A New Future for Females


By Alison Rockley

The enrollment of women in engineering has significantly risen since the 1960’s, when women first started entering this field. And trends across universities show that this number is going to keep rising. Queen’s University has one of the highest rates of female engineers in major Canadian universities.

The percentage of women in engineering at Queen’s was 23% in 2008, and rose to 28.1% in 2010. Even the number of girls in male-dominated disciplines …

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Lost in Vegas

By Catherine Owsik

Welcome to Las Vegas, Kingston, Ontario.” Well, that wasn’t exactly announced, but on Saturday, Nov. 3, a chunk of Queen’s campus was transformed into a smaller version of Sin City for the night. It was Science Formal, an annual gala held inside Grant and Kingston Halls that may be likened to the prom of Queen’s University; only fourth-year engineering students and their dates can attend and there’s a lot of mayhem before, during and after the event.

The twist is that Science Formal isn’t just another prom; it’s an engineering spectacle, complete with rigorous planning, insightful creativity and hard labour. The labour is one of the most impressive aspects to Science Formal. Everything inside the venue, from the murals to the chairs, is hand-made by engineering students and their dates prior to the event. Unless they request and receive a reduction, each engineering student must complete 40 hours of work; a non-engineering date must complete 15 hours. In addition to this, the Science Formal committee spends 13 months …

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Integrated into Engineering

By Alison Rockley

The Integrated Learning Center, otherwise known as the ILC, was built in 2003 and is the home to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s. What makes the ILC unique is that it is a live building, meaning its mechanical, structural and electrical systems are monitored and recorded for people to view. In many areas of the building, systems are visible to students through glass sheets in the floors and walls.

The building is based on being energy-efficient. A complex system …

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A Roadway Revolution

By Elena Routledge

About 5 million kilometers of paved road currently exists in Canada and the United States alone. This length is equivalent to driving along the Earth’s equatorial belt over 120 times — road trip anyone?

According to a study done by the American Geophysical Union in 2004 there is over 75,012 square kilometers of pavement (including parking lots and driveways) in the United States alone. Now, imagine if this area was covered by solar panels instead of pavement. Imagine the power.

An American company, Solar Roadways Inc, is trying to make this radical idea become a reality. They have created “Solar Road Panels” which can withstand the weight of cars, and can essentially …

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Robots Take to the Seas

(Source: MAST)

No matter what method of transportation you take, travelling in the summer can be particularly stressful. Traffic slows you down, gas prices break the bank and figuring out your GPS is hardly ever worth it. However, a Queen’s design team is dreaming of a way to eliminate these summer travel worries – all in the luxury of a sailboat.

The Queen’s Mostly Autonomous Sailboat Team (QMAST) designs, constructs and races sailboats capable of navigating without human interaction. Cue your dream come true of lounging on a boat to cross Lake Ontario without worrying about navigation or even looking at a map.

QMAST is a student-run engineering design team …

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