Victor Chen

Software Engineering III
McMaster Engineering Society Presidential Candidate

Hey Marauders!

As a brief introduction, my name is Victor Chen, and I am in my third year of Software Engineering. I am currently the Chief Academic Chair of the Computer Science Society, the Vice-President External of the Society for Emerging Technology, and I have represented Microsoft at McMaster as one of their Canadian student partners for over a year now! I have also been a part of our wonderful engineering society for two years. As MES President, I will strive to elevate each of our undergraduate experiences.

Platform (this is what you came here for)

At McMaster, we are among the best programs in the world and we have the rare opportunity to be surrounded by the brightest individuals of our time. To truly take advantage of this, and to hopefully broaden our horizons collectively, I intend to facilitate the development of more interdisciplinary events and workshops with our university, whether that be with other faculty societies or directly through other faculties themselves, all on top of all our current exclusive engineering events. A large part of our university experience is discovering interests and passions, and it is very likely you'll find an interest or passion that complements what you've learned in your program through exploration. Engineering solutions are usually not built for just engineers. As students under the umbrella of engineering, it is especially important to not only stay open to learning, but also to connect with people that are not necessarily from your program to both deepen your understanding of the disciplines actually utilizing what we create and to open up potential doors for you in the future.

We are all here for a reason, we all have our own aspirations, and our own personal professional goals. One of the most daunting feelings in our whole university journey is not knowing where you stand between your goals - how much progress you've exactly been making, which areas you could improve upon to immediately take you one stride farther, and what your next steps could be. Most of us will at one point or another face this problem and not only could it be demotivating, it has tremendous potential to impede the progression of your career when it is masked as failure. To address this, I aim to create a system with our co-op and academic offices, lending up-to-date, in-depth feedback from our prized employers, alumni, and faculty, to not only truly analyze student portfolios and act as a guiding hand when we might want one, but also provide personal professional development workshops centered around your goals. What better time to do this than in the wake of our faculty's restructuring?

That's everything, I hope my platform resonated with you, and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me at chenv5@mcmaster.ca. Thanks for reading!

Target partners for collaboration

University is about discovering where you would like yourself to end up, reaching goals, perpetual self-reflection, and connecting yourself with the world.

Through the collaboration with the organizations listed below, not only will undergraduate students under the umbrella of our engineering faculty be exposed to resources to gauge their own progress, but a much better impression of where their areas of potential improvement could be outlined much more clearly.

Interested in sending me a message? Well, this is for you!

If you prefer to contact me through other methods, please email me at: chenv5@mcmaster.ca

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