Engineers join international association

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By Jocelyn Sweet

Engineering students may be on the fast track to internships and job contacts now that a new chapter of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers has opened on campus.

Ryerson’s addition to the 12,500-member Tampa, Fla.-based society will be the first chapter in Ontario, joining the only other one in Canada at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

“We have a lot of pharmaceutical companies and health-care companies who have employees who are members of our organization,” said Lynne Richards, Chapter and membership assistant for the ISPE.

She said the society began opening student chapters in American universities five or six years ago to help students make the transition from school to jobs.

Ryerson chapter president and fourth-year chemical engineering student, Mark Wasilewski, said student can use the organization to get summer internships and industry contacts.

Dalia Gendy, who is in her last year of chemical engineering, attended the Society’s presentation last March and later joined Wasilewski and several others in founding a subsidiary at Ryerson.

An information meeting for potential members is planned for Monday, October 16 at 6 p.m. in room QS251.

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