The Rack - March 2021


The Rack - March 2021

Price : Lakehead Engineering Student Newspaper Issue: Winter 2021

Date: March 2021

A Year Online

Kayla Huneau

With almost one full year of online classes approaching us, students were asked to give feedback on the year. What was successful

for them and what new challenges arose? How they dealt with these setbacks or triumphs? Each student has had a very different experience

with the transition to a fully online year, and it has affected each one of us in a variety of ways. After asking students, we received

a variety of different answers and feedback.

What was something that was successful for you online?

[SC] Being online meant more access to professors, lectures, and recordings. So if you missed something you can easily go back and

look at it.

[VC] Online classes allowed more flexibility in terms of a class schedule. Some students travel often, this allows easier catch-up and

success in the class. This also allows for more family time because online exams mean finishing in a more timely fashion.

[JH] It is easier to stay on top of school work from home.

[BC] The flexibility in schedule as getting between classes takes significantly less time.

[Anon] I was able to save time driving to and from class on studying more.

[KH] Being native to Thunder Bay, I saved plenty of time driving to the university and instead spent the time studying, revising notes,

etc. I also enjoyed having lectures to watch for when I missed a class, instead of finding notes from a classmate.

What was a challenge for you this year?

[SC] Finding it hard to stay motivated at my desk, because it is also the place where I play games and chat with friends.

[VC] The most difficult part of online learning has to be the lack of a routine in day to day life. Spending so much time in my room

blended all of the days together. Weekends were very similar to weekdays. Another issue that I found was a lack of consistency between

professors. Different faculties addressed things differently in regards to exam format, class presentation, and just overall flexibility.

There was also a loss of the personal aspect of my education. Faces in a classroom became names on a black screen. I found it really

dehumanised colleagues, and that professor-student relationships didn't match the strength and empathy that I had come to know in

my first year.

[JH] Staying motivated to do school work when there are plenty of distractions.

[BC] Finding the motivation to study.

[Anon] I found it difficult to focus when learning on Zoom as opposed to in-person classes.

[KH] First semester I found it very difficult to focus and get work done when your personal space and work space and confined to the

same room.

How has your social life changed or remained the same after transitioning online?

[SC] Social life has transitioned to taking place 90% using the Engineering Discord.

[VC] Many friends stayed at home, hours away, to avoid paying unnecessary rent. Friends who are native to Thunder Bay avoided going

out in order to keep their families and themselves safe.

[JH] It’s difficult not to see friends in person, but we have come up with ways of getting together.

[BC] I am from out of town so my social life with back-home friends has not changed from last year, we interact online. Local friends I

don’t see and miss them, especially the ones made from school. Studying in person helps you realize we’re all in this together instead

of facing everything alone.

[Anon] I have been unable to see my friends often due to COVID-19 restrictions.

[KH] No longer seeing friends in person or very rarely, using Zoom or online platforms to chat it what I rely on now. Social distanced

outdoor walks are also nice!

What are new hobbies you found during lockdown?

[VC] Crocheting

[BC] Skateboarding!

[KH] Crocheting, sewing patches, puzzles.

What are some studying or academic tips you have for an online semester?

[SC] Actually go to your classes while they happen. Finding the time and motivation to watch them later is challenging.

[VC] Keep yourself highly motivated!

[JH] Give yourself a strict line between personal life and school work.

[BC] Music helps. I use it like a basketball team getting hyped up for a game, but instead I get myself to actually do school work.

[Anon] Don’t think that you don’t need to study just because tests/exams are online. Continue to stay organized and take good, consistent

notes to use for open-book exams.

[KH] Keep your space organized, always go to class (watching the videos later can be difficult), and keep your phone off.


A Look Inside

Page 1: A year online

Page 2: What’s inside?

Page 3: Our sponsors

Page 4: Who are we?

Page 5: Conferences!!

Page 6: National Engineering Month

Page 7: Our ESS Farewells

Page 8: Garret goes to CELC

Page 9: Mask Detection Research Project

Page 10: Covies in the (Socially-Distanced) Community

Page 11: A fun wordsearch!

Page 12: Another puzzle!



