It’s getting chilly out there! Fall is officially here, and campus is a busy place. Here are this week’s biggest news stories – happy reading!
Startup finds the ‘power’ at centre for engineering, entrepreneurship
Will Sloan for Ryerson Today – News & Events
If you’re launching a startup, you may know your product, but you may not always know your audience. At Ryerson’s Centre for Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE), great ideas get prepared for the market, and students become entrepreneurs.
Consider Abdeslem Kadri, founder and CTO of Power Roots, who is launching his electric design software with support from the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards. Born in Algeria, where he practiced electric engineering professionally, Kadri enrolled as an undergraduate in Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science (FEAS) to become certified in Canada.
In Algeria, he used a prototype of his Power Roots software to make his electric layout design work safer; at Ryerson, he brought the technology to CEIE. Kadri also audited the Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OSEIE), part of the suite of resources for entrepreneurial students in FEAS that allows students to enroll in additional courses to learn the skills necessary to start a business venture. (Ryerson Today)
Student Learning Support staff member makes her mark
Ryerson Today – News & Events
Natalya Androsova was finishing her PhD in 2012 when she created her first writing group, where fellow students could discover writing as a vehicle for reflection, insight, personal growth, and well-being. At the time, Androsova worked as a tutor in Ryerson’s Writing Centre, where demand was so high that the 70 students had to be split in two groups. Three years later, with hundreds of students helped along the way, Androsova received the 2015 Julia HanigsbergMake Your Mark award for her major impact on student learning.
What makes a busy graduate student want to lend a hand to her fellow students? “Every student I talked to in the Writing Centre was stressed about writing,” said Androsova, who has been the full-time Writing Programs Specialist in Student Learning Support for one year. “They were anxious and lacked confidence. How do I give them back their voice and say, ‘Hey, you already know a lot – we have something to build on.’” (Ryerson Today)
‘Official photographer for Murder, Inc.’
Ryerson Today – News & Events
Gangland murders, gruesome car crashes, and perilous tenement fires—these were some of the dramatic subjects that animated the work of freelance photojournalist Weegee. Working in New York City from 1936 to 1947, the legendary cameraman created some of the most graphic and sensationalistic photographs of crimes and news events ever seen, setting the standard for what has since become known as tabloid journalism. “Weegee: Murder is My Business” opens at the Ryerson Image Centre on Oct. 14.