We are proud to announce that SE student Céline O'Neil won the Karen Mark Scholarship. "The scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year Engineering undergraduate female student based on excellent academic achievement and demonstrated involvement and contributions to student life at Waterloo." Céline has contributed to EngSoc in a variety of important roles over the last three years, with titles including Director, VP, Commissioner, and Staff.
SE101 Teaching Assistant (and SE alumnus) Rollen D'Souza won the Sanford Fleming FoundationTeaching Assistant Award. Way to go Rollen! This award is based on nominations from the students, and recognizes Rollen's extraordinary commitment to and mentorship of the students in their first term at the University of Waterloo.
The Software Engineering students have created a new student society, SE Soc, to facilitate inter-cohort activities. Before the creation of the SE Soc, SE students had cohort-based representation from class reps and faculty-level representation from organizations such as the Math Society and the Engineering Society, but no level of organization to coordinate activities such as resume critiques, where older students help younger students within the SE program.
Second year SE students Ayush Kapur, Edwin Zhang, and Ibrahim Irfan worked together to claim one of the top prizes at Hack The North this past weekend. They developed a novel biometric authentication technique based on scanning palm veins with infrared light, called In Vein. Their project used the OpenCV and TensorFlow libraries for processing the images. The results are reported using a Node.js web app and a servo motor that opens a physical door. Keep up the good work!