The 2020/21 Executive

President: Spencer Cameron

VP External: Garret Hoegi

VP Internal: Idoko Ameh

VP Social: Victoria Carlyle

VP Publications: Kayla Huneau

VP Finance: Jarryd Heale

Where can you find us?

Instagram: LakeheadESS

Facebook: LakeheadESS

Twitter: LakeheadESS



Issue Contributors

Kayla Huneau, Brayden Chartrand, Allison Farrish,

Spencer Cameron, Victoria Carlyle, Marko Javorac,

Garret Hoegi, Jarryd Heale

Rack Editor: Stephen Vasilopoulos

Are you interested in volunteering for ESS?

Did you have an idea for an event you want

to see this year?



The Engineering Student Society (ESS) of

Lakehead University is an organization that

collaborates with students, professors and industry

professionals to enhance the quality of

students’ education experience at LU. The

purpose of our organization is:

• To publicly promote the science of engineering

and the knowledge of its membership

in connection with all facets of engineering.

• To promote and support educational, social

and athletic events

• To provide information to the membership

regarding all professional engineering organizations

• To promote the history and traditions of the

profession of engineering

• To hold and attend conferences, meetings

and exhibitions for the discussion of engineering

problems and the exchange of

views in matters related to engineering

• To maintain and uphold the objectives of

the ESS and to constantly encourage membership

participation in ESS endeavours.


Allison Farrish

Online FYIC Experience

In November, I had the opportunity to attend FYIC, the

“First Year Integration Conference”. Many engineering students

from different Ontario universities connected over Zoom to learn

about leadership development and mental health. I am glad that I

chose to apply for this conference, as I was able to take away a

lot of valuable information. I attended various online presentations

with interesting topics and very knowledgeable speakers.

One highlight from the conference for me was a presentation titled

“Breaking down Imposter syndrome and unlocking your authentic

self”. The speaker was very enthusiastic and uplifting,

and it made me realize that I shouldn’t doubt my skills or discount

my achievements. In addition, another presentation that I

found very helpful was called “Fake it ‘til you make it”. Both

individuals were introverts, and they explained how they managed

being involved within their school despite being more reserved.

Throughout the conference, I also got the chance to learn

more about engineering. I attended presentations about different

engineering communities and societies in Ontario, and I learned

the steps required in order to be a Professional Engineer. Overall,

I think the students who organized FYIC did a great job of

creating an engaging online conference despite the current challenging

circumstances. The conference was filled with great

speakers and presentations, as well as many fun activities. I

gained valuable insight regarding mental health and leadership in

engineering, and I also learned a lot about myself.

Brayden Chartrand

LEC and OEC 2021

Engineering competitions: They have been around here

longer than I have (probably). This year I along with my teammate

Rebecca A. had the opportunity to compete in the LU Engineering

Competition (LEC) and qualified for the Ontario Engineering

Competition (OEC). Both competitions are separated into

several categories based on what you are interested in doing,

such as debating, Jr. and Sr. Design and our event of choice

reengineering. As the name would suggest our task was to repurpose

or redesign a product or system to be more effective or economical.

Both competitions began with a similar experience, we

were given a case topic a week before the competition where we

would have to come up with a solution and a presentation arguing

the feasibility and effectiveness of our ideas. OEC however

gave an additional case the first day of the competition then gave

a submission deadline to see how we would preform under a

time restriction.

Overall, both competitions are great experiences. There are

speakers and career fairs throughout the day as well as social

events in the evening. Even though you are in competition everyone

is very friendly about it. I was able to meet other people

from universities across the province as well as participate in

events such as a scavenger hunt (with a cash prize) and game

nights. This also forced me to improve my presentation skills

which will help me down the line as it seems this profession is

littered with presentations.

Would I recommend LEC? No, because I don’t want to

have to compete with more people. Would I actually recommend

LEC? Yes, of course! It is a fun competition where you get an

opportunity to meet a variety of different people and get to hear

a bunch of unique solutions to the same problem.


Be sure to keep up to date with ESS

social media and check your emails for

upcoming events and opportunities!

