Meet the team

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ALIYAH BRIFFA

CO - PRESIDENT

Aliyah is in their fourth year in the Chemical Engineering program. They have completed two terms at Estee Lauder, and completed research within the Chemical Engineering Department. They will be returning to RyeChemU as Co-President for the Winter Semester. They are super excited to assist the executive team with organizing incredible initiatives and events for Chemical Engineering students at Ryerson. You can most likely catch them studying or completing lab reports, thinking about different ways to improve cosmetic formulas, and on the odd occasion playing rhythm games. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions or concerns regarding the course union or the Chemical Engineering program!

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SYDNEY MANGILIT

CO - PRESIDENT

Sydney Mangilit (she/her) is one of two Co-Presidents for the 2021-22 academic year alongside Aliyah Briffa. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering. Prior to her move, she previously studied chemistry at the University of Winnipeg. 

This is Sydney’s third year on the course union, first serving as the course union’s First Year Representative in 2018-19. She then was elected as VP Social for the 2019-20 year. Sydney is an active member of the Ryerson Engineering and ryEng community. In addition to RyeChemU, she is also the VP Operations for Ryerson ChemE car and one of two Leader Coordinators for the Ryerson EngSOC. 

Outside of her academic pursuits, Sydney is quite an adventurous and active person. She is an avid hiker, dancer and enjoys weightlifting at the RAC. She is very excited to serve Ryerson’s Faculty of Chemical Engineering as Co-President of RyeChemU.

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JULIA COSTANTINO

VP OUTREACH

Meet Julia Costantino, VP Outreach for the 2021/2022 year! She is currently in a 16 month co-op at Apotex and will be starting her third year courses in the winter. As for her goals as VP Outreach, her plans include communicating directly with industry professionals to organize sponsored events, virtually and possibly in-person, as well as, giving all chemical engineering students a chance to dive deeper into what working in industry would be like. When she is not studying or checking emails 24/7, you can find her in her kitchen baking anything from french macarons to a decadent three-layer chocolate cake. As for the future, Julia is guided towards working for a sustainable-based company, as she strives to save the environment.

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MAXWELL STEER

VP MARKETING

Maxwell will be your VP marketing for the 2021/2022 academic year. He is completing his first co-op term at Weidmann Electrical throughout the fall and will be returning to his studies in the winter. As VP marketing he manages all of the course unions' social media and promotional materials. In his free time, he loves rock climbing, music, and rhythm games. Catch Max panicking about mass transfer in the SLC by the time the Winter semester rolls around.

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MATTHEW CHEUNG

VP FINANCE

Matthew is a third-year student in the chemical engineering program who is also working towards a minor in computer science. This will be his third year working with the course union. Previously, he was first-year rep and then VP Social. now, he is RyeChemU’s VP Finance for the 2021/2022 academic year. Matthew is passionate about environmental sustainability and hopes to one day be able to incorporate that into his future work. In his free time you can find Matthew constantly listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with his friends. He also loves bubble tea and ice coffee so don’t be surprised if he shows up to a meeting with one. Matthew is excited to be working with the course union this year and is open to anyone who has any questions regarding the course union, chemical engineering program or just wish to chat!

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SHAHANA LOGANATHAN

VP SOCIAL

Meet Shahana Loganathan, the VP Social for the 2021/2022 academic year! She has completed her first year and is onto her second year of Chemical Engineering. She is excited to organize events and activities to allow the chem eng family to build connections and memories they can take from the school year. Although studying from home works to her advantage; when she is not “studying” or checking her Ryerson email 24/7, she is always trying to make different foods from different cultures. Aside from that, Shahana hopes to create a friendly and engaging environment for all and encourage everyone to reach out to her if they have any questions, suggestions and concerns. She can’t wait to meet everyone :)

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FATIMA AZIZ

VP ACADEMIC

Meet Fatima, a student entering her second year in the Chemical Engineering Program. She will be the VP Academic for RyeChemU. As VP Academic, she plans to make the academic experience more enjoyable with different resources and events throughout the year. You can occasionally find her in the library reading or in the park on her bike. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, recommendations or you want to chat!