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Electrical Engineering Graduate Students' Association

Welcome to the home page of the Electrical Engineering Graduate Students' Association (EEGSA), we hope that these pages will be useful to you. The Electrical Engineering program is part of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) at the University of Ottawa.

You can find an electronic version of the 2012-2013 ELG graduate student information & tips flyer here.


NEWS

Upcoming events

First Event: Joint Coffee Social
Hello ELG students, EEGSA, SPIE and IEEE are inviting students to coffee social event that will provide students the opportunity to meet and greet with their fellows in Photonics and Electrical Engineering.

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 3:30-4:30 pm.
Location: SITE 5084, 5th floor.
Format: Informal drop-in coffee social. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Election Room Change
A number of students have requested we move the voting location to SITE. We have changed our scheduling and location in response. Here are the updated location and times to vote: Oct. 28 (today): now to 4pm at CBY B407 (ask for Roy). Oct. 29 (tomorrow): 10am to 4pm at SITE 3005 (ask for Altaf). Oct. 30 (Thursday): 10am to 1:30pm at SITE 3005 (ask for Altaf). Elections will end on Thursday Oct. 30 at 1:30pm. We will open the ballots at SITE 3005 on Friday afternoon, and the election candidates will be invited as witness to our ballot counting process.

Election Candidates for 2014-2015
We have a few election candidates! Two for the president position, and one for the vice-president position. We are still accepting new candidates until Oct. 26. You may stop by CBY B407 (ask for Roy) to vote, anytime between Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 (10am to 4pm). Here is what they have to say!

Moayad Aloqaily (Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidate)
Hi to all uOttawa graduate students. I am a PHD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. There are many reasons why I chose to run for the election of EEGSA; however, the most important one is to devote myself to convey your needs and concerns. I have always enjoyed meeting graduate students and discuss their academic and life issues. My main goal is to help you and your friends to find comprehensive academic solutions for common problems and of course to receive the activities that you deserve, however, the only way that I can be a strong voice for students is if I have your help.
I can always find the time and the effort to sit and talk, please feel free to contact me at maloq025 _at_ uottawa dot ca

Danial Nakhaeinia (Presidential Candidate and Vice-Presidential Candidate)
I am running for EEGSA President. My personal and professional experiences as an international student, lecturer and team leader have equipped me with the initiative, passion, competency, and commitment necessary to succeed in this position. I have never believed in accepting the existing state of affairs, and I strongly feel that there is always something that can be done to improve our situation. As EEGSA president, I will strive to manifest a strong community by organizing more events, seminars and workshops. Furthermore, it is critical that the most vital link between ourselves and our university community be constantly presented with a strong voice to broadcast our concerns about the part we play here at Uottawa.

Ibrahim Buamod (Vice-Presidential Candidate)
Hello, uOttawa graduate engineers. I am Ibrahim Buamod a Master student and I'm running for Vice president for the 2014-2015 School Year. As my Job is ensuring that the President make ethical decisions and helping him in organizing the events. For this year I'm so determined to provide better events for all students.I will make sure to pick up a time that is suitable for all. Moreover the events that I thinking of are outstanding and amazing compared to the last events we had. My goal is to bring all graduate students together in the event to network and to know each other for a better association.

Why you should come vote!
According to our constitution, we need 10% of our population to cast a valid vote, otherwise we will disband this association. We currently have 464 graduate ELG students (see page 12/22 from this report), so we need at least 47 valid votes.

If we do disband, future ELG students can still revive this association by presenting GSAED with student signatures on a petition. For this reason, we are not against disbanding if there is not enough interest (less than 10% of valid votes) in continuing this association. All funds will be returned to GSAED, as GSAED has been providing the only regular source of funding for EEGSA since its creation.

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Election for the 2014-2015 School Year
Quick update: Out last event was in April 2014, but we lost access to this website at the time. Advertisement was done through email, and we had a good 30+ people show up. We just got our access set up again, and this webpage will be updated more frequently.

It is time to do elections! It is time to pass on the torch! Due to the amount of work our current executives have, we will be unable to hold a full general assembly meeting. We will do instead ask students who are interested in being the president or vice-president of EEGSA to email us in the next 2 weeks with a statement, and we will post this statement on this website. After these 2 weeks, we will pick a date to vote where all currently registered ELG graduate students are encouraged to come to our office during a specific time window to cast a vote.

