Exam Proctoring Applauded
Re: July PEGG front-page article on U.S. fundamentals
of engineering examinations coming to Alberta.
I applaud the efforts of those individuals of our Association
who have put forward such a praiseworthy effort to make
these exams available here in our province. Having been
registered in seven states and the Province of Alberta,
I entirely concur with the article that having registration
in U.S. will help open doors of opportunity to Alberta engineers
in practicing engineering in the U.S.
This is an opportunity that our young engineers, in particular,
should take advantage of.
Mahary Gregory, P.Eng., P.E.
Write Them Early
I read with some interest the article on the U.S. engineering
examinations. I would like to emphasize one thing and that
is take the fundamentals exam, now being proctored in Alberta,
as close to graduation as possible.
Having successfully taken the examinations in 2001 30-plus
years after graduating, I can attest to the breadth and
depth of the curriculum. The fundamentals exam is pretty
much the undergraduate degree course, whereas the principles
exam is based quite solidly on the expected knowledge of
a practicing engineer.
Colin R. Farr, P.Eng., P.E.
Awhile back, MIT let the engineering community know that
as part of its vision, it would place its course materials
on the Web "for all to access" with no restrictions.
Based on this premise of sharing of knowledge, when I wrote
book, now newly published, on manufacturing engineering,
I decided to put an extensive set of teaching on our website.
Although I did inform most of the academic members (worldwide)
about this site (about 2,000 professors and other members
of the academic community), I believe APEGGA can also contribute
to this initiative by informing its members about its existence
The site contains 16, free, downloadable in-class presentations
(in PowerPoint and PDF formats), each 20 to 40 slides, for
undergraduate and/or graduate manufacturing courses based
on my new textbook, Manufacturing: Design, Production, Automation,
and Integration(Marcel-Dekker, July 2003).
The purpose of this website is the promotion of free exchange
of teaching material. Thus, I would appreciate critiques
of the site and its contents from APEGGA's members.
Dr. Beno Benhabib, P.Eng.
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
Editor's Note: Visit www.mie.utoronto.ca/labs/ciml/bb-book/
to view the materials referred to by Dr. Benhabib.
Thank you very much for the award conferred on me by APEGGA
at the 2003 Edmonton Regional Science Fair. At the same
time I also received the Young Chemist Award from the Chemical
Institute of Canada, Edmonton Section.
I would also like to thank the judges, who made very valuable
suggestions, which I will follow in revising the present
project and in future projects.
I am a student at Ecole Holy Cross School, a French immersion
school, which I like very much. I can speak and write Chinese,
French and English. I like to learn all subjects.
I have been dreaming of becoming a chemical or other engineer.
I wish to add P.Eng. after my name, like my aunt, uncle,
grandma and grandpa, and join APEGGA.
My project's title is Multipurpose Detergent. I was finding
the perfect detergent, one that will not take a lot of space
in my house, save my family some money and not harm human
On the Internet I found out about multipurpose detergent.
I experimented with it and found out it could replace many
A science project could not have been finished without the
help of my teachers, parents and many others, to all of
whom I owe my gratitude.
Every day I finish my homework and I do extra math as well.
Before the science fair I just finished the Fibonacci Contest,
on April 9, a nationwide contest for Grade 5 pupils.
My favourite subjects are math, logic, sciences and languages.
Justin Xu Feng