Engineering

Candidates

Students' Council (5 seats available)

Andrew Batycki

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My name is Andrew Batycki and I’m a third year environmental engineering student. I’m running for re-election on student council because I believe in student governance. I’ve served on council for two terms and have represented the faculty of engineering to the best of my abilities. Throughout this time, one of the biggest issues I’ve seen impacting our faculty is student engagement. A lot of engineering students don’t know where their student fees go and that’s a problem. I want to increase engagement within our faculty, I want better consultation when big issues are coming to vote, and most of all I want the faculty of engineering to feel like a part of the larger campus community. This year I served on four different committees and spent countless hours every week trying to improve the lives of students. Some of the work I’ve done on council includes co-authoring an open education policy for the Student Union, helping update the UASU cares page to make resources for survivors of sexual assault more accessible, and helping write the adjudication documents for student green fund grants. In a year where tuition is rising 7%, strong student leaders are necessary. If re-elected, I will use my experience in student government to stand up for all engineering students. On March 17th and 18th please vote Andrew Batycki for engineering councillor.

Farhana Rahman

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Hi my name is Farhana Rahman and I am a third year Chemical Engineering student. I love getting to know new people and like spending most of my time outdoors . This year I am running to advocate for Inclusivity, diversity and mental health. I would love the opportunity to represent my faculty and voice your concerns. So make sure to vote on March 17th and 18th !

Harnoor Kalra

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Hi everyone, I am Harnoor, a first year engineering international student. Quick fact about me: I have been the Student leader of my school of 4000+ students so I have quite a lot of experience.

I am running for GFC + SU councillor because I want to give the students a voice and make sure it is heard. Engineering is one of the most hardcore disciplines and I want to advocate for the issues being faced by the students.

Being a woman of colour along with being an international student, we face more problems than most people, so I will work towards creating a safer and more sustainable environment at the UofA and make sure that the university is held accountable for the education of all the students including the international students, part of which is making available optional CR/NCR to students.

The pandemic has caused a lot of stress and issues among people. I want everyone to know that mental health is something which I do not take lightly and spreading awareness and just simply lending an ear to people who need it is big on my agenda list.

If elected, I will make sure that all your opinions are heard and questions heard. If you need to talk or ask me anything please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at hkalra@ualberta.ca.

Siddharth Thakur

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Hi, My name is Siddharth Thakur, and I am a First Year Engineering student running for SU and GFC seats in Engineering. I hail from India, but reside in Saudi Arabia currently. I have a huge passion for playing sports, in particular basketball and Football, but I’ll always try out new sports, depending on what the people around me want to play. This is an attitude I have towards life as well, where I will always strive to try out new things and accommodate the wants and ideas of people, and never hesitate to take a backseat in order to come to a reasonable solution. Apart from that, I love reading, and am always up for recommendations. My reason to run for the SU and GFC in engineering is because I want to contribute and give back to the UASU and the Engineering community with my viewpoints and opinions, and be a bridge to connect the ideas of engineering students to the ears of the University with the help of the other council members and the platform provided by the UASU. As a first year who has spent entire University life in the four walls of my home, I know that we have issues that need to be addressed, especially in the Engineering department, and I want to work with my peers in order to have a better experience moving forward.

Moosa Zafar

My name is Muhammad Moosa Zafar and I am a candidate for the Students Union Engineering Councilor. I am a Mechanical engineering student and its my third year at the university. Usually in my off time I love to take photos, paint, and create videos. I love landscape photography which leads me to go a lot outdoors. I love hiking and biking! I’m also very invested in teaching and helping my peers as teaching is one of my passions too. By running fir the Su council I am, I want to be able to represent my faculty and piers and bring about topics that aren’t discussed or haven’t been an emphasis. I want to work with people of my faculty and others and voice the concerns that haven’t been brought up. I want to work towards more accessible help for the the students and more hands on opportunities . With your help we can make studying at university of Alberta easier and more effective

Dumisani Gausi

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Hi everyone, my name is Dumisani Gausi, a second-year mechanical engineering student. I come from Malawi; a small country located in Southwest Africa. My past leadership experience includes holding the positions of vice-president of the business club as well as an elected school leader in high school. Through these positions, I have learnt the true meaning of service and am eager to put this to use for you. With the pandemic came a switch to online classes. This switch has impacted our faculty possibly the hardest as we no longer have the ability to meet fellow students and work through the seemingly impossible workload in engineering. This has also affected the mental health of many of us as these person-to-person connections were vital for day-to-day survival. This has left many engineering students without a community to lean on even with the addition of discord. If elected to office, I aim to strengthen the community amongst students with programs which would interest a larger pool of students than the current ones do. I also plan to increase the number of mental health resources available to engineering students while strengthening the current ones. Finally, I hope to promote inclusivity within the faculty of engineering by ensuring everyone’s voice is acknowledged in the decision process.

General Faculties Council (6 seats available)

Andrew Batycki

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My name is Andrew Batycki and I’m a third year environmental engineering student. I’m running for re-election on student council because I believe in student governance. I’ve served on council for two terms and have represented the faculty of engineering to the best of my abilities. Throughout this time, one of the biggest issues I’ve seen impacting our faculty is student engagement. A lot of engineering students don’t know where their student fees go and that’s a problem. I want to increase engagement within our faculty, I want better consultation when big issues are coming to vote, and most of all I want the faculty of engineering to feel like a part of the larger campus community. This year I served on four different committees and spent countless hours every week trying to improve the lives of students. Some of the work I’ve done on council includes co-authoring an open education policy for the Student Union, helping update the UASU cares page to make resources for survivors of sexual assault more accessible, and helping write the adjudication documents for student green fund grants. In a year where tuition is rising 7%, strong student leaders are necessary. If re-elected, I will use my experience in student government to stand up for all engineering students. On March 17th and 18th please vote Andrew Batycki for engineering councillor.