Engineering Clubs on Campus

If you haven’t checked out some of these amazing

groups, you should do so ASAP—the skills you learn are

all about what you put into it, not what you pay into it!

Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME)

Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)

Lakehead Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE)

Lakehead Racing


Kayla Huneau

National Engineering Month

Every year in March, provincial and territorial engineering

bodies celebrate National Engineering Month

(NEM). It is led by Engineers Canada and celebrated by

student, professors, engineers, and future engineers. Engineers

showcase their accomplishments as a way to

teach youth and aspiring engineers. This year, NEM Ontario

is holding a variety of events and workshops via

Zoom to educate post secondary students more about engineering

ethics, culture, and its impact. As well as

events regarding diversity and inclusion. All events being

held can be found at:

The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students

(CFES) is also holding various events for NEM. These

can all be found on their website, Instagram, and Facebook:

Thank you from ESS!

The ESS Executive would like to thank all the engineering students for an unforgettable year! We

would like to thank all of our directorship positions and anyone who volunteered their time to help the

executive with projects, events, cannon painting, or anything else this year. We would like to thank all

the students who have come to the weekly meetings, general meeting, or ESS office hours on the Discord.

Thank you to the students who have provided feedback or suggestions on anything we have done

this year or will do in the future. Thank you to all of the students who came to our online events! The

first ever online Frosh was a great success and kick off for the year. The online B*tch & Stitch and

online workshops, both via Discord, had excellent turn out and we cannot not thank you more for the

support. A final thank you to the faculty for adapting to a different delivery method and continuing to

guide us to success. Good luck on any lingering midterms, final exams, and whatever else the future



Current Executives

Our ESS Farewells

ESS President - Spencer Cameron

Between classes moving online, COVID-19 lockdowns, and now the cyberattack, this year has not been what

any of us have asked for when going to university and trying to complete a degree. I know that it definitely was not

what I was expecting when I ran for ESS President last year. That said, I am glad I did as there has never been a

time as important as is now to help students and ensure we all have the opportunity to succeed. The fact that we

have all adapted to this temporary way of life while working towards a degree, one of the most difficult things

most of us have done so far, just shows how strong we have become in order to succeed. While maintaining good

marks is an important thing please remember to check in with yourself regularly in order to keep your mental

health up, as it is paramount.

I would like to thank you for electing me into this position as it has been a great learning opportunity and it is

for that reason why I will run again in the next ESS election as I would like to grow. If you have ever thought of

becoming more involved with ESS I could not encourage it more. Even if you don’t want the responsibility of an

executive position, there are still many ways to participate. I would encourage any of you to reach out and participate

in the events that ESS runs and apply to go to conferences that are hosted throughout Ontario that we send students

to. Even if they are virtual for the time being, it is still a great learning opportunity. Good luck on your finals,

and I hope that I will see you all again next year when things have calmed down a bit more (and if they haven't ,

please don’t come for me saying I jinxed it).

V.P. External - Garret Hoegi

Hello all! It has been a very unprecedented year for EngSoc and my position. Regardless of this, it has been

an absolute pleasure to serve you all as this year’s V.P. External, it has been a highlight of my final year at Lakehead

University. I would like to wish you all farewell and good luck not only in the rest of your academic career

but in your future career as well.

V.P. Publications - Kayla Huneau

My name is Kayla Huneau and I had the privilege of being the ESS V.P. Publications for this past year. I want

to thank the students and other executives for making this is a phenomenal year while being hours away from each

other. This year has definitely been a challenge as I was only half way through my first year before being sent

home and been told we would finish the year online. This was not anticipated, however, it has been an amazing experience.

While being very far away we have all kept in touch via social media, and the engineering discord (that I

just learned how to use… maybe?). Thank you all for a fantastic year and good luck with everything the future

holds. I hope to see you next year, wherever that may be.

