Student Life

Giving Back to the SLC

Originally posted on the SLC blog

Our university experience is undeniably tied to our personal development and growth. At the end of it all, I believe that I will leave with a sense of appreciation and a desire to pay it forward. I hope to someday emulate Ryerson graduates who decide to give back to the school that gave so much to them. One of these inspiring students is Shivraj Sagar, a recent mechanical engineering graduate.

During his time here at Ryerson, the SLC was his go-to building for academic project meetings, hanging out with friends and engaging in co-curricular activities. It was during this time that his passion for acoustical studies led him to spot an opportunity to improve the SLC by minimizing noise disturbances in Collaborative & Group Work Rooms (CGWR). Shivraj recognized that Ryerson had done a lot to support him throughout these past four years and it inspired him to get involved; “I knew I had to give back in some way.”

He felt that as a hotspot for students, the SLC needed to continue to be nimble and collaborate to set the bar high. The Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team was thrilled to have Shivraj, aided by Dr. Ramani Ramakrishnan, work together to do just that. Through calculations to discover the Apparent Sound Transmission Class and Articulation Index data, they determined how well the walls attenuate sound and in turn, the conditions needed for speech privacy. The findings were presented to the SLC’s architects in hopes to answer student feedback: reducing noise transmission between CGWRs. Paying it forward, our alumni are ensuring that the SLC is, and remains, world-class. Thanks, Shivraj.

Be sure to check out the SLC blog this fall to read all about the updated CGWRs!

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Danielle Howson
As an inspiring writer and future dog mom, Danielle is enjoying her time as a second year Creative Industries student and blogger (although no dogs have been involved in the process so far). In her spare time she enjoys reading... except she hasn't done that since starting university. She promises to read for pleasure again after she graduates. So yeah, Danielle is enjoying life aside from the lack of dogs and books in it.