Chanpreet Singh

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Hi Eng folks, I am Chanpreet Singh and I am running to be your next GFC Engineering councillor. I am a third-year Computer Engineering student (Software Co-op) and the President of the largest campus association the International Students' Association (ISA). I would essentially promise only those things that are achievable rather than things that are only promised to be forgotten. I have made my platform around this vision and the four most important things that I want to achieve as your representative are: First - Resolve the current online learning concerns by advocating for making lectures recorded, banning participation grades and reducing the use of the SEM. Second - Advocate for greater students’ representation within GFC and its standing committees as that's where most work gets done. Third - be totally transparent and accountable, I am there for you all as your representative, thus I will ensure that I consult you prior to voicing concerns or advocating on your behalf. Fourth - Safeguard engineering students' interests in the new college model. I will not promise lower tuition since that's simply not what the GFC does. I have been extensively engaged in student governance as the ISA President and fully understand the advocacy pathways, roles of governance bodies and operating frameworks to navigate the right governance path. Engineering folks, I promise that you will see Chanpreet boldly speaking in GFC for you to safeguard your interests. Learn more about me on my website vote4chanpreet.com or insta account @chan_engg_.

Farhana Rahman

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Hi my name is Farhana Rahman and I am a third year Chemical Engineering student. I love getting to know new people and like spending most of my time outdoors . This year I am running to advocate for Inclusivity, diversity and mental health. I would love the opportunity to represent my faculty and voice your concerns. So make sure to vote on March 17th and 18th !

Harnoor Kalra

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Hi everyone, I am Harnoor, a first year engineering international student. Quick fact about me: I have been the Student leader of my school of 4000+ students so I have quite a lot of experience.

I am running for GFC + SU councillor because I want to give the students a voice and make sure it is heard. Engineering is one of the most hardcore disciplines and I want to advocate for the issues being faced by the students.

Being a woman of colour along with being an international student, we face more problems than most people, so I will work towards creating a safer and more sustainable environment at the UofA and make sure that the university is held accountable for the education of all the students including the international students, part of which is making available optional CR/NCR to students.

The pandemic has caused a lot of stress and issues among people. I want everyone to know that mental health is something which I do not take lightly and spreading awareness and just simply lending an ear to people who need it is big on my agenda list.

If elected, I will make sure that all your opinions are heard and questions heard. If you need to talk or ask me anything please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at hkalra@ualberta.ca.

Siddharth Thakur

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Hi, My name is Siddharth Thakur, and I am a First Year Engineering student running for SU and GFC seats in Engineering. I hail from India, but reside in Saudi Arabia currently. I have a huge passion for playing sports, in particular basketball and Football, but I’ll always try out new sports, depending on what the people around me want to play. This is an attitude I have towards life as well, where I will always strive to try out new things and accommodate the wants and ideas of people, and never hesitate to take a backseat in order to come to a reasonable solution. Apart from that, I love reading, and am always up for recommendations. My reason to run for the SU and GFC in engineering is because I want to contribute and give back to the UASU and the Engineering community with my viewpoints and opinions, and be a bridge to connect the ideas of engineering students to the ears of the University with the help of the other council members and the platform provided by the UASU. As a first year who has spent entire University life in the four walls of my home, I know that we have issues that need to be addressed, especially in the Engineering department, and I want to work with my peers in order to have a better experience moving forward.

Adrian Wattamaniuk

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My name is Adrian Wattamaniuk, and I am a second-year engineering student running to be one of your next GFC Representatives. I have spent the last year on GFC advocating passionately on your behalf, particularly on restructuring and remote learning. I am deeply committed to tackling the issues students in our faculty are facing and holding the senior administration to account. My commitment involves rigorous consultation with students, something I would be looking to expand upon this year, through surveys, involvement with discipline clubs, and consultation with key stakeholders. This will provide insight on where I can best target my advocacy and learn what issues students care most about.

As the incoming President of the Engineering Students’ Society, my additional role on GFC would allow me to bring important issues to the university community, funneling crucial advocacy work from our discipline clubs and student groups to the broader community. It is my goal to be the strongest advocate for engineering students that I can, and with that I ask that you vote Adrian Wattamaniuk for GFC Representative on March 17-18.

Tahmid Al Hafiz

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Hi, I am Hafiz, a 2nd year international undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. I am also the incumbent CRO at the Engineering Students' Society (ESS), and a Sustainability Ambassador for the UASU. Since childhood, I have been a strong advocate for nature and wildlife conservation and my life goal is to promote widespread implementation of sustainable design and eco-friendly engineering methods on a global scale. Aside from being an overworked (!) Engineering student — I am also a passionate soccer fanatic, chess geek, and a dinosaur enthusiast. I earnestly enjoy exploring the wilderness of mother earth while framing precious moments with my long-time trusty sidekick: the Nikon D500, whenever possible!

This year, I am running to be your GFC Representative from the Faculty of Engineering in the upcoming elections! My platform will primarily focus on ensuring that our voices are strongly represented on the council in the Collegial governance era, as well as fighting to overcome the current academic challenges revolving around remote learning; such as, making class recordings mandatory, dissolving synchronous labs etc. I shall also profoundly push to remove online proctoring and raise my voice against overly difficult & lengthy online exams.

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