Dear Students,
 
Your future professional order actively participates in National Engineering Month, a nationwide initiative to promote the profession to young people and to highlight excellence in engineering. Here is an overview of the activities on the program.
To help his uncle, who has muscular dystrophy, Charles Deguire and his friend Louis-Joseph Caron L’Écuyer, Jr. Eng., invented JACO, the only robotic arm of its kind in the world and the flagship product of Kinova, their fledgling company with over 200 employees.

JACO is an extremely complex product that involves several areas of engineering, but mainly electronic engineering, robotics engineering and software engineering. The result: a light, compact, energy-efficient and very flexible robotic arm (with six axes and one hand with three fingers).

This article can be read in the March-April 2018 issue of PLAN magazine.
55% of undergraduate students completed some type of WIL during their studies in 2015, according to the Canadian University Survey Consortium.

For that matter, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada defines work-integrated learning (WIL) as “a model and process of education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies with learning in a workplace or practice setting.”
Most stores in developed countries now accept credit cards as a common form of payment for goods and services. In Canada, credit cards are one of the most common forms of payment for consumer goods and services.
 
Usage and Repayment - Credit card borrowing limits are established by the issuer, according to each individual’s credit rating. Credit cards charge interest and are intended to be used for short-term financing, although Canadian consumers have shown a propensity to carry credit card debt for long periods of time. Interest rates are usually applied to a credit card account one month after a purchase is made and typically have higher interest rates than consumer loans or lines of credit.
For more information, read the full article on National Bank website.
As part of National Engineering Month, which is celebrated in March, the Student Newsletter will talk to you about social commitment, using the example of an international cooperation project: orchard irrigation in Notatinga, Burkina Faso.

This Ingénieurs sans frontières Québec (ISFQ, or the Québec Chapter of Engineers Without Borders) project is being carried out by engineering students and professionals.

Dominic Nappert, a 3rd-year agri-environmental engineering student at Université Laval, tells us more about it.
Artificial intelligence (AI) teams at Baidu, China's equivalent of Google, have created a program that can clone voices after only a few seconds of analysis using a neural network. This AI is not only capable of imitating a voice it has heard but also of changing its gender or accent, as demonstrated in these recordings.

This innovation could be used for mute individuals, personal digital assistants, or translation services. However, in the wrong hands, this voice cloning technology could be used for fraud.
OIQ President Kathy Baig, Eng., FEC, MBA, continues her 2018 regional tour and plans to visit campuses in Québec.
This tour will give you an opportunity to learn more about:
  • the new program that assists engineering graduates with entering the profession. 
  • the changes in the public’s perception of the profession. 
  • the measures taken to help internationally trained professionals gain admission to the profession more easily.
Professional inspection is one of 5 mechanisms used by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec to protect the public. For beginning professionals, professional inspection is an opportunity to receive seasoned advice from an OIQ inspector who is also an engineer.

Alice Vien-Bélanger, Eng., Head of the OIQ’s Practice Supervision Department, explains what you can learn from a professional inspection.
Click here to watch the video.