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Published on Nov 8, 2017
The "E" word needs rebranding! With global challenges looming on the horizon in renewable energy, an aging population pyramid, and increasing demands on the earth's resources, the stakes are higher than ever to churn out quality engineering graduates. While this may be the case, more than half of Canadian Grade 9 & 10 students have an outdated perception of engineering careers; which in many cases prevents them from pursuing a career in engineering. The numbers just don't add up: the "E" Word provides a lens on how you, and how anyone, can take action. Samantha has also worked to impact her student community at the University of Toronto as Vice President Academic of the Engineering Society, recently leading a team to develop and launch an online platform to facilitate mid-course feedback for thousands of students across the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Her leadership in the University of Toronto community has been recognized through three Faculty-nominated awards in engineering leadership, as well as the 2017 Engineering Society Semi-Centennial Award. Samantha further sits on the BMO Millennial Leaders Advisory Council, a group of young women selected from engineering and business programs across Canada to provide feedback on corporate initiatives in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Samantha (when not working hard) can be found skiing, looking for an excuse to travel, or practicing classical voice. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx