Alice Ye and Alexandra Davidson – Second Mile Award 2015
Ye and Davidson were each awarded the Class of 3T5 Second Mile Award. Established in 1945, the award is presented to a student in their final year who has gone the extra mile to engage in activities throughout their education. “Winning the Class of 3T5 Second Mile Award and meeting alumni and past winners at the luncheon has encouraged me to continue to pursue my endeavours and to put the utmost effort into my extracurricular activities,” Ye said.
Zhixin (Alice) Ye is in the final year of her engineering science degree, with a major in electrical and computer engineering. She has interned at Intel and Altera, and recently held a research assistant position at the University of Ottawa, where her contributions were published in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal. Alice is also active within the U of T Engineering community. She is co-president of the Galbraith Society, chair of the Engineering Science Education Conference and director of special events for the Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference. Alice also mentors first-year engineering students as a Peer Assisted Study Session leader and is a volunteer consultant for the Volunteer Consulting Group. Alice will spend this summer travelling with Operation Groundswell to explore social and gender issues in India, and will pursue graduate school in the fall.
Alexandra Davidson is a second-year engineering science student who is planning to specialize in aerospace engineering, while also pursuing a minor in engineering business. Last summer, Alexandra was an executive writer and editor for the F!rosh Handbook, a publication with more than 1,500 copies distributed to first-year engineering students. She was also actively involved in the Iron Dragons, U of T Engineering’s dragon boat team. Following graduation, she aims to complete graduate studies at the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), with specific interest in autonomous flight systems and the potential for robots capable of learning and adapting to their environments.