Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, December 8, 1999


$10 million bid at final stage

Huron to increase enrollment to combat cohort

Engineering committee extending office hours

USC looking at internet business

Millenium money to be announced

Waiting for the ball to drop

Caught on campus


Engineering committee extending office hours

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Three people on campus are looking for student input to solve an equation which has many people in the the engineering facutly perplexed.

The Engineering Science Review Team, established in October, has decided to extend its review of the practices and culture behind the faculty of engineering, said committee member and university ombudsperson, Frances Bauer.

"We haven't decided yet," Bauer said of the committee's wrap-up date. "There's been quite a bit of interest," she added.

The team, organized by the engineering department, consists of retired fire chief Gary Weese, City of London engineer John Jardine and Bauer. They will collaborate on a factual and confidential report about the history and culture of engineering, when the review concludes.

Engineering Undergraduate Society president Jason Goodhand said the appointment schedule for meeting with the committee has been so full, he still has not been able to meet with them.

Goodhand said he believes his meeting with the review team will help him better understand the preconceived notions many people have about engineers. "It's nice that there's an engineer on the committee, but it's fair that it's an external committee," he said.

The review team, which has met eight times since the beginning of November, will make recommendations to senior administration once they feel they have heard from all interested parties, Bauer said. "We'd like to hear from more first-year students so we get a wide and diverse group of people."

Ian Moore, acting dean of engineering sciences, said he met with the committee two weeks ago, to answer questions. "There's a perception in some parts of the university that there are, I guess, orientation week issues which need to be dealt with. The review team has been established to find out what really is the situation."

Moore, who was responsible for initializing the review team, said his hope and intention was to form an in-depth group, who could obtain input from people who are and are not connected with engineering.

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