V. P. Social - Victoria Carlyle

My name is Victoria Carlyle and I have been the ESS V.P. Social for this past school year. I am grateful to

have occupied this position and learned from the challenges and unique characteristics of this unprecedented

school year. I spearheaded the first year of Lakehead University’s Duckling Program. We had more than 100 combined

participants between mentors and mentees, and the feedback we received has allowed us to plan ahead for

next year and positively impact more incoming students! In terms of social events, the pandemic allowed us to

have a greater involvement with our Georgian student body! Lakehead Engineering Frosh has never before had

Georgian attendees, and the presence of those students was so valuable to us as executives. This year marked the

first online B*tch and Stitch sewing events and also active engagement on our Discord server! For a year that kept

us so far apart, who could have imagined it would bring us so uniquely together? It was an honour to be your V.P.

Social. I hope to see you all around (and hopefully in person) next year.

V.P. Finance - Jarryd Heale

To the engineering students and the executives. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your V.P. Finance

for the 2020-2021 school year. Even though we are all distant learning and away from our classmates, we

have learned another skill thanks to COVID; Separating work and school and personal lives - all while in the same

living space. Even though I was not in this position for long, it gave me great experience working in a group while

supporting the needs of our students. It was a tough year for all of us learning a new way of schooling, but I want

to ensure you that we will all get through it together and eventually graduate! Thank you again and I hope to see

you all around the school if its in person next year! Good luck with exams and have a great summer!


Getting Involved!!

Garret Hoegi

CELC 2021

The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students

(CFES) Canadian Engineering Leadership Conference

(CELC) is a conference that brings together future and

current student leaders of the engineering community

across Canada. This year’s CELC was hosted online by

the National Executive of CFES and it offered three

streams for delegates to attend. Leadership stream, Development

stream, and Voting member stream. As Lakehead’s

voting member I was able to attend the voting

stream over the length of the conference. Over the course

of the conference, the voting members from across Canada

held many valuable conversations about the different

issues effecting engineering societies and students right

now. These included topics like the UN Sustainable Development

goals, how COVID-19 is affecting students,

and online education.

Along with these talks there were other events held

at CELC, including CFES elections, a charity auction,

and SNL events. This year’s CFES elections saw many

qualified individuals running for next year’s National

Executive. Candidates were asked to give speeches to the

voting members of CFES to highlight their skills, abilities,

and platform points. After this, all candidates were

put through a question and answer period with each of

the regions of CFES and then were voted on by the voting

members of CFES. This year’s charity auction was a

smashing success, with plenty of items donated by

schools across Ontario. Over $3,700 were raised a for with the highest selling item being $600.

This year’s CELC was amazing and a well puttogether

conference. I would recommend for anyone

who gets the chance to go to this… absolutely take it,

and, hats off to the conference organizers and volunteers

that made this happen.

Places to Check Out

Engineers Without Borders-Lakehead


PEO-Lakehead Chapter

OACETT-Thunder Bay Chapter


Kayla Huneau

Facemask Detection Research Project

Peter Sertic, Yash Gupta, and Marko Javorac, Software

engineering students at Lakehead University are designing

and developing a computer facemask detection

system using AI for COVID-19 prevention. Mask wearing

has become a mandatory action enforced all over the

world. Mask detection is important because it enhances

safety and security in the altered environment COVID-19

has created. It will also automate compliance in a business

or consumer environment. Their objective for this

project is to come up with hardware and software that accurately

and efficiently detects whether or not a person is

wearing a mask that complies with guidelines upon entry

to a business or facility, then relay this message back to

the business quickly so that it can be enforced and corrected.


Covies in the Socially Distanced Community

Due to current events, we have not been able to hold events… :(

Here’s some socially distanced Covies in the Community

Cannon Committee: Brianne Walford, Luke Loree-Spacek, Julie

Hauth, and Victoria Carlyle with the Christmas Cannon

Cannon Kiddos: Julie Hauth and Victoria Carlyle

Cannon Kiddos: Brianne Walford and Luke Loree-Spacek

Brianne Walford with the January Cannon





2. Creates nuclear energy 1. Forestry/mining/ocean

7. Checks energy plant performance 3. Uses electrical circuits in houses

9. Oil or mining 4. Robot programmer

10. Making goods production efficient 5. Designs and builds kitchen

11. Uses motion, energy, and force 6. Makes computer software

8. Makes spaceships


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