The cheque goes to York engineers

Tim Munsie (at left) and Mariusz Boba (right), York engineering students, receive their prize from Anthony Bonner (centre), president and treasurer of the Canadian Society for Professional Engineers

York’s Engineering Society has won a province-wide competition hosted by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Not bad when York’s Engineering Program in the Faculty of Pure & Applied Science has been in existence for less than two years.

The competition was part of a membership drive aiming at students, and the $2,500 prize was for the group that signed up the most members per capita in OSPE’s Student Membership Program. The booty was given in the form of a cheque at an event organized by OSPE on May 10.

“We plan to use the money to refund the membership fees of those who signed up for an OPSE student membership, which was part of our local membership drive, as well as to fund the newly formed Engineers Without Borders chapter at York,” said Tim Munsie, who just finished his second year in York’s Engineering Program. “Also, at the request of the Canadian Ssociety of Professional Engineers, we will be holding a engineering student social gathering.”

Munsie explained that OSPE is a special group created by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Canadian Society of Professional Engineers in 2000, set up to lobby and provide services, such as group insurance and other affinity program for engineers.

“PEO is a regulatory board for the government under law, and hence cannot lobby or provide such member services as a primary function,”  said Munsie.