are a primary point of contact for inter-school initiatives.
F!rosh Handbook Editor: Mackenzie (Catherine) Campbell (handbook@skule.ca)
The Handbook Editor coordinates the production of the F!rosh Handbook which is mailed out to many F!rosh in the summer. They coordinate their team to introduce hundreds of incoming students to the Skule community and life at the University of Toronto. They also create the Skule Planner in the following summer.
Gradball Director: Vacant (gradball@skule.ca)
The Cannonball Director organizes Gradball, the Skule-wide formal dinner dance. They coordinate with a venue, caterers, and entertainment to provide a fun and memorable night for students.
Hard Hat Café Managers: Marawan Zaki and Hui Di (Wendy) Wang (cafeteria@skule.ca)
The Café Managers operate the café where students can pick up something to eat between classes. They work with their team to provide a central location for meals and snacks on campus and coordinate with a variety of suppliers to ensure that food is delivered and stored in a safe and timely manner.
Hi-Skule Liaison: Brandon Lista (hiskule@skule.ca)
The Hi-Skule Liaison leads Hi-Skule, a group dedicated to educating students in high school about engineering and what studying engineering entails. They coordinate with faculty to run recruitment events and with high school administrators to organize presentations to potential incoming students. A few of the other events they run include PreF!rosh, University of Toronto High School Design Competition and Designapalooza.
Mental Wellness Director: Vacant (mentalwellness@skule.ca)
The Mental Wellness Director promotes mental health awareness within the Skule community. They coordinate with professional services to direct students with mental health concerns to appropriate help and resources, and support stress relief activities for engineering students.
Ombudsperson: Carlos Fiel (ombudsperson@skule.ca)
The Ombudsperson is a neutral body who gathers feedback about all aspects of Skule and mediates interpersonal conflicts within EngSoc. In addition to running the Skule census every year, they make themselves available at all times to hear comments or complaints about EngSoc’s operations. The Ombudsperson ensures that feedback remains anonymous and is given to people who can attempt to address it.
Orientation Chair: Carol Yeung (orientation@skule.ca)
The “Orientation Chair” (or “OC”) organizes F!rosh Week, Skule’s orientation for incoming students. They build an Orientation Committee of Vice-Chairs and appoint Subcommittee Chairs and Head Leedurs to provide a fun week introduction to incoming students.
Professional Outreach Director: Shunshi (Matthew) Zhang (professionaloutreach@skule.ca)
The Professional Outreach Director educates engineering students about developments in the profession. They cooperate with organizations like the Professional Engineers of Ontario to disseminate information about professional opportunities and policy changes relevant to engineers in Canada.
Skule Kup Director: Chloe Oriotis (kup@skule.ca)
The Skule Kup Director organizes a year-long competition between the engineering disciplines. They develop a variety of events in which students can compete on behalf of their disciplines and have fun.
Skulebook Director: Kyle Tang (skulebook@skule.ca)
The Skulebook Editor coordinates the publication of the Skulebook, the annual yearbook available to all engineering students. They coordinate a creative team throughout the year to capture Skule’s fondest memories.
Sponsorship Director: Shengyu (Brad) Sun (sponsorship@skule.ca)
The Sponsorship Director builds relationships with sponsors in order to provide financial relief for EngSoc initiatives. They maintain a sponsorship package for events such as Cannonball, Gradball, Orientation, and they arrange the sale of advertisements in the Society publications.
Suds Managers: Devlen Malone and Saarthak Saxena (suds@skule.ca)
The Suds Managers operate Skule’s very own bar every Friday night in the Sandford Fleming basement. They work with a team of volunteer servers to provide a safe and stress-free environment for students to unwind and socialize.
Toike Oike Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Dixon (toike@skule.ca)
The Toike Oike Editor runs the Toike Oike or “Toike”, Skule’s humour newspaper, dedicated to making students laugh, satirizing the sillier aspects of life as a student at the University of Toronto, and Skule spirit. They coordinate contributors from engineering and Arts and Sciences faculties to publish regular editions across campus.
UTEK Director: Henry Xu (utek@skule.ca)
The “UTEK Director” organizes the competition where students can develop their engineering skills, network with professional engineers, and qualify for the Ontario Engineering Competition. They coordinate with alumni and external companies and work with their team to develop a series of events throughout the year.
Webmaster: Seif Sarofim (webmaster@skule.ca)
The Webmaster maintains the frontend web services that EngSoc provides, from this site to courses.skule.ca. They often help clubs set up Skule websites, and they coordinate with the Computer Systems Administrator to resolve problems which interfere with access to online services or resources.
 

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.
 
First-Year Representatives
First-Year Chemical Engineering Rep: Saif Rjaibi (saif.rjaibi@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Civil Engineering Rep: Amy Liu (ruixuan.liu@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Computer Engineering Rep: Dhruv Warrier (dhruv.warrier@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Electrical Engineering Rep: Joshua Pius (joshua.pius@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Engineering Science Rep A: Dingyuhan (Helen) Wang (helendyh.wang@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Engineering Science Rep B: Vacant
First-Year Industrial Engineering Rep A: Toufic Constantin (toufic.constantin@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Industrial Engineering Rep B: Tanishq Singh (tanishq.singh@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Rep: Min Tsung (Mark) Liao (mark.liao@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Mechanical Engineering Rep: Chetanya Choudhary (chetanya.choudhary@mail.utoronto.ca)
First-Year Mineral Engineering Rep: Vacant
First-Year TrackOne Engineering Rep: Mechanical (john.peri@mail.utoronto.ca)
 
Second-Year Representatives
Second-Year Chemical Engineering Rep: Madison Taylor Desembrana (madison.desembrana@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Civil Engineering Rep: Christian Elena Pavlidis (christian.pavlidis@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Computer Engineering Rep: Chris Dryden & Jane Illarionova (chris.dryden@mail.utoronto.ca, jane.illarionova@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Electrical Engineering Rep: Linda Wu (lindaa.wu@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Engineering Science Rep: Andrew Ming Wang (andrewming.wang@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Industrial Engineering Rep: Nojhat Hrishti (nojhat.hrishti@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Rep: Vacant
Second-Year Mechanical Engineering Rep: Max Glidden (max.glidden@mail.utoronto.ca)
Second-Year Mineral Engineering Rep: Demi De Silva (demi.desilva@mail.utoronto.ca)
 
Third-Year Representatives
Third-Year Chemical Engineering Reps: Leigh Mcneil-Taboika (leigh.mcneil.taboika@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Civil Engineering Rep: Andrew Lau (andrewcy.lau@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Computer Engineering Rep: Tim Fei (tim.fei@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Electrical Engineering Rep: Mohaimen Khan (mohaimen.khan@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Engineering Science Rep: Rebekah (Mi Sol) Kim (rebekah.kim@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Industrial Engineering Rep: Claire Goldsmith (claire.goldsmith@hotmail.com)
Third-Year Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Rep: Brittny Eileen Carter (brittny.carter@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Mechanical Engineering Rep: Marie Floryan (marie.floryan@mail.utoronto.ca)
Third-Year Mineral Engineering Rep: Vacant
 
Fourth-Year Representatives
Fourth-Year Chemical Engineering Rep: Bernadette Rose Skerl (bernadette.skerl@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Civil Engineering Rep: Kayla Steadman (kayla.steadman@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Computer Engineering Rep: Tania Albarghouthi (tania.albarghouthi@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Electrical Engineering Rep: Mitchell Au (mitchell.au@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Engineering Science Rep: Aidan Malone (aidan.malone@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Industrial Engineering Rep: Krysten Szatan (krysten.szatan@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Rep: Alan Stagg (a.stagg@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Mechanical Engineering Rep: Sourabh Das (sourabh.das@mail.utoronto.ca)
Fourth-Year Mineral Engineering Rep: Vacant

Ex-Officio Directors

Ex-Officios Directors are students from 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 Ex-Officio page.