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Mario Ciaramicoli


Mario Ciaramicoli had every intention of being a regular student when he arrived at Concordia — no extracurricular activities, no student politics, just his classes and his books. But that didn't last long.

Ciaramicoli, who was president of the student council at Marianopolis College, couldn't resist becoming involved when he started studying electrical engineering at Concordia two years ago.

"I can't stay uninvolved — it would drive me crazy," said Ciaramicoli, president of the Engineering and Computer Science Students' Association (ECA). During his first semester at Concordia, Ciaramicoli helped organize the Engineers of Tomorrow conference, which aims to interest high-school girls in engineering.

"We invite girls from Grades 10 and 11 to spend the day at Concordia, go to a class, meet people here and do some experiments," he explained. "The idea is to get them interested while they're still in high school so that we can encourage more women to go into the sciences.

There still aren't enough people doing it. One of Ciaramicoli's goals as ECA president is "to encourage people to become more conscious of issues in the university — to be more aware of what's going on here." He says students sometimes forget that the world isn't divided into Faculties.

"We all work together anyway once we're out of school. We don't say, 'Oh my God, there are people other than engineers out there.' Ciaramicoli says it's important for ECA to keep talking with the CSU, so that the lines that are drawn between the Faculties may eventually be erased. "I think there is a way to work something out," he said.

ECA's office is in H-880-10, and the phone number is 848-7408.

- Jane Schulman










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