Building community with a new Waterloo Engineering tradition

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Engineering is a profession long steeped in tradition, with the symbolism of hard hats and Iron Rings held in high esteem.

This September, the Faculty of Engineering is introducing a new tradition – the Waterloo Engineering pin - to symbolize students’ commitment to their studies and to each other.

First-year students will receive pins designed by fourth-year mechatronics student Gordon Fountain during their first few weeks of classes in exchange for their pledge to uphold the highest ethical standards of learning, conduct and professionalism.

The commitment pledge features four fundamental principles – community, responsibility, innovation and excellence. With their signature, each student will commit to reflect these values in everyday campus interactions and to make a positive difference.  

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