We will also be cutting down the amount of mandatory positions to only a president and vice-president. Most of us are here to do a graduate degree, not to run a full-blown student government. We will keep the Treasurer position as an optional position, but we encourage students who are interested in sitting on the EECS, Faculty, or GSAED council to apply directly with those councils: we will not be governing these councilors anymore. You may find out how to apply to the EECS and Faculty of Engineering council by contacting Arianne Gagne (the office next to conference room STE 5084).

The president of EEGSA should organize at least one event (social or academic) per school year; this could be a coffee social, joint-social events with other clubs (such as SPIE uOttawa, IEEE uOttawa, or another graduate student department from uOttawa), or a skills workshop (i.e. a LaTeX seminar was kindly offered by a CSI student in the past). This position is only as busy as you wish it to be!

The vice-president and treasurer of EEGSA must ensure the president of EEGSA makes ethical decisions, and does not misuse our funds. They should also assist the president with running this association.

According to our constitution, we need 10% of our population to cast a valid vote, otherwise we should disband this association. We currently have 464 graduate ELG students (see page 12/22 from this report), so we need at least 47 valid votes.

If we do disband, future ELG students can still revive this association by presenting GSAED with student signatures on a petition. For this reason, we are not against disbanding if there is not enough interest (less than 10% of valid votes) in continuing this association. All funds will be returned to GSAED, as GSAED has been providing the only regular source of funding for EEGSA since its creation.

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January 2013 Pool Pub Social
Come play pool at Maclaren's On Elgin at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on January 24!

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November 2012 Social at Pub 1848
Come join us at Pub 1848! You will need to pay for your own expenses. EEGSA is offering a deal on nachos or fries; details below:

Time: 7:00-10:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 7

Location: Pub 1848, near Tim Hortons on the upper levels of the University Centre (UCU).

The food deal: Informal pub social night. You may come anytime between 7-10pm. Feel free to bring friends who are uOttawa graduate students from other departments! You will pay for your own expenses. Other invited departments: CSGSA, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

EEGSA will purchase an order of nachos or fries or yam fries for a group of four graduate students if the following conditions are met:

1. Each of the four graduate students must present their uOttawa graduate student sticker (obtainable at UCU 230E) to one of the EEGSA executives (we will be wearing orange uOttawa Faculty of Engineering T-shirts). No sticker, no deal.

2. At least two of the four students in the group must be an ELG graduate student.

3. These four students have spent a total of at least $5 on food or drinks.

4. Each of the four graduate students must not have received this deal from EEGSA. For example, EEGSA will not offer this deal to a group where one of the students was in another group that had already received an order of fries from EEGSA.

5. The budget for this event has not been exhausted. The budget allows for around 20 nachos orders; first-come, first-served.

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Annual General Information Session
This year's general information session will be organized jointly with the Computer Science Graduate Student Association (CSGSA). The format will be a drop-in social coffee social. We have invited executives from IEEE student chapter, SPIE sutdent chapter, and CUPE to answer your questions.

Time: 2:30-4:00pm on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012.
Location: STE 5084.
Format: Informal drop-in coffee social. Coffee and light refreshments will
be provided.
Organizers & guests: EEGSA, CSGSA, and we have invited the IEEE, SPIE, and CUPE student chapters / club to join us. This social is a great opportunity to find out what all these student organizations can do for you, or how you may contribute to them.

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Entrepreneur Course for Engineers
Prof. Hanan Anis will be teaching an entrepreneurs course this fall semester, GNG 4100. You may find the course outline here.

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August EEGSA Social BBQ @ Mooney's Bay
Join the EEGSA and SPIE executives for some recreational beach volleyball and light BBQ at Mooney's Bay on Saturday, August 25! We will start at noon. This is a free event. If you're interested, you must RSVP via email to eegsa@site.uottawa.ca and include your dietary constraints (if any) before August 23. We will cancel this event if there are less than 10 RSVPs.

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U-Pass Distribution Information
The U-Pass distribution will take place from August 21st until September 14th, 2012 in the University Centre couch lounge. After this period, passes will be available at the SFUO Main Office (UCU 07). The deadline to submit an exemption request is September 28th.

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Past events
Movie night with pizza
When: Wednesday, July 25th, 6pm
Location: SITE 5084, 5th floor

EEGSA and SPIE Students Chapter are inviting grad students to Summer Movie Night
This is informal event that will provide students with opportunity to get to know each other and to have some relaxing time.
We will have alos a short introduction of SPIE Students Chapter
Food wil be served at the event.
The poll results are in: we will be showing Kung Fu Panda 